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Socca with Cilantro Sauce

Socca with Cilantro Sauce

I very much favour sweet breakfast foods over savoury ones; it’s how I get to satisfy my incredibly sweet-tooth daily, but I also do appreciate a good savoury breakfast, I reserve meals like this socca and cilantro sauce for special mornings.

Weekend mornings where I do manage to get out of bed and go for a run or a long walk along the seawall.

Coincidentally, I got the recipe for this cilantro sauce on the seawall.

Walking the seawall is amazing like that; sometimes you meet the most interesting people, and last year a kindhearted woman gave me the recipe to this cilantro sauce – I rushed home, wrote it down and proceeded to make it straightaway.

Socca with Cilantro Sauce
Socca with Cilantro Sauce Socca with Cilantro Sauce

I’d made the batter for my socca the night before and kept it in the fridge, I left it on the kitchen counter to come to room temperature while I was out for my walk.

We must have both worked up an appetite because the woman and I got talking about breakfast, specifically what we were going to eat in the next hour or so… hers were savoury pancakes, which she pairs with this tart herby cilantro sauce.

This is how I got the idea to try it with socca, and it was absolutely special, it’s got to be since almost a year later I’m still eating socca with cilantro sauce, and can’t seem to stop talking about it.

It’s a convenient way to use up excess cilantro or other herbs; I should point out that it’s not just for socca, this sauce is for just about anything… I use it like ketchup or a dip and sometimes even stir it into soups or over roasted potatoes.

Socca with Cilantro Sauce
Socca with Cilantro Sauce

As for socca, I don’t think I’ve said enough to express how much I love socca!
I love that it has just so few ingredients, it’s easy to make and so very satisfying and filling.

It usually takes less than fifteen minutes to cook once I get back home and the cilantro sauce can also be made ahead of time.

A few weeks ago I piled on some caramelized onions, sometimes I top my slices with leftover roasted vegetables.

Have I mentioned that it’s naturally vegan and gluten free?

Socca with Cilantro Sauce
Socca with Cilantro Sauce

Socca with Cilantro Sauce

Roasted Vegetables Pasta

Roasted Vegetables Pasta

I think it bears repeating that I love the romance of love, it often times makes me wish I could fall in love repeatedly just for that delightful magical rush.

Perhaps that is what Valentine’s Day is, a reminder to celebrate the romance of love.

This year I thought about red themed desserts, and discovered Pinterest boards of adorable heart-shaped red and pink food and crafts.

Floral Arrangement Roasted Vegetables Pasta

And then I thought about flowers… of roses and anthuriums… bright in hues of red.
Somehow this pasta is what I saw; easy, light, tasty and fresh – so simple it’s magical.

It reminds me of simple things… early morning walks, dancing to your favourite songs, humble bouquets that gladden your heart and long quiet afternoons in bed.

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you find romance in the ordinary… Always.

Roasted Vegetables Pasta
Roasted Vegetables Pasta


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Almond Chickpea Flour Cookies

Almond and Chickpea Flour Cookies Almond and Chickpea Flour Cookies

I really like these cookies! I think about them sometimes in the most inopportune times – like while walking through the fog this morning.

We were awoken by foghorns today; it went off persistently every few minutes until it forced me out of bed, and as the sun shone through the fog on my way to work I figured we were in for the most perfect of winter days; sunny, bright with crisp chilly air and brilliant blue skies.

I thought of how much I’d love to have a winter picnic… perhaps of hot cocoa and cookies, and how ideal these almond chickpea flour cookies would be.

Almond and Chickpea Flour Cookies Almond and Chickpea Flour Cookies by Elsa Brobbey

This is probably the first cookie recipe I ever pinned, yet I only started making them quite recently, and I’ve made them several times since.

It’s delicate and crunchy, the kind of cookie you would crumble over ice cream – if you were into that sort of thing.

I like these cookies a lot!

The first time I made them was an experiment of sorts; I substituted fine-ground white cornmeal for semolina because that was what I had around at the moment, it worked so perfectly I haven’t yet used semolina like the original recipe called for.

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They are a lot like these almond butter cookies, another favourite… both are almond based, gluten free and of course vegan – these however are a little airier with a subtle fragrance of cardamom.

Chickpea flour also adds sweet nuttiness and a good boost of protein, which isn’t typical of cookies.

The cookies in the photos are from a month ago when we were in the throes of the holiday season, I was eager to use my new Christmas present, a cookie press. It was a trying endeavour… some shapes more so than others but they turned out well (I think).

I feel I should caution against the temptation to taste the dough before it’s baked as raw chickpeas tastes not too pleasant.

Something wonderful happens when they’re baked though, and you can’t really tell that these cookies have chickpeas in them.

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Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

It must have been somewhere between sleep and consciousness when I decided I was going to be eating soups for the first month of this New Year.

Christmas was just over and we were languidly ensconced in that passing space of nothingness between Christmas and New Year’s while we waited for that imminent change.

I texted my sister asking her if we could make black-eyed peas soup for New Year’s – that’ll start off my month of soups perfectly, I thought.

Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

We’ve in recent years adopted the custom of eating black-eyed peas for New Year’s, it seemed fitting to make soup this year given the dark rainy days we’ve had.

So on New Year’s Eve my sister brought beans and kale and a bounty of vegetables from the market, we chopped and sliced and diced, and sautéed them gently.

That night, before we went on to welcome the New Year, we put our soup fixings in the slow cooker, which is really just the rice cooker with a slow-cooking function, and set it to cook.

The next morning we had a lavish breakfast; another borrowed tradition of eating well at the start of the year to ensure ‘good eating’ the rest of the year.
We drank milky coffee with thick slices of pandoro and wholesome fruits.

Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup
Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

We set the soup to warm after breakfast, got our coats on and went for a long walk, we came back ready for the soup.

We set out the soup with baguette and tortilla chips, and lemon and nuts for toppings; we gathered around the table and had a small soup party, and drank wine and mimosas.

This soup is hearty and filling, with rich nourishing and comforting flavours; I can’t think of a more wonderful and satisfying meal to start the New Year with.

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We had plenty of leftovers, which I ate for the rest of the week.

I’m looking forward to more incredible soups this month, I’m making a black beans and chard in a tomatoey broth this weekend, and I found a wonderful lentil and potato recipe I plan on making soon – I think I’m going to like that one a lot.

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Lemon Cornmeal Waffles

Lemon Cornmeal Waffles

So this summer I bought a little waffle maker intent on making a ton of waffles.
You see, I owned a waffle maker previously; it just sat there taking up space, and produced not a single waffle until I gave it away one day.

I went into my second waffle maker purchase determined to do things differently this time; I tried not to get too excited, but I couldn’t help myself…

I envisioned stealing into the kitchen on dusky weekend-mornings, and the cathartic process of mixing floor, and milk and other wholesome ingredients, pouring batter onto the hot griddle as sweet heady smell of waffles cooking fill the tiny apartment. And the waffles… oh the waffles would be fluffy, crisp on the outside, light and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Lemon Cornmeal Waffles

I’m pleased to say my dreams won over, I’ve put the waffle maker to work, we’ve made some good waffles since; not as much as I’d like, and not usually in the earliest of mornings – but I’ve loved the scent of waffles wafting through the kitchen, and I’ve had a few tasty fluffy ones.

We had waffle bread with whipped coconut cream and raspberries when they were in season.
There was the salad of arugula and summer fresh fruit with mustard vinaigrette and waffles for lunch

I made a big batch and froze them for breakfast in a hurry, which was a big hit with my little houseguest over the summer.

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The lemon cornmeal waffles recipe was one of the very first I came across when scouring the internet for dairy-free and egg-free waffle recipes – and I had all the ingredients at home, it was almost too perfect.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I love cornmeal/polenta.

And these waffles are exceptional, the cornmeal make these waffles shine; it retains its crisp texture and impacts a unique mildly sweet nutty flavour, and a nice lemony kick.
These waffles taste a little like cornbread but airier, it’s big flavour for just a few ingredients and not too much work and I sometimes double the recipe and freeze the leftovers, I pop them in the toaster on those busy or lazy mornings and breakfast’s a go.

I love mine with my sweet and tart blueberry maple sauce.

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