Strawberry and Fried Halloumi Salad // A Thought For Food #vegetarian #recipe

And I will stroll the merry way
And jump the hedges first
And I will drink the clear
Clean water for to quench my thirst
And I shall watch the ferry-boats
And they’ll get high
On a bluer ocean
Against tomorrow’s sky
And I will never grow so old again
And I will walk and talk
In gardens all wet with rain

Sweet Thing, Van Morrison

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  • April 6, 2015 - 8:49 am

    Millie | Add A Little - This is gorgeous – I love the sweetness of the strawberries with the salty fried halloumi!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 9:07 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - Halloumi is one of my most favorite cheeses – why don’t I buy it more often?? Once again you’ve inspired me.ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 9:47 am

    Deborah - What a gorgeous salad! We haven’t been able to stop buying strawberries lately – I would love this for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 12:35 pm

    Dayman Jabroni - If you like halloumi you should try halloumi toast with fig jam. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 1:27 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Adding halloumi in a salad is a lovely idea! Definitely need to try this!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 6:58 pm

    ANNAdventure - YUM! I love the photos! So beautiful! This salad sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 7:28 pm

    Julia Howles Johnson - What a great combination of flavors — the richness of fried halloumi with the sweet, brightness of strawberries — I’m definitely going to give this a try!!ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2015 - 2:24 am

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnn…. I LOVES me some fried Halloumi!ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2015 - 6:00 am

    #DroolWorthy – The Kitchen Paper - […] Strawberry Fried Halloumi Salad. OMG. Seriously, O.M.G.! […]ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2015 - 10:40 am

    Liren - You had me at “fried halloumi.” What a beautiful salad, Brian, the song pairs perfectly:)ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2015 - 7:49 pm

    Kelly - I love the flavor combinations of this salad. Great Van Morrison quote too!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2015 - 6:37 pm

    Thalia @ butter and brioche - I love a good halloumi salad, though I never have made one with strawberries before. This is definitely something I have to test out.ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2015 - 7:53 am

    Joanne - This salad is basically spring happiness. In a bowl.ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2015 - 2:41 pm

    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - Gotta love a little Van Morrison. And fried halloumi. Oh my. Had my first experience with that a number of months ago, so wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2015 - 6:33 pm

    cynthia - This is perfection!!! I can never get enough of halloumi, and pairing it with strawberries and arugula is absolute genius — love this so much!ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2015 - 4:01 am

    Links I Love #55Whatever Works - […] Une petite salade fraîche et facile à réaliser, parfaite pour quand les fraises seront vraiment d… […]ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2015 - 11:15 pm

    Elizabeth - At last! Spring. You’ve certainly earned it. Here’s to sunny days, endless bowls of this gorgeous strawberry salad, and Van Morrison streaming through open windows.ReplyCancel

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse // A Thought For Food

It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching April. I was certain that we were going to be perpetually stuck in February, à la Groundhog Day. To our delight, the majority of the snow around our house has melted. A few lingering patches still decorate the yard, but it’s much better than it was just a few weeks ago. Spending time outside isn’t as challenging as it had been. I don’t need to protect myself with hats and gloves and scarves and bulky boot every time I take the dog for a walk.

This week, Eric and I are heading down to New Jersey for a visit with my family. While we’re there to take part in the Seder, we’re also going to celebrate a number of milestones. My nieces just had their birthdays and my grandmother’s (who is turning 85) and my mom’s are coming up.

Of course, Passover can be a tricky time for celebrating birthdays as the traditional cake is not an option. Yes, you can go the flourless route. But not everyone is fond of finishing their meals with such a dense dessert. This smooth and creamy vegan chocolate mousse is perfectly decadent in a “I can’t believe it’s not…” kind of way. In this case, the ellipses refers to the dairy, which I can guarantee you and your dinner guests won’t be missing as you devour the whole bowl.

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  • March 30, 2015 - 7:45 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I totally just felt like it was going to be February forever too, and in some ways, it really has felt like it here in Montreal!! I’m so glad April is almost here. A delicious light mousse with berries sounds like the perfect light treat for Spring!ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2015 - 9:03 am

    Laura | Petite Allergy Treats - I love how simple the ingredients to make these an easy show-stopping dessert. Safe travels!ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2015 - 9:09 am

    Tonya - Beautifully crafted! The perfect segue to Spring!ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2015 - 9:38 am

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen - It’s actually snowing outside my house right now. Hard to believe it’s almost April. Man, this New England winter is never ending. These look great! Have a wonderful trip!ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2015 - 10:45 am

    Naomi - I love mousse and this dairy-free one is a keeper! Have a great trip and time with the fam.ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2015 - 7:50 am

    The Little Loaf - This sounds so light and lovely. I’d be tempted to add some melted dark chocolate to the mix too :-)ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    Alison Lewis - looks gorgeous! Pinned and so making this!ReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2015 - 9:27 am

    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - What a lovely dessert. Happy Birthday to all your special peeps!ReplyCancel

  • April 2, 2015 - 11:24 am

    Deborah - We were having a beautiful spring, and then snow came today. Ugh. I need one of these to make it feel more like spring again!!ReplyCancel

  • April 3, 2015 - 11:34 pm

    Kimberley - Yes! I’m partial to dairyless desserts mostly because it’s easier on my tummy. This one looks grand. Hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family.ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2015 - 7:33 am

    Currently Crushing On. | How Sweet It Is - […] dairy free chocolate mousse. looks SO […]ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2015 - 8:52 am

    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective - This dairy free mousse is the perfect spring dessert! I think it’s awesome that everyone has a chance to try it!ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2015 - 10:10 am

    June Burns - That looks wonderful! Coconut milk always makes the best mousses :)ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2015 - 10:59 am

    love, in this moment. | Floptimism - […] bookmark love. these diy cleaners. these butternut black bean burgers. this vegan chocolate mousse. […]ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2015 - 6:37 pm

    Lisa | Mummy Made.It - I love coconut chocolate mousse (we call it chocolate cream),
    It has such a light texture and doesn’t leave you feeling heavy and blah.ReplyCancel

Spinach and Artichoke Matzo Kugel // A Thought For Food

There are a lot of Passover dishes to get excited about. Matzo ball soup, for one, is a favorite. No matter your preference of dense or light and fluffy, those dumplings always please. Gefilte fish, too, is consumed in great quantities and, personally, I can’t get enough of it. Served with spicy beet horseradish, I’m perfectly happy with eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also the sweeter elements of the Seder: haroset (chopped up fruit and nuts) and tzimmes, baked root vegetables (such as carrots and sweet potatoes) with honey and dates. Those two are easy to love.

But no one gets excited about matzo kugel. Often bland and heavy, a savory kugel typically consists of mushrooms and onions.  To my surprise, many recipes contain dairy, too. For a kosher household, like my parents’, where brisket and chicken soup will be served, the use of heavy cream and butter (you know, the good things in life) are out of the question.

So, here was my challenge: to create a flavorful kugel sans dairy. Using a recipe from Cooking Light as a guide, I prepared a spinach-artichoke kugel, speckled with chopped roasted red pepper and diced parsley. It’s a surprisingly light kugel, which I attribute to the extra egg whites. A little smoked paprika and cayenne pepper provide a kick that will surely make it a great addition next to roasted meats. For those vegetarians at the table, this could easily be a full-on entree, accompanied by a great big salad.

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Additional recipes to serve during Passover:
Spinach and Artichoke Matzo Kugel // A Thought For Food

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  • March 23, 2015 - 9:56 am

    Deborah - I have actually never had kugel – but this definitely sounds like a great recipe to start with!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2015 - 10:42 am

    danielle - Pinning this one – this sounds like a perfect passover dish.ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2015 - 1:42 pm

    Tieghan - Oh wow, this is so creative and sounds delicious! Can you believe I have never had matzo or kugel? I need to change that!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2015 - 3:57 pm

    Alison Lewis - GREAT ideaReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2015 - 9:26 pm

    Valerie - This looks amazing for any holiday! I just may be making your kugel for Easter :)ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 7:30 am

    Joanne - I don’t know that I’ve ever found matzo particularly exciting, but you’ve done it with this kugel! Mostly it’s the colors of all your mix-ins…so much more appealing than the beige-brown mass that I’ve typically seen!ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2015 - 9:28 am

    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - I’ve never had anything like this – it looks wonderful, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • March 26, 2015 - 7:16 am

    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living - What a brilliant kugel – love all the veggies tucked in and the kick from the smoked paprika and cayenne.ReplyCancel

  • March 26, 2015 - 1:19 pm

    Lily Lau - Spinach and artichoke, couldn’t be healthier! :)ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2015 - 2:36 pm

    Alison - Can this recipe be made ahead and frozen?ReplyCancel

  • April 2, 2015 - 5:33 pm

    Diane Eilene Cohen - Can’t wait to try this!ReplyCancel