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Spring Pasta Carbonara // A Thought For Food #vegetarian #recipe www.athoughtforfood.net

Steam clouds the kitchen windows so much that I can no longer see outside. On the stove, water boils violently in a large pot. I put my cold hands above it and goosebumps immediately form all over my arm. The front burners are at work on the asparagus, peas and garlic (oh, so much garlic) and the aroma is equally satisfying. All day, I’ve been anticipating this dish: a big bowl of linguine in a creamy carbonara sauce. I’m usually pretty good at restricting my pasta consumption to a couple times a month and typically it’s freshly made. But I’m not in the mood to fuss over dough, so a box of dried pasta will have to suffice.

I’d been eying a carbonara recipe from the gorgeous new book from Teri and Jenny that focuses on various ways to prepare eggs. I love eggs in all forms: poached, scrambled, fried, deviled, even pickled. But, for me, eggs are a breakfast food (with the exception of a salad niçoise, one of my favorite summer lunch or dinners). I don’t go to eggs for a quick weeknight meal. Tonight, however, I’m going for it. Thanks to their book, The Perfect Egg, I’m preparing my very first carbonara. Working with eggs has never freaked me out. I make aioli all the time, so I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long. Whisking together the sauce isn’t complicated, just be sure to remember to reserve some pasta water (I almost spilled it all out in the sink).

Some lemon juice squeezed in at the end takes this from being a stick-to-your-guts kind of meal (ideal for some of those blizzards we got hit with back in February) to something perfect for a cool spring night.  Not to mention the bright green on top of the pasta. Just a reminder that we’re getting closer and closer to summer.

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  • April 13, 2015 - 7:06 am

    Sara @ Cake Over Steak - I love this twist on carbonara! So perfect for spring.ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2015 - 9:00 am

    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - Super lovely spring carbonara. I need to check out that book, love everything about eggs!ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2015 - 9:13 am

    Tieghan - Nothing beats a good carbonara. Nothing!! But umm?? Past only a few times a month?? You are crazy! LOL!

    I have to check out that book, been eying it for weeks! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2015 - 12:17 pm

    Naomi - Oh, how I love this creamy bowl of spring goodness.ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Gorgeous! My fridge is stocked with spring produce just dying to be made into this pasta :)ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2015 - 8:42 pm

    Kelly - I love all of the spring vegetables in this pasta dish. I wish I could eat a bowl of it right now. How did you cut the asparagus?
    Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2015 - 8:59 pm

    Nutmeg Nanny - I have never made a traditional carbonara but it’s a favorite of mine to order when I’m out. Love the addition of asparagus and lemon to make it nice and light. Hooray for the exit of heavy winter food and the entrance of light spring time dishes.ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnn… I do loves the Carb-o-naraReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2015 - 10:52 pm

    Sheryl @Lady Behind The Curtain - Awesome recipe! It looks delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2015 - 11:40 pm

    The Kitchen Scout - Love these photos. Can’t wait to try this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2015 - 6:30 am

    Sandra Lea - What a beautiful spring time pasta. I have always associated carbonara with bacon, so nice to have this option.ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2015 - 11:20 pm

    Elizabeth - This is just too pretty. All that vibrant green, in between hearty, eggy noodles. I’d love a bowl, in any weather!ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2015 - 10:08 am

    bev @ bevcooks - Thiiiiiiiis is perfection!ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2015 - 1:09 pm

    Manory Giertler - Beautiful photos and recipes.ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2015 - 6:13 pm

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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