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My Favourite Autumn Recipes

My Favourite Autumn Recipes ©2014 La Domestique

After all that talk about how much I love fall in my most recent blog post I decided to round up my favourite autumn recipes and share them with you. Do you ever take a moment to flip through your recipe collection and reminisce? It’s like digging the box of your autumn wardrobe out of storage and discovering that favourite sweater you had forgotten about. 

I try to savour every moment in the kitchen this time of year, whether it’s thoughtfully stirring a pot of soup or the zen of kneading silken bread dough. Recipes that require more time and effort also offer a welcome moment of quiet solace and contemplation. I hope these recipes inspire you to slow down a bit and enjoy the season.

 

Pumpkin Soup

Pear, Cheddar and Caramelized Onion Tart

Irish Halloween Barmbrack

Pomegranate Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

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Get Cozy with Yummy Supper Cookbook Giveaway!

Cozy Winter Soup ©2014 La Domestique

 

Hello friends! It’s been awhile…summer is gone and it’s officially time for autumn tarts, soups and stews. After a year and a half in Ireland I unexpectedly got the opportunity to go home to the United States for the entire month of September. I spent a lot of time giving piggy back rides to my niece and nephew, catching up with my sister over a 5:00am cuppa and savouring much needed hugs from Mom. That was my first visit home since moving abroad, and to be honest, leaving my family again felt even harder than the initial move. Now that I’ve gotten through the jet lag and settled into my favourite time of year (fall), it does feel good to be home in Ireland again. I love cooking in autumn. It’s all about comfort food and warmth. I love the earthy flavours of mushrooms and the heady aroma of woody herbs. I love rolling out pastry in a nice cool kitchen. I love stirring a big pot of simmering stew on the stovetop.  

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Sneak Peak: Caribbean Carrot and Mango Salad Recipe from My New eBook

Caribbean Carrot and Mango Salad ©2014 La Domestique

Bonjour! Today I’ve got a recipe sneak peak to share with you from my new eBook, “Deliciously Healthy Summer.” Here in Ireland summer has vanished in an instant. The light is softer and the sun seems to linger shyly on the horizon. A fresh breeze whips through the trees and I’m pulling out the jackets and tights. It may be a bit sad to say goodbye to summer, but I do think this glimpse of autumn feels like heaven. Though the weather is changing I believe we have yet to see the peak of summer harvest here in Ireland, so you’ve still got a month or two to enjoy recipes from “Deliciously Healthy Summer.” 

My Caribbean Carrot and Mango Salad is inspired by flavours I discovered in St. Lucia on my honeymoon 7 years ago. The food was unlike anything I had ever experienced in the United States, where I’m from. My husband and I stayed at a beautiful beachside resort called Anse Chastanet. Each day we enjoyed lunch on the beach, a buffet featuring spicy curries alongside refreshing salads reminiscent of the recipe I share with you today. Caribbean cuisine is a mix of influences, including European, Indian, Asian and Creole. The food was bold, colourful and healthy– exactly what you would want on a beach vacation.  

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Break Out of Your Cooking Rut with Deliciously Healthy Summer

Deliciously Healthy Summer ©2014 La Domestique

 

Helloooo there! Today I’m thrilled to finally announce the release of my first eBook, “Deliciously Healthy Summer.” I’ve been working like crazy to get these recipes tested and photographed so you can enjoy them now, during the peak of the season! “Deliciously Healthy Summer” is like a mix tape of some of my favourite recipes. This compilation is simple and fun, like the Pharrel Williams song, Happy. Late summer is a time of overwhelming bounty, but it’s easy to get stuck in a routine making the same salad over and over again. I’m here to help you break out of your cooking rut and get creative with summer produce. My aim is to introduce you to a few new tunes and shake things up in your kitchen.

 

 

“Deliciously Healthy Summer” is a collection of 14 salads and main courses to get your creativity flowing. You’ll find a wide variety of dishes, including lamb, chicken, pork and seafood, all surrounded by a generous serving of vegetables and fruits. These recipes are fresh and light, brightly coloured and boldly flavoured–exactly what you want to eat during the hottest days of the year. I’ve also included a guide to my summer pantry with ideas for effortlessly putting vibrant, healthy meals on the table every day.

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Cool it Down or Spice it Up: My Favourite Summer Recipes

Favourite Summer Recipes ©2014 La Domestique

All that talk about summer grilling in my previous blog post made me a bit nostalgic. I’ve gone through the La Domestique archives and plucked out a few of my favourite recipes for high summer. It’s all about keeping the cooking simple and quick. Get out of the kitchen as much as possible and fire up the grill. These dishes range from bold and punchy to light and refreshing. Whether you’re looking to cool down or spice it up, I’ve got something fun for you.  

Mussels Cooked In Rosé

Grilled Scallions with Romesco

Chilled Cucumber Soup

Poached Fish with Tomato-Saffron Broth and Garden Vegetables

Grilled Squid with Tomatoes and Basil

Watermelon Granita with Mint and Lime

Strawberry Tart

Tomato Salad with Grilled Shrimp, Corn and Chilli-Lime Vinaigrette

 

Grilled Broccoli with Black Olive Tapenade

Grilled Broccoli with Olive Tapenade ©2014 La Domestique

I love grilling. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the Southern United States where people take their BBQ seriously. Maybe it’s because I get to create perfectly caramelized grill marks on my food. Or maybe it’s because the sizzle and the smoky aromas always take me back to carefree Arkansas summers spent by the pool.

During summer I grill almost every single night because it’s quick and easy. Grilled broccoli was a revelation for me—charring this slightly bitter brassica gives it a smoky, caramelized sweetness. Any true Southerner knows that good condiments are essential to BBQ and I’ve paired the charred broccoli with tapenade, a boldly flavoured olive paste. Tapenade is open to variation based on what herbs you’ve got on hand. Basil, lemon-thyme, mint, oregano or even lavender would be fine substitutions for the rosemary. For this recipe, a good quality extra virgin olive oil is worth using. Splurge on a special bottle with plenty of spice and vibrant flavour. Take note that this tapenade is a briny sauce flavoured with two cloves of fresh garlic—be ready for its punch! Here the spirit of Italian antipasti embraces French Provençal flavours in a dish that’s perfect for munching on in a sunny garden with either a glass of Prosecco or rosé wine.

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Easy Everyday Vegetable Stir-Fry

Easy Stir Fry Ingredients ©2014 LaDomestique

We had a couple days of unbelievable sunshine and warmth here in Dublin this week (though today it has turned cloudy and cool). In true la belle vie style my husband made the last minute decision to take a vacation day and we skedaddled off to Portmarnock beach. It felt so good to put my feet in the warm sand, breathe the salty air and listen to the ocean waves. When the weather is warm and the days are spent outdoors having fun all I really want is to come home and throw together something quick and easy for supper.

Taking a break from meat and carbohydrates for one meal can leave you feeling a bit lighter and healthier. That being said, you’ll be surprised at how filling a bowl of stir-fried vegetables can be. My Easy Everyday Vegetable Stir-Fry is packed with ingredients that promote the health of your skin– which really needs that extra support during summer battling the sun’s rays. Carrots, broccoli and Bok Choi are all known for their skin-boosting vitamins and minerals. Both broccoli and carrots are high in the anti-oxidant beta-carotene, while carrots contain silicon for strengthening nails and skin. No need to peel organic carrots– just wash and scrub off the dirt. Also, don’t discard those broccoli leaves– they’ve got higher levels of beta-carotene than the florets and stalks. Toss the broccoli leaves into your stir-fry at the end with the Bok Choi leaves.

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My Favourite Picnic Recipes

During summer I prefer to savour my meals outside, don’t you? On a recent sunny Irish weekend the husband and I enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner al fresco on the patio with little Minnie (our dachshund) sunbathing at our feet. Today I’ve gathered up a few of my favourite summer recipes perfect for le pique-nique. All of these dishes are simple to throw together and will hold up well as you travel to find the perfect spot.

Strawberry, Spinach and Quinoa Salad

Pasta Primavera

Spanish Tortilla with Red Peppers, Chorizo and Manchego

Wheat Berry Salad with Roasted Fennel and Red Bell Pepper

Panzanella

Spring Pea and Herb Salad

Lemon Curd Tart

 

Delicious Detox Beetroot, Avocado and Wild Rice Salad

Delicious Detox Beetroot Salad ©2014 La Domestique

I don’t believe I ever saw a single beetroot growing up. Never even thought much about that strange dirt cloaked root until I grew up and planted a garden. I fell in love with beets after tasting my very first homegrown beet baby, pulled from the soil just minutes before cooking.

I love beetroot because it’s not just flavourful—it’s highly aromatic. I’m not talking about the shrivelled specimens, petrified beet fossils left to languish in supermarket fridges. Freshly harvested beetroot from the garden or farmers market is perfumed with the sweet and musky scent of the soil.

The shockingly crimson colour of beetroot is due to a special type of anti-oxidants called betacyanins, which aid the liver in detoxifying the body while also reducing cholesterol and blood pressure. Beets are packed with iron and B vitamins as well, to keep your blood cells healthy and your nerves firing on all cylinders. I’m talkin’ all sorts of anti-inflammatory goodness to keep your heart pumping and your blood flowing.

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Celebrate the Season: Spring Pea, Spinach and Fennel Soup

Spring Pea, Spinach and Fennel Soup ©2014 La Domestique

June is the height of spring, when the garden really starts producing. You can see pink radish shoulders poking out of the soil, voluptuous bunches of salad greens and perfect pea pods dangling from delicate trellised vines. It’s an exciting time for a gardener, harvesting the first bounty of the year and bringing it straight to the table. The veg is still alive and full of nutritious goodness. You see, once vegetables are picked they begin to deteriorate, losing precious vitamins and minerals. By the time they reach the supermarket and languish on the counter for days these vegetables are only a shadow of their former selves. You may be trying to do the right thing and eat healthy fresh produce, but it’s just not the same as freshly harvested produce. The missing ingredient: life.

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Jess O'Toole is La Domestique, photo by James Anderson

Hi, I’m Jess, aka La Domestique. No matter how busy or cooking-challenged you are I can help you live the good life and enjoy fresh, healthy meals at home every day. Find out more

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