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Broccoli Soup With Cashew Cream - Cook Republic

Broccoli Soup With Cashew Cream

I find that vegetables are a lot like people. Some are ready to be your friend the minute you meet them while some need a nice conversation or two to warm up to you while some need a whole lot of cajoling and tender loving care to let down their guard and allow their true nature to shine. Broccoli falls in the second category. Although you could eat broccoli raw, a little bit of attention and cooking will make it taste not only fantastic but ... Read More >>
Lemonade Sling - Cook Republic

Lemonade Sling

Since sharing the story of our Cocktail & Oyster Night ritual on the blog many posts ago, I have received numerous emails and messages affirming what a fun idea it was for parents who don't always have the luxury of going out on dates. A lot of those emails and messages requested that I share some of the cocktails that we (mostly Nick!) come up with for our date night at home. Consider it done! And what better day to share a cocktail reci... Read More >>
Super Green Turmeric Bloody Mary - Cook Republic

Super Green Turmeric Bloody Mary And Date Nights

Nick and I met 21 years ago when we were starry eyed and 18. Within a month, we had forged a bond that went deeper than societal norms and expectations. It started with an easy going friendship that blossomed into love. We dated for the longest time – 6 years. Then came marriage and a couple of years later, the birth of our older boy. The once starry eyes were red rimmed with lack of sleep and the love was there but hiding under the covers wi... Read More >>
Roasted Cauliflower And Ricotta Grandma Pie - Cook Republic

Roasted Cauliflower And Ricotta Grandma Pie

What the heck is a Grandma Pie? I know you are thinking it, because that was my very first thought when I came across a Cauliflower Grandma Pie recipe on Bon Appetit that I HAD to make. So I decided to research. I went to Google. Google told me that a Grandma Pie was a deep dish pizza of sorts from Sicily that was made by stretching dough in an oiled, shallow, rimmed baking tray and dotting it with mozzarella, tomato sauce, garlic and olive. It w... Read More >>
Okra Masala Stir-Fry - Vibrant, fresh, quick veggie meals!

Okra Masala Stir-Fry

One of our local market stalls is run by an Indian family. And because of that, they seem to have a never ending supply of okra most of which is depleted after I visit their stall every Thursday. You either love okra or hate it. Like Brussels Sprouts. Your affection or lack of for it can be chalked down to how it was prepared. If you were unfortunate enough to try a slimy version, you probably don't like okra very much unless you like slimy t... Read More >>
Passionfruit Cordial - Cook Republic

Passionfruit Cordial And Weekend Reading List

I am amazed that we still have a steady trickle of plump passion fruit at the markets. I am also amazed that we are still wearing skirts and tank tops when autumn has almost gone. Maybe the two are related. Maybe it was the wrong year to buy a very chic, very warm wool cape. Or that snuggle fest of a rust toned generous shawl. Whether or not I christen the wool cape, Friday evenings sipping something cool poolside is definitely something I am... Read More >>