Last minute Loving food for Valentine’s day

Sometimes I like to cook on Valentine’s day and have a few friends over for dinner.

We don’t fret too much in the kitchen, so an easy dinner could work great for everyone and most of all for the couple who will prepare it.

Photo Minh&Wass

glasses-drinks_300 passion fruit aperitifs Photo Minh&Wass

As a starter sparkling Passion fruit aperitif, my very favorite tasty fruit is Passion fruit, it is sweet and sour and delicious. The man in your life can prepare these drinks.

Photo Con Poulos

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Humm these onion tarts recipes could be made by either one of you.

4000_1_296 prawn and avocado coktail

A most traditional Prawn and avocado cocktail is always appreciated.

7596_MEDIUM valentine in the kitchen chicken

I suppose you can never go wrong with this Goat’s cheese chicken with lentils and sweet beets is a perfect recipe, not complicated but looks sumptuous.


I have a few vegetarian friends, I find that pasta is the easiest and often the tastiest and most satisfying dish and lemon pasta somehow makes it fresher and lighter

  • 1 lb. angel hair pasta
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 3 lemons, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 c. chicken broth
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 c. grated Gruyere
  • 1 1/2 c. grated pecorino Romano
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt. Cook pasta according to al dente package directions. Drain.
  2. In a large skillet over low heat add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter. When butter starts to bubble add garlic and lemons. Season with salt and pepper and cook until lemons are softened, about 2-3 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and whisk until smooth. Add cheeses while constantly whisking.
  3. Add cooked angel hair and toss in sauce with parsley. Serve immediately.

370205584_013d1995e6 chocolate icebox cake

The ultimate wafer cookie cake the ”Chocolate Icebox Cake” for women and for men, nobody can resist, it will be a big hit believe me.

Have a great Valentine’s day or night and love is unlimited so make it yours

Cheer up your kitchen with a color moment

Rejuvenate your kitchen paint it you will like it!

Images via Architectural DigestYour kitchen has the Benjamin Moore blues and is totally happy.

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Derry MoorePainting your kitchen black over Chinese blue can be quite dramatic.

Image Via Architectural Digest/photo Joshua McHugh

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan created this modernist kitchen, chairs fabric by Lee Jofa, the kitchen island mural is by by John-Paul Philippé, we should be so lucky to have a mural by this great artist.


John-Paul Philippé

If you want to know more about JP Philippé go to

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Douglas Friedman

Traditional and industrial go well together in this black kitchen with a unusual gold unlacquered brass island and white subway tiles from Home Depot.

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Richard PowersA white and blue kitchen in Greece, the use of a light Mediterranean  blue and a darker blue with white marble countertops is really stunning.

Small kitchen big space

GOING BIG in your small kitchen!

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The most delightful minute white kitchen with face to face counters topped with beautiful bowls and things.  Who can ask for anything more.

Photo via Dwell by Joe Schmelzer


In a long narrow space, try to elongate your kitchen counters as much as you can and top them with very long shelves.

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Paint your floor white to match your kitchen cabinets, they will like it and feel totally at ease.

Photo by Magic dream life via


Adding shelves in a most beautiful way is the thing to do in your microscopic kitchen.

Photo Jenny Steffens via Apartment Therapy


When using open shelves and hanging stuff on walls, make it look good, be parsimonious in your choices.

Photo The everygirl via Apartment Therapy


Long open shelves with lots of gadgets can really provide you with lots of kitchen storage.

Photo via The Style Files


In Germany, they dare to have a vertically big hutch in a tiny kitchen. if you are monochromatically inclined, this mini white kitchen is perfect for you.



Tiny kitchen can go vertical, let it fly, ceiling and walls are great for storage.



Who says you cannot have a blue micro kitchen with an island, not me!

Turn your life around with this turkey sandwich

Never underestimate the pleasure of a simple Turkey Sandwich after Thanksgiving!

Photo and recipe Via Heather Christo


This has to be the Turkey sandwich you must have with your leftover Thanksgiving Turkey. Heather’s roasted Turkey, cranberry and Brie grilled cheese.

Heather Christo taught  me to make this sandwich in a few minutes and it is absolutely scrumptious.



  1. -2 large pieces sourdough bread
  2. -4-6 ounces roasted turkey breast
  3. -2 ounces blue streaked brie cheese (like cambozola)
  4. -3 tablespoons cranberry chutney
  5. -1 tablespoon butter

Preparation time: 2 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1


This is Heather Christo, she is a Chef and graduate from le Cordon Bleu School, she also creates Allergen free recipes, you should visit her sometimes.

Her products are sold under Heather Made in a few Costcos located in the USA, hopefully she will be in Montreal soon.



The so imperfect omelet

Believe me when I started this omelet at exactly 11:45 today, I expected it to be perfect, I am a Virgo as you all know I must be perfection. By the way my birthday is this month so feel free to wish me a Happy Birthday my lovelies.


Basically I used what I had, eggs, tomato, avocado parmesan cheese a bit of dried basil and cream. Oh I forgot butter.


I whisked the eggs with the cream, started the omelet and dropped the parmesan pieces on top.

IMG_0130As soon as the parmesan was melted I threw the mixture of tomato, avocado and basil in and cooked it a little longer to warm up all the ingredients and so that I could flip the omelet,  I realized that half of a small avocado and a medium size tomato was too much to bear for this small omelet. ” but too late”, so I cooked it for about 2 more minutes and transferred it into a plate as artistically possible IMG_0131

Voilà! This is the final step of this so imperfect but delicious omelet.

Recipe for the imperfect omelet which is juicier by the way, or if you prefer the perfect omelet, I modified the recipe a bit for you.

2 eggs

(Perfect) 1/4 of a small avocado (Imperfect) 1/2 of a small avocado 

(Perfect) 1/2 a medium tomato (Imperfect) 1 medium tomato

1 teaspoon of basil dabbled over the mixture

2 tablespoon of parmesan cheese

2 tablespoon of 15% or whatever cream

1 1/2 tablespoon butter

Hope this works for you, have a great lazy Sunday.

** Sorry to have exposed the 1/4 pound of butter so obscenely, but I never quite am able to open it and close it perfectly, somehow I always rip the paper and it never looks quite right. So much for the perfect Virgo.” 

Small things to enhance your kitchen

Sometimes you don’t need to spend much to enhance your kitchen



Add an insert for spices in one of your drawer


Spice rack from Ikea Variera $4.99



Add a few hooks on your kitchen cabinet doors



Change your handles and knobs



Paint your cabinets



Make a black board


Black board doocooler wallpaper via


Put-Corkboard-Your-FridgeStick a cork panel on your fridge door photo/ Brooklyn Photographers Rikki Snydertraditional-kitchen

Decorate your kitchen with pictures

Photo via decogirlmontreal

Add a small table if you don’t have room for an island

How to celebrate 2016 year of the monkey

For the year of the monkey, I would favor a buffet dinner party this year. I gathered a few ideas for you, let’s try to keep it simple.

For Starters


A bit of champagne is always a good idea, you can get these Hederlig champagne glasses for 2.99 at Ikea.



Roasted dates with pancetta and almonds recipe from roasted-dates-with-pancetta-almonds-recipe/ from


Buckwheat blinis with smoked salmon


Mini Cheese and Chive Puffs from

Via Martha Stewart


From Martha Honeyed ham with pears and cranberries for recipe go to


Rib roast with herb crust preparation 15 minutes


Salmon with brown sugar and mustard glaze


I definitely would add the Da Fiore Venetian restaurant recipe butternut squash risotto courtesy of chef and owner, writer of ”The Da Fiore cookbook”

A few ideas for your table decorations where ever you are.

I wish you all the ingredients for a GREAT YEAR, HEALTH, LOVE, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP.

Enjoy your New Years Eve festivities.

Today’s idea, it’s all about kitchen

A few years ago I found this great book about Kitchen renovation, today I was cleaning up my bookshelves and I just saw it, I realized I should have shared this kitchen guide with you before, but better late than never.


Believe me it is a terrific guide, Sunset has really thought this through thoroughly from: Getting started , Cabinets, Counter and Backsplashes, Sinks and Faucets, Appliances, Flooring, Storage and Display, Finishing touches, Getting it done, a complete guide to designing and renovating your dream kitchen including design software.You can also visit for more kitchen inspiration.

Via Sunset-Photo Lisa Romerein


A small country kitchen dressed in white.

Via Sunset-Photo Richard Leo Johnson


A white  kitchen with blue appliances, I remember the 70’s my sister had a sea blue kitchen with blue appliances, it was very unusual and I find it’s still is, don’t you think so.

Via Sunset-Photo John Granen


This kitchen has a bit of a pale Zebrano look, I like this mixture of the natural upper wooden cabinets with the white lower cabinets, it is quite fresh.

Via Sunset-Photo John Clark


I have always been an aficionado of open shelves, but we have to make sure it stays elegant and not pêle-mêle (Messy)

Via Sunset John Granen


A rather small kitchen can look bigger in an open area, I like the pots and pans rack above this island with the 4 spot lights.

May the Force be with you in renovating your kitchen, it is not an easy venture but it is absolutely rewarding.




What my american friends eat on the 4th of July

 I am publishing this post a day earlier so that you can experiment these recipes on the 4th of July and you my American or non American friends can profit of these very American 4th of July dishes.





Scrumptious hamburger, special recipe.

Juicy Steakhouse Burgers


We say as American as apple pie but grilled chicken wings with Buffalo sauce is a perfect American dish for the 4th of July. You can get the recipe:

Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce


Peel your own shrimps served with cocktail sauce.

When I was studying in Spain a ”little while ago” there was this guy from Quebec that was visiting Madrid on business, we went out for dinner in one of the restaurants called Cuevas,  and they served non peeled shrimps,  he was quite young and had never seen shrimps served this way before and started eating them with the peel, as he was not a very pleasant fellow and quite fresh with me, I only told him he had to peel them after he ate the 5th shrimps, I guess it was not a very charitable thing to do.  Well I feel better now that I have confessed this sin…

Peel n’ Eat Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce


Fresh corn salad is typically American, once upon a time Europeans were appalled that we North American ate corn, for corn in Europe was only grown to feed cows, their corn was very reddish and hard as rock, they know better now that they have experienced our corn.

Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions and Basil


Chocolate chips pecan squares are my favorite, frankly I have such a sweet tooth I could totally skip a meal and eat only desert, but I try to control myself.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies


Fresh strawberry cake, simple and easy to make, just follow this recipe.

Simple Summer Strawberry Cake

Today’s idea, small and dazzling kitchens

My dream kitchen is really a small kitchen, I don’t cook that much anymore, on the other hand, I like my kitchen to be an open kitchen to the dining room so that I can enjoy my guests when I cook.

Via House Beautiful Photo by Nathan Schroder

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Going black and white in a not so big kitchen.



A small galley kitchen can be most efficient.

Via House BEautiful Photo Eric Piasecki

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A minute kitchen with great big cabinet handles and lots of knobs.

Via House Beautiful


My favorite Château tiny kitchen.


Using back splash mirrors can double your kitchen, if you are very tidy it is an excellent idea, I envy you who ever you are, but I definitely splash too much when I cook, so a mirrored kitchen is out of the question for me, but I wish I could.