Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Heart of the Home

It seems the heart of any home, no matter how you define yours is...the Kitchen! Everyone congregates around the kitchen during parties (why is that?!). No party, family dinner or last minute bbq is complete without food. Food brings people together, and coming from a Jewish upbringing, it's all about combining food and family. 

We find ourselves wrapped warmly around the kitchen morning, noon and night, thinking about healthy and hearty dishes we get to conjure up for ourselves in our lovely little galley. It's an added challenge in such a small space, but works surprisingly well. During a portion of our 48 hour sail across the Gulf of Maine, we concocted a delicious dish in our minds that sounded both refreshing and easy to make with what we currently had stored in our settee pantry. Low and behold, the Aletheia Salad was born! We were grateful to offer this as a side dish for an Ingleside dinner party for seven. We also dream of homemade ketchup more often than we'd like to admit, so why not share the love!

Aletheia Salad
½ head cabbage (med-large)
Blend of mixed nuts (cashews, almonds, pistachios, pecans)
¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette
¼ cup avocado oil
½ cup craisins
½ cucumber
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl to mix. Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with additional nuts, craisins and/or Italian parsley.

Sunny's Homemade Ketchup
(disclaimer: I cannot take any credit for this recipe. My lovely mummy-in-law Sunny shared this recipe with me years ago). We love making it and it works great as a gift too!

2 cups tomato sauce
1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1/2 c. molasses
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp salt (celery salt if you have it)
1/2 c. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/4 tsp. allspice

Stir to blend, no cooking. I like to store in pretty, little glass jars I've collected from other items (jelly, sauces, etc.) Keep stored in fridge. 
Love to all,
Jenn & Nate


  1. You know homely means ugly?

  2. Thanks for the comment! I think I meant to say hearty!