I'd like to highlight my personal favorites of 2010: foods that astounded me, foods that I cooked countless times, foods that I'd serve to guests, foods that I simply love. Here is my personal Top 10 of 2010 in alphabetical order:
Almond Honey Cake: just three ingredients make this utterly delicious cake. Gluten-free and dairy-free.
Avocado Chocolate Truffles: dessert, raw, vegan. What else can you wish for? One of my favorite no-guilt desserts that comes with all the health benefits of avocado, cocoa and nuts.
Cocoa Orange Granola Bars: I simply love the combination of chocolate and orange. It gives me the impression of a delicate grown-up dessert. At the same time, these granola bars are good for any mid-morning or afternoon snack. Fava Bean and Arugula Salad with Parmesan: a heavenly combination of green veggies: sweet fava beans, bitter arugula leaves, crunchy celery and fresh mint topped with salty parmesan cheese. As good as it can get with the green stuff. Indian Spice Nuts: I don't think nuts can get any tastier than this: sweet, salty AND spicy with a heavenly spice mixture. Good at any time of the day.
Quinoa Porridge: If I had the time, I'd have this for breakfast everyday. A lovely vegan dish with protein-rich quinoa, coconut milk and chopped pistachios.
Ribollita: Within a few months, this soup has become one of the families' all time favorites. Spiced up with bacon and parmesan cheese, this bean stew goes down well especially in the cold months of the year.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese: delicious roasted butternut squash spiced with divine flavors like chili, garlic and thyme topped with roasted veggies, pine nuts and goat cheese. Do I need to say more?
Sesame Oat Bread Sticks: Bread sticks made with olive oil, oats and sesame seeds. Simply divine. I made these bread sticks from the best ever pie crust recipe.