Jill Fergus

I began cooking as a child and feeding family and friends has always been my passion. My kitchen is a busy one. I love to experiment and embrace the kitchen successes along with the accidents. I love to cook and collaborate with friends. I am seasonally driven (I love the farmer's market!), avoid processed foods and focus on whole and organic (mostly plant-based, but not exclusively) choices. In my home, my family has a variety of eating preferences from plant-based, gluten free, refined sugar free to full on omnivore. My goal is to create dishes to please all, either as is or with minor adjustments to the recipe. Where did "Feed the Swimmers" come from? When my kids began swimming competitively and growing into young adults, I realized, even more, how important nutrition is to performance, growth and overall health and emotional well being. Everyone (including the coach during travel meets) would ask "what are you feeding the swimmers?" This has become my mantra whenever I'm in my kitchen cooking for family and the friends I love.

 

 

Halloumi waffle

Halloumi waffle

On a whim, I put a couple of slices of Halloumi in the waffle iron, and I'll be doing it again (1-2 minutes less cooking time)! They're crispy on the outside and cheesy chewy on the inside. Each bite of Halloumi Waffles on Purple Slaw with Preserved Meyer Lemon, Apples, Castelveltrano Olives and Tahini is a flavor party 🎉in your mouth. I tossed shredded red cabbage with olive oil, lemon, sea salt and fresh ground pepper and topped it with sliced crispy apples, olives (choose your fav), preserved Meyer lemon and the halloumi waffles. Drizzled on this bowlful is a delicious (and addictive) lemony tahini dressing (recipe below) and a sprinkle of Gomasio. Someone was happy when she came home from school! .


Lemony Tahini Dressing
1/4 cup tahini
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
1 clove garlic crushed (optional)
Lots of fresh ground pepper
Water to achieve desired consistency- about 1/4 cup (if tahini is very thick, use warm water). Whisk together and enjoy (on everything)!

Lentil pasta veggie lasagna

Lentil pasta veggie lasagna

Puréed cauliflower soup with hazelnut gremolata

Puréed cauliflower soup with hazelnut gremolata