Month: October 2015

Fruit and Nut Spelt Loaf‏ with Figs, Apricot, Cranberries, Walnuts, Yogurt

Fruit & Nut Spelt Loaf

This is a naturally sweet fruit and nut spelt loaf that is crusty on the outside, moist and flavorful on the inside. Studded with dried figs, apricots, dates and walnuts, it makes for the perfect energy boosting snack or accompaniment to your next cheese platter — or better yet, go ahead and sprinkle it with […]

Simple Carrot and Fennel Soup with Coriander and Cayenne

Simple Carrot and Fennel Soup

Let’s talk fall. Let’s talk fall in Hamburg. I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here wet, windy and beyond chilly. Which means I am desperately seeking cold weather comfort — in which case, means a simple unassuming little bowl of carrot and fennel soup. For me, soups and stews […]

Sumac Beluga Lentils with Persimmons, Feta

Sumac Lentils with Persimmons

Lentils are amazingly well-loved in my kitchen. Not only are they an amazing source of protein, but cooking them is super-easy! Unlike beans, lentils don’t need any pre-soaking and have the added advantage of cooking quickly. Beluga lentils are one of my favorite lentil varieties. They have a complex flavor and readily absorb the variety […]

Barley Bowl with Lemon-Spinach Pesto‏, Pinenuts, Cranberries and Parmesan

Barley Bowl with Lemon-Spinach Pesto‏

Okay, I finally understand the ingeniousness of “health bowls”—it’s a fabulous way to enjoy a healthy one-bowl-meal using a mix of grains, fresh vegetables and whatever else you have on hand. In this case, a healthy better-than-rice bowl of barley, fresh spinach, sweet dried cranberries, and toasted pine nuts. End result — an ultra-satisfying, easy […]

Curry Potato Salad with Tahini, Lemon, Cilantro and Green Onion

Tahini Curry Potato Salad

Here’s a simple supper-to-lunch dish. Best part is…this curry potato salad doesn’t have a hint of mayo — just tons of flavor! With interplays of Middle Eastern and Indian Subcontinent flavors, it’s big on taste — tahini, curry, fresh cilantro, chilies, and green onions all mixed together with fresh tasting lemon and cool creamy yogurt. […]

Fresh Dill, Dillweed, Spice Box

Dill – Prized Herb of the Greeks

Fresh, green and feathery. Dill has been a symbol of vitality and prosperity since classical antiquity (ancient Greek and Roman times). It has also had its place in folklore. In the Middle Ages, dill had a reputation of containing magical properties and was used as a powerful ingredient in many enchanting spells concocted by witches […]