All posts filed under: Starters & Sides

Citrus Salad with Pistachios and Mint

Citrus Salad with Pistachios and Mint

This, my friends, is a beautiful tasting winter citrus salad. It’s full of the bright colors and the refreshing taste of liquid sunshine — the combination of blood oranges with pink grapefruit, cara cara and navel oranges, together with sweet red onion, mint, pistachios and my personal favorite – something I have been crushing on […]

Kale Chips with Olive Oil and Salt

Homemade Kale Chips

If you find yourself constantly craving chips, then you’re going to be all over this snack recipe. Made with kale and baked instead of fried, these crunchy gems are a much healthier alternative to traditional potato chips. The first time I made kale chips I remember thinking, wow, these are amazing! When baked properly, they […]

hummus flavored with cumin, cayenne and sumac

Quick Hummus with Sumac

The secret to a good traditional hummus is really no secret. The ingredients are simple: chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Nothing more, nothing less — a simple middle-eastern classic made from best quality and fresh ingredients. I do love that there are so many creative variations, fusions and fresh flavors that […]

Homemade Potato Chips with Smoked Salmon and Dill

Canapés 3 Ways

“Room Service? I’d like to order breakfast. Half a pint of orange juice, three eggs, lightly scrambled, with bacon, a double portion of café Espresso with cream. Toast, marmalade. Got it?” Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. SPECTRE is the 24th James Bond adventure, and as in all the films, Bond, is the spy who […]

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 […]

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. […]

Plum Chutney with Dried Sour Cherries

Plum Chutney

Thanks to the smell of homemade plum chutney my place smelled amazingly cozy for a dismal, rainy summer day. Plum chutney has got to be the most tasty sweet-and-tangy spreads out there. It’s perfect for serving with grilled or roasted meats, a cheese platter or get this, as a spread to give your next sandwich […]

Birnen, Bohnen und Speck, pears, green beans, fava beans and bacon

Summer Beans with Pears and Bacon

An odd sounding but absolutely delicious dish in Northern Germany is one called “Birnen, Bohnen und Speck” (pears, green beans and bacon). I first was introduced to this delicious number by my friend Ines. It’s a regular at her family functions. Intrigued, I had to give it a try. My way of course. Though, I’m […]

Seasonal Spotlight: Chive Buds & Blossoms

Seasonal Spotlight: Chive Buds & Blossoms

Chives with their beautiful purple buds are one of the prettiest things I’ve stumbled across at the farmers’ market lately. And guess what? The entire plant is edible, even when in full bloom with its pale purple flowers! You’re probably familiar with chives and their delicate just-the-right-amount-of onion-without-being-overpowering flavor. But what about their pretty little […]