Year: 2014

Beet Carpaccio with Lemon & Herbs

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, I think beets are just misunderstood. Fresh beets are so much better than the collective childhood memories of beets in a can. Eeeew. I think it’s high time we give them a second chance. The key to beet carpaccio is to use a mandoline to achieve the paper-thin slices. Topped […]

German Potato Salad with Cucumber

Potatoes (Kartoffel or Erdapfel) were first introduced into Europe in the 16th century via a Spaniard homeward bound from South America. From there they slowly spread throughout Europe. Although potatoes were already known in Peru and Chile as food, it was the Italians who first tried to cultivate the them in Europe. With little luck. […]

Spicy Mongolian Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Stir-Fry

Craving something spicy and slightly sweet? Despite what the name suggests, Mongolian beef doesn’t actually trace its roots back to Mongolian cuisine. Neither the cooking method or the ingredients have anything to do with the country of Mongolia. The name only implies that it’s “exotic”. I can only say that the picture doesn’t do this […]

Foods That Are Good For Your Smile‏

Dental care is a very complex theme. Both scientists and dentists have differing opinions, only to confuse us even more. One says we should brush our teeth with a soft “manual” toothbrush, the other says, no, you should definitely use an electric brush. Yes, and fluoride is good, only to told later, actually it is […]

Super Easy, Super Yummy Brownies

This is my absolute favorite brownies recipe. It’s simple, irresistibly delicious and always a hit. Thís recipe will make you wonder why you never made them from scratch before. Add walnuts or pecans for a nutty variation. I really think what makes this brownie recipe extra special is the the high quality chocolate, natural brown […]

Lemon Chicken with Fennel and Artichokes

This is a wonderfully simple dish, filled with an amazing array of bright and briny flavors that create something so simple and wow so good! Artichoke hearts, fennel, capers, garlic, lemon slices plus a generous sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan add so much flavor to juicy and tender braised chicken breasts. I only wish I […]

Goji Berries – Super Fruit of the World

Chinese wolf berries, known in the modern western world as goji berries, are super fruits of the world. Native to southeastern Europe and Asia and have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to help improve health, fertility, boost the immune system and slow down the aging process. According to the legend of Chinese herbalist […]

Carrot Orange Soup

This carrot orange soup makes the ideal starter to any dinner party. It’s light, delicious and amazingly simple. If you are looking for a healthy, delicious, throw together meal, this one is perfect. Leftovers make for a great lunch served with ciabatta or a classic grilled cheese sandwich. For the best flavor, try to use […]

Eggplant: To Salt or Not To Salt?

This has been one of those age old questions that I have really been wanting to know the real answer to. Why do we do it? My first experiences with eggplant (aubergine) involved salt and have done ever since. That’s what I was told needed to be done. But really, is it absolutely necessary? There […]

Gepa Organic raw cane sugar Mascobado

Muscovado – Mascobado – Whole Cane Sugar – Is There a Difference?

For most of us the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word sugar is white granulated sugar. During the first centuries of the sugar industry, cane sugar was made into molasses and rum for shipping overseas. Sugar itself was raw; a light brown in color, and still retained much of its original […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup‏

Simply delicious. Butternut squash makes for a perfect winter soup. Butternut squash has a sweet, nutty flavor and pairs well with tangy green apple and onions. It tastes fantastic and it’s easy to make. Not only is it nourishing, it also makes a great starter for dinner parties. The best thing is, this soup can […]

Nothing Says Fall Like Apple Picking

Nothing Says Fall Like Apple Picking

Here in Germany, nothing says fall like apple picking. Tangy apples are the essence of autumn. When thinking about this beautiful season, we decided to take a drive out to the Old Land (Altes Land), Germany’s largest continuous region of fruit orchards, south-west of Hamburg. And wow are we ever rolling in apples now! We […]

Amazing Health Benefits of Apples

Apples are incredibly delicious, are amazing cooking ingredients and also have many amazing benefits—some of which you may not even be aware! Though, if you want to fully benefit from all an apples health, don’t peel it. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Organic apples don’t cost an […]

Warm Baby Potato and Smoked Salmon Salad

After a few days working in Stockholm, I was inspired by the simplicity of Swedish food. It may not be known as being the destination of culinary excellence, but there is more to it than just those iconic meatballs sold at Ikea. Among the delicious crispbread (knäckebröd), their menus brim with fish. Salmon, mackerel and […]

Spicy Red Lentil Soup with Bulgur, Red Pepper & Mint

This lentil & bulgur soup is heartwarming and sooo delicious, you’ll want to make this one time and time again! This soup is inspired by a lentil soup my aunt learned to make while attending a culinary cooking class in Istanbul. Red lentils are a great choice if you want to make a soup with […]