Year: 2015

Lemony Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Feta, Parsley and Mint Herbs

Lemony Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Feta & Herbs

Keeping healthy when you are always on the go might sound like somewhat of an impossible task, but actually it is much easier than you think! This simple recipe for a lemony cucumber quinoa salad with feta, parsley and mint is perfect for anyone who loves putting together a quick lunch with fresh Mediterranean flavors. […]

Green Smoothie with Spinach, Watercress, Parsley, Pear, Lime and Rice Coconut Milk

3 Healthy Smoothies for your Post-Holiday Reboot

I’m guessing right about now I’m not the only one having some serious holiday excess regret. I only say that because that’s usually where I’m at after the pre-Christmas, Christmas and after Christmas (over)indulgences. So how about offsetting some of that decadence with one of these healthy smoothies? Why do people love smoothies so much? […]

Liver Flush Detox Drink with Orange, Lemon, Garlic, Turmeric, Cayenne, Ginger

Ultimate Liver Flush Detox Drink

There are all sorts of things that can leave us feeling in need of a recharge, especially this time of year after weeks of festive indulgence. Guilty! There is no denying it, tis the season for overindulgence! Visits to the Christmas markets for mugs of warm Glühwein and Bratwurst sausages, baked homemade sweets, alcohol-fueled parties, […]

Orange Oatmeal Cookies with Nuts and Coconut

Orange Oatmeal Cookies with Nuts and Coconut

Here’s another one of my family’s favorite cookies. And newly, mine as well. These cookies are my idea of baked perfection. Simple to make and deliciously light. This cookie is a softer cookie, a chewy oatmeal cookie that is only slightly sweet, one with a delicate coconut and orange flavors and plenty of crunchy walnuts, […]

Farro with Mint, Parsley, Cilantro, Chili and Pistachios

Farro with Herbs and Pistachios

Delicious!! Seriously, old world grains like emmer and spelt are not just “good-for-you” grains. More and more, these once old world staples are showing up on menus as a gourmet specialty food. And with good reason. They are healthy and offer a gold mine of flavor! This farro and herb salad has plenty of fresh […]

Wintery Kale Salad with Venere Black Rice and Roasted Beet Salad with Cranberries and Pine nuts in an Orange Lime Dressing

Wintery Kale Salad with Black Rice and Roasted Beets

I discovered a new type of rice – black rice. A whole grain Chinese hybrid grown in neighboring Italy called Riso Venere. Its color is remarkable – it’s an intense deep purple, so deep it’s almost black. Together in this winter salad with roasted beets and purple kale, it actually gets lost among all the […]

Pear, Roquefort, Thyme, Honey Crostini

Pear, Roquefort & Honey Crostini

At this time of year, the holidays are the perfect time to host a little get together with friends. Whether you are serving beer by the bottle, mulled wine or champagne, it’s nice to serve up a few snacks for guests. Yes, of course you could open a bag of chips or pretzels (honestly, what […]

North Sea Shrimp and Cucumber Salad (Büsumer Krabbensalat)

North Sea Shrimp and Cucumber Salad (Büsumer Krabbensalat)

Here’s a little shrimp and cucumber salad starring my most recent obsession – Büsumer Krabben. Tiny little succulent North Sea brown shrimps. Delicious, juicy…they are the perfect accompaniment to any simple salad. Yes, I did do a version of this salad before, but because it’s so tasty I thought it’s time for another version of […]

Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Pink Peppercorn, Nuts, Amaranth, Coconut

Homemade Chocolate Bark

Homemade chocolate bark is a super easy (and gorgeous looking) holiday gift. There is no recipe required, you don’t need to measure anything AND the hands on time is maybe ten minutes. It’s a great last minute gift for practically anyone. Oh, and here’s the best part — there’s no baking either! Hallelujah! For chocolate […]

White Bean Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms, Saffron and Prosciutt0

Shiitake and White Bean Soup with Saffron

Next to lentils, cooking with white beans is my second favorite way to create a protein rich meal. Especially in a wintery white bean soup with simple down to earth flavors. White beans are paired with earthy shiitake mushrooms in a warm and comforting bowl of soup that is super easy to prepare. For this […]

Zucchini Ribbon Truffle Oil Salad with Sun-dried Tomato, Almonds and Parmesan‏

Zucchini Ribbon & Truffle Oil Salad‏

On my last trip to Barcelona, I had one of the most amazing zucchini salads. A zucchini ribbon salad to be exact. Imagine this: thin ribbons of fresh zucchini carefully tossed with sweet sun-dried tomatoes, toasted sliced almonds, a hint of garlic, shaved parmesan, AND truffle oil. Simply amazing! First of all, ribbons of anything […]

Bird’s Nest Cookies, Thumb Print Cookies with Raspberry Jam

Bird’s Nest Cookies

Bird’s nest cookies (also called thumbprint cookies) are one of those classic holiday baking cookies that remind you of why homemade baking is just so good. They are super easy to make and are one of those things people seem to love: buttery cookies with a tasty jam filling. What’s not to love? These are, […]

Wild Black & White Rice with Oyster Mushrooms and Swiss Chard

Black & White Rice with Oyster Mushrooms and Swiss Chard

Here’s a wild rice with oyster mushrooms dish that won’t bore you to death. One inspired from a trip with friends to Istanbul where we experienced some of the most amazing meals — modern Turkish ones, resembling the “Ottolenghi way”. My friend Anna has been there about a zillion times so knows all the best […]

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Spelt Flour

Soft Chocolate Chippers

If there is a “Hall of Fame” for cookies, then my Aunt Heather’s 30-year-old recipe for soft chocolate chippers would have definitely found a place there. Praise be to her for delivering this recipe to me. They are irresistible. Okay, admittedly, I adapted the recipe just a little. But I’ll tell you how a little […]

Roasted Chestnuts and Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

Roasted Chestnuts and Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

What could be more reminiscent of autumn than chestnuts? There is so more to them than just the familiar small paper cone of hot, sweet roasted chestnuts you get from street vendors. Chestnuts are terrific in savory dishes, as they add a rich, earthy flavor and nutty sweetness. Roasted together with Brussels sprouts and garlic […]

Traditional German Grünkohl with Pinkel and Kochwurst

German Grünkohl

When cooked properly, this typical Northwest German dish has a nice savory taste that complements the robustness of the sausages and potatoes that are served with it. It’s something you often see served at the Christmas markets around Germany. The variety of sausage you’ll get with it depends on the region and depending on where […]