Month: August 2015

Thai Inspired Kohlrabi Coleslaw

Thai Inspired Kohlrabi Coleslaw

This crunchy kohlrabi salad is the perfect way to introduce Germany’s darling to your table – although gnarly looking, it’s a very tasty vegetable. It can be stir-fried, steamed or boiled, but I swear raw is the way to go! Flavor and texture-wise, kohlrabi has an apple-like crunch, slightly resembles a radish in texture and […]

Coconut & Nut Granola with coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, almonds, walnuts, seeds, cranberries and vanilla, plus parfait recipe

Nutty Coconut Granola (+ Parfait Recipe)

Not only is homemade granola super easy to make, but it is also a healthier alternative to pre-made store bought varieties – and granola is one of those magically delicious things that makes serving up a nutritious and tasty breakfast so easy. Even if you are on the go – for the road, simply layer […]

German Plum Cake (Zwetschgenkuchen) with crème fraîche, vanilla and cinnamon

German Plum Cake (Zwetschgenkuchen)

Here in Germany, summer time is plum cake time. As soon as they make their arrival at the farmers’ market, arrives also the immediate request from my favorite Schwabe to bake a tradition “Zwetschgenkuchen”. Not just any plum cake, but one with a crumbly topping called “Streusel” — in his opinion, very crucial to a […]

Tomato Barley Salad with Fresh Herbs (Parsley, Dill or Tarragon), Cucumber, Yogurt and Lemon

Tomato Barley Salad with Herbs, Yogurt & Lemon

Barley isn’t new to me. I love barley! I’ve been eating oatmeal made from barley flakes for years. It’s one of my all-time favorite cooked breakfasts. And barley in soups and stews? – definitely! For risotto? — yes! Salads, though, is an entirely new concept to me. I’m not sure why I was stick on […]

Gluten-Free Spaghetti Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Anchovies, Capers & Olives

Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Anchovies, Capers & Olives

The best thing about this ridiculously easy pasta dish is that it packs a ton of fresh flavor. The key is sweet, ripe summer tomatoes! And if you can get your hands on them a mix of heirlooms in all sorts of beautiful colors. Not only are they grown in a stunning array of colors, […]

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 […]

Minted Couscous Salad with Watermelon & Baby Cucumber

Minted Couscous Salad with Watermelon & Baby Cucumber

Watermelon and mint transform a humble couscous salad into something wonderfully refreshing and light, and perfect for heat-wave like summery days. Tossed together with cool, crunchy baby cucumbers, refreshing mint, tangy lime and a little fresh red chili and green onion for pep, this salad will not only keep you refreshed and satisfied in summer […]

Vegetarian Barley Salad with Roasted Corn, Zucchini and Red Pepper

Barley Salad with Roasted Corn, Zucchini & Red Pepper

Here we are again, just me and what looks to be just another big bowl of salad. But wait, this one is different. A few veggies and a whole lot of grain. What I love about grains in salads is their ability to deliver an all-in-one healthy, filling meal — this time with barley. This […]

Raw Maca Powder, Vegan, Organic, Natural Energy Powder

Maca Magic – A Superfood to Embrace

If you haven’t already been introduced to raw maca root powder, you may want to get acquainted. For centuries, maca has been referred to as “the Food of the Gods, Nature’s Viagra, and Peruvian Ginseng”. Grown in the glaciated slopes of the Peruvian Andes, it is the highest growing food plant in the world. WHAT […]

Energy Green Smoothie with Maca, Avocado, Cucumber, Pear, Spinach and Coconut Juice

Green Energy Smoothie

Easy to make and full of powerful nutrients, smoothies are a great way to a give your body a super-charged start to the day. No longer for hippies and health nuts, the smoothie revolution has found its way to Hollywood stars, busy moms and everyone in between. The concept of blending leafy greens was popularized […]

Thyme Tips - Superstar of the Herb Garden

Thyme – Superstar of the Herb Garden

As superstar of the herb garden, thyme is one of the most important herbs in the European kitchen. In the Mediterranean world, thyme was once believed to be a symbol for courage, with Roman soldiers bathing in thyme infused water in the belief that they would gain vitality, strength and courage. It was also believed […]