Skirting the outlines of our midwinter getaway to the north last week reminded me of the fact that, during my Goat’s Cheese Crème Brûlée & Spiced Quinces Post, I promised to share another one of the treats that have proven to be capable of pleasing or even converting the most militant Goat’s Cheese Grumps. Given that this one’s inspired by the Tyrian Chef’s Guild’s menu, you might wonder how I got from a stormy Northern Sea island without a stable internet connection to actually go on a gaming spree during one of those storms to a warm-and-fuzzy Tarte with magical properties like that?
For some reason, I never really connected the Gazpacho- or Cold-Soup-in-general-dot on the culinary map to the “Summer” dot as only point of origin or interest, but to the “travel” dot as well. You guys might have noticed that I do, in fact, post at least one Cold Soup/Gazpacho recipe every Summer. Of course, I mostly make them during this time of the year since they’re basically the most refreshing thing you can have on one of the brutal nights we are experiencing at the moment.
Ah, here it is, Summer! Outdoors season for Hubby and me has arrived! Whether it’s Hubby taking his bike up and down the surrounding mountains, me rolling out my Yoga mat beneath my favorite tree in the park or the both of us hiking the trails, having a healthy dose of backup energy stashed away in easy reach is always a good idea. Since I don’t do storebought energy/granola bars on principle, I have made a habit, as you guys might have noticed, of coming up with new energy ball combinations – while also whipping up our favorites, of course – on a very regular basis. That’s why there’s an fruity energy bite to be found in every single one of my chocolate boxes~!
Eeeeek~! According to our weather forecast, Summer is coming… with guns blazing. Of course that little tidbit of info sent me into a pan-swinging frenzy last weekend, to give them one last good twirl before tucking them in for their annual R&R period.
With the heat rolling in from way down south, I couldn’t help but think along the spice-laden lines of the near and middle eastern cuisines and take our last – for now! – (heat) blast into the delicious realm of Persian dishes. Continue reading “Pomegranate Duck with Walnuts and Creamy Barley & Spinach Salad”
When long evenings and fantastic weather come together and the first tell-tale whisps of smoldering embers are wafting through town while an avalanche of dangerously juicy, golden orbs is burying the displays in evey corner of the farmer’s market, Spring is definitely turning into Summer in our parts.
Slowly but surely, this year’s asparagus season is approaching it’s last stretch in our region while, at the same time, Mother Nature is picking up the pace with the temperatures. Ergo: time for a delicious, healthy, pretty and seriously satisfying quick-fix involving the star of the season!
Sometimes, turning on the TV can be a real challenge – in terms of controlling the urge to throw the silly thing out of the window. I suppose everybody gets the feeling that there’s about 97368287 different channels and theres actually nothing on, especially on weekends for some bizarre reason. Add the instant-claws-out reflex I have when there’s over-hyped “trends” involved to the short fuse concerning that particular TV-problem and… yep that’s me walking out the door with a boiling thundercloud above my head in tow, en route to one of our city’s gardens for a breather.
All right, time to make good on my promise to celebrate this year’s Asparagus Season properly~! Usually, Hubby and I indulge in our region’s asparagus about 1-2 times a week during the season. Of course these weekday dinners are breezy ones, you know, along the lines of a quick salad with strawberry dressing, a flick-of-the-wrist asparagus soup or as vinaigretty side to a lemony chicken breast.
Oh joy and (slightly nerdy) delight~! One of our worlds is expanding again! With the new chapter of the ever-evolving Living World of Guild Wars 2 coming this week (actually.. yesterday! Guess, what I’m doing right now~) Hubby and I treated ourselves, our Asura Necromancers and our Mighty Minion Mob with an extensive trip through the Desert of Elona, across the Southern Isles and up to the Far Shiverpeak Mountains of the main continent of Tyria in preparation of whatever the currently most wanted Elder Dragon might be sending our way in the next couple of weeks.
For the last couple of weeks, ever since the chocolatey spring festivities have come and gone to be precise, I’ve been pretty busy off the screen and out of the kitchen. Looking back now, after a long and delicious day in the kitchen – the results of which will be coming your way really soon – I can say being kept from “cooking big” for a few isn’t all that bad after all.