Sweet Potato “Rösti” with Griddled Mango Relish and Chilli Prawns

Sweet-Potato-Rösti-Griddled-Mango-Relish-Chilli-Prawns-4All right folks, get out your welcome mats~! Holiday Season is fast approaching, with all its obligations, family gatherings and social shindigs in tow. What better opportunity than this to dust off some fingerfood related recipes~! Oooooor to unobtrusively hide a large-scale taste-testing of one/more of your dishes-in-development beneath the cover of a fingerfood platter… *cough*

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Gingerbread Panna Cotta & Blood Orange Curd

Gingerbread-Panna-Cotta-Blood-Orange-Curd-3Come November, about 75% of the people I know well enough to mark their birthdays on my calendar are about to celebrate another chapter of their lives during the next handful of weeks. Whenever there’s related festive gatherings of 3 or more people – and the promise of food – involved in the shindig, I’ve noticed a peculiar drop in the upkeep of the Birthday Cake tradition. Not in general, mind you, just the children of winter seem to have lost interest in the concept for no evident reason.

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Crispy Red Duck & Lotus Root Curry with Lychees and Asparagus

Crispy-Red-Duck-Lotus-Root-Curry-Lychees-Asparagus-2Mmmh after last week’s Tom Kha I found myself on a roll. With exactly the right weather raging on outside to justify a soup/stew/curry kind of cooking rush and exactly the right temperatures battering the windows to add a bunch of chillies to the mix, I decided to tackle the almost impossible task of kinda-sorta reverse-engineering another dish I’ll sorely miss now that our favorite Thai Restaurant has closed up shop.

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GW2 Lemongrass – Coconut Soup & Spicy Chicken Skewers a.k.a. Tom Kha Gai with a Twist

Lemongrass-Coconut-Soup-Spicy-Chicken-Skewers-Tom-Kha-Gai-4It’s cold. It’s icky. It’s time to play aaaaaand it’s time to shamelessly indulge in steaming hot soups~! Just last weekend, while I was doing my usual harvesting and gathering rounds on a “Daily Events” map, I dug up some stalks of lemongrass. I couldn’t quite remember which Tyrian recipes actually used this delicious herb, so I had a quick look-see at the Tyrian menu and – voila~! – dinner-plans presented themselves in a heartbeat!

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Wild Mushroom Salad with Smoked Duck Breast & Maple Syrup Vinaigrette

Wild-Mushroom-Salad-Smoked-Duck-Breast-Maple-Syrup-Vinaigrette-2Many of you guys probably know by now that hiking is one of Hubby’s and my favorite outdoorsy things to do all year round. Just in case that’s not your cup of tea in general, I won’t bore you guys with a tree-hugging back-to-nature kind of speech, I’ll just tell the foodie within you a little secret: if you find yourself in an inspirational lull when it comes to food, go out for a hike.

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Salted Butter Caramel & Belgian Spice Cookie Chocolates

Salted-Butter-Caramel-Belgian-Spice-Cookie-Chocolates-3Aha, temperatures have dropped down to a level that allows chocolate to make an appearance in a non-ice-creamy or unintentionally-melted state~! By now, of course, the mindnumbigly aggressive Christmas brainwash, brought to us by our favorite food industry, is already in full swing, selling Christmas sweets since mid-September.

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Hazelnut-Crusted Venison & Spiced Quince Salad

Hazelnut-Crusted-Venison-Spiced-Quince-Salad-4Today’s dish is one of the reasons for Hubby and me to look forward to autumn after we had our fill of the summer sun each year – at least from a foodie’s point of view. As soon as quince season swings by some time between mid-September and early October, this is one of the first dishes on our dinner table to celebrate the occasion!

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GW2 Gluten-Free Cherry-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten-Free-Cherry-Chocolate-Oatmeal-Cookies-2Warning! Health-Nut-Aleeeert~! Now, I’m aware that this might not be an opening fitting these extraordinarily delicious cookies, but they were in fact the first result of a snippet of health-related enlightenment I picked up rather recently – In the beautiful online-world of Tyria, of all places. Who would have thought~!

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Smoked Salmon & Herb Crêpes with Apples and Beets

Smoked-Salmon-Herb-Crêpes-Apples-Beets-3Back on solid ground! Sort of. I think… Well, I suppose you guys know how busy things can get as soon as you get off a plane and return to day-to-day business after a vacation. Busy enough for time and space to seemingly bend around you, forming a sneaky little bubble while you’re not looking. Those bubbles, on top of everything else, have a nasty penchant to Shanghai you by popping you out into full awareness (and possibly panic-mode… with a ginormic headache to boot) about a week later, and, of course, leaving you to figure out where on earth the last week went all by your lonesome.

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Herby Polenta Tiles with Black Cherry & Red Onion Chutney and Taleggio Cheese

Herby-Polenta-Tiles-Black-Cherry-Red-Onion-Chutney-Taleggio-Cheese-2Managing leftovers has never been so exciting~! See, up until a handful of weeks ago, I was under the impression that Hubby and I would skip out on the whole vacation thing this year and save up some quid for a far away bucket-list getaway next year instead. And sure, with a major travel destination dangling in front of your nose as the proverbial carrot, staying in for the year might not be all that yawnilicious.

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