Mountain Cheese Soup with Blueberry-Taleggio Dumplings and Wild Garlic Pesto

Mountain-Cheese-Soup-Blueberry-Taleggio-Dumplings-Wild-Garlic-Pesto-2Walking through the bustling passages winding though the Farmer’s Market on Saturday made several very delicious things blatantly obvious in one fell swoop: It’s Spring! It’s Herb Season! And Blueberry Season is nosing it’s way in along with Asparagus and Strawberry Season!

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GW2 Mintberry Swirl Gelato

Mint-Berry-Swirl-Gelato-2During the last couple of days, Hubby and I were lucky enough to have some time off to fully enjoy the fabulous Spring-sneak-peek mother nature blessed us with. Of course that first glimpse of warmer days to come also presented an irresistible invitation for me to update the contents of our freezer with a refreshing treat or two~!

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Herby Lamb Gyoza with Nasci Pear & Leek Salad

Herby-Lamb-Gyoza-Nasci-Pear-Leek-Salad-7Sometimes magic just happens. Not the boogidyboogidy-kind of magic, but the real fairy-dance kind that ignites sparks around your head when the perfect time of day, place, lighting, mood, company and all other good things come together by some sort of cosmic miracle and give you a little kiss. This recipe is one of the results of one such perfect moment that occurred at around 8am on Sunday the 23rd of September 2018 on a hiking trail hugging the side of a steep valley on the beautiful island of Madeira.

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GW2 Crispy-Fried Eggplant with Toasted Barley & Pomegranate Salad

Eggplant-Stirfry-Toasted-Barley-Pomegranate-Salad-5For some reason, certain clichés and stereotypes are insanely slow to fade away. For one, there’s still a surprisingly (and shamefully) large percentage of neanderthal “gamers” desperately clinging to the illusion that the world of gaming is a chest-thumping, club-swinging men’s world. Another cliché sticking to us gamers like a bad habit is, of course, that we don’t do “healthy”. How can we? We’re sitting in the dark basement with our faces taped to a screen all day~!

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Chickpea Flatbreads with Fig & Cashew Chutney and Goat’s Cheese

Chickpea-Flatbreads-Fig-Cashew-Chutney-Goats-Cheese-Bites-3Usually when there’s a weather warning out for our general corner of the world, it never actually hits our specific corner of the world. I suppose being tucked away between two mountain ranges and two rivers might have something to do with that, but be that as it may, this time around, it actually hit us. “Storm Gusts of 85-95km/h” they predicted and that’s exactly what we got – and more, what with our two usually so protective middle mountains acting as a perfect wind tunnel.

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Lemony Chicken Ballotines with Pine Nuts and Goat’s Cheese Stuffing & Spicy Carrotoodles

Lemon-Chicken-Ballotines-Spicey-Carrot-Noodles-4Slowly but surely, the world around me is going bananas. The great outdoors around me looks like an 80’s aerobic class and the local brewery teamed up with a Cirque de Soleil stage set and all the confetti ever produced for the CSD parades all across the globe… and had a good twirl on the Studio 54 floor together.

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GW2 Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Caramelized Apples & Toasted Almonds

Creamy-Cauliflower-Soup-Caramelized-Apples-Toasted-Almonds-3Like I’ve mentioned last week, food-wise, we haven’t had enough of Winter yet – and this is one of the reasons for it~! Ever since I’ve played around with the avalanche of cauliflower-related ideas my first dance with my Yellow Cauliflower & Zucchini Curry had kicked loose all those years ago, this delicious little soup has been one of those easy-breezy “Yes, please!” dishes that are always a welcome sight on our dinner table, especially when it’s hitting the table after a long walk through the frozen landscape around us that has been putting diamonds to shame, out-sparkling them in the sunshine for the last couple of weekends.

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Smoked Salmon, Apple & Grapefruit Salad with Avocado and Lime-Yoghurt

Smoked-Salmon-Apple-Grapefruit-Salad-Avocado-Lime-Yoghurt-1Alright, time to lighten up the wintery mood of our meals! While I’m honestly not fed up with Winter-themed comfort food at dinnertime yet, I’ve recently found myself prepping zingy, light and summery meals for lunch – looks like my inner clock is slowly but steadily ticking towards warmer temperatures while my tummy’s still kinda-sorta content being wrapped in a wintery comfort-blanket of sorts~!

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Elderflower & Hibiscus Cream Chocolate Truffles

Elderflower-Hibiscus-Cream-Chocolate-Truffles-2Oh boy, it’s that time of the year again~! Certain markers, especially the smaller ones like the upcoming Valentine’s Day always startle me in a “didn’t we just do this like… yesterday?”-kind of way. The bigger holidays always seem sooo~ far away but, at least to me, the small ones really make the passing of time blatantly obvious. So, Valentine’s Day in just a bit over a week – as always a reason for Hubby and me not to do what extensive pink, flowery and chocolatey media bombardment expects us to do~!

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