Grilled Watermelon, Fennel & Feta Salad with or without Steak Ribbons and Prawns

Grilled-Watermelon-Fennel-Feta-Salad-Steak-Prawns-4Ok, I’ve just noticed that three out of four recipes for this year’s BBQ special are vegetarian options. Sort of. The upcoming dessert is seriously hard to imagine in a meaty context anyhow, but still, once that fact dawned on me, I had two options. Go veg on this one too or go all out carnivore galore. Well hell… I did what I always do when I can’t decide between two wildly different things: I pick door number three.

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Honey Roasted and Goat’s Cheese Stuffed Nectarines

Honey-Roasted-Goat's-Cheese-Stuffed-Nectarines-2Oh yes, July’s here! Unless you’re part of the die-hard, anytime, anywhere BBQ crowd, in our parts this is the month to keep the embers fanned. Finally warm enough to sit outside for an extended period of time, too early in the summer to be in any real danger of being eaten alive by mother nature’s bad-hair-day experiments, and not yet hot enough to call the friendly guys with the giant butterfly nets whenever someone mentions open fire and coals.

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Fillet of Veal, Spring Vegetables, Asparagus-Risotto-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms & Lemon Sauce

Fillet-Veal-Spring-Vegetables-Asparagus-Risotto-Stuffed-Zucchini-Blossoms-Lemon-Sauce-3As promised, here’s part two of this year’s Asparagus Season Finale, a follow-up for last week’s Asparagus Risotto. We had both of these dishes a couple of weeks back, conveniently and absolutely unintentionally timed for Saturday and Sunday dinners on that one “Cats and dogs are falling out of the sky with their claws out” weekend of the season – the absolute perfect weekend to spend an extended period of time in the kitchen, white wine in hand, noses and spoons in the pots… a smashing way to celebrate the veggie stars of the season while they were getting exactly what they needed as well, a serious dose of rain~!

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Roasted Bell Pepper & Apricot Gazpacho with Spicy Goat’s Cheese Filo Pillows

Roasted-Pepper-Apricot-Gazpachio-Goats-Cheese-Filo-Parcels-3Oh yes, Summer’s here! Temperatures are slowly but steadily rising to a level where – if you want to survive the stuffy city nights – you have to find somewhere else to be during the day – and don’t even think about looking at your stove too closely, it might get funny ideas… – in order to keep the apartment cool…’ish. Of course, that raises the question of minimal-prep, healthy, filling and refreshing to-go’able meals that don’t turn into a pile of ick once exposed to a bit of sun.

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White Chocolate & Blueberry Crème Brûlée

White-Chocolate-Blueberry-Crème-Brûlée-3Time to celebrate… good times, glorious times, delicious times for everybody with a sweet tooth for mother nature’s gem collection! Bushes, shrubs and other assorted types of greenery are bursting with berries this time of the year, just waiting to be picked, devoured and turned into yumtastic things – after the cook has taken his or her fill of the raw bounty, of course~

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Chicken & Leek Gyoza with Mango-Papaya & Sage Salad

Chicken-Leak-Gyoza-Mango-Papaya-Sage-Salad-3The city Hubby and I call home has always been the go-to place in the region to indulge in healthy helping of the real, authentic, non-europeanized food from whatever country you could possibly think of. From a serious Argentinian Asado to a Zambian deep-fried Kudu surprise, you name it, you’ll most likely get it – as long as you don’t expect it to be adjusted to please a central-european palate.

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Wild Herb & Cheese Salad with Grapes, Blueberries and Maple Syrup-Lemon Dressing

Wild-Herb-Cheese-Salad-Grapes-Blueberries-Maple-Syrup-Lemon-Dressing-3Sometimes, recipes aren’t about using specific ingredients in a specific way to create something new entirely – sometimes they’re all about highlighting that one spectacular item you brought home, make that one thing, possibly a rather humble one, the shining star of your dinner table. One of the things I absolutely love building a dish around is, as you may have noticed already, cheese in all shapes and sizes.

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Raspberry-Lime & Coconut Chocolates

Raspberry-Lime-Coconut-Chocolates-2In the aftermath of last weekends heat blast, I’ve noticed some of my circuits and tastebuds having obviously taken a more thorough scramble than I first thought. For example, even though the temperatures have dropped to reasonable levels, at least as far as end-of-April goes with close-to-zero-degrees night breezes, I can’t get myself to close the windows at night. Most of the members of my – admittedly small, but cherished – shoe collection have sort of a… sinister? Confining! look to them after just one weekend of flipflop-freedom for my feet.

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Herby Pomegranate, Chickpea and Watermelon Salad & Harissa-Coated Monkfish

Herby-Pomegranate-Chickpea-Watermelon-Salad-Harissa-Coated-Monkfish-2Eeesh… remember my little rant about Mother Nature not having gotten the Spring-Time Memo yet just two weeks back? Well, you know what they say about the hazards of poking sleeping dragons and other elemental forces… It seems, someone speared that memo with a cattle prod and popped the metaphorical Nature Dragon a good one with it.

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