Cognac Peppersteaks with Chili-Chocolate Sauce and Potato-Quince Gratin

Cognac-Peppersteaks-Chili-Chocolate-Sauce-Potato-Quince-Gratin-3Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself and/or your most loved one. Just because. And, for once, I have absolutely nothing to add to that, apart from the following: Once everyone involved is inside the house, lock the door, pour yourself a glass of whatever you’ve picked to accompany the steaks – a Brunello was our pick for this particular dinner for two – and start with…

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GW2 Sesame-Ginger Beef Carpaccio with Crispy Fried Lime Leaves

GW2-Sesame-Ginger-Beef-Carpaccio-Crispy-Fried-Lime-Leaves-3Dear Asurans, Charr, Sylvari, Humans and rampant inner vampires… rejoice! An all-time favorite starter dish, a true “Ascended” food item if you will, pleasing crowds off and on screen all around both worlds has made it’s way onto the Tyrian Menu~! The Carpaccio. With the introduction of Ascended Quality Food last year, our beloved Chef’s Guild has blessed our dinner tables with a delicious choice of 5 different styles of Beef Carpaccio – all of which I will devour… ah… present to you on this side of the screen at some point.

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GW2 Coffee-Rubbed T-Bone Steaks with Black Cherry & Malt Beer Glaze

Coffee-Rubbed-T-Bone-Steaks-Black Cherry-Malt-Beer-Glaze-5And here it is, the headliner for my Summer’s Treasures Festival this year! This one’s a true representative of the “Hear me roar!” category of dishes, one of my all-time favorite BBQ’y goodies, a serious crowd pleaser and a celebration, at least in my book, of all ingredients involved. Plus, the story of it’s first appearance on our table a couple of years back has a solid “Roar” to it as well~

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Asparagus Burgers & Punchy Strawberry Relish

Asparagus-Burgers-Punchy-Strawberry-Relish-2Hmmm. Just 2 weeks ago, I was sitting in this exact same spot, also writing up a recipe for you guys… and almost falling flat on my face with a heatstroke from the 40°C+ outside. I focused on the snowstorm scenario I described to you guys during the Energizer Gazpacho post in an attempt to keep a cool head at least and now… our region is sitting below Siberia on the temperature scale at a balmy 23-25°C.

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Persian Beef & Quince Stew “Khoreshe Beh”

Persian-Beef-Quince-Stew-Khoreshe-Beh-4A quick glance at the world outside my window just confirmed what my internal world already knew: It’s officially Stew Time! The Christmas Markets around town have opened their gates, doing their very best to counter the grey-on-grey, cold’ish, wet’ish “thing” that’s our signature early winter weather with the most delicious treats, aromas and, of course, all the hot spiced wine they can cook up.

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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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GW2 Guinness Stew & Guinness-Buttermilk Soda Bread

Guiness-Stew-Soda-Bread-3As you might have noticed, I’m a bit early on hitting the “Publish” button today. The reason for that is as simple as it is delightful~ Right now, I’m on my way out of the house, headed towards Frankfurt Airport where a plane is waiting to take me on a long-weekend trip to Dublin, Ireland. I thought I’d grab this opportunity to share one of our all-time-favorite stews with you guys.

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GW2 Path of Fire – Chipotle Chilli Burger

Chipotle-Chilli-Burger-4Get out your Welcome mats, folks~! Our world is about to grow a new continent! Tyria, that is~ Come September, the new expansion “Path of Fire” will open the gates to the Crystal Desert to us Tyrians and, if I know my heroes behind the Chef’s Guild at ArenaNet’s HQ right, they’ll provide me with new toys off the screen as well… Can’t. Wait~! But, it looks like I’ll be sitting on hot coals for another month until it’s released… hang on. Coals? Path of Fire? A~ha!

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Spicy Beef & Mushroom Stirfry with String Bean & Plum Salad

Spicy-Beef-Mushroom-Stirfry-String-Bean-Plum-Salad-3Finally the relentless heat of the last several weeks is easing up a little and thinking about some serious grub doesn’t make me raise an eyebrow at my own sanity anymore~! Of course, it’s still summery warm outside, so going wild with pots, pans and my stove for any extended period of time is still out of the question and anything ending up on our plates absolutely needs a zingy, refreshing component to count as “edible”.

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GW2 Summery Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed-Zucchini-4Food-related childhood memories can be a serious pain in the… posterior from time to time. If you’ve ever fancied a particular dish as a kid and tried to re-create that gloryfied-by-time-and-memory experience in your kitchen as an adult with nobody to tell you the details about the dish in question, you probably know how infuriatingly frustrating the results can be~!

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