Quince Coq Au Vin

Quince-Coq-Au-Vin-1For the last 3 or 4 weeks, Mother Nature has given us her best Confetti Parade impression – an artist gone nuts wih a palette of yellows, reds, browns and greens… and everything in between. All the while, the sun was giving the scenery her best smile in support of the shenanigans below. Hiking through our put-professionally-photoshopped-autumn-postcards-to-shame forests has been an absolutely breathtaking blast, let me tell you!

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Wine Harvest Festival Crostini

Wine-Harvest-Festival-Crostini-1September, golden September! Wine Harvest, anything involving grapes and related outdoorsy things you can do during these times, hikes, excursions and picnics – all asking for delicious little bites to recharge hike-depleted batteries or soak up some of the liquids that may have been sampled along the way!

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Soba Zoodle Bowls with Crispy Duck, Blood Oranges and Edamame

Soba-Zoodle-Bowls-Crispy-Duck-Blood-Oranges-Edamame-3Whenever there’s a lot going on around us, the first thing usually being intentionally skipped or unintentionally pushed around up and down the timeline is lunch. Sure, it’s not the most important meal and most certainly not the heaviest in the thought-and-effort-department, but as time goes by and dinner-time starts to feel days away, keeping focus and motivation up at work is… well, seriously hard work.

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Five Spice Duck & Plum Salad

Five-Spice-Duck-Plum-Salad-4In recent years, I’ve made a bit of a habit to snoop around the (sometimes a little odd) national and international “holidays” at the beginning of every month. If you take a closer look at the “Days of…” happening all around the world every day, apart from the really big ones declared by the UN, you may find out about some nation/organisation celebrating something silly on a day you really need something to smile about, sometimes it’s an international celebration of something interesting you’ve known nothing about until you’re made aware of it that way.

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GW2 Chicken and Almond Pastilla

GW2-Chicken-Almond-Pastilla-1Imagine you have no idea of a country’s signature cuisine on your first visit. Now imagine someone tells a teenage-version of yourself about their special celebratory dish consisting of delicious things like chicken, eggs, coriander, almonds, lots of spices, orange blossom scented honey puff pastry, fig jam and a ton of icing sugar on top.

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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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Pomegranate Duck with Walnuts and Creamy Barley & Spinach Salad

Pomegranate-Walnut-Duck-Creamy-Barley-Spinach-Salad-3Eeeeek~! 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”