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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Mandarin Orange-Almond Caramel Pancakes with Caramelized Figs and Cinnamon Crumble

Mandarin-Orange-Almond-Caramel-Pancakes-Caramelized-Figs-Cinnamon-Crumble-3Happy New Year everyone~! I hope you guys had yourselves a fantastic blast, welcoming 2020 last night – and of course, that you’re not still suffering from the lingering “consequences” a party-related blast has in tow on occasion.

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Jerusalem Artichoke Taboulé & Spicy Lamb Meatballs

Jerusalem-Artichoke-Taboulé-Spicy-Lamb-Meatballs-3December is a rather busy month for us – as I suppose it is for most of you guys. With the holidays and their cloud of satellite-events lining up on the horizon, this is the perfect time to dig a bit deeper into my box of quick-and-easy-prep dishes that are even better if left forgotten for a few hours or even over night~

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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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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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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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Olive & Prune Ravioli with Lemony Pecorino Sauce

Olive-Prune-Ravioli-Lemony-Pecorino-Sauce-4After last weeks Homage to Cow, so to speak, I decided it’s time for a vegetarian dish. Actually, scratch that – I’ve made this one several times before actually paying any attention to the fact that it’s “vegetarian”. To me, this one is proudly wearing the colors of August in our region, highlighting the delicious stonefruityness of the month and (quite literally) wrapping up the deal with a hint of the signature delicacies at home just a little further down south.

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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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