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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Energizer Gazpacho & Savory Millet, Feta and Chorizo Bread

Energizer-Gazpacho-Savory-Millet-Feta-Chorizo-Bread-4For some reason, I never really connected the Gazpacho- or Cold-Soup-in-general-dot on the culinary map to the “Summer” dot as only point of origin or interest, but to the “travel” dot as well. You guys might have noticed that I do, in fact, post at least one Cold Soup/Gazpacho recipe every Summer. Of course, I mostly make them during this time of the year since they’re basically the most refreshing thing you can have on one of the brutal nights we are experiencing at the moment.

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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”

GW2 Apricot-Stuffed Veal Chops & Crispy Braised Leeks with Hazelnuts

Apricot-Stuffed-Veal-Chops-Crispy-Braised-Leeks-Hazelnuts-2When long evenings and fantastic weather come together and the first tell-tale whisps of smoldering embers are wafting through town while an avalanche of dangerously juicy, golden orbs is burying the displays in evey corner of the farmer’s market, Spring is definitely turning into Summer in our parts.

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Crispy Pan-Seared Salmon, Pea Purée and Asparagus & Pastis-Tarragon Sauce

Crispy-Pan-Seared-Salmon-Pea-Purée-Asparagus-Pastis-Tarragon-Sauce-1All right, time to make good on my promise to celebrate this year’s Asparagus Season properly~! Usually, Hubby and I indulge in our region’s asparagus about 1-2 times a week during the season. Of course these weekday dinners are breezy ones, you know, along the lines of a quick salad with strawberry dressing, a flick-of-the-wrist asparagus soup or as vinaigretty side to a lemony chicken breast.

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