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”

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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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Zingy Lamb’s Lettuce with Fig-Mustard Vinaigrette, Fresh Figs, Cured Ham and Goat’s Cheese

Zingy-Lambs-Lettuce-Fig-Mustard-Vinaigrette-Cured-Ham-Goats-Cheese-4For the last couple of weeks, ever since the chocolatey spring festivities have come and gone to be precise, I’ve been pretty busy off the screen and out of the kitchen. Looking back now, after a long and delicious day in the kitchen – the results of which will be coming your way really soon – I can say being kept from “cooking big” for a few isn’t all that bad after all.

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Thyme-Poached Veal with Pea & Wild Garlic Risotto and Strawberries

Thyme-Poached-Veal-Pea-Wild-Garlic-Risotto-Strawberries-4I really hope you guys had a fabulous, delicious, long and relaxing weekend like we did! Whether you actually celebrated the holidays or not, if you found yourself in our part of the world, you would have been able to enjoy Mother Natures’ grand entrance to the party that we can now officially call “Spring”. She really put on her Sunday dress this year and rocked our world for the last couple of days, making everybody sigh contentedly, close their eyes and tilt their faces towards the sun for four days straight~

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Herby Lamb Gyoza with Nasci Pear & Leek Salad

Herby-Lamb-Gyoza-Nasci-Pear-Leek-Salad-7Sometimes magic just happens. Not the boogidyboogidy-kind of magic, but the real fairy-dance kind that ignites sparks around your head when the perfect time of day, place, lighting, mood, company and all other good things come together by some sort of cosmic miracle and give you a little kiss. This recipe is one of the results of one such perfect moment that occurred at around 8am on Sunday the 23rd of September 2018 on a hiking trail hugging the side of a steep valley on the beautiful island of Madeira.

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GW2 Crispy-Fried Eggplant with Toasted Barley & Pomegranate Salad

Eggplant-Stirfry-Toasted-Barley-Pomegranate-Salad-5For some reason, certain clichés and stereotypes are insanely slow to fade away. For one, there’s still a surprisingly (and shamefully) large percentage of neanderthal “gamers” desperately clinging to the illusion that the world of gaming is a chest-thumping, club-swinging men’s world. Another cliché sticking to us gamers like a bad habit is, of course, that we don’t do “healthy”. How can we? We’re sitting in the dark basement with our faces taped to a screen all day~!

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Lemony Chicken Ballotines with Pine Nuts and Goat’s Cheese Stuffing & Spicy Carrotoodles

Lemon-Chicken-Ballotines-Spicey-Carrot-Noodles-4Slowly but surely, the world around me is going bananas. The great outdoors around me looks like an 80’s aerobic class and the local brewery teamed up with a Cirque de Soleil stage set and all the confetti ever produced for the CSD parades all across the globe… and had a good twirl on the Studio 54 floor together.

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Boar Bourginion with Quinces and Chestnuts

boar-bourginion-quinces-chestnuts-3As you guys may have already gathered from my general step-back from most things in the “sweets” department, sweet wines aren’t exactly my cup of… well, glass of wine I suppose! either. But, with the winter festivities not that far behind us, of course there are still some remnants and strays lingering around my pantry. Like, for example, a bottle of semi-sweet Burgundy Pinot Noir Hubby’s Grandmother gave to us – according to her, her favorite late-night “Sip-let” before bed.

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GW2 Chicken & Noodle Miso Broth

Chicken-Noodle-Miso-Broth-3Dear fellow Food Bloggers,

you will all (most likely) be familiar with this situation: there’s a dish you cook up regularly, say when it’s cold and icky outside and a case of the flu is setting up shop on your doorstep. Like a classic Chicken Broth / Noodle Soup kind of a dish, or any of its comfort-foody relatives. You’re used to going though all the steps, auto-pilot being an understatement here, but the result always puts a huge smile and a satisfied expression on your faces, no matter how easy-breezy the prep seems to be by now.

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