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 Veggie Burger

Greenspelt-Veggie-Burger-4Did anyone say “Heresy” and “open fire” in one breath? Welcome to the dark ages… or our latest garden showdown! I, carnivore, have come up with something other than the usual, extremely (at least to me, comparing the choices to what’s on the other side of the coals) boring “vegetarian options” to throw on a BBQ. Something that even my fellow lovers of a decent steak or burger have taken a serious liking to by now. A veggie burger pattie that doesn’t involve funky tofu textures, the ever present – tasty, but… again?! – feta & greek stuff combo or squeaky halloumi~!

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Fillet of Veal, Spring Vegetables, Asparagus-Risotto-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms & Lemon Sauce

Fillet-Veal-Spring-Vegetables-Asparagus-Risotto-Stuffed-Zucchini-Blossoms-Lemon-Sauce-3As promised, here’s part two of this year’s Asparagus Season Finale, a follow-up for last week’s Asparagus Risotto. We had both of these dishes a couple of weeks back, conveniently and absolutely unintentionally timed for Saturday and Sunday dinners on that one “Cats and dogs are falling out of the sky with their claws out” weekend of the season – the absolute perfect weekend to spend an extended period of time in the kitchen, white wine in hand, noses and spoons in the pots… a smashing way to celebrate the veggie stars of the season while they were getting exactly what they needed as well, a serious dose of rain~!

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Chicken & Leek Gyoza with Mango-Papaya & Sage Salad

Chicken-Leak-Gyoza-Mango-Papaya-Sage-Salad-3The city Hubby and I call home has always been the go-to place in the region to indulge in healthy helping of the real, authentic, non-europeanized food from whatever country you could possibly think of. From a serious Argentinian Asado to a Zambian deep-fried Kudu surprise, you name it, you’ll most likely get it – as long as you don’t expect it to be adjusted to please a central-european palate.

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Herby Pomegranate, Chickpea and Watermelon Salad & Harissa-Coated Monkfish

Herby-Pomegranate-Chickpea-Watermelon-Salad-Harissa-Coated-Monkfish-2Eeesh… remember my little rant about Mother Nature not having gotten the Spring-Time Memo yet just two weeks back? Well, you know what they say about the hazards of poking sleeping dragons and other elemental forces… It seems, someone speared that memo with a cattle prod and popped the metaphorical Nature Dragon a good one with it.

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Lemon Turkey, Avocado & Raspberry Bowl

Lemony-Turkey-Bowl-Avocado-Raspberries-2I hope you guys enjoyed the holidays as much as we did~! With all that chocolate-box-business, a much needed meaty experiment to counter the sugar overdose, a medieval festival and our family’s annual Easter Breakfast, it’s been quite a foodylicious set of days for us, leaving both of us in the mood for a light and healthy touch to our dinner plans… to say the least~

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GW2 Herb-Crusted Honey Lamb & Spicy Lentil-Quince Salad

Herb-Crusted-Honey-Lamb-Lentil-Quince-Salad-5This particular round of yum, was the result of… a mixture of a GW2-induced food funk and fate, I suppose~ You see, every time I browse the Crystal Desert recipes, I can’t help but pause, lean back, shake my head and sigh at the Sugar Rib Roast. The dish’s picture on the menu is, in my book at least, screaming “Crown Roast!!!” at the top of its lungs loud enough to drown any and all of my attempts to think around the one method of preparation I can’t really pull off in my kitchen…

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Steamed Duck & Plum Dumplings with Szechuan Duck Broth

Steamed-Duck-Plum-Dumplings-Szechuan-Duck-Broth-4You guys might remember that pesky Annual Cold Snap during February I mentioned 2 weeks ago. Well, this year it brought a friend and the two of them really went to town. The usually relatively short cold front freezing the dress choices for Valentine’s Day into non-existence recently teamed up with a Siberian cold front nosing around our neighborhood.

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Jerusalem Artischocke Salad with Apples, Beets and Sunny-Side-Ups

Jerusalem-Artischocke-Salad-Apples-Beets-Sunny-Side-Up-1Being a notor… ah… well-known regular at your favorite farmer’s market stalls really has it’s perks. Sometimes, the same perks – in the sense of wrong place, wrong time – can put you between a rock and a hard place. When you realize you’re stuck however, the best escape, at least in a food-related thought-spiral kind of scenario, is down. Confused yet? Ok, here’s what happened.

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GW2 Red Lentil Stew a.k.a. Harira

Harira-4Alright folks, I think it’s time I made good on the promise I made in my loosely Crystal Dessert-related  Spicy Chicken Wrap & Tomato Hummus post and get down to business with the whole Crystal Desert Cuisine shabang. After being reminded of the existence of Red Lentils by the vendors and food stalls keeping us well fed and happy on our adventures through the Crystal Desert, I rolled up my sleeves and tackled the topic of “Red Lentils” on this side of the screen~!

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