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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Leek & Wild Mushroom Soup with Venison Meatballs

Leek-Wild-Mushroom-Soup-Venison-Meatballs-3Food Frenzy Holiday… ahem. Christmas ante portas! Before the feasting and button-popping may commence, I thought I’d go easy on you guys in preparation for the Holidays. Something quick and easy-breezy to cook up, light on the heavy and hip-hugging and heavy on the light, lean yet incredibly scrumptious, healthy and nutritious stuff your body might need to get you through the following week unscathed~

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Sweet Potato “Rösti” with Griddled Mango Relish and Chilli Prawns

Sweet-Potato-Rösti-Griddled-Mango-Relish-Chilli-Prawns-4All right folks, get out your welcome mats~! Holiday Season is fast approaching, with all its obligations, family gatherings and social shindigs in tow. What better opportunity than this to dust off some fingerfood related recipes~! Oooooor to unobtrusively hide a large-scale taste-testing of one/more of your dishes-in-development beneath the cover of a fingerfood platter… *cough*

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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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Smoked Salmon & Herb Crêpes with Apples and Beets

Smoked-Salmon-Herb-Crêpes-Apples-Beets-3Back on solid ground! Sort of. I think… Well, I suppose you guys know how busy things can get as soon as you get off a plane and return to day-to-day business after a vacation. Busy enough for time and space to seemingly bend around you, forming a sneaky little bubble while you’re not looking. Those bubbles, on top of everything else, have a nasty penchant to Shanghai you by popping you out into full awareness (and possibly panic-mode… with a ginormic headache to boot) about a week later, and, of course, leaving you to figure out where on earth the last week went all by your lonesome.

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Herby Polenta Tiles with Black Cherry & Red Onion Chutney and Taleggio Cheese

Herby-Polenta-Tiles-Black-Cherry-Red-Onion-Chutney-Taleggio-Cheese-2Managing leftovers has never been so exciting~! See, up until a handful of weeks ago, I was under the impression that Hubby and I would skip out on the whole vacation thing this year and save up some quid for a far away bucket-list getaway next year instead. And sure, with a major travel destination dangling in front of your nose as the proverbial carrot, staying in for the year might not be all that yawnilicious.

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GW2 Glazed Pear & Goat’s Cheese Tart

Glazed-Pear-Tarte-2Skirting the outlines of our midwinter getaway to the north last week reminded me of the fact that, during my Goat’s Cheese Crème Brûlée & Spiced Quinces Post, I promised to share another one of the treats that have proven to be capable of pleasing or even converting the most militant Goat’s Cheese Grumps. Given that this one’s inspired by the Tyrian Chef’s Guild’s menu, you might wonder how I got from a stormy Northern Sea island without a stable internet connection to actually go on a gaming spree during one of those storms to a warm-and-fuzzy Tarte with magical properties like that?

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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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