GW2 Golden Autumn Salad with Chestnut-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

 

Autumn-Salad-Stuffed-Portobello-Mushrooms-3Today’s inspirational, fantastic fantastical virtual-world recipe sent me onto an extended hike down memory lane when I first discovered it in my Chef’s Guild recipe list a couple of years ago. See, back when I was a kid, my grandparents had a habit of dragging me to go visit the extended family scattered up and down both sides of the German-French border on weekends.

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Wine Harvest Festival Crostini

Wine-Harvest-Festival-Crostini-1September, golden September! Wine Harvest, anything involving grapes and related outdoorsy things you can do during these times, hikes, excursions and picnics – all asking for delicious little bites to recharge hike-depleted batteries or soak up some of the liquids that may have been sampled along the way!

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Mango-Thai Basil Gazpacho

Mango-Thai-Basil Gazpacho-1Ah… Summer. Summer in the city, to be precise. Not all that comfy at times, but lucky for us, our hometown is bracketed by mountain ranges, all conveniently covered in the signature lush, pillowy dark greens of the middle mountains, dotted with a few splotches of red and yellow here and there. Whenever the hubbub of the city is getting to us, we simply hit the road, our picnic stuff, hiking boots and a bottle of water in tow, following the cool, calm and serene call of the forest.

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Pan-seared Scallops with Blackcurrant Sauce & Cauliflower-Fennel Purée

Scallops-Blackcurrant-Sauce-Cauliflower-Fennel-Purée-4Ah, here it is! The shyest guest on our regional “berry parade VIP” list: the humble Blackcurrant. To me, admittedly a roaring menace to our region’s supply of blackcurrants, it actually feels like their season is getting shorter each year, but well… all the more reason to make every single berry count, right~?

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Spring Lamb, Pea & Blackberry Salad

Spring-Lamb-Pea-Blackberry-Salad-1These days, Spring couldn’t be more “in full swing” if it tried around our parts. To me, a Spring and Autumn person through and through, it couldn’t be more inviting – not only to go for a long hike, but to go on an extended cooking-spree on the occasional rainy day with all the delicious goodies that come with the season as well~! Today’s dish is my way of celebrating the “Best of Spring” in a light, lunch-appropriate, salady way – Part #1 of my Spring Celebration 2020, if you will – Part #2, the Spring Dinner, will come your way next~

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GW2 Purple Potato, Blueberry & Goat’s Cheese Quiche a.k.a. Quiche of Darkness

Purple-Potato-Blueberry-Goat-Cheese-Quiche-1Sometimes, mainly when you’re going about your day completely unaware of the concept that a random idea is about to set you off on an unexpected adventure, you may encounter a seemingly insignificant little thing that burrows deep into your headspace as soon as you try to put it away.

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Leek & Lemon Soup with Poached Salmon

Leek-Lemon-Soup-Poached-Salmon-2It’s getting warmer outside, the first flowers are sticking their heads out of the soaked soil and the first little travelers of the season have arrived and taken up the stage in the trees outside, merrily singing us a song every morning (Fantastic way to wake up, even if it’s the song of a literal early bird!). It seems, Spring is nosing its way in – About time, too~!

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Beetroot, Lingonberry & Pastis – Cured Salmon Cheesecake

Beetroot-Lingonberry-Pastis-Cured-Salmon-Cheesecake-3Since the ongoing signature pre-spring weirdness of February still isn’t showing any signs of letting us off the hook for even a little while, the only way to catch a couple of sunbeams that aren’t immediately chased away by (thunder) storms these days is… to cook them up ourselves.
The first thing that sprang to mind when I started to think about sunny foods was this deliciously zingy cheesecake I often whip up during the Springtime garden-party season just before the heat of Summer hits us, blowing any motivation to gather, cook or eat to bits wrecking-ball-style.

 

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GW2 Sesame-Ginger Beef Carpaccio with Crispy Fried Lime Leaves

GW2-Sesame-Ginger-Beef-Carpaccio-Crispy-Fried-Lime-Leaves-3Dear Asurans, Charr, Sylvari, Humans and rampant inner vampires… rejoice! An all-time favorite starter dish, a true “Ascended” food item if you will, pleasing crowds off and on screen all around both worlds has made it’s way onto the Tyrian Menu~! The Carpaccio. With the introduction of Ascended Quality Food last year, our beloved Chef’s Guild has blessed our dinner tables with a delicious choice of 5 different styles of Beef Carpaccio – all of which I will devour… ah… present to you on this side of the screen at some point.

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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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