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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Zingy Avocado & Blackcurrant Salad

Avocado-Blackcurrant-Salad-2If you’re experiencing the same mood swings of dear Mother Nature that we are suffering through these days, you… well you probably won’t be sitting in front of your screen, reading something about a potentially heat-generating activity like cooking. But if you do, I’ve got great news for you! This week’s dish is a really refreshing and light, yet surprisingly filling number that’s basically done in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. Perfect for high temperature- and resulting low energy levels~

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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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Creamy White Asparagus Soup and Green Asparagus & Tarragon Relish

Green-White-Asparagus-Soup-2Slowly but surely, this year’s asparagus season is approaching it’s last stretch in our region while, at the same time, Mother Nature is picking up the pace with the temperatures. Ergo: time for a delicious, healthy, pretty and seriously satisfying quick-fix involving the star of the season!

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GW2 Garlic Bread or: Madeiran Bolo do Caco

Garlic-Bread-Madeiran-Bolo-do-Caco-5Oh joy and (slightly nerdy) delight~! One of our worlds is expanding again! With the new chapter of the ever-evolving Living World of Guild Wars 2 coming this week (actually.. yesterday! Guess, what I’m doing right now~) Hubby and I treated ourselves, our Asura Necromancers and our Mighty Minion Mob with an extensive trip through the Desert of Elona, across the Southern Isles and up to the Far Shiverpeak Mountains of the main continent of Tyria in preparation of whatever the currently most wanted Elder Dragon might be sending our way in the next couple of weeks.

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Chickpea Flatbreads with Fig & Cashew Chutney and Goat’s Cheese

Chickpea-Flatbreads-Fig-Cashew-Chutney-Goats-Cheese-Bites-3Usually when there’s a weather warning out for our general corner of the world, it never actually hits our specific corner of the world. I suppose being tucked away between two mountain ranges and two rivers might have something to do with that, but be that as it may, this time around, it actually hit us. “Storm Gusts of 85-95km/h” they predicted and that’s exactly what we got – and more, what with our two usually so protective middle mountains acting as a perfect wind tunnel.

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Smoked Salmon, Apple & Grapefruit Salad with Avocado and Lime-Yoghurt

Smoked-Salmon-Apple-Grapefruit-Salad-Avocado-Lime-Yoghurt-1Alright, time to lighten up the wintery mood of our meals! While I’m honestly not fed up with Winter-themed comfort food at dinnertime yet, I’ve recently found myself prepping zingy, light and summery meals for lunch – looks like my inner clock is slowly but steadily ticking towards warmer temperatures while my tummy’s still kinda-sorta content being wrapped in a wintery comfort-blanket of sorts~!

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Avocado-Beetroot & Buffalo Mozzarella Mille Feuille

Avocado-Beetroot-Buffalo-Mozzarella-Mille-Feuille-2The colder and nastier it gets outside, the more often my mind wanders off to about 2,800km west-southwest of here, to Madeira. Since there’s nothing I can do about shortening the actual distance on the spot, I can only tap into my recently refilled inner reserve of Madeira-Zen, roll up my sleeves and start cooking to bring a delicious little piece of the island into our corner of the world instead~!

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GW2 Spiced Red Lentil & Orange Soup

Red-Lentil-Orange-Soup-3While I was skimming over my list of the last few and the next couple of yummies on my to-cook list, I noticed how most of them share the same basic characteristics while being very different in the end. All of them are “warm” be it in the actual temperature, in their color palette or in the heart-and-soul ”warm”ing sense of the word. All of them are really quick and easy to whip up, and all of them – even my pick for this year’s Christmas Box of Chocolates~! – are packing a serious punch in the “Healthy” department.

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