Lemony Broccoli & Cashew Soup

Lemony-Broccoli-Cashew-Soup-3Since my slightly winter-intoxicated post two weeks ago, we’ve gone through a screeching 180° turn temperature-wise. From -15°C to +15°C within a week. Now that my system has somewhat acclimatized to the sudden change, I have to admit, I don’t really trust those innocently sparkling powder blue skies out there just yet – not enough to give in to the budding urge to completely ditch the wintery cuisine for something more fresh, zingy and potentially outdoorsy in any case~

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Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread, Fennel & Orange Cured Salmon and Caramelized Greengage-Rosemary Jam with Van

Gluten-Free-Paleo-Nut-Bread-Fennel-Orange-Cured-Salmon-Caramelized-Greengage-Rosemary-Jam-2Happy new year, everyone! As always, I welcome the new year with a scrumptious breakfast spread to start off on the right foot, get into the groove, so to speak, and celebrate a new chapter with our tastebuds tickled in all the right places. And what better time is there than a New Year’s breakfast to indulge in not having to make decisions – and taking a little bit of everything instead~? This time around I’ve got options for you guys! So let’s get this show on the road~

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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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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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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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