Spinach Salad with Griddled Blood Oranges, Pecorino & Carrot Vinaigrette

Spinach-Salad-Blood-Orange-Pecorino-Con-Pepe-1These last few weeks have been one of those marvelous Signature February Specials with all the fixings… you know the type – the delightful full-on pull-blanket-over-head-and-hibernate-while-mother-nature-goes-nuts variety. Just when I was about to give in to the general greyness creeping up on me, I remembered a foodie conversation about the hoops, hurdles and spike pits one has to overcome get a piece of Caribbean’esue Summer onto a dinner plate on this side of the globe in mid-January.

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GW2 Yam Soup with Roasted Pears, Toasted Pecans and Lingonberries

Yam-Soup-Pecan-Nuts-Roasted-Pear-Cowberry-1Happy New Year everyone~! I hope this post finds each and every one of you happy, healthy, well rested and on a beeline-course towards your dreams!

For some reason, the New Year doesn’t reeeeeally start until after Three Kings Day for me – which is actually a public holiday in our little corner of the world – at least from a regular-work-day perspective. In other words: the cozy calm and quiet of the week between the years gets a little cherry on top – stormy, wet and altogether nasty January outside, bingeworthy books, cozy blankets, lots of tea and yummy wintery comfort food inside. Yay!
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Hearty Parsnip & Chestnut Soup with Figs

Hearty-Parsnip-Chestnut-Soup-Figs-3Once more 2021 keeps walking a very straight, very postcard’esque line through the seasons! Almost perfectly on cue at the beginnibg of October, the tell-tale autumn winds started chasing rain-heavy clouds across the skies above us, leaving just enough breathing room in between the gusts to allow us to hear the chestnuts falling off the trees left right and center. (my condolences to anyone who couldn’t find a better parking spot…) And, of course, allowing just the perfect amount of sunshine through for us to go for extended walks through the wild explosion of color that is the landscape surrounding us these days.

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Lemon Gnocchi with Griddled Zucchini & Peaches and Zingy Saffron Sauce

Lemon-Gnocchi-Zucchini-Peaches-3Friends, Romans, Countrymen… I have a problem. Or so it would seem. Only now that I’m sitting here, Iced Peach Tea in one hand and latest recipe notes in the other, ready to share the yumness with you guys I realize that this is the third recipe involving peaches and/or nectarines in a row. Third one for you guys, that is… lots more on my side of the screen. And it’s not even our region’s peach season yet! I’m so sorry! I’m not even sure where that sudden obsession came from!

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GW2 Glazed Peach & Taleggio Tarte

Glazed-Peach-Taleggio-Tarte-1Down here in South-Western Germany, wedged in between the French and Swiss border and with the Italian and Austrian ones what feels only like a stone’s throw away for that matter, it’s really hard not to think “Savory” when the concept of pastries comes up at exactly the right moment. Of course, there’s our signature thinnest-possible-crust-tart concept plus anything that grows on trees or bushes around here at any given time, but that’s a whole other story~

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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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GW2 Fancy Bean & Avocado Chili with Orange-Macadamia Pesto

Fancy-Bean-Chili-Orange-Macadamia-Pesto-3Minus 14°C. Snow. Windy. Did I mention the minus fourteen degrees celcius already? Well, what can I say… I’m absolutely extatic about it, jumping up and down in front of the window every morning these days~! It’s W.I.N.T.E.R for the first time in… I think it’s been at least 10 years that I’ve dug out a wool sweater during “winter” time and even longer since I’ve been woken up by the neighbour being massively displeased about having to shovel the sidewalk free of snow and letting the whole street know all about it at 5:30 in the morning.

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Kohlrabi & Apple Salad with Walnuts and Goat’s Cheese Dressing

Kohlrabi-AppleSalad-Walnuts-Goat-Cheese-Dressing-1I know, I know… I just shared a salad recipe with you last time but… the shere fun of that one in combination with the currently relatively mild temperatures outside made me want more! This one’s a much loved health-nut-approved quick-fix and a true autumn classic in our neck of the woods.

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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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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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