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Kohlrabi carpaccio with cranberry walnut pesto

kohlrabi carpaccio with cranberry walnut pesto

It always amazes me how a few very simple (and budget friendly) ingredients can turn into a very fancy looking and tasting dish with just a little creativity and carefully garnished plates. For this dish for example, I used kohlrabi as the main ingredient, which is a kind of cabbage that is very common (and inexpensive) in German speaking countries. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and has a mild cabbage flavor that works great in salads, hearty stews or as a side dish. I combined it with a sweet yet savory pesto made from cranberries and walnuts and served it on a bed of lambs lettuce. By the way, if you have any leftovers or simply don’t need all the pesto and veggies for serving, use it as a sandwich filling – absolutely delicious! Continue reading

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Napa cabbage salad with nuts and fruits

Napa cabbage salad with fruits and nuts

Winter is cabbage season – the vegetable section in every supermarket are bursting at the seams with  with red and white cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. And with a little luck, you can also get you hands on some more exotic kinds – like Napa cabbage, which also goes by celery cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Chinese Leaf or Wong Bok. It has a lovely, mild cabbage flavour and crunchy, yet soft leaves, so unlike some other cabbage kinds, you can also enjoy it raw. I used it to make a delicious, savoury but sweet salad with apples and cranberries, topped with a few nuts for some extra crunch. You can also use different fruits – I was thinking raisins and braised apricots – to adjust the salad to your liking. Continue reading

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Almost healthy ‘New Year’s resolution’ cookies with pink and white glazing

Dinosaur Chia Cookies

New Year’s Eve is approaching fast, and many of us start to ponder what they want to change in the next twelve months – be it finally starting to save money, not postponing chores for another TV marathon or broaden your horizon. Many people though focus on their health, which is the reason why your favourite gym tends to be cramped with newbies every January (who tend to disappear around the beginning of February at the latest).

Another popular resolution is to completely stop eating sweets and treats, which is an enterprise bound to shipwreck. If you have ever been on a diet before, you know that telling yourself something like ‘I will not be eating chocolate for two weeks’ will only result in you thinking about chocolate 24/7, until you find yourself in the sweet aisle of your local supermarket with the mindset of a drug addict on cold turkey.

So, if you actually want to do something for your health, your New Year resolutions shouldn’t consist of a ban on all sweets, but of a plan to focus on healthier – or even downright healthy – treats. This cookie recipe is something that could help you with that – you get the sweetness and crumbliness of home baked sugar cookies, but with less sugar and almost no fat. I’ve also added some chia seeds to squeeze in some nutritional value, though you can easily skip those if you want. All in all, why these cookies are still not exactly healthy, they are at least way more wholesome than any sugar and fat laden treats you would dive in to once you couldn’t stand to be sweet-celibate anymore. Continue reading

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Treat yourself: Two kinds of salty pretzel chocolates bites

pretzel chocolate bites

Salty chocolate treats? Hell yes! It may sound odd at first, but sweet and creamy chocolate is just perfect for combining with salty ingredients. A few of the ‘expensive’ chocolate brands do even sell chocolate bars topped with coarse salt or other hearty toppings – though for a rather budget-unfriendly price. You can however make the most delicious salty and crunchy chocolate treats all by yourself – with the magic ingredient ‘pretzels’. (You can also use pretzel sticks, though the round shape works better in my opinion.) They are the perfect mixture of salty and crunchy, and are pretty much fat-free which makes it easy to mix them with other ingredients. I made two versions of chocolate treats, one with white chocolate and dried cranberries, and one with dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds. Both balance their flavours pretty nicely: sourly cranberries meet sweet white chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate meets savoury pumpkin seeds – truly delicious! Feel free to use whatever kind of chocolate you like, be it vegan rice milk-based chocolate or dairy-based chocolate – whatever you prefer. You can also try to use different dried fruits or seeds, the two versions presented here are merely suggestions! Continue reading

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Colourful lamb’s lettuce salad with joghurt dressing

Even if it’s getting cold outside and autumn has finally displaced the last warm summer days, I still enjoy a fresh salad for a small lunch or supper. Admittedly, it doesn’t warm you like a hot soup or stew, but gives you plenty of vitamins and is quick and easy to prepare. Lamb’s lettuce is the perfect base for any autumn salad – it has a very mild taste and can be combined with sweet or hearty other ingedients. This salad combines lamb’s lettuce, crisp ball pepper, almonds and fruity cranberries for the perfect mixture of flavours. Give it a try!  Continue reading

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