Continuing with the ancient but delicious cereals, here’s a millet apple porridge that makes a wonderful healthy and warming breakfast, much needed during the endless grey Berlin winter. Millet is a staple in many parts of the world, and not surprisingly, since contains lots of fiber, minerals and antioxidants. And it’s gluten free. I combined the cooked millet here with grated apple reminiscent of a Bircher muesli and topped it off with toasted pecans, coconut flakes and activated buckwheat.
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We have been experimenting with buckwheat in our kitchen lately, and one of the results was this delicious and extremely refreshing buckwheat, pomegranate and herbs salad. Buckwheat is not only very healthy but also really versatile – it can be eaten savoury or sweet, warm or cold – or in the form of soba noodles of course! The name is a bit misleading, since buckwheat has nothing to do with wheat – in fact, it’s not even a grain and it’s glutenfree. Sometimes buckwheat is sold already toasted; in that case it has a darker brown color. We used the untoasted version here (from Rapunzel), which is pale green or beige and has a very mild taste. This here is really the simplest preparation, a wonderful winter salad, with lots of vitamins in the form of lemon and pomegranate, and a fresh taste from the green herbs.
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These tacos contain a wild mix of toppings, but for me they all work together. I love the miso-tahini-lemon sauce, especially together with sweet potatoes (a nice combination also on its own, without tacos!) and the green asparagus provides some nice crunch. I did not make my own tortillas here but of course you could, especially if you are lucky and own a tortilla press. It’s very difficult here in Germany to find masa harina, the flour needed for corn tortillas (if you have some tips where to buy it, I would love to know), but I have made wheat flour tortillas at home (with a regular rolling pin), which are also delicious. Here and here are good recipes if you want to give them a try.
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I keep seeing beautiful turnips at the market and I love their purple color. Turnips don’t have a great reputation, but their flavor is actually delicious, like a cross between kohlrabi and radishes. They can be eaten raw or cooked, and they make great fries too. And they are available throughout the winter. In my search for recipes to use them I came across this turnip burger on Food 52, which sounded delicious. I also took veggie burger inspiration from Nourish Atelier, a beautiful blog (and now cookbook!), which has several amazing burger recipes. The result was the most delicious veggie burger we ever had. Hope you enjoy it too!
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Semolina is by now probably my favorite porridge, before oats, quinoa or anything else. Especially in wintertime when the mornings are still dark, candles are lit in the kitchen and you watch the grey day unfold slowly outside. This one here is a rather summery version with blueberries (thank god I froze a lot of them during warmer months, but of course any fruit work well with semolina, thinking of apples or quince or oranges – for which there’s actually another recipe on this blog). Coconut milk is perfect to make the semolina extra creamy and milky. The lemon pairs nicely with the blueberries, and the turmeric is just an extra twist – it’s slightly bitter, but I love putting it on things just because it’s so healthy and the color makes me happy.
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Roasting vegetables not only makes the kitchen smell great, it also concentrates their flavor. So anything roasted makes a great base for soups. The carrots in this soup become rather sweet, which is why the slightly sour sumac is a great addition. This soup doesn’t need much else, except for salt and a little shallot. And olive oil of course. I also tried to incorporate the carrot greens by turning them into a tangy pesto. On their own they are a little bitter, but mixed with mint they taste fresh and bright. Carrot tops, like many other leafy greens (think beetroot, kohlrabi or radish) are often not even sold, although they are very nutritious. Maybe because it’s (falsely) assumed they are inedible? (Read this article here for some details). Parsley works as a substitute in this recipe, but I find it’s worth looking out for fresh, preferably organic carrots with greens and use them too.
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I often buy rainbow chard because it’s so pretty, and then I don’t know what to do with it. This is why I researched a bit and came up with this curry recipe as a simple and delicious solution. It’s seasoned just with immune-boosting ginger, turmeric and garlic, and some mustard seeds, but feel free to add some other spices that you like (maybe cumin or coriander) at the beginning of the cooking process. You can of course also vary the quantities of the vegetable ingredients, or add more vegetable broth to turn it into more of a (lentil) soup. In any case it will be a nice and healthy meal for a cold autumn night.
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This is a very tasty and practical salad. All ingredients can be prepared ahead and mixed together when needed. And once mixed, the salad can also be stored in the fridge for several days. A perfect healthy lunch salad to take to work for example. The miso-glazed carrots are based on a delicious recipe from the New York Times, simplified a bit and with added sesame. The soy-lime dressing is super simple but full of umami flavors, good also for all other kinds of salads.
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Galettes are my favorite things to bake, because they are so easy. They can be sweet or savory, with fruits or vegetables, vegan or with butter. In the summer, they are obviously a perfect way to eat lots of summer fruit. Plums, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots or figs all work great as toppings. Serve it with ice cream or whipped cream if you like.
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