It’s been ages since I posted a recipe here – apologies. I’ve been missing it though, and I’m happy I got to make this little winter salad. Radicchio has a delicious bitterness but also a mild nutty flavor that only comes out when it’s grilled or braised. In fact, this article from the New York Times from 1988 (!) says it all – time to eat more radicchio, for sure. Here I combined it with creamy avocado and a tangy lemon-mustard dressing to balance the bitterness and bring out the sweetness. It’s nice to mix the warm grilled radicchio with the fresh ingredients. A little ricotta salata adds some salt but is not absolutely necessary. Same with the almonds – which can be replaced with hazelnuts or even cashews I guess.
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I got the recipe for this crispbread from a friend, who got it from a Swedish colleague at the art gallery where she was working. What I like about it particularly is the scaleability: it’s easy to adjust the quantities you’re making as long as you pay attention to the proportions. That’s why I didn’t even give proper measurements in the recipe below. I paired this with something delicious for fall: an onion- apple jam. Its consistency is actually more like a chutney – I love the combination of sweet and savoury here. I used just a little sugar and no spices to really bring out the onion and apple flavor. To help the jam set, I added some crushed linseeds mixed with warm water, but it will work and taste the same without, too. I used just one apple and one onion which produced about 250 ml (one cup) of jam; just double the quantities if you’d like to make more (you might need it :). Top the crispbread with the jam, a slice of goat cheese and some freshly cracked black pepper and: bon appetit! [Read more…] about Swedish crispbread with onion-apple jam
I love beets in all shapes and sizes, so I was happy to come across a delicious-looking recipe for a beet curry from South India (on a lovely and very interesting blog by the way), which I am adapting here: http://abcdsofcooking.com/2009/07/beet-palya-south-indian-stir-fry/ This stir-fry is not only super healthy, it also has a suprising depth of flavor for something so simple – and on top of that, it takes just a few minutes to make, especially if you use (as I did) already pre-cooked beets. [Read more…] about South Indian beet palya with grated coconut
Laksa is such a wonderful and warming comfort food. There are many different variants; I discovered this one here through one of my favourite food blogs, masak-masak from Kuala Lumpur (http://masak-masak.blogspot.de), although the recipe used is originally from Nigel Slater (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2005/feb/13/foodanddrink.shopping5). As I was still looking for a way to use my yams, I substituted them for the pumpkin. I also didn’t have mint, but it certainly would have been a good addition. I did add soy bean sprouts however, and some turmeric for color. [Read more…] about Yam and tomato laksa