Donnerstag, 31. Oktober 2013

Unexpected combinations: Beets + Orange + Chili + Hokkaido Squash

Today is one of those days where I started cooking with a vague idea in mind and it turned out great! I may even have discovered my new favorite salad!

These are the heroes of our dish: Hokkaido squash, oranges, beets!

And this is what our finished dish looks like: Ovenbaked hokkaido squash with a beets and orange salad with a sweet chili dressing.


  • 1 Hokkaido squash
  • 3 oranges
  • beets (I had one big one, but just try to match the volume of the oranges)
  • a bit of fresh ginger
  • two garlic cloves of garlic
  • some olive oil
  • agave sirup
  • sriracha (or sambal oelek or any other chili sauce)
  • salt
  • pepper

optional: a few pomegranate seeds for decoration
a bit of soy sauce

Mittwoch, 23. Oktober 2013

Himmel un Ääd - Traditional Rhineland Cuisine with Apple Sauce

Die deutsche Übersetzung findet ihr unter dem englischen Rezept!

Ah, regional cuisine. I come from a place where some roasts are made with horse meat, and most dishes are served with some sort of sausage. Fortunately I have a wonderful man by my side who has mastered the skill of making variations of vegan sausages. He already announced, I'd have to post sausage recipes as well. And I will - eventually. I'd love to include some pictures of how he makes them, so I can post step-by-step instructions.

Today, I am posting a quick recipe that can be mostly prepared in advance. It's very easy, tastes amazing, and may introduce you to food combinations that you may not have experienced unless you live in the Rhineland. We call it "Himmel und Erde" (Heaven/Sky and Earth), but the regional dialect says "Himmel un Ääd." It's called "Heaven/Sky and Earth" because you mix two things that grow in different places: Heaven/Sky stands for the apples, earth for the potatoes.

Himmel un Ääd

Dienstag, 22. Oktober 2013

Vegan food is boring, doesn't taste good, but that's probably because it's mostly kale.

Ah, I love hearing "But then... what DO you eat?" and "What are you allowed to eat?" Fortunately, I'm allowed to eat anything I want, except I chose not to eat some things.

So, today, I won't give you any recipes, but only things that may illustrate all the things I eat. :)
If you see any thing you like and want the recipe, just let me know and I'll post a blog on that specific dish!

Tiny tiny cupcakes!

Raspberry Cheesecake!

Pasta "Bolognese"

Cabbage salad, pancakes, "frikadellen" and apple sauce.
Odd combination - tasted great!

Roasted vegetables, potatoes and
soy yoghurt sauce with fresh herbs

Puff pastry with spinach and cashew feta

Avocado cream with fresh basil and tomatoes

Bulgur salad with cranberries,
avocadochunks, and fresh basil,
plus roasted vegetables

Nachos (store bought) with
vegan cheese sauce.
Easier than you would think! 

Apple Crumble with
Salted Caramel Sauce

Filled eggplants with
oven-baked potatoes
and herb cream

Home made cream cheese! On self-baked bread.
With organic tomatoes.

Mushroom Pizza Pt. I

Mushroom Pizza Pt. II

Boiled potatoes, mock duck,
cooked red cabbage and a mushroom cream sauce 

Fried noodles with veggies and
vegan (TSP) "beef" bits

Creamy potato salad with smoked tofu
(with herbs and roasted sunflower seeds)

Potato salad with hummus and veggie "frikadellen"

Finger Food! Roasted mushrooms filled with homemade cream cheese,
roasted bell peppers filled with paprika hummus

Big ol' salad with smoked tofu

Huge filled zucchini!

Chocolate pistachio cupcakes!

What we eat in the heat of the summer:
Bulgur salad with cranberries and avocado,
roasted vegetables and za'atar spices.

Fried noodles with mock duck

Portobello mushroom burger on home made wholewheat buns

Smoked tofu burger with arugula on
homemade wholewheat/amaranth buns.

Fresh wholewheat bread filled with spinach and cashew feta

Ice cream made from nothing but frozen bananas and fresh strawberries

Bento for work:
Potato salad, soy schnitzel, bell peppers

Courtesy of the boyfriend: Broccoli and yellow bell peppers,
topped with toasted almonds and an almond-butter based lemon sauce

Probably one of the best burgers ever!

Chocolate Cupcakes

Lemon Almond Cupcakes

Pistachio Rosewater Cupcakes

Chocolate Chai Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcake

Best festival food: 2kg of fresh local strawberries and a beer!

Chocolate cupcakes with a vanilla topping


Tonka bean flavored cupcake!

We like a good barbecue!

It's a wrap! With home made kebab seitan

Stracciatella Cupcakes

More Chocolate Chai Cupcakes

Chocolate Vanilla Cupakes

Chocolate Chai Cupcakes
(yes, they're pretty popular)

Whole wheat + popped amaranth pancakes with
fresh bananas, raspberries, and raspberry yoghurt icream 

Red lentil and veggie soup
topped with chili, toasted hazelnuts and herbs

Build your own kebab at work!

Fresh bread at its best!

Bulgur salad with fresh cress and a soy schnitzel

A quick snack for those who don't have
a kitchen: Crackers with a paprika bread spread
fresh bell pepper and cress

Cake pops!

Oooh, Curry. I love you.

Roasted bell peppers filled with hummus

Lemon Cupcake with Lemon Curd

Fried potatoes, caramelized onions,
roasted bellpeppers, and veggie frikadellen

Leftovers! Peas, red cabbage, mock duck and home made spring rolls

Sushi. <3

Seitan kebab

Broccoli cream soup with sautéd mushrooms,
mock duck on a stick, and tomato bread (with dried tomatoes)

Bento! Red Cabbage salad, brussel's sprouts, falafel and hummus

Matcha Cupcakes

Assorted cupcakes at an
academic conference:
Chocolate Chai
Lemon Almond
and Matcha

More cupcakes at our birthday party
Chocolate Chai
Lemon Almond
and Matcha

Self-explanatory! :)

Chocolate Darth Vader Cake

Hmmm. Cheeeeese Sauce

Winter stew with tons of different vegetables

Bulgur quinoa salad with fresh basil,
cranberries and dried tomatoes

chicken-less, wing-less
chicken wings 

Creamy potato salad

Spring rolls


"Honey" aioli, hummus, guacamole, and "Mett"

Nothing beats fresh bread!

Puff pastry filled with spinach and cashew feta

Lentil curry soup

Lots and lots of food!

Home made hazelnut milk

Wrap with cheese sauce, veggies and seitan