Vegan Roasted Pumpkin Curry

This vegan roasted pumpkin curry recipe is super comforting and is a proper late autumn dish. Nothing beats mixing pumpkin with coconut milk and fragrant spices.

s vegan roasted pumpkin curry recipe is super comforting and is a proper late autumn dish. Nothing beats mixing pumpkin with coconut milk and fragrant spices.

Guys, I’m sharing one of my favorite autumn comfort foods – a pumpkin curry. And guess who also loves pumpkin curry? My friend Tereza from Tereza’s Choice. We created this recipe together and oh fun this was. Okay, it was also a bit stressful, since I accidentally erased ALL the images from the card on my camera!! We almost finished shooting and this happened. So I almost couldn’t share this recipe with you this week or at least not with photos. Luckily my dear brother found a way to get those files back.

And drrrrumroll! Me and Tereza have another recipe for you and we’ll share it soon 🙂

s vegan roasted pumpkin curry recipe is super comforting and is a proper late autumn dish. Nothing beats mixing pumpkin with coconut milk and fragrant spices.
s vegan roasted pumpkin curry recipe is super comforting and is a proper late autumn dish. Nothing beats mixing pumpkin with coconut milk and fragrant spices.

Are you drowning in pumpkins? We are here, but I don’t mind that. I love pumpkins and I never get tired of eating them. They are so versatile. You can use them in savory or sweet dishes. They are super healthy and soooo easy to prepare and really quick too. Who doesn’t love that?

My preferred way to cook pumpkins is to roast them. I roast them, when I make pumpkin soup, I roast them when I make pumpkin cupcakes, I roast them when I make pumpkin risotto… You get the picture! I love how roasting brings extra sweetness and depth from the pumpkins.

Curries are such a great comfort food because they are quick and easy to make and because of all the spices and flavors. I usually make my own curry spice blend, but you can use your own or a bought one. I find using the curry blend that’s available in stores here in Slovenia is very strong and makes each dish taste the same. So I try to avoid it and usually make my own in a coffee grinder.

s vegan roasted pumpkin curry recipe is super comforting and is a proper late autumn dish. Nothing beats mixing pumpkin with coconut milk and fragrant spices.
s vegan roasted pumpkin curry recipe is super comforting and is a proper late autumn dish. Nothing beats mixing pumpkin with coconut milk and fragrant spices.
s vegan roasted pumpkin curry recipe is super comforting and is a proper late autumn dish. Nothing beats mixing pumpkin with coconut milk and fragrant spices.

Okay, I’m not going to bore you with the details. The recipe is pretty easy and straightforward. Basically foolproof 😉

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Vegan Roasted Pumpkin Curry

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Anja Burgar & Tereza Poljanič

Ingredients

Curry

  • 2 TBSP coconut oil  (or grape seed oil)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 TBSP fresh ginger minced
  • 2 TBSP garlic minced
  • 2 TBSP curry spice blend (link to recipe in notes)
  • 1 pumpkin or butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 200 g firm tofu

Serve

  • coconut yogurt
  • 2/3 cup roasted cashews
  • chopped parsley
  • flatbread (link to recipe in notes)

Instructions

  1. First set your oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

  2. Peel and cube the pumpkin, transfer to a baking tray and lightly oil. Put in the oven for at least 20 minutes until soft.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add coconut oil, onion, and ginger. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

  4. Add the curry spice blend and fry for another 2 minutes.

  5. Next up add the garlic and sauté for another minute.

  6. Then add the coconut milk, bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, slightly reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. At this time, check on your pumpkin, if it’s soft, transfer it to a blender and blend with a bit of water until smooth. Add to your pan and coconut milk and adjust the flavor with salt and lemon juice. Don't be shy with seasonings – this curry should be very flavorful.

  8. Leave aside and fry your cubed tofu on 3 Tbsp coconut oil until it gets a beautiful brown crust.

  9. Serve as is or with flatbread, over rice, quinoa, or buckwheat. This dish gets elevated with the addition of some coconut yogurt, cashews, and parsley for serving.

  10. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days. Enjoy!

Notes

Recpe for Hot Curry Spice Blend here.

Recipe for Herbed Buckwheat Flatbread here.

s vegan roasted pumpkin curry recipe is super comforting and is a proper late autumn dish. Nothing beats mixing pumpkin with coconut milk and fragrant spices.

Hibiscus Poached Pears with Vanilla and Pink Peppercorns

An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears is guaranteed to amaze at any party!

An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears with vanilla and pink peppercorns is guaranteed to amaze at any party!

Hey you! Do you know what’s today?

It’s our anniversary! YEP, Me and my blog celebrate our 4th anniversary 🎉 Even though we spend a year and a half apart we got together last year and now we’re besties again!

I’ve got some cool stuff to share for this special occasion. First, we have this amazing fancy-schmancy recipe, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

And now to the news, I couldn’t wait to share it with you!!! I’ve been asked so many times lately if I teach 1-on-1? So no I officially opened 1-on-1 online coaching sessions for everyone who wants to learn food photography and food styling with me. Besides online coaching, I also offer in-person workshops for everyone close to Slovenia or willing to travel. So if you’re interested in any of these topics hop on to my workshops page.

Okay, now that we’ve got this out of the way let’s focus on these hibiscus poached pears. Who’s with me? 🙋

An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears with vanilla and pink peppercorns is guaranteed to amaze at any party!
An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears with vanilla and pink peppercorns is guaranteed to amaze at any party!
An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears with vanilla and pink peppercorns is guaranteed to amaze at any party!
An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears with vanilla and pink peppercorns is guaranteed to amaze at any party!

You know me, I love simple desserts. Okay, I love the complicated ones too, but I’m over the moon when a dessert (or any dish for that matter) is AMAZING but it takes like no effort at all. Well, this is this dessert. Sounds real posh, but trust me no skills are needed at all!

Lots of poached pears recipes require poaching in wine and that’s delicious too, but hey, nothing wrong with choosing a different path every once in a while. Especially if you’ve got kids!

What you’ll need for these hibiscus poached pears is:

  • firm pears
  • dried hibiscus (loose or in a teabag)
  • a vanilla pod
  • some pink peppercorns, and
  • honey

I served them on vanilla yogurt (you can have vegan too), but if you feel like making some homemade vanilla custard, that’s awesome too.

An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears with vanilla and pink peppercorns is guaranteed to amaze at any party!
An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears with vanilla and pink peppercorns is guaranteed to amaze at any party!

I’m not going to keep you from the recipes much longer, just a few quick tips and we’re on.

Tips to cook amazing poached pears

If possible use pears that are firm and not too ripe. If they are too ripe, they might fall apart and not look as pretty. They’ll still be good, though.

Turn the pear halves around every once in a while so they have an even color and they cook more evenly.

That’s it! So so simple!

Let’s cook!

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Hibiscus Poached Pears with Vanilla and Pink Peppercorns

Course Dessert
Keyword poached pears
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 4 firm pears
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 hibiscus teabags (equals 4 teaspoons loose hibiscus flowers)
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 8 pink peppercorns
  • 4 cups vanilla yogurt
  • chopped nuts for topping

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients but pears in a pot large enough to fit 8 pear halves and bring it to a boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes, while you prepare the pears.

  2. Halve pears and remove skins and pits.

  3. Add pears to the pot cover and cook for 20-25 minutes turning them around every 5 minutes so they get cooked evenly.

  4. Remove the pears from the pan and cook the liquid for another 10-15 minutes, to reduce it to a desired consistency.

  5. Serve with vanilla yogurt, reduced sauce (or vegan vanilla yogurt) and some chopped nuts.

An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears with vanilla and pink peppercorns is guaranteed to amaze at any party!

Easy Mongolian Beef with Broccoli

This 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It’s a definite winner since it’s really quick and so so easy to make.

This 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It's a definite winner since it's really quick and so so easy to make.

I’ve got a thing for Asian foods lately. Honestly, I’ve had it for years. But lately, I’m making Asian food way more often than before. I just ordered a bunch of Asian spices, some of which I’ve never tried cooking with. I’m so excited to try them 🙂

What’s your favorite Asian dish? Tell me in the comments!

Traditional Mongolian beef is made with spring onions and you’re free to add them to the recipe as well. However, I added broccoli to this Mongolian beef recipe, since I’m a huuuuuge fan of the beef and broccoli combo! I find it so delicious and also, some green veggies never hurt anyone, right?

Even though the weather’s been messing with us lately and it’s not even close to as cold as it usually is this time of the year I’m wanting comfort food anyway. It’s been raining a lot these days and all I wanna do is eat foods that feel cozy but also not making it unhealthy. And that’s why I love this recipe. It’s basically a mixture of both! YAY!

This 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It's a definite winner since it's really quick and so so easy to make.
This 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It's a definite winner since it's really quick and so so easy to make.
This 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It's a definite winner since it's really quick and so so easy to make.

You can actually do this Mongolian beef in two ways!

One is the 30-minute recipe while the other requires marinating meat overnight. It takes the same amount of time to cook, you’ll just have to wait overnight for the meat to be ready. Trust me it’s worth it 🙂

Most of the Mongolian beef recipes don’t require marinating since the meat is cooked really quickly and it’s gonna be soft anyway. However, I love how much flavor is added to the meat that way. Both are amazing, but if I’ve got time, I marinate!

This 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It's a definite winner since it's really quick and so so easy to make.
This 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It's a definite winner since it's really quick and so so easy to make.
This 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It's a definite winner since it's really quick and so so easy to make.

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Mongolian Beef with Broccoli

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mongolian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 250 g tenderloin, sirloin or flank steak (8 ounces)
  • 1/2 small broccoli cut into florets and steamed
  • 1 onion thinly sliced

Meat Coating

  • 1 1/2 TBSP corn starch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of pepper

Gravy

  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 thumb-size ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 TBSP oyster sauce
  • 4 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP corn starch
  • 2 TBSP extra water

Instructions

Preparing the meat

  1. Cut meat into 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) slices against the grain. Proceed to prep the meat with either version 1 (short) or version 2 (overnight)

Coating the meat (Version 1 – short)

  1. Add salt, pepper, sesame oil, and corn starch to a zip-lock bag. Add sliced beef, close and move the meat around so it gets evenly coated.

Marinating the meat (Version 2 – overnight)

  1. Add salt, pepper and sesame oil to a zip-lock bag. Add sliced beef and sliced onions, close and move the meat around so it gets evenly coated. Leave int he fridge overnight to marinate.

Cooking the meat

  1. After the meat is coated or marinated it's ready to cook. If you've used the marinating method, remove onions from the meat before cooking the meat, set onions aside, and cover the meat with corn starch.

  2. Heat just enough oil to cover the bottom of a wok or a pan over high heat just until it starts smoking. Add meat to the pan evenly, but don't overcrowd. If necessary fry in batches. Fry for a minute on one side, then turn around and fry for another 30 seconds. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Making the gravy

  1. In a bowl mix together 1 cup water, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and rice vinegar.

  2. Add garlic and ginger and fry for a minute or until golden.

  3. Add sliced onions. If you've used the marinating version, you can use the onions that you've used to marinate the meat or fresh onion. Fry just until golden.

  4. Add the soy sauce mixture and brown sugar and stir well.

  5. In a separate bowl mix together 2 TBSP water and 1 TBSP corn starch. Add to the sauce and stir frequently for about a minute or two. This will thicken the sauce.

  6. Add meat and broccoli and stir well.

  7. Serve with steamed rice.

This 30-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It's a definite winner since it's really quick and so so easy to makThis 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It's a definite winner since it's really quick and so so easy to make.e.

Goat Cheese & Pear Chutney Burgers

The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!

The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!

I’m so happy to post this recipe. We’ve been making a ton of burgers this summer. We bought a badass extra mini grill that we can use on our tiny balcony and it doesn’t smoke. So we do lotsa grilling these days 🙂

I’m slowly accepting that the fall is actually here and it’s not going anywhere for a while. Hello, sweater weather! So with that in mind, our burgers have gone from summery fresh to delicious mouthwatering warming delights. Too poetic? Sorry ’bout that. I just love these so much!

One more thing! I’ve created this recipe in collaboration with Trauth Design Gastrowear. They provided me with the most beautiful apron, that you can see in the photos. I just love the sense of detail that they put into their aprons.

The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!

Anyhoo, wanna know what these burgers are all about?

If there are burgers that screams fall they’re these pear chutney burgers, for sure!

I mean homemade pear chutney and goat cheese? Paired with super simple avocado cream, pancetta, and arugula? Is there anything better?

And the good thing is that it’s a mixture of indulgence and healthy stuff. I don’t like burgers that are too heavy and overly greasy and just plain too much everything. So I’d like to think it’s well balanced and still super delicious. You should have seen our little guy nibbling on one of them 🙂

Do I need to make my own pear chutney?

Of course not! If you can get one somewhere, go for it. Nothing like that here, so I have to make my own. The recipe makes more than you need for four burgers, but you can easily store it for a week in a refrigerator or freeze it for later.

I won’t keep you away from the recipe for much longer. Let’s start cooking!

The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!
The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!

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Burger

Course Main Course
Keyword beef burger, burger, pear chutney
Servings 4 burgers
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Brugers

  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 beef burger patties
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 4 pancetta slices
  • a handful arugula

Pear Chutney (makes more than needed for 4 burgers)

  • 3 cups finely chopped pears (400g)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (80g)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar (200ml)
  • 2 small onions finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed chipotle
  • 1 tsp salt

Avocado Cream

  • 2 avocados
  • 3 TBSP lime juice
  • 1-2 TBSP water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Pear Chutney

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 40-50 minutes stirring every now and then.

  2. Let the chutney cool for a few hours before use.

Avocado Cream

  1. Make avocado cream right before cooking the patties.

  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth and creamy.

Burgers

  1. Cut buns in half and place them in a grill pan and cook until char marks appear.

  2. Place the bacon slices into the same grill pan and cook on medium heat for a few minutes, until they get golden. Turn around halfway through.

  3. Use the same pan to cook burgers. Increase the heat and cook the burgers to your desired doneness. Cooking them 3-4 minutes a side will give medium-rare burgers.

  4. Cover the bottom halves of the buns with avocado cream. Add some arugula. Place the burger patty on and top with crumbled goat cheese, pear chutney, pancetta, and some more arugula. Cover the top halves of the buns with avocado cream and place on top of the burgers. Serve immediately.

The recipe for these goat cheese and pear chutney burgers are the true fall delights that are going to make every fall grill party a success!

No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)

Two variations of one delicious Blackberry-Plum Pie that doesn’t require any baking and had the most delicious no-bake oreo cookie crust.

No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)

Happy Sunday everyone! It’s very unusual for me to post on Sundays but today’s a special occasion. I’m sharing a recipe that was made in collaboration with my two fellow bloggers Kristina and Mateja from Story On A Plate blog. The recipe is by the talented Mateja, Kristina took care of this amazing styling and I was happily hiding behind the camera.

We shot the whole thing at Kristina’s house. She’s got a beautiful garden and the most amazing little studio in the basement. Check the photo below. Isn’t it cute 🙂 And the light is absolutely stunning. I’m secretly jealous of that place.

No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)

We started our day with coffee (tea for me) and delicious breakfast that Kristina prepared one her tiny balcony. And then we spent hours in the studio. It’s so much fun working with other creative people, especially since I don’t do it often. Kristina and Mateja are the nicest, so creative and talented. We’re planning on making more collaborations in the future and I’m super excited about that!

No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)

We’re enjoying our last days of Summer…

The heat is supposed to end tomorrow and then we’ll be ready for Autumn. I can’t wait for long Autumn forest walks and all the colors of that season. I probably said it too many times, but early Autumn is the favorite time of year. Still, I’m enjoying the last day of Summery heat and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that than with this delicious blackberry-plum pie.

No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)

Two ways to make this blackberry-plum pie

The procedure of making it is basically the same. The only difference is how you make the purée. The two ways are:

  1. Making purée with fresh fruits
  2. Cooking the fruits and then making the purée

So what’s the difference?

Cooked purée has a deeper flavor while the non-cooked one is more light and fresh. There’s also a difference in color. Cooked purée gives a more reddish color while the non-cooked gives a more purple color.

No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)

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No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)

Course Dessert
Keyword blackberry pie, no-bake pie, plum pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Mateja Delakorda

Ingredients

Oreo crust

  • 250 g oreo cookies
  • 70 g unsalted butter

Fruit Purée

  • 200 g blackberries
  • 200 g plums
  • 80 g icing sugar
  • juice of ½ lemon (only use if you're making the cooked version of the purée)

Other ingredients

  • 100 g cream cheese
  • 100 g heavy cream
  • 10-15 ml rose water
  • 10 g gelatine

Instructions

Oreo Crust

  1. Melt the butter.

  2. Use a food processor to very finely grind the oreo cookies. Add butter and pulse a few times. Transfer the crust to a pie tin with removable bottom. Press the crust evenly to cover the bottom and the sides. A glass with a straight bottom is very helpful for forming even and straight bottom of the crust. Chill before filling.

Pie Filling (First Option)

  1. Cook blackberries, sliced plums, lemon juice, and icing sugar until soft. Purée them in a bender. Pour the purée into a sieve and use a rubber spatula to press the purée through the sieve. Discard the solids that remained in the sieve.

  2. Prepare the gelatine as per instructions.

  3. Use a stand mixer to quickly (about 30s) whip cream cheese and heavy cream. Add 200g of fruit purée. Continue mixing with medium speed while adding prepared gelatine.

  4. Pour onto the chilled crust and leave in the fridge to set overnight.

Pie Filling (Second Option)

  1. Purée blackberries, plums, and icing sugar in a blender. Pour the purée into a sieve and use a rubber spatula to press the purée through the sieve. Discard the solids that remained in the sieve.

  2. Prepare the gelatine as per instructions.

  3. Use a stand mixer to quickly (about 30s) whip cream cheese and heavy cream. Add 200g of fruit purée. Continue mixing with medium speed while adding prepared gelatine.

  4. Pour onto the chilled crust and leave in the fridge to set overnight.

Decorating

  1. When the pie is chilled top with some more blackberries and plums.

Notes

  1. Why do we add gelatine while mixing? It is to avoid chunks of gelatine in the mixture. If we added galetine in cold puree without mixing we would get chunks that would look and taste unappetizing.
  2. For a more purple color use a higher blackberry to plum ratio and the non-cooke version of the purée.
  3. You can use amaretto instead of rose water. Amaretto and plums are a very classical combination
No-bake Blackberry-Plum Pie (Two Ways)

Creamy Chard And Fennel Soup

Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!

Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!

I hope you’re all feeling great and excited about slightly (but really just slightly) cooler late Summer days! These are my favorite. The weather is great and the produce this time of year is just perfect. We’ve been eating a lot of corn lately (mostly cooked, but I have plans of grilling it one of these days) and whenever we can, we make the cream cheese tart with tomatoes and other veggies that I posted last week.

Tomorrow I’m meeting my dear friends from Story On A Plate blog and we’ll prepare something sweet with plums. I love Kristina and Mateja, the girls behind the blog. Both so creative and the nicest people. But I’ll let you know more about what we’ll be making next week. Make sure you subscribe, so you don’t miss this!

Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!
Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!

Let’s focus on this beautiful soup…

We’re growing fennel for the first time this year and honestly, I can’t believe we haven’t tried it before. They are so easy to grow and do I need to mention how pretty they look in the garden?

I’m not a huge fan of raw fennel, but I love it when it’s either cooked or roasted. It loses its strong anise-like taste and becomes very sweet, perfect for a late Sumer soup.

We also grow lots of green leafy veggies including chard. I love how these match the sweet fennel with their earthy flavors. If you don’t have chard on hand, you can replace it with spinach or arugula.

Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!
Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!
Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!

A quick story…

After I made this soup, I gave it to my two-year-old son to try for dinner. He ate the whole bowl. I cooked fish and some potatoes to eat after the soup (which he absolutely loves). Instead of eating potatoes and fish, he asked me to pour him more soup. He ate three full bowls of this soup!

It’s either the soup or I’m lucky to have a kid who loves veggies. I’d like to think it’s both 🙂

Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!
Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!
Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!
Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

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Creamy Chard And Fennel Soup

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Soup
Keyword chard soup, fennel soup, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-size fennel bulb
  • 1 small onion
  • 200 g chard (about 5 cups whole leaves)
  • 1 medium-size potato
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • seeds for garnish (pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds…)
  • olive oil for cooking and garnish

Instructions

  1. Clean the fennel bulb to remove dirt and cut in quarters lengthwise. Thinly slice each quarter.

  2. Peel and cut the onion in half and slice thinly.

  3. Peel and wash the potatoes. Cut into 1 cm (1/2 inch) cubes and leave to rest in cold water.

  4. Wash the chard. If there are any bigger leaves, cut away the stems. You'll be cooking those separately.

  5. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a hot pan and add sliced onions and fennel. Sauté for 10 minutes or until they turn golden. Make sure to stir now and then to prevent burning.

  6. Drain the potatoes and add them to the fennel and onions. Add the separate stalks from the chard at his point too. Add boiling water and cover the pan. Reduce the heat to low and let cook for 10 minutes or until the potato is fork-tender.

  7. Add the rest of the chard, cover and cook for two to three minutes. Remove from the heat and pour everything in a blender. Add heavy cream, salt, and pepper and blend until the soup is smooth and silky. Add more boiling water if necessary.

  8. Garnish with some olive oil, heavy cream, and seeds. Serve warm.

Creamy Chard And Fennel Soup
Super easy and quick recipe for delicious healthy chard and fennel soup. Creamy and sweet!

Mediterranean Garlic Ricotta Shrimp Pasta

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

Even on the busiest and most stressful days, I want to eat a real meal. Something delicious and creamy with a character. It’s pasta I usually crave on these days. What do you crave in the busiest of days? Let me know in the comments below. Sometimes I make pasta salad and nibble on it during the day. Pssst… don’t tell anyone!

But for reals, the amount of pasta we eat. And it’s not only because we’re busy. It’s mostly because we love pasta. If you’re a pasta lover like me, then this is the recipe for you.

The flavors here are mild but so indulging and balanced. The lemony ricotta sauce with peas and shrimp is to die for on its own, but then you add some garlic and glasswort and you’ve got a treat that you can make in seconds.

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

Have you ever tried glasswort?

It is apparently also called sea asparagus and grows in salt marshes. It is edible both raw and cooked and delicious either way!

I tried it for the first time last weekend when I randomly saw it in the store and I just had to try it.

What does it taste like? It’s like eating the sea and I mean that in a good way. It is very salty so you should be careful with how much you put in a dish. I especially love the crunch. It kinda reminds me of the exploding candy that I ate as a child. Remember, the ones that feel like there are bubbles popping in your mouth.

Not to worry. If you can’t get your hands on sea asparagus, you can still make a super delicious garlic ricotta shrimp pasta. You can add some pickled capers for the salty Mediterranean flavor. Works just as nicely.

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

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Mediteranean Garlic Ricotta Shrimp Pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword shrimp pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 250 g dried pasta
  • 1/2 cup ricotta (100g)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas (100g)
  • 300 g shrimps peeled and deveined
  • 15 g glasswort (sea asparagus) or alternatively, 2 TBSP pickled salted capers
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • a few springs of thyme
  • zest of 1 small organic lemon
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta as long as stated on the packaging stirring every two minutes. Once cooked, drain the pasta, but leave some pasta water to use for the sauce.

  2. While your pasta is cooking prepare the sauce. Place a large skillet on medium heat. Add butter and garlic and fry for a few minutes stirring occasionally. When the garlic turns lightly golden, add the shrimps, peas, glasswort, and thyme. If you are using capers instead of glasswort add them midway through cooking (when you turn the shrimps). Season with salt and black pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes and turn the shrimps midway through. Shrimps are done when they turn pink. Remove the shrimp, peas, and glasswort (or capers) from the skillet.

  3. Add ricotta, lemon juice, lemon zest and a little pasta water to the skillet and whisk to make it creamy. Add just enough pasta water for the sauce to be creamy but not runny. Remove from the stove. Season with salt and black pepper.

  4. Save a few shrimp, peas and glasswort (or capers) for decoration. Return the rest of the to the skillet and mix.

  5. Add the cooked and drained pasta to the sauce and mix to coat the pasta with the sauce.

  6. Serve warm and top with the remaining shrimp, peas and glasswort and some grated parmesan cheese.

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Crêpes

These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.

These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.

When it comes to breakfast, I can’t stay away from crêpes. I love how delicate they are, but also offer so many options to eat them. One thing I have yet to try with crêpes is a crêpe cake. Have you ever made one? How was it? I can imagine it being AMAZING!

This recipe is not a cake, but it is just as delicious.

It is already rhubarb season, how about that? I’m super excited and need to figure out new ways to use the rhubarb from the garden. I’m also anxiously waiting for the first strawberries to show up. It’s going to be a while for the ones in our garden to grow, but I expect some locally grown strawberries in the next couple of weeks. Can’t wait! I wanna make more of these strawberry rhubarb crêpes 🙂

These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.
These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.
These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.

My favorite crepe filling is definitely chocolate! I’m generally not a very chocolatey person, but I definitely become one when it comes to crêpes.

Because of that, I’m adding a very simple and super quick recipe for a hazelnut and chocolate spread, so basically homemade Nutella. YAY! You can easily substitute it with any chocolate spread you like or simply melted chocolate.

So why roasting rhubarb and strawberries? First, not a fan of raw rhubarb. I don’t mind the taste but I’m not a fan of the crunch. And also, I don’t like it in combination with chocolate. Second, have you ever tried roasted strawberries? Or roasted rhubarb for that matter? When they get roasted the sugars caramelize and give them a flavor kick! I also add a bit of honey before roasting, mostly because rhubarb needs some extra love.

These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.
These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.
These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.
These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.
These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.
These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.

So there you have it. Delicious tender vanilla crêpes, homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread and delicious caramelized roasted rhubarb and strawberries.

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Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Crêpes

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine French
Keyword crepes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Vanilla Crêpes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla seeds
  • extra cooking oil for greasing the pan

Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread

  • 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 50 g dark chocolate
  • 3 TBSP cooking oil
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • pinch of salt

Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries

  • 100 g rhubarb stems
  • 100 g strawberries
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla seeds

Instructions

Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries

  1. Cut strawberries in quarters lengthwise. Cut rhubarb into chunks approx. the size of strawberry quarters. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with vanilla seeds. Mix well and roast in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 minutes.

  2. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix to get a smooth spread.

Vanilla Crêpes

  1. Mixing by hand: In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, salt, and vanilla. In another bowl mix milk, oil, and eggs. Add half of the liquid mixture and mix well to get a paste. Add the rest of the liquid and mix well. You will get a quite watery batter. Perfect for making thin crêpes.

  2. Using a blender: Place all ingredients into a blender, adding the flour last. Mix until you get a smooth batter.

  3. Leave the batter to rest for 30 minutes. You can store it in the fridge and use later.

  4. After the batter has rested, heat a pan over medium-high heat. Once it is hot use a paper napkin or a brush to cover the pan with oil as thinly as possible.

  5. Add the batter to the pan according to the pan size.

    20 cm pan – about 3 tbsp of batter

    25 cm pan – about 1/4 cup of batter

    30 cm pan – about 1/3 cup of batter

    The first crêpe is usually a tester to see how hot is the pan and how much batter you need for one crêpe. 

  6. Pour the batter in the middle of the pan and quickly rotate it to cover the whole surface. Almost immediately the edges will start to brown. That’s when you take a spatula and go around the edges to release the crêpe. After the crêpe surface has set (meaning there’s no glossy uncooked batter) turn it around with a wide spatula or by tossing it in the air. Cooking the first side should take about 30-40 seconds. Leave the crêpe to cook for an additional 10 seconds on the other side.

  7. Repeat for the rest of the batter.

  8. Stack the crêpes on a plate.

  9. Serve warm with chocolate and hazelnut spread and roasted strawberries and rhubarb including the liquid from the roasting.

These roasted strawberry rhubarb crêpes with homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread are the perfect way to celebrate spring.

White Chocolate Panna Cotta With Hibiscus Raspberry Sauce

A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.

A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.

I’ve been thinking about Valentine’s day recipe that would be easy and quick to make, look pretty and be super yummy. The first thing that popped into my mind was white chocolate panna cotta! I wanted to make it a little extra so I experimented with adding white chocolate to it and it turned out even more delicious than I thought it would.

Lately I’ve been drinking so much hibiscus tea. I used to hate teas that were acidic, such as hibiscus, rose hip or any fruit teas. Since we’ve been sick a lot lately we drink a lot and I really mean A LOT of tea. So we were experimenting and trying out new ones. I went for hibiscus one day and I grew to love it! It was an inspiration for the sauce I made to pour over the soft white chocolate panna cotta. I added raspberry purée to make it more fruity. I love how it adds freshness and fruityness to the whole dessert.

A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.
A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.
A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.
A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.

A few tips for making any panna cotta:

  • The easiest way to serve it is in jars. That way you don’t have a mold to remove.
  • I do like the look of panna cotta shaped in all kinds of shapes. If you are using a mold there are a few tricks that will help take the panna cotta out. You can spray a thin layer of neutral tasting oil over the inside of the mold before pouring panna cotta in. Alternatively (if the mold is not to complex) you can run a knife along the edges of the mold to release it. The method I prefer to use is soaking the mold in hot water after panna cotta has already settled. The reason why I choose this option over the others is because I seem to get the nicest shape this way without any extra oil on the surface. But that’s just my preference 😀
A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.
A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.
A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.

Looking for more Valentine’s day dessert ideas. Here’s one I love – Dried Fig and Blood Orange Tart

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A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.
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White Chocolate Panna Cotta With Hibiscus Raspberry Sauce

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword panna cotta, pudding, white chocolate panna cotta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

White Chocolate Panna Cotta

  • 500 ml heavy cream
  • 120 ml full-fat milk
  • 100 g white chocolate
  • 4 gelatine leaves
  • 30 g caster sugar

Hibiscus raspberry sauce

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 hibiscus teabags
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup raspberry purée

Instructions

White Chocolate Panna Cotta

  1. Place heavy cream, milk and caster sugar in a pot and bring to a simmer just until the sugar melts. Don’t let it boil! Remove from the stove,

  2. Meanwhile, soak gelatine leaves in cold water as instructed on the label. 

  3. Cut white chocolate into small chunks or grate and add to the pot. Mix well until chocolate has melted. Add gelatine and mix again until the gelatine has dissolved.

  4. Pour into jars or molds and immediately place in the fridge to cool down. Leave to set for 2-4 hours before serving.

  5. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Steep hibiscus tea in boiling water for ten minutes. Discard the tea bags and add caster sugar to the tea. Cook tea over medium heat until it reduces to half it’s volume.

  6. Add raspberry purée and mix well. The sauce will thicken when it cools.

  7. Pour sauce over panna cotta before serving.

A smooth creamy white chocolate panna cotta is always a crowdpleaser especially with some hibiscus raspberry sauce on top. One of the easiest desserts that everyone will love.

Welcome Baby Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

Hi guys!

I’ve been away for a month occupied by he hardest but the most rewarding job. On April 5th a little baby boy Jernej came to this world and turned our lives upside down. I never knew I could ever love someone as much as I love my baby. Kissing his forehead, massaging his super tiny feet, loving every unconscious smile when he’s sleeping and caressing his soft cheeks…

Although I’m loving every moment spent with him, I never imagined how exhausing and rewarding caring for a newborn is. After a month, I can easily say it was the toughest month of my life, although full of tears of happines and love, it was also filled with frustrations and self-distrust. Total respect to all the moms that have survived this introduction period keeping a clear mind! Saying that, my baby is sleeping well and is not fussy at all, I can’t imagine that being different…

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

When I came home from the hospital I was missing moving and doing whatever around the house. Lying in bed all day is totally not my MO, so I baked some cookies while Jernej was sleeping and took some photos. I named them Welcome baby chocolate buckwheat cookies 🙂 To welcome the cutest baby boy to this world <3

I love having a batch of cookies ready for the sweettooth moments of mine and my husband’s. We LOVE cookies! I’m surprised I don’t have more cookie recipes on the blog. I’ll have to change that, right?

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist. The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

What I love about butter cookies is, that they are super simple and you can make them in a food processor. They take no time whatsoever, but they taste sooo good! And if you make them with wholegrain flours you add so much nutritional value. In this recipe I used wholegrain spelt and wholegrain buckwheat flour, but you can easily use plain flours.

Lately I became a huge fan of unrefined cane sugar. It’s not a sugar we usually use in baking, so when I first tried it I became obsessed immediately. If you want caramelly taste without making caramel, cane sugar is the solution. I’m telling you, it makes a big difference.

Although plain buckwheat cookies are incredible, they are even tastier with some chocolate and coconut. Plus they look so pretty, don’t they?

I’m out of these cookies and now I’m waiting for elderflowers to bloom to make some Elderflower Cookie Bites with Raspberries.

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist. The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

Having a lot of work and being exhausted by the continuous feeding and diaper chaninging, I can’t promise I’ll be posting as often as I did before the baby, so bare with me. I’ll get the hang of it and will start posting weekly as soon as I can.

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Welcome Baby Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 32 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup wholegrain spelt flour
  • 2/3 cup wholegrain buckwheat flour
  • 50 g unrefined cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla seeds
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 80 g butter
  • 4 TBSP water
  • dark chocolate
  • coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.


  2. Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until they form a ball.

  3. Divide the dough in half, half it again and so on, until you get 32 identical pieces. Form bals with your palms.

  4. Place on a baking paper lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Move them to a wire rack and leave to cool down for at least 10 minutes.

  5. Melt chocolate over a saucepan of simmering water. Dip the bottom half of the cookies in the chocolate and coconut and place on a pre-cooled tray lined with baking paper. Leave in the fridge to set.

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

Refreshing Vanilla Strawberry Iced Tea

A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea – perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!

 A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days! 

I’ve made this delicious drink last week while baking the strawberry cake for my birthday. My birthday is on March 22nd and it just happens that that’s also World Water Day. I love that! I love water! Water is also my absolute favorite drink in the entire world, besides tea. I don’t actually know anyone who would drink as much tea as I do.

I’m gonna be honest with you – tea can get boring at times. Adding fruits and some ice will do the trick though. Makes it refreshing and adds a bunch of vitamins to your drink. Since I was already making the strawberry cake last week I figured why not make a strawberry iced tea. I had a ton of strawberries anyway.

Lately, I’ve been obsessing over rooibos tea, which I find so nice and sweet with a slight vanilla flavor. Besides my daily three cups of raspberry leaf tea this is the one tea I drink the most. Since it’s getting quite warm over here, I’m drinking it cold. And GUESS WHAT it’s a perfect match for strawberries. It really is! And since I’m loving the mild vanilla flavor in the rooibos, I added more vanilla, ‘cuz WHY NOT?

Yay, my favorite refreshing iced tea was born 😀

Let me know if you try it and think the same!

A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!

Regarding the prego belly. It’s still here and the baby is still very and I mean VERY lively. Doesn’t seem to want to come out any time soon, but we never know. I’m hoping for April 1st!

Seems like the last month my sweet cravings have gone over the roof. I’m eating more junk than ever and feeling so so regretful about that. I should probably stop feeling like that, because it doesn’t really do much good. I still eat junk if I feel like it. Okay, I’ve kindda managed to keep myself away from nutella. Kindda… I make pancakes for breakfast just to have an excuse to eat Nutella. Otherwise I have like five slices of bread with butter and honey for breakfast. Okay, honey is now bad, but the amount of honey is. Trust me five slices full of dripping honey is too much. But I guess the cravings will go aways eventually 🙂

Did I mention there’s honey in the strawberry iced tea? Of course there is, duh 😛

I’ve also managed to do some gardening. I’ve tranfered my little tomato seedlings to bigger pots, so they’ll have enough room to grow. The truth is, we have to buy tomatoes by the middle of July, sometimes even more. It’s seems so unfair. I’m looking at the growing plants for months before the tomatoes go red. It always seems like the wait is way too long, although totally worth it. Okay, I’m babbling. I’ll stop now.

A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!

That’s all for now! By the time I post another recipe I might be writing with one hand full of baby cuteness. If you don’t hear from me for a while, you know what happened 😉

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A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!
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Refreshing Vanilla Strawberry Iced Tea

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 250 g strawberries
  • 600 ml water
  • 4 tsp red rooibos tea
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla seeds (from one vanilla pod)

Instructions

  1. In a big saucepan boil water and add red rooibos tea and steep covered for 10 minutes. After the tea has finnished steeping strain it into a big jug.

  2. Uncover and leave to cool.

  3. Meanwhile, remove strawberry stems and discard. Place the strawberries in a blender and make a smooth purée. If you prefer your purée to be without the tiny pits, strain it through a fine strainer.

  4. When the tea has cooled down to almost room temperature add honey and mix well. Add strawberry purée and vanilla, mix well and pour into glasses filled with ice.

A refreshing spring vanilla strawberry iced tea - perfect combination of rooiboss tea, vanilla and strawberries. Keeps you cool and hydrated during sunny spring days!

Bacon Wrapped Prunes With Herbed Feta Dip

Indulgent finger food  for the best party you’ll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

Yay, finally sharing this recipe with you!

I’ve been making it for a while now, but never got around photographing and posting it. But with the holiday season slowly arriving, I felt like, I owe you this recipe, because – yes, I’m gonna say it – it’s amazing. It’s dried fruit wrapped in bacon. Who wouldn’t love that?! 🙂

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

There’s a little story about how I got to this deliciousness. It happened on our honeymoon a little over two years ago.  I know many people decide to go to some perfect tropical beach for their honeymoon, but we decided to make a road trip through Europe. We made over 2500 km in 16 days and saw soooo many things and sights. One of them was the lovely town of Kaunas in Lithuania. It gave out the vibe of still being stuck in the old time with all the old communist monuments and decaying facades, but that actually gave the town a really special character. 

Anyway, convinced that the nightlife would be pretty much non existant we headed to the center of town. Well, we were dead wrong. It was vibrant and lively with all the people siting in the restaurants and pubs, drinking, eating and having a blast. Looked so fun that we had to join. For the first time ever we tried mulled beer. Delicious, btw! We also tried some finger food. Among other we had tiny packets of prunes wrapped in bacon that were filled with some kind of nuts. That was such a clever and incredibly delicious appetizer! Soft and chewy, but crispy on the outside and in the middle. Clever, I’m saying. I’ve been making my own version ever since.

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

I’m in love with this presentation, with the tree springs, holding together the bacon wrapped prunes. There’s another story behind that. 

I usually spend New Year’s Eve with friends in a cabin somewhere in the wild (sometimes not so wild). One year we decided to throw a fancy dress-yo’self-very-pretty kind of New Year’s Eve party. These pretty bacon wrapped prunes were a must! Of course, we were not at home and we didn’t have toothpicks that would hold the whole thing together so we headed to the garden and cut some tree springs and solved the problem. Easy 😀 They looked so much better than with good old toothpicks. Don’t you think they look festive?

In case you are like me – always in need of some dip, here’s a recipe for a simple feta dip with fresh herbs. I used parsley and chives, because that’s what still growing in the garden, but you can add whatever you’ve got on hand. 

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

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Go ahead, try them out on the side of some mulled mandarin juice! I sure will 🙂

Bacon Wrapped Prunes With Herbed Feta Dip
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Bacon Wrapped Prunes
  1. 30 prunes, pitted
  2. 15 thin bacon slices
  3. 25 g almonds, chopped finelly
  4. 1 tsp olive oil
  5. 2 tsp ground sweet red pepper
Herbed Feta Dip
  1. 100g Feta Cheese
  2. 60 g Greek style yoghurt
  3. a bunch of herbes (I used parsley and chives), chopped
  4. pinch of pepper
Bacon Wrapped Prunes
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat, then add chopped almonds. Roast for a minute, until they start smelling sweet. Remove from heat and add olive oil and ground sweet red pepper. Toss around to coat the nuts and set aside too cool a little.
  3. Cut bacon in half.
  4. Fill the prunes with nuts and wrap them in bacon, securing ends with toothpicks.
  5. Place them onto a bakin paper lined baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the bacon gets golden and crispy.
  6. Best served hot.
Herbed Feta Dip
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, to get a smooth dip. Keep in the fridge before serving.
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Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip! Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Mulled Mandarin Juice

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

I really hope y’all love mandarins as much as I do. They’ve been my main food these days. A nasty cold decided to haunt me, but I was prepared…

With tons of mandarins. I mean I probably ate a few kilos of them. And I’m not exaggerating at all! I’m feeling much better now and ready to bring you another awesome recipe.

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Inspired by mulled wine and apple cider, I decided to give warm drinks a little twist. I’ve added mandarins to those two drinks before, but never tried cooking mandarin juice on its own. And man, I’m sorry I didn’t!!

Don’t get me wrong, I love mulled apple cider, but it needs lots of lemon to reduce the sweetness. Well, not mandarins. Especially the sour ones. Which are my favorites, btw 🙂 There’s just a little honey or any other sweetness necessary in this recipe, or if you prefer sour drinks like me, you can omit that.

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Now that we got this straight, let’s talk spices.

Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, peppercorn and star anis. That’s what I used. It’s basically what I usually used in mulled drinks, sometimes I play with flavors and add someting new, but being ill and all, I wished for something very homey and familiar. Something to make me feel like a little baby 😀

And it made me so happy I just had to share this recipe with you. I have a feeling mulled mandarin juice is gonna be my everyday drink now. Since being pregnant means, I have to be careful with what kinds of teas I drink, I was also out of warm drink options. This will be perfect to spice things up.

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

A little secret. I have a feeling rum would go awesomely with mulled mandarin juice, so if you can drink alcohol, try adding it after cooking. And let me know how it was 😛

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

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I want to hear everything about your other favorite winter drinks in the comments below.

And if you want to boost your immunity, so you don’t get a cold like I did, try some Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea.

Mulled Mandarin Juice
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 600 ml (3 cups) freshly squeezed mandarin juice (from about 1 kg of mandarins)
  2. 600 ml (3 cups) water
  3. 2 cinnamon sticks
  4. 10 cloves
  5. 4 slices of ginger
  6. 10 peppercorns
  7. 2 star anises
  8. 1-2 TBSP honey or other sweetener (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a pot and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to low heat. Cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and serve hot.
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Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

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Cherry, Brie & Bacon Grilled Quesadilla

Are you ready for a seriously delicioius sweet and salty grilled quesadilla?

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Spending time outside was a big part of my childhood. It was the time, when we didn’t have computers. And even  when we got a second hand computer, it only had two games – Prehistorik and Prince of Persia. 

Instead of playing those two (totally awesome) games, I prefered hanging out the kids from my street. I lived (and still do) in a street with almost no traffic, which meant the parents let us run around like crazy all over the place.

Our favourite game was hide-and-seek. We’d wait until it got dark and then played it. Much harder, much more exciting!!! 🙂

A simple recipe for the perfect grilled quesadilla with cherries, gooey brie and bacon for a summer barbaque party.

During the day, we played cards. We even invented our own games or even make our own board games 🙂 I still have some stacked somewhere in my closet!

A big part of spring/summer days on the street was hanging ut in our cherry tree. No treehouse necessary, just an old wood board placed between two branches and we got our fun.

The cherry tree is still majestically standing in front of the house. No kids hanging on it, but it still produces the best cherries around.

Sorry neighbours… 🙂

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Grilled quesadilla with cherries anyone?

Today’s recipe is dedicated to the delicious sweet red cherries from that very tree. And they are in season now 🙂

I stuffed them in a quesadilla!

I never order quesadilla in a restaurant. Why? Because it is always too small (I eat a lot!) and overpriced. But I love it so much. So I made these cherry quesadilla with brie, bacon and arugula. I added some crushed chilli for spiciness and balsamic vinegar for acidity. And that’s it! 

It is gooey, smokey and sweet. Can it even get better? Oh, yeah. It is spicy too 🙂 

You can pop it on the grill, while you’re having a barbaque party. I assure you, everyone will thank you 🙂

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Let’s get this bbq party started!

Cherry, Brie & Bacon Grilled Quesadilla
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 small tortillas
  2. 200g cherries
  3. 200 g brie
  4. 60 g /12 slices bacon
  5. a handful arugula
  6. chilli flakes to taste
  7. balsamic vinegar to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Deseed the cherries.
  3. Place deseeded cherries on one half of the tray and bacon on the other. Make sure there's a little space in the middle.
  4. Roast for 10 minutes or until the bacon gets golden and crunchy.
  5. Place brie, bacon, cherries, arugula and chilly flakes on a tortilla and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Top with another tortilla and press down.
  6. On a grill or in a grill pan, grill for 2 minutes each side, until they get golden and grill marks are visible.
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Also try these recipes at your next bbq:

Simple Fish Sliders With Roasted Garlic Sauce

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

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Grapefruit-Lime Cocktail with Ginger and Rosemary

A cold grapefruit-lime cocktail with ginger and rosemary to take you to your favourite beach!

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Have you ever sat down in a nice cozy chair on a sandy beach somewhere far far away, having a waiter bringing you a cocktail whenever you ran out of the previous one. If your answer is YES – you’ve got my admiration and a bit of jealousy 😉 . I haven’t done that yet, but it is on my THINGS-TO-DO-BEFORE-I-DIE LIST. Until then, I’m making my own coctails, or if I’m feeling extra adventurous, I’ll go out and order a mojito!

This cocktail I’m showing you today is not a mojito, but it also contains white rum. Yum, right?

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Well, being a fan of sunny days and cold drinks, it’s kinda hard to watch out of my window. You guessed it right – it’s raining. Blah…

Luckily, I have a whole fridge of these delicious grapefruit-lime coctails in my fridge. 

Let me tell you, where the hidden trick is. It’s all in the ginger and rosemery syrup. It’s a syrup that you can prepare in advance and keep in the fridge for a week, so you’ll have it on hand, whenever you feel like having a drink. It’s a pretty simple syrup. You boil the water with ginger and rosemary let steep and add some honey. 

I’m not a fan of super sweet cocktails, unless that’s because of the actual sweetness of the fruit. I normally use honey or unrefined cane sugar, because I love how they make everything taste caramely.

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Why do I love this recipe so much? Because it is as delicious in a mocktail version as in the one shown in the recipe. Simply omit white rum or replace it with sparkling water and you got yourself an everyday treat!

Are you thirsty already? I sure am! 🙂

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Grapefruit-Lime Coctail with Ginger and Rosemary
Serves 4
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ginger and rosemary syrup
  1. big chunk of ginger (~30g)
  2. 10 small rosemary stems (~10g)
  3. 4 TBSP honey
Grapefruit-lime cocktail
  1. 2 cups freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  2. 1 cup lime juice
  3. 1 cup ginger and rosemary syrup
  4. 1/2 - 3/4 cup white rum
  5. abundance of crushed ice
Decoration
  1. 4 stems of rosemary
  2. a slice of pink grapefruit, cut in quarters
Instructions
  1. Ginger and rosemary syrup: Cut ginger in thin slices and vigorously roll rosemary between your hands. Place them in a smal saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Cover and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and leave to steep for 20 minutes.
  2. After 20 minutes add honey.
  3. Grapefruit-Lime Coctail: Pour grapefruit and lime juices in 4 glasses. Add ice, almost to the top of the glass. Pour over the ginger and rosemary syrup, and white rum.
  4. Decorate with stems of rosemary and slices of grapefruit.
Notes
  1. The recipe for the syrup is for 4 glasses. If you are making a batch, you can multiply it.
  2. Mocktail version: Omit the white rum or replace it with sparkling water.
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Use Your Noodles - Grapefruit-Lime Coctail with Ginger and Rosemary