Spiced pumpkin, cranberry & goat cheese tarte flambée


Delicious & easy fall food as a starter to share or a 1-person dinner

I just love to make tarte flambée. I swear, I could make & eat it almost every single night, because it’s quick and easy to make and simply delicious.

It’s (almost) pizza, has an amazingly crispy bottom that only takes 3 minutes to prepare, you can top it with anything you like and baking time is 10 minutes, which makes it incredibly quick.

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Aromatic baby spinach, grape and gorgonzola quiche

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Comfort food quiche for cold & grey fall days

The weather has been cold and grey lately, so I’ve been looking for something with some stronger flavors. Also, I really love baking things when it’s cold outside, because the oven warms up the whole apartment, it smells delicious and since I admittedly make a mess in the kitchen while cooking it’s good to have time to fix that 😛

Since I’ve been going around the countryside and seen amazing grapes I decided I should integrate them into a recipe. And what fits better to grapes than cheese (and walnuts)?

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Styrian-style baked camembert & apple salad with pumpkin seed oil

Styrian-style baked camembert salad

Melted cheese in a crunchy crust, warm apples, great fall flavors

I really love salads, but when it gets colder outside I feel like I need to add a bit of substance to them, as they leave me a bit unsatisfied if it’s just vegetables and nothing else.
This salad is really great for fall, because you have delicious, warm, melted cheese, sweet, baked apples to complement it and the pumpkin seed crust adds a nice, yet healthy, crunch. Additionally, it features nourishing beans and potatoes – so all in all you have your proteins and good carbs covered – essential fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals from the  pumpkin seed oil and last but not least vegetables for more vitamins and to loosen everything up a bit.

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Oozing chicken & bacon quesadilla with sour cream, guacamole and tomato salsa

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Crispy creamy deliciousness

I came up with this recipe when I came home after a workout and was just looking for something nice, balanced and easy, and had some tortillas left to use. I ended up liking the quesadilla so much that I made another one the day after and finally decided to also share it with you 🙂

In this case, the bacon really adds a little something to the whole dish and works perfectly with cheese, green peppers and chicken. Top it with sour cream and you’re close to food heaven. I really think you can never go wrong with creamy guacamole and the tomato salsa just adds lightness to the whole dish.

As I said, this is quite balanced, you have lots of proteins from chicken and cheese, good fatty acids from guacamole and the plenty of veggies in the quesadilla, salsa and guacamole. Also, I used a whole wheat tortilla to make the whole dish even more wholesome. If you want to step it up further, serve with salad on the side.

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Incredible sake sashimi salad with sesame, avocado and mango dressing

Sake sashimi salad avocado mango dressing

Incredibly fragrant, healthy and amazing

Guys, I’m super psyched about this recipe! It’s been on my mind for quite a while but I never managed to try it out until this week for a date night. To be honest, it’s even better than I had imagined. The marinated sake sashimi is amazing by itself, but combine it with crunchy veggies, creamy avocado and this incredible fruity mango dressing and it will lead you right into food heaven! The mango dressing is so delicious that I ended up eating some of it without anything else because it’s so delicious 🙂 Needless to say, this is super healthy too, as you have your lean protein and ton of veggies. Perfect for a light lunch or dinner (may want to make a bit more in this case) or (as I did) serve as a starter.

There is not much that could possible go wrong here, just make sure you have enough time to marinate the salmon properly (i.e. at least 1.5 hours in the fridge).

Ok, I’m so excited about this recipe, I just want to get started! 🙂

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Fresh springtime wild garlic & goat cheese tart

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Fresh and intense spring flavors

It’s getting warmer and everything is starting to bloom around here, which is really lovely. This also means it’s wild garlic season: wild garlic is quite popular in Austria and this time of the year you can get virtually anything with wild garlic. Personally, I’m much a fan of tartes / quiches, because I just love buttery shortcrust pastry 🙂 Therefore, I thought it would be nice to have a wild garlic tart. I added goat cheese, which goes very well with wild garlic and cheddar and some potatoes at the bottom to add additional texture. The wild garlic custard is really creamy, so you’re in for an awesome springtime dish.

There are two options for the shortcrust pastry: either follow the recipe below and make it yourself or just use store bought one if you have little time. If you use store bought dough, just skip the first step and go straight to 2. Regarding the goat cheese: depending on your preference choose the intensity of the cheese. However, I recommend you use a stronger one.

Now imagine scrumptuous, buttery shortcrust pastry, creamy goat cheese, a hint of fresh lemon and intense wild garlic. Sounds good, right? So get ready for an incredibly delicious (and unfortunately, very smelly 😉 ) springtime treat! Continue reading

Delicious dried tomato & olive bread with aromatic herbs

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Aromatic Mediterranean flavors meet incredible crust

My friend Miri stayed with me for a few weeks in summer and we basically spent our time cooking and experimenting with gin (tonic). As you can imagine, it was fantastic! 😉 She made a herbed bread similar to this one and it was still warm when we ate – it had this amazing crust and was – hands down – one of the best breads I’ve ever tried (so THANK YOU Miri!). So what I did is I added some dried tomatoes and olives to the bread to give it an even more mediterranean feel and it turned out to be a real treat to your taste buds. Because of the butter it gets an amazing crust and it’s very aromatic, too. I think it’s best to serve it for a nice Sunday brunch when it’s still warm, or as an appetizer with different spreads. Or just dip it in salted olive oil – I’m sure you’ll love it. Regarding spreads, I made one with soft goat cheese, fresh chopped rosemary, salt, pepper and a splash of olive oil, which took about 3 minutes to prepare and worked incredibly well. Remember that baking bread takes time as the dough needs time to prove, but trust me – this bread’s taste will more than compensate you for your effort! Continue reading

Orient-inspired lamb salad with pomegranate, figs and mint

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Crunchy vegetables, tender lamb, tons of flavors

This is a lovely salad that combines oriental flavors, different textures and healthy ingredients.
The lamb works perfectly with the sweetness from pomegranate and figs. Fennel, peppers and almonds add a crunch to the salad, the mint gives the whole salad a nice kick. If you want it to be creamy as well, add some (soft) goat cheese, just make sure its flavor is not too strong. All in all, I love how all the ingredients work together!
If you’re into salads, but like to step it up once in a while, this is the right dish for you. It might take a bit longer to make this salad, but it’s totally worth it. Just try it out and let me know what you think! Continue reading