Roast apples with spiced rice & crunchy almonds

Baked apples

Spiced sweetness for cold & rainy days – a delight for your taste buds 

I met Patricia, one of my good friends, the other day and asked her what my newest recipe for the blog should be. I feel like I’ve been making plenty of sweets recently and was looking for something savory, yet easy and winter-like. She told me to make roast apples, but I thought it was another sweet dish. So jokingly she said: “Well, make savory roast apples then.” And, quite frankly, I thought the idea was brilliant.

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Christmas magic milk chocolate truffles with roast hazelnuts & cinnamon

Christmas explosion chocolate truffles

A Christmas explosion in your mouth

You are a total chocolate addict and are looking for new chocolate ideas or you are still looking for Christmas presents, nothing comes to your mind and you think just buying a box of chocolates is too impersonal? I have a (very delicious) solution for you! 🙂

Close your eyes and imagine a lightly toasted, crunchy hazelnut, covered my creamy milk chocolate and rolled in cinnamon and cocoa – it’s a Christmas explosion in your mouth!

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Warming dark chocolate & orange banana loaf

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Warming winter deliciousness

Christmas is almost around the corner so I figured it’s time to get out these winter flavors. Do you know the feeling when you’re baking something, your whole apartment smalls of it and you just wander around absorbing the amazing smell and feeling genuinely happy and excited about eating your treat? I’ve been doing that a lot while baking this loaf 🙂

This dark chocolate & orange banana loaf is simply great. It has an intense dark chocolate aroma which is complemented by warming orange and crunchy walnut bits. It’s basically like eating a dark-chocolate&orange truffle. 🙂 Continue reading

A hint of gingerbread buns with almonds & raisins

Taste of gingerbread

Delicious winter treat for a day cuddling on the couch

Hmmmmm these buns are just super awesome! They are so warming and delicious, perfect for a day when it’s cold and grey outside and you just want to cuddle up on your couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. The great thing? They are also healthy 🙂

I used spelt and rye flour, so these treats are very wholesome. Also, cinnamon, apple and honey in combination with the sweetness of the raisins and the distinct rye flavor remind me a lot of ginger bread – perfect for the season! Crunchy almonds complement the whole ginger bread idea perfectly. Additionally, they are high in protein, provide healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and, just like raisins, are high in minerals and bring a lovely sweetness. Cinnamon gets your metabolism going and last but not least apple provides vitamins and fiber. Not to forget that cinnamon-apple-raisin combos are simply to die for 🙂

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1001 night-spiced lentil and vegetable stew

lentil & vegetable stew

Warming orient-spiced fall stew with lots of veggies

When fall hits it’s stew time for me, so I’ve been making lots of different ones lately because they are also perfect to take to the office as lunch the next day (or five, in my case 😉 ).

This is a boldly spiced orient-inspired vegetarian lentil stew, which is sweet because of raisins and pomegranate, spicy due to chili and has all these great spices that will warm you up from the inside. Also, there are lots of veggies inside and it’s quick and easy to prepare – perfect when you come home at night, don’t feel like doing anything too fancy yet healthy.

Also, this is a great healthy dish to make if you are on a budget (maybe just leave out the pomegranate seeds).

You can eat this stew without any side dishes, since lentils are very nourishing. However, I like it best with some couscous or bulgur.

Ready for a little trip to Scheherazade’s world? Then let’s do this! 🙂

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Apple strudel – crunchy muesli style

Applestrudel style muesli Marlene Johler Neni's Kitchen1-5

Viennese apple strudel for everyday

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”, is an old saying. “If the doctor is cute, forget the fruit!”, my little sister usually adds. But irrespective of what your sentiments towards your doctor’s looks are, you should really try this recipe! Basically, it tastes like the famous Austrian apple strudel (which is super awesome, of course), only takes 10 minutes to prepare and is filled with minerals and vitamins for a healthy start of your day. I really love this recipe, because I love apple strudel and this is a really easy way to get the flavor without baking or similar. 🙂

To add a nice crunch and a more nutty flavor, I like to make granola in a pan which can also be prepared in larger batches for the next time you crave apple strudel-style muesli or breakfast. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to make granola or you want to go for the healthy (and also very delicious) version, just use plain oats.

Ready for some apple strudel? Then let’s get started!

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Red rose apple tartlets with chestnut filling

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The most delicious way to serve roses 

Some time ago, Wanja, a friend of mine who enjoys cooking very much as well, sent me a picture of these tartlets jokingly asking if they were something for this blog and I think they most definitely are! They are so pretty that I really wanted to create my own version of them. Since it’s still cold outside I decided to make a chestnut filling, which fits well to the season and is a nice contrast to the fruitiness of the apples.

I used red wine to color the apple slices. However, you can replace the red wine with cherry juice if you prefer that flavor or apple juice if you want your roses to have a cream color. Personally, I think the short crust pastry with its buttery flavor is fantastic for these tartlets. Just make sure that you use cold butter and eggs when preparing the dough and to knead it as quickly as possible. If you want to save some time I think it would also be possible to use filo pastry instead (I haven’t tried that though).

These tartlets are super pretty, but making the apple shaped roses takes quite a bit of time and skill. I remember Wanja telling me it would take a few hours and at first I thought to myself “Naaah, I’m gonna be much faster than that…” Turns out he was right; it takes quite a while indeed! 😉  Just don’t get frustrated and maybe spend one afternoon together with a friend baking (and eating) the tartlets. Continue reading

Cinnamon panna cotta with cherry & red wine glaze

cinnamon panna cotta

A lovely winter dessert

It’s been a while since I posted the last recipe, but as for most people, the time before Christmas is quite busy.
I made this panna cotta last time we had some guests over and since everybody loved it I decided to put it on the blog as well. It’s a perfect dessert for winter and the holiday season, because it incorporates all these great winter flavors. The panna cotta it quite light, because I replaced about 1/3 of the cream with milk, which is a lovely contrast to the boldness of the cherry & red wine glaze.
Since I like lush flavors I used a lot of red wine, but if you prefer the glaze to be a bit lighter or for the cherry to come out a bit more, just reduce the amount of red wine by 1/4 to 1/2.
Before making panna cotta for the first time I though it was quite a difficulat and time-consuming to make, but it is quite easy. Try it and let me know what you think! Continue reading