Sunday pork roast on a sweet potato, apple and root veggie bed

Pork roast with apple, sweet potato & root vegetables

Warming comfort food happiness for grey Sundays

I was standing in the supermarket in the meat section last Saturday and started to wonder what ever happened to the good old Sunday roast. “Time to give it a go”, I figured, and took a nice piece of pork neck home with me.ย Pork roast is an Austrian classic, traditionally served with sauerkraut and bread dumplings and not usually placed in the “healthy” section of a menu. But since I need my beloved vegetables, I decided to go in a different direction and to serve the roast with sage, roast apples, (sweet) potatoes and a bunch of root vegetables.ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Red rose apple tartlets with chestnut filling

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The most delicious way to serve rosesย 

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 andย 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 toย 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 thatโ€ฆ” Turns out he was right; it takes quite a while indeed! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Just don’t get frustrated and maybe spend one afternoon togetherย with a friend baking (and eating) the tartlets. Continue reading