Category Archives: Sauce & Dip

Romaine lettuce with feta cheese and strawberry dressing

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

There is hardly any other fragrance in the world which can smell so seductively sweet as ripe strawberries. At the moment we can get the succulent and sumptuous red cuties in their full maturity from our regional market. I could really guzzle a huge portion of it every day, without batting an eyelid. 😉 Continue reading

Summery roasted hazelnut sauce

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

The summer is knocking loudly on the door: Over 30 degrees temperature, sizzling sun rays and the blue cloudless sky … In such a beautiful and hot weather, I usually have no big appetite for the warm food. Its preparation produces even more heat both in the kitchen as well as in me.

Therefore, in the summer you could find cold or briefly cooked food very often on our dinning table, with plenty of crunchy vegetables and juicy fruit. As “satisfying food”, rice, pasta and potatoes play an important role. Often I like to cook a couple of boiled potatoes or some pasta, briefly blanched seasonal vegetables such as green asparagus, fava beans or peas for dinner. Serving with a homemade pesto or a quickly prepared sauce, such as this really simple yet unbelievably delicious hazelnut sauce. Mix well, add salt and pepper… Voilà! So easily and quickly prepared is a delicious and light meal for a hot summer evening! Continue reading

Steamed Rice Dumplings, stuffed with Shiitake Pesto

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

When I came to Germany fifteen years ago, european food was a big challenge for me and my stomach. The thick cream sauce, those strong smelly cheeses,  the always too large pieces of meat … Rarely I could find something in the university canteen, which was tasty for me.

One of the few dishes that I have quickly accepted from the beginning, were the German potato dumplings (Kartoffelknoedel). I could just eat a lot of them purely without any sauces or accessories. Now I know why. In my Chinese hometown there is a kind of dumpling, which has a very similar consistency like the German potato dumpling. However, it is not made from potatoes, but from rice (what else?). 😉 Continue reading

Homemade Pasta with Chanterelle Walnut Pesto

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

Maybe because the days are becoming noticeably shorter and colder, right now I am so much into pasta & co. “Pasta makes happy.” – I once heard. Whether it is true, I can not say. But one thing is clear: Pasta tastes just fantastic! Furthermore, it is so easy and quick to prepare. The most important thing: A great sauce is a must!

Since I got my great food processor, I make pasta mostly myself. It is amazingly simple and faster than you could think. And I can say it again and again loudly: Fresh pasta tastes just so much better! 🙂 Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash with Thai Red Curry Sauce

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

Thai curry is one of my absolute favorite foods. As my trip to Thailand moves closer and closer, I get more and more in the mood for it.

Among the different versions of Thai curry, the red curry is my favorite. It is not as burning spicy as the green curry, but has a more complex flavor structure than the yellow version.

Not long ago, I still cooked with the instant red curry paste from the Asia store. Now I finally could motivate myself to try and make this labor-intensive paste myself. The effort has definitely paid off. It tasted delicious and contains no glutamate, which always causes me unbearable thirst after eating. 🙂 Continue reading

I don’t want to say goodbye to the summer…

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

I stood on the farmer market in Bietigheim and realized suddenly: Summer is REALLY almost over now! The colorful presentation on the market during the last months is vanishing! More and more golden and brown colors are appearing. Suddenly I experienced a big panic: All these juicy green colors… these gorgeous red colors… I have to preserve them for my kitchen, also for the winter, which is about to knock on our door! Continue reading

Eggplant Dates Paste with Cardamom

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

What a hot summer!

I am absolutely not a person that fancies 30 degrees. As soon as the thermometer shows 30+ degrees, my inner biological clock automatically turns down a gear.

Then I move slower, I think slower, I even eat slower.

Not only I eat slower, but also much less. Above all, I cannot stand at all to have something warm on my plate.

Therefore, I prefer mainly cold dishes in summer. Just like some pieces of yummy bread with this wonderful eggplant dates paste with cardamom. Continue reading

Sweet Sour Fish with Garlic Sesame Crunch

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

Do you love garlic? I really do, very much. 😉 Yeah, I know, this intense smell … it could be uncomfortable for some people…

But a life without garlic? No way, not for me. How can a magician perform on stage without his magic hat? 😉

On my stage of cooking, garlic is the indispensable magic hat for me. It can perfectly transform an ordinary dish into a unforgettable food experience. Continue reading