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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

Homemade Pasta with Chanterelle Walnut Pesto

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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

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

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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

Hummus with sun-dried Tomatoes

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The first time for me to try hummus was during a trip to Dubai four years ago. Its taste was rather mild. I really enjoyed the creamy texture and subtle lemon note. A great spread on a piece of delicious white bread.

When I ate it again a few days ago at a Lebanese restaurant as an appetizer, it was clear to me that I wanted to prepare my own hummus soon. Continue reading

White Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamico Sauce

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Spring means to me: the plump red and addictive sweet strawberries and the crunchy asparagus from the farms of the region. Why not bring these two fabulous  seasonal beauties together on the plate?

I love asparagus and it doesn’t matter if it is the green or white one. Asparagus tastes best for me, when it is briefly stir fried in a wok. Thus, it remains nicely crunchy. The popular Hollandaise sauce is too fat and too heavy for my taste. I prefer asparagus with a light yet aromatic sauce.

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© Qin Xie-Krieger

For those who just start to follow my blog since recently: the recipe for strawberry balsamic sauce can be found in the recipe collection. This sauce is easy to make and tastes delicious with vegetables and salad. The most important role is played by the homemade strawberry vinegar. This great color! This alluring sweet scent! I just love this fantastic vinegar! 😀

Ingredients:

500g white asparagus tips
200g strawberries
3 tbsp strawberry balsamic sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Blanch the asparagus in the water briefly, then drain it.
  2. Wash and clean the strawberries, cut them in half.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the asparagus to it and fry for about 5 minutes . Mix the strawberries gently with the asparagus. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Arrange asparagus and strawberries on a plate. Finally, sprinkle the strawberry balsamic sauce on it. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Steamed Cod with Wild Garlic Miso Sauce

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These days I am really crazy about the wonderful aromatic wild garlic. I am feeling so sorry the season for the wild garlic is now almost over. So, right before the end of the season, I bought a plenty of the last wild garlic from my favorite farmer and made some bottles of wild garlic pesto. Knowing that I will not be short of my favorite wild vegetable during the next months really make me feel good. 😉 Continue reading

Wild garlic and Purslane Pesto

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I have been looking forward to this sunny spring all the time. Finally it is here! The sunshine is of course one of the main reasons why I am so longing for spring. However, the other reason which is at least as important as the sunshine, is my huge excitement about those tasty fresh vegetables and fruits from our region! And, the wild garlic is definitely on the very top of my “most wanted” list. Continue reading

Spinach Turrets with Sesame Dressing

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Spinach is a popular vegetable in Asia. It can be cooked in a clear soup or be sautéed in oil with garlic and chilies. Very often it is used as a popular ingredient for the filling of Chinese dumplings. However, it is not consumed raw. Also, it is not pureed and processed into an indefinable “mush” what I know here in Germany. 😉 Continue reading