Author Archives: Claudia

Srawberry Saffron Cake

Strawberry Saffron Cake

I am very excited. Starting tomorrow I will be working in sales for six months. Six months on the road with a new task. So I will be leaving the office temporarily for a new challenge, a new adventure. The job will be quite different from what I am doing now and so I am super excited not having a complete idea of what to expect.

Having good food and eating well on the road will be quite a challenge. But I am optimistic.

Despite the good weather, I have been spending the whole day inside, organising, packing and BAKING. I made two cakes (who is going to eat them?). I developed a recipe for a strawberry saffron cake that I would like to share with you.

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Quick Walnut Bread with a Roasted Eggplant Spread

quick walnut bread with roasted eggplant spread close up

Let me introduce you to my sunday afternoon snack. We just came back around lunch time as we spent the weekend at my parents’ house, relaxing, watching football and eating. So when we came back today I wanted to make a little snack.

With what we had at home it turned to be an easy-to-make bread with a vegetable spread.

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Raw Chocolate Pralinés

two raw chocolate pralines

I love raw chcocolate.

I have experimented with raw desserts quite a lot recently and became a big fan of raw brownies. I don’t really like raw chocolate mousse. Or maybe I didn’t find a good recipe yet. I made it based on avocado – the classic. But I am not yet convinced by the combination of chocolate and avocado. However, the combination of raw cocoa and dates – these raw chcolate pralinés are based on – is simply divine.

It is a perfect little sweet treat.

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Sesame Crusted Tuna with a Quinoa Sprouts Salad

Tuna Sesame Crust Sprout Salad

I have been craving semi-raw tuna plus salad for two weeks now. I have seen a picture of it in a food magazine and couldn’t stop thinking about it. As I am crazy about food this happens to me quite often actually. I can’t put food out of my head.

So today it was seared tuna with a super fresh sprouts salad. This dish has some kind of an asian appeal. Also because of the aromatic taste of roasted sesame, which I really like.

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Green Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Flowers with an Orange Vinaigrette

green asparagus edible flowers

I am totally in summer mood these past two weeks! The weather has been just beautiful. We have been to the sea last weekend: hanging out at the beach, going for walks, sea side aperitif and eating outside – just perfect! I especially love mild summer evenings.

Being in the summer mood also means easy, light dishes, a lot of fresh produce and colourful cooking.

I have the perfect summer day lunch for you: Green asparagus, topped with goat cheese and a super yummy orange vinaigrette.

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Marjoram Soup with Crayfish by Tobias Sudhoff

marjoram soup with crayfish

Hello food lovers. Yes, I have been absent for some time. I spent a wonderful holiday in Colombia, seeing friends from Uni. We had such a great time and Colombia is truly amazing. Beautiful landscape, friendly people and a great atmosphere in Bogotá. Of course I also returned with a lot of culinary inspiration.

Back home, I am making our balcony ready for the summer by putting the herb and veg pots outside. Finally! Tomatoes, zucchini, pepper, arugula and various herbs. This year’s urban gardening project is becoming huge.

I also stocked up on Marjoram, which I used today for a Marjoram soup with crayfish.

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Soba Noodles with Broccoli Pesto

Soba noodles with broccoli pesto

Japan meets Mediterranean flavours: I made soba noodles with broccoli pesto and I love it. Creating a new soba noodle dish has been on my mind for some time now and Soba noodles are so versatile. I also discovered a soba noodle restaurant here in Düsseldorf. They make their own soba noodles, which is such an interesting trade. I really want to go there soon.

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Homemade Gravlax with a dill mustard dressing

gravlax

I made gravlax! I wanted to do that for a long time. On Friday night I thought this was going to be some kind of experiment but the gravlax turned out to be super good! It is actually not that difficult. And it is so fresh and tasty. A perfect Sunday delight.

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Artichoke Tart with Manchego

artichoke tarte with manchego cheese

Spring has finally arrived! The weather is beautiful and everybody is spending time outside. Time for a spring tart.

I saw these beautiful purple baby artichokes on friday afternoon at a greengrocer in our neighbourhood. The people at the shop are so sweet. All the vegetables look so good and they are nicely arranged on box shelves. If you want to buy something they assist you pick the greens and put them in your produce bag. No self-service. Quite old fashioned like back in the mom-and-pop grocery store days but I find this very sweet.

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