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.
I have been struggling with a cold the past week and now Philipp is not feeling well this weekend. We both need some food that gives us energy: quinoa and vegetables.
We had a beautiful pointed cabbage in our veg box on friday (see picture). Pointed cabbage has softer leaves and tastes slightly sweeter than white cabbage. I really like it. However due to the cold weather our box has only been sparely filled over the winter months.
We bought a jug blender recently. I am not a big fan of too many kitchen appliances taking space in the kitchen but I really wanted this blender to make fresh juices on weekends and so we have been juicing a lot recently. Every saturday and sunday fresh juices for breakfast it is. It is also so much fun! Not too much fun for the neighbours though as the blender is quite noisy. My favourite fresh juice still is carrot, orange and ginger juice. What are your favourite combinations for fresh fruit or vegetable juices? Let us know!
Potatoes with quark are a typical German lunch. An all time classic. The potatoes are usually boiled in salt water and then peeled and the quark is finished off with different herbs, pepper and salt.
I made a slight varaiation of the traditional recipe: I used violet potatoes, which have a slightly nutty taste and baked them in the oven with some garlic and pine nuts. For the quark I used fresh basil, chives and lemon balm. Thanks to our indoor garden, fresh herbs are also available in winter.
I took three days off work but we had grey weather and rain all weekend so I had time for some indoor projects. I started a new book by Lisa See. I devoured her novel “Shanghai Girls” and now I started “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”. The story is quite tragic but I really like the stories of ancient China and so I can really recommend her books so far.
I wanted to make a blog post earlier this weekend but it was kind of dark outside all day long so I couldn’t take any pictures. Apart from that my camera is broken. There is a little black spot on every picture I take. I had this once before and then it was suddenly ok again. It is quite annoying because there is really nothing I can do. I think I will look for a camera shop today to help me out, because the sun is coming out again.
Sicily is beautiful. We spend two great weeks, driving around the island, relaxing and having good food and wine. I really enjoyed the city of Marsala, the baroque villages in the Southeast and the “dolce vita” on the Aeolian Islands. Sicily has many facets and I wish we would have had more time to discover them.
Our sundays are very lazy lately. I am listening to the latest album of one my favourite bands called Malajube. My good friend Pier-Luc from Montréal recommended them a couple of years ago. They were in Germany in 2007 and so I saw them live and totally fell in love with their music. If you like francophonic indie rock you should definitely check them out.
When I planted little courgette seeds about two months ago I thought this was some kind of experiment. I would have never guessed that the little plants would totally take over our balcony so that we only had a restricted bbq-area. But it turned out that I really seem to have a green thumb. It was very interesting to follow the development of the plant and so tonight we finally enjoyed homegrown courgettes.
Finally I made it to the farmer’s market on Saturday. There is a real nice one in our area and I haven’t been there for quite some time. I bought some real beautiful mushrooms for last night’s dinner. I wanted to make some homemade pasta with mixed mushrooms. I had this nice and simple receipe in mind from an oldschool Jamie Oliver book that I have. Everytime I pick this book from the shelf I am amused about the 1999 Hawaiian shirt that he wears on the cover. But the book gives a nice explanation on how to make pasta step by step.
I really enjoy having just grilled vegetables. And at the moment with the E. coli outbreak in Germany having salad and raw vegetables without a weird feeling is quite difficult. I was standing in the vegetables section last night starring at the super juicy tomatoes but still not feeling ready despite the rescindment of the official warning. I went for the aubergines and courgettes in the end.
Today was a beautiful night and although I came back home quite late because of my Wednesday Mandarin class, I still wanted to make some food and sit outside. I guess it is really inspiring to see all the fully packed restaurants with people sitting outside when coming home.
Making oven vegetables is a quick and easy thing to do and it’s healthy and super yummy. My adivce is to use different fresh herbs based on availabilty and a lot of good quality olive oil. And give it up for GARLIC!
What you need for a pure vegetable bliss:
Some garlic cloves
3 small onions
Good quality olive oil
Salt and pepper
Three easy steps:
Cut the veg into rough pieces and spread them on a baking tray
Add herbs, salt and pepper and a lot of olive oil
Put in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes on 180°C