All posts tagged: spring

green rice and egg bowl

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Dinner / Lunch
bear garlic

For my spring pesto I use bear’s garlic (Bärlauch), sorrel or even ground elder (Giersch) from the garden.  Be careful in case you go foraging for bear’s garlic, the long and slender leaves can easily be mistaken by leaves of lily of the valley, which are super toxic. green pesto 1 big handful (or a bunch if you buy it) bear’s garlic, sorrel or ground elder 20 g pine nuts parmesan 40ml olive oil salt and […]

artichoke bottoms with garlic and mint

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Dinner / Lunch

Soon spring will be here and with it the season of fresh artichokes. I’m early  (and lucky)  this year because I brought fresh artichokes from Rome in my suitcase. Besides being the most photogenic vegetable I know, they tasted delicious cooked with garlic and mint. artichoke bottoms alla romana with garlic and mint 6 artichokes 1 lemon, halved 1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped 2 teaspoons sea salt 1 cup water 1/3 cup […]

Grandma’s Classics: rhubarb cake

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Cakes + Cookies
rhubarb cake

  Grandma’s recipe is by far the quickest and easiest way to turn these tart beauties into something truly enjoyable. All it takes are a few rhubarb stems, eggs, flour, butter, sugar and 30 minutes bake…   Grandma’s rhubarb cake 15-20 rhubarb stems 250g butter 200g sugar 4 eggs 400g flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F). All ingredients should have room temperature to combine well. Butter the […]

aqua fresca scented with rhubarb, rose and vanilla

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Drinks / Jams + Preserves

Whenever I prepare a rhubarb sauce for dessert I add more water than the usually needed for the cooking. Later I strain the juice into a little crystal jug and put it apart. I love to pour a sip of this essence into my  water. It’s a refreshing,  mouth-puckering springtime beverage. Even the boring oatmeal for breakfast becomes a perfumed extravaganza, if you substitute part of the milk by rhubarb essence. Don’t be disappointed if […]

what I’m going to eat tonight

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Dinner / Lunch

Asparagus with cucumber-tomato-rocket-mushroom vinaigrette 500g green asparagus a piece of cucumber 1 tomato a handful of mushrooms a small bundle of rocket leaves olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper Boil the asparagus (about 10 minutes) until it hangs slightly curved over the fork when you lift it. In the meantime prepare the vinaigrette with the chopped vegetables. Pour  the vinaigrette over the warm asparagus, serve and enjoy!  

Rose Carrarini’s Rhubarb and Orange

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Obviously I should give up the idea of a whole Menu in Pink and go instead for  easier things like photographing pink walls and pink glasses or simply a pink dessert.. Rose Carrarini’s Rhubarb and Orange is prepared in a moment,  looks beautiful and has been so delicious that tomorrow I’ll go and buy more of those lovely sticks. Why not give it a try with lemon as well? Rose Carrarini’s  Rhubarb and Orange 5 sticks rhubarb, trimmed […]

countryside decadence and some sautéed oyster mushrooms

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Sautéed oyster mushrooms with fresh spring herbs and champagne 2 servings oyster mushrooms 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 spring onions, finely chopped 1 tbs balsamic vinegar a glass of champagne a handful of fresh spring herbs flour to slightly dust the mushrooms 3 tbs olive oil sea salt freshly grated black pepper Place the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Stir-fry the garlic and the spring onions. Then raise the heat to high […]