Chickpea Curry with Crispy Halloumi Bites

I am usually a big fan of meals that take thirty minutes or less to make. I am however willing to spend more time for anything stew- or soup-like – especially if cooking it for longer means creamier textures and more intense flavors. And dishes that taste even better when you reheat them the nextContinue reading “Chickpea Curry with Crispy Halloumi Bites”

German Lentils and Pasta (Linsen mit Spätzle)

Especially before and after opulent holiday meals, I find myself craving really simple yet hearty homemade dishes. This recipe is a classic for a post- or pre-Christmas lunch, but the combination of carbs and carbs also makes it a great choice during the whole winter season. Spätzle are a special kind of German pasta (IContinue reading “German Lentils and Pasta (Linsen mit Spätzle)”

Easy homemade Mac and Cheese

To me, Mac and Cheese are pretty much the biggest comfort food out there. I mean, combining pasta with a creamy, cheesy sauce and some crunchy breadcrumbs already sounds like a genius concept, so where could you go wrong? German restaurants, however, haven’t quite figured out yet how to make good Mac and Cheese –Continue reading “Easy homemade Mac and Cheese”

Sweet and hearty “Flammekueche” tarte flambé with goat cream cheese and apples

This recipe is a great alternative to a more traditional tarte flambé (click here for my recipe) which features bacon bits and large amounts of onions. The sweet apples and tart goat cheese spread play off each other really well, while caramelized onions and chopped walnuts contribute smaller accents. You can serve it as aContinue reading “Sweet and hearty “Flammekueche” tarte flambé with goat cream cheese and apples”

Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Puttanesca

Puttanesca sauce is a flavorful alternative to meat-based sauces. It is only slightly more complex to make than a simple marinara but packs a punch of briny, salty flavors thanks to dark kalamata olives and capers. Original recipes typically feature sardines, but I just skip them for an easy vegetarian version. If you’re buying darkContinue reading “Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Puttanesca”

Black Bean Mango Bowl

I think combining sweet and hearty flavors is always a good idea. Do you need proof? Then try this recipe for a black bean mango bowl that combines a Mexican-flavored black bean and pepper stew with fresh mango cubes and rice. This is a great dish for hot days, but also works well during fallContinue reading “Black Bean Mango Bowl”

Flavorful Panzanella Salad

With fall quickly approaching, we’re enjoying the last wave of summer dishes – and panzanella salads are a great example for that. This one combines the flavors of fully ripened tomatoes with fresh cucumbers, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic and crispy bread bites roasted in olive oil – an Italian dream come true. You canContinue reading “Flavorful Panzanella Salad”