Mushroom Risotto

My lovelies!

Autumn made it to Germany! The realization came as quite the surprise for me this year. Although I really really love autumn, that ‘well, I guess it’s time for cosy sweaters now’ moment came exceptionally early this year 😀 Or is it just me? I need to look up some official weather statistics for Germany just to make sure I’m not going crazy 😛

But the drop in temperature also has its good sides: Finally, you can cuddle up on the couch again, wrapped yourself in a blanket and watch the autumn storms raging outside your window. But I’m also convinced there will be some more beautiful late summer days to come – fingers crossed!

Today we’re making a super-fast and really delicious mushroom risotto. Which mushrooms you use is entirely up to you – but please make sure they’re actually edible!

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Mushroom risotto

makes 2 servings

  • 300 g mixed mushrooms (button mushrooms, chanterelles, …)
  • 200 g risotto rice
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 40 g butter
  • 150 ml white wine
  • 400 ml broth
  • 50 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • Some olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, nutmeg

 

Clean the mushrooms and cut the larger ones into halves or smaller pieces. Peel and finely dice the shallots. Peel the garlic and finely chop that as well. Sautée half of the shallots as well as the garlic with 1 tbsp butter in a saucepan, then add the rice and fry for a few minutes. Deglaze with white wine and pour in the broth. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes while stirring repeatedly (until the liquid is completely absorbed), then remove the pot from the heat. Add the remaining butter and the Parmesan cheese.

Heat some olive oil in a pan, add the remaining shallots and the mushrooms and sautée it for about 3 minutes. Now add the mushrooms to the risotto, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and serve!

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And now imagine how good the kitchen will smell while cooking ❤ With which type of mushrooms would you like to try the risotto? Something classic such as button mushrooms and chanterelles or something more unusual? I am excited to hear what your favorite mushrooms are!

 

Take care & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

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Zucchini Galette

Hello my zebras!

While Mr. Zebra left me alone to travel the United States I stayed behind at home, take care of the cat and work diligently. I feel that’s quite unfair. But at the beginning of October it is time to travel again – this time the both of us 😀 – to London for a few days and at least that’s something I can look forward to.

Since my better half (HE thinks he’s the better half but I have my doubts :P) is staying in the land of truck sized burgers, he’s missing out on this delicious, late-summer galette with cream cheese and a generous portion of zucchini ❤ This little relative of pizza is wonderfully rustic and also quite fast to make – try it out!

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Zucchini Galette

For 2-3 servings

  • 175 g flour
  • 125 g rye flour
  • 125 g sour cream
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

 

  • 150 g herby cream cheese
  • 50 g (+ some) grated Emmental cheese
  • 250-300 g zucchini
  • Salt & pepper

Mix the flours, sour cream, oil, egg, salt and baking powder and knead until a smooth dough forms. Leave to rest in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 200 °C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Wash the zucchini and cut into thin slices.

Roll out the chilled dough on a well-floured surface into a thin circle (diameter should be about 30-35cm). Spread the cream cheese in the center – leaving an edge of about 5 cm. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top, then cover it with the zucchini slices, season with salt and pepper and then fold over the free dough edges. Sprinkle with some extra cheese and bake for 35-45 minutes.

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So crispy, flavourful and a great way to use up the abundance of zucchinis. Do you have a favorite recipe with zucchini? If so, let me know! You can never have enough of them.

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Garlic butter with pink peppercorns and lime

Hi my cuties!

Summer might be slowing down a bit at the moment but there’s one rule that still applies: summer time = barbecue time

And if you really want to impress everyone at the next barbecue party then you should definitely try this super simple recipe! This delicious garlic butter doesn’t only look great but also tastes amazing – slightly spicy and a bit tangy … perfect for steaks and grilled veggies!

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Garlic butter with pink peppercorns and lime

makes 1 roll of butter

  • 250 g obutter
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • Some olive oil
  • 2 tsp pink peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • peel of 1 lime

Remove the butter from the refrigerator and let it warm up to room temperature.

Peel the garlic cloves and fry them in a small pan with a little olive oil for about 5 minutes. It’s totally fine if they turn dark brown on the outside. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Place the butter in a small bowl. Grind up the pink peppercorns freshly using a mortar and pestle (alternatively use store bought) and add to the butter with the salt and the grated lime peel. Press the garlic cloves individually through a garlic press, removing the darkened skins from the press in between, and add about 1 tsp of olive oil from frying to the butter. Now mix well with a fork.

Wrap up in parchment paper or foil, form into a roll and allow to cool in the refrigerator.

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Have you ever made spiced butter? And if so, will you tell me what flavour you picked?

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Red Currant Chutney

Hello my dear ones!

To pack summer into jars and open them in winter – that would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? Like just to squeeze those few extra degrees of heat into a container and use them when it’s colder. But sadly, this is not possible.

At least not when it comes to weather. Instead, we can preserve all those lovely summer fruits, all the berries, cherries and even veggies! Just like this simple red currant chutney that will only take you a short while to make. But you’ll be able to enjoy it till long after red currant season when it’s starting to get colder outside. Let me show you how to make it!

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Red Currant Chutney

for 2-3 small jars

  • 500 g red currants
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 apple
  • 1 chili
  • 100 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 100 ml orange juice
  • 175 g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Wash the currants and remove them from the stalks using a fork. Peel the apple and onions and finely dice. Deseed the chili and cut it into small pieces as well.

Saute the onions and chilli together with some oil in a pot and then add the orange juice and vinegar. Add the red currants, apple, brown sugar, salt and mustard seeds, and let everything simmer for about an hour and a half on medium heat until it reaches a jam-like consistency. Keep stirring so it doesn’t stick.

The fill the chutney into clean glasses, close tightly and allow the glasses to cool for 5 minutes while standing upside down. Chutney preserved that way will keep fresh for several months.

Oh and by the way: That combination in the pictures of delicious bread with baked camembert and some red currant chutney is delicious and a great idea for dinner!

 

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So easy to make! The most difficult part might be to not have it stick to the bottom of the pan 😀

Do you like chutney? Or do you prefer to make jam from summer fruits?

 

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes

Hello my lovely readers!

You surely know that feeling: on some days you simply do not want to cook. The usual solution would be to get some food delivered. But there’s another option! What follows is a recipe, for which you have to leave the sofa for only a few minutes and will be rewarded with a delicious, freshly cooked pasta dish. And it’s so so easy to make…

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Here’s how to make it:

Spaghetti with roasted tomatoes

makes 2-3 servings

  • 600g mini cherry or roma tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • 350 g spaghetti
  • 1 handful basil leaves
  • olive oil
  • Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 230° C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Wash the tomatoes and pat them dry. Peel the garlic and lightly crush it with the flat side of a knife. Put tomatoes and garlic on the baking tray and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes in the oven, turning them repeatedly.

In the meantime, cook the spaghetti according to the instructions until al dente – about 1 minute before the pasta is done add basil to the boiling water. Drain the pasta and reserve some of the cooking water. Put the pasta in a bowl and mix with the roasted tomatoes, olive oil and some of the cooking water. Serve with fresh parmesan cheese!

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I didn’t promise too much, did I? Sooo simple to make and – OMG – utterly delicious ❤

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Hey sweeties!

When my family is having a BBQ, there’s one thing that always has to be a part of it: pasta salad. In our family, it is traditionally prepared with a yogurt dressing as well as peas, carrots and sausage. Reaaaally yummy but also quite rich. It won’t leave much space in your stomach for all those other delicious things on the grill.

So today I’ll show you a Mediterranean alternative with dried tomatoes, rocket and mozzarella – super quick and delicious!

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Mediterranean pasta salad

makes 2-4 servings

  • 200 g pasta
  • 1 pack mini Mozzarella
  • 50 g dried soft tomatoes
  • 50 g rocket
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Italian herb mix
  • Salt, pepper

Cook the pasta according to the instructions, then drain and set aside.

Cut the mozzarella and the dried tomatoes. Wash the rocket and chop roughly. Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, herbs and some water to prepare a dressing, season with salt and pepper.

Mix everything with the pasta, let it infuse for about an hour and serve.

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Do you serve pasta salad at your barbecues? And if so, what is your traditional recipe?

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Asparagus Buttermilk Soup

Hello my zebras!

 

Mr Zebra is regularly joking about me – and Germans in general. It is usually about rules and regulations, the weather and, of course, the food. Like, for example, that us Germans seem to turn our menus upside down for a few weeks in early summer and suddenly and solely serve asparagus for every meal.

He is not totally wrong, of course, but it’s just that those green and white stalks are really delicious and you have to take advantage of that while they’re in season! Funny enough, I actually didn’t even serve that much asparagus this year – but I still have one, two weeks to cook with it 😛

So today I brought you a delicious soup with green asparagus (❤) and a generous amount of buttermilk. It tastes super fresh and is a nice soup for summer!

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Asparagus Buttermilk Soup

makes 2-3 servings

  • 1 onion
  • 2 floury potatoes
  • 250 g green asparagus
  • 750 ml vegetable stock
  • 300 ml buttermilk
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 4 tbsp butter

Peel onion and potatoes and finely dice them. Wash the asparagus, peel the bottom parts and cut off 2 cm of the ends. Chop 200 g of it into coarse chunks and thinly slice the rest.

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan and briefly fry the onions. Then add the potatoes and big asparagus pieces and pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer with the lid on for about 15 minutes.

In the meantime, heat up the remaining butter in a small pan and fry the asparagus slices with a little salt for 3-5 minutes and then add the honey. Puree the soup, stir in the buttermilk (do not boil after that!) and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the honey glazed asparagus bits.

 

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How do you like to prepare asparagus? And what do you prefer – GREEN or WHITE?

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

 

xx Kristin

Strawberry Guacamole

Hello my dears!

Let’s get started with a very essential question:

CORIANDER – YAY OR NAY?

Unfortunately, I’m #TeamNAY and one of those people for whom coriander tastes terribly like soap. Before I heard of that phenomenon, I once nearly lost my mind over an Asian stir-fry that just tasted like someone had dumped a generous portion of dish soap into it.

But why am I talking about coriander? Because it is (usually) one of the main ingredients of today’s recipe and now that I explained why I’m not a fan you won’t wonder why I claim it’s ‘optional’ later on 😀

The remaining ingredients, however, are not at all optional: avocado and strawberries ❤ We mix it together to create a summery guacamole, which is wonderfully fruity, fresh and so colorful … let’s go!

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Strawberry Guacamole

  • 1 large avocado
  • juice of half a lime
  • 4-6 strawberries
  • chili flakes
  • salt
  • (coriander)

 

Cut the avocado in half and scoop out the pulp. Put it in a bowl together with the lime juice and mash with a fork. Season with salt and chili flakes.

Wash the strawberries and cut them into fine cubes. Carefully stir them into the guacamole and – OPTIONALLY 😉 – top with some coriander and serve!

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That’s all you need for this early summer snack! And to be honest – a large portion of it paired with a bag of tortilla chips would be an acceptable dinner for me 😀

Stay sweet & HAPPY SNACKING!

xx Kristin

Rustic Oat Bread

Hello my lovelies!

Today we will bake bread! I know this means that we have to heat up the oven when it’s already super hot outside but we are going to be rewarded with fresh bread and that is arguably one of the best dinners you can have in warm weather.

The bonus: This bread takes like 5 minutes to prepare. I’m not kidding. You’ll hardly have time to preheat the oven properly. The list of ingredients may sound somewhat unusual, but you have to try it – it really works like a charm!

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Rustic Oat Bread

makes one loaf

  • 250 g flour
  • 200 g whole grain flour
  • 50 g rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 150 ml natural yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon treacle

 

Preheat the oven to 200° C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Add flour, wholemeal flour, oatmeal, soda and salt to a large bowl and mix. Place the yogurt in a second bowl and add 250 ml of water. Add the treacle and stir until everything has dissolved. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough is formed.

Tip the dough onto the baking tray and form it into a round with wet hands. Sprinkle with some oats and then cut a cross in the dough with a wet knife. Bake for 30 minutes and serve as fresh as possible!

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Because it is baked without yeast, the bread does not stay fresh for that long and tastes better toasted if you’re eating it the next day. But I doubt it will last very long anyway 😉

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

One Pot Pasta with Chicken and Veggies

Hello my zebras!

There are days when my calendar seems to be bursting because it’s so full of appointments and things to do. On those days I mostly want my food quick and easy. But what does not mean that quality and taste have to suffer – sorry, frozen pizza! A great solution for such moments are the uber popular One Pot Pasta recipes. Once you get the hang of the quantities, this dish is almost endlessly customizable – depending on your mood or what your pantry has in store.

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This version features tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini and chicken – simple ingredients that you might already have at home. So what are you waiting for?

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One Pot Pasta

makes 2 servings

  • 175 g Rigatoni pasta
  • 200 g chicken breast
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 100 g mushrooms
  • 350 ml chicken broth
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 1 tsp dried herbs (e.g. Provençal herbs)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 200 g chunky tomatoes (can)
  • 50 ml cream
  • 25 g Parmesan

 

Peel onions and garlic and chop them finely. Clean the zucchini and mushrooms and cut into little pieces.

Put all the ingredients, except cheese and cream, into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes without the lid, stirring occasionally. If the pasta isn’t tender after that time, just add 50 ml of water and simmer for another 3-5 minutes.

Stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve with fresh Parmesan.

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Depending on the type of pasta, the cooking time of your pasta and the amount of liquid required can vary quite a bit. So don’t be afraid to try a few and just don’t take the pasta with the longest cooking time 🙂

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin