Root Vegetables Quinoa Bowl

Root Vegetables Quinoa Bowl

 

Sticking to seasonal produce in winter isn’t always a walk in the vegetable garden, the variety is limited, but if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s root vegetables, and Switzerland has plenty of it. Continue reading

They are not an exclusively winter produce, so this recipe can easily be done all year round. One thing I find works particularly well with such ingredients is adding a little sweetness; so after roasting them, I added a drizzle of maple sugar (for the quantities I quickly checked on the saveur site). For this post I wanted to have a nice flavour combination, so to complement the vegetables, I made a lemony quinoa with the added crunch of hazelnuts. On top I crumbled some goat cheese because it added some freshness to the dish, but it’s something you can easily replace with some chicken breast or even skip the animal proteins altogether (which is how I made it the first time I tried this recipe out). I had this as a main dish, after a smoked salmon based apéritif and it was enough, but if you’re hungry, I’d suggest either serving this as a side or using the ratios below for 2-3 people.

Root Vegetables Quinoa BowlRoot Vegetables Quinoa Bowl

 

Root Vegetables Quinoa Bowl

 

Recipe for 4

Cook time: 20-25 min

Prep time: 15-20 min

 

Ingredients

440 g cooked quinoa (made from 240g uncooked quinoa)

400 g peeled carrots

400 g peeled parsnips

3-4 tbsp. maple syrup

1 onion

1 lemon – juice and zest finely grated

2 tbsp. thyme leaves

2 tbsp. chopped parsley

4 tbsp. dry roasted hazelnuts

4 tbsp. olive oil

100g fresh goat cheese

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe

Pre-heat oven at 210°C.

Cut the carrots and parsnips into 2-2.5 cm chunks and place them in a baking tray. Drizzle them with 2 tbsp. olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss. Bake in the oven for 20-25 min, turning the ingredients once or twice during the process.

Meanwhile roughly chop the hazelnuts.

Finely chop the onion and add it to a pan with 2 tbsp. olive oil and cook on a low-medium fire until translucent, about 4-5 min. Add the thyme, zest and lemon juice and cook for a few seconds before adding the quinoa. Mix all the ingredients and cook until warmed through, stirring regularly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from fire; add the hazelnuts and parsley and mix.

Now that the root vegetables are nicely coloured, drizzle over the maple syrup and toss.

In each bowl, place ¼ of the quinoa and ¼ of the parsnips/carrots. With your hands crumble the goat cheese and evenly distribute it.

 

Cauliflower Chickpea Salad

Cauliflower Chickpea Salad
I don’t know about you but I go through periods where I love eating healthy food and other times when I have a passionate attraction towards anything greasy, chocolaty or very cheesy. Continue reading

As you can see from this recipe, I am now in the first phase. Since the days are not as warm as before, when I make a salad I like to have something warm in it so in this recipe I baked some cauliflower florets. To make this salad I used flavours that pair well with the cauliflower: lemon juice, almonds and parsley. This salad can be easily made ahead and the ingredients are easy to find all year round.

 

 

Cauliflower Chickpea Salad

 

Recipe for 3-4 as a side dish

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 18-20 min.

 

Ingredients:

280 g cauliflower florets

250 g cooked chickpeas

2 tbsp. finely chopped onion

2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

3 tbsp. olive oil

1.5 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. almonds

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe:

Heat oven at 230°C.

If the cauliflower florets are too large cut them into smaller pieces and place them in a baking tin. Drizzle a tbsp. olive oil on top and season the florets with salt and pepper, toss to coat evenly. Bake the cauliflower for 18-20 min tossing once or twice during the process.

Meanwhile prepare the dressing by mixing the lemon juice with 2 tbsp. olive oil, a few drops of water, salt and pepper to taste.

Roughly chop the almonds.

Finely chop the onion.

Once the cauliflower is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool a moment before roughly chopping it.

Place the chickpeas in a bowl with the cauliflower, onions, almonds, and parsley, drizzle the dressing on top, toss and rectify taste with salt and pepper if needed. Serve.

Oven Roasted Potatoes Raclette Style

Oven Roasted Potatoes Raclette StyleIn Switzerland when the weather gets cooler we always enjoy our melted cheese and serve it with few other ingredients. This means we either go for a fondue or a raclette. In fact, since the beginning of September I’ve already had raclette four times and I haven’t grown tired of it yet. Continue reading

So for this post I made something inspired from this national dish but instead of boiling the potatoes I baked them and as a final touch I added the cheese on top and let it melt through the layers. For the potatoes I found a nice recipe on layersofhappiness, which matched what I had in mind. In my version of the spuds I added a little less flavourings because raclette is served with simple boiled potatoes and I wanted to stick with the simplicity of the dish. I will make it again… especially if I feel lazy about taking out the whole raclette maker.

Oven Roasted Potatoes Raclette Style

 

Oven Roasted Potatoes Raclette Style

Recipe for 4-6

Prep time: 15-20min

Cook time: 1h 15min-1h 35min

 

Ingredients:

800 g waxy potatoes (preferably all about the same size)

3-4 tbsp. rapeseed oil (+extra to grease baking dish)

Paprika (sweet or spicy)

Salt and pepper

160 g raclette cheese cut into slices (alternatively use Emmetaler or Gruyère)

 

Recipe:

Heat oven at 230°C.

Grease a baking dish with rapeseed oil.

Make sure that after washing the potatoes they are dry. Slice them into 3-4 mm thick slices and arrange the on a baking tray by overlapping them. Season them with salt pepper and paprika. On top drizzle 2 tbsp. of the rapeseed oil and place in the oven.

Cook for about 35-45 minutes and then drizzle another 1-2 tbsp. oil before baking for another 30-40 min.

Once the potatoes have a nice brown colour add the cheese slices on top and bake for a final 8-10 min. or until it has melted and it’s bubbling. Remove from the oven and serve hot.

 

 

Roasted Bell Pepper Caprese Salad

Roasted Bell Pepper Caprese SaladLately I’m in a mood for coloured food: red, yellow, bright green. Just by looking at dishes with fresh and vibrant ingredients I feel energised. Continue reading

So in case I continue in a colourful vibe, you’ll know why… Generally I don’t ear caprese salad when I go out because I’m quite difficult with it. First I hate it when you feel pain in your teeth because the tomatoes come straight out of the fridge. Second, I like my tomatoes very thinly sliced for a caprese. To give this classic a twist I used bell peppers, they have a sweet taste I like to pair with mozzarella. This simple recipe is great for occasions such as summer dinners and barbecues and you can also prepare it a few hours in advance to save you time for other things.

Roasted Bell Pepper Caprese Salad Roasted Bell Pepper Caprese Salad

 

Roasted Bell Pepper Caprese Salad

 

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 15-20 min

Cook time: 40 min

 

Ingredients:

2 red bell peppers

2 yellow bell peppers

300 g mozzarella

2 tbsp. sherry vinegar

4 tbsp. olive oil

1.5 tbsp. chopped basil leaves

1.5 tbsp. roughly chopped almonds (preferably dry roasted)

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe

Preheat oven at 200°C.

Place the bell peppers (stem on the side) in a baking tray lined with aluminium foil. Bake in the oven for 40 min, turning them on opposite side after 20 min. Once the bell peppers are charred and seem to collapse remove them from the oven. Wait until you can handle them before peeling the skin (I actually like if there’s a little skin left so I didn’t bother peeling everything off). To do this cut the bell peppers from top to bottom and lay them out flat, remove the stem and the seeds. With a knife or your hands remove the skin from each pepper. Then cut them along where the membrane is and slice horizontally into 2-3 pieces.

Slice the mozzarella into ½ cm thick pieces.

On a single serving, or on four small plates, overlap a piece of red bell pepper, then the yellow bell pepper then the mozzarella. Continue until the ingredients are finished.

In a bowl mix the olive oil, the sherry vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Stir the dressing and drizzle it on top of the salad. Finally sprinkle over the almonds and basil.

Roasted Onions and Pine Nut Pasta

Roasted Onion and Pine Nut Pasta BowlOver the next week I’ll be quite busy so I will take a small break till next Thursday. Continue reading

Besides engagements and a couple of events, on Thursday we’re going wedding dress shopping with my mother. I am so excited (and stressed) about it. Since I’m sort of short on time I thought about making a quick pasta recipe for this post, which is made with common ingredients but I find it has a twist. I quickly roasted some onions in the oven with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This dish is really easy, it’s ready in little time and it’s something different while using few, basic ingredients.

Roasted Onion and Pine Nut Pasta Bowl

 

Roasted Onions and Pine Nut Pasta

 

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 10 min

 

Ingredients:

360 g pasta (penne, farfalle… – I always use whole pasta)

300 g red onions (about 4 units)

4 tbsp. dry roasted pine nuts

4 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

3 tbsp. olive oil

1.5 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

Grated Parmesan cheese to taste

 

Recipe:

Heat oven at 240°C.

Peel the onions and cut them in half first then into wedges about 0.7 cm wide. Place them in a baking tin and drizzle over half of the oil and all of the balsamic vinegar with the salt and pepper to taste. Roast in the oven for 7-8 minutes tossing the onions once after 3-4 min. Remove the baking tin from the oven when the onions are slightly charred.

Meanwhile cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to package instructions, then drain and replace in the pan.

Once the onions are done remove them from the oven and add them to the pasta with the rest of the olive oil, the pine nuts parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Combine all the ingredients and serve with Parmesan cheese on the side.

Roasted Broccoli Pesto Pasta – Pâtes au Pesto de Brocolis Rôtis

Roasted Broccoli Pesto Pasta
I don’t eat pasta that often but when I do it has to be something I really like and that is either a pasta bake or pasta with vegetables. Continue reading

Last week my mother came over, the sun was out and after our usual glass of wine with a little smoked salmon, we enjoyed this pasta dish outdoors on the terrace. Besides watching the birds stealing our cherries from the trees, we had a nice discussion and I want to thank her because she is really encouraging me to go forward in this particular time in my life.

For this recipe I took the inspiration from bbcgoodfood and made my own version. The main change I made is I roasted the broccoli instead of boiling them. Also I used Sbrinz cheese instead of parmesan and added a little parsley. It turned out that we both really enjoyed this dish and even the dog, who never eats pasta nor rice approved it 😉 .

Roasted Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Roasted Broccoli Pesto Pasta

 

Roasted Broccoli Pesto Pasta

 

Recipe for 4 as main dish  / for 8 as a first course

Prep time: 10-15 min

Cook time : 15 min

 

Ingredients

 

400 g pasta (I used conchiglie)

280 g broccoli florets

2 garlic cloves

Zest of 1 lemon

¼ – ½ tsp dried chillies

3 tbsp dry roasted pine nuts

1 tbsp roughly chopped parsley

0.8  dl olive oil

3 tbsp grated Sbrinz (plus more if you want to sprinkle on top before serving)

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe

Turn on oven to the highest temperature.

Crush the garlic cloves with the blade of a knife.

In an oven proof dish place the broccoli, the garlic, a couple tbsp olive oil and toss. Place in the oven for about 15 min stirring a couple of times to ensure even roasting.

Meanwhile cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to package instructions.

Place the roasted broccoli, the garlic and the parsley, the lemon zest in a blender and puree them. Add the pine nuts, the chilies, the cheese, the rest of the oil, salt and pepper to taste. Mix the ingredients.

Toss the broccoli pesto with the pasta and serve. Optionally sprinkle a little more cheese on top and serve warm.

 

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Version Française

Roasted Broccoli Pesto Pasta  Je ne mange pas de pâtes si souvent mais quand je m’y mets ça doit être quelque chose que j’apprécie vraiment ; c’est-à-dire en gratin ou avec des légumes. La semaine dernière ma mère est venue chez moi, le soleil était aussi de la partie et après notre traditionnel verre de vin avec un peu de saumon fumé, nous avons dégusté cette assiette de pâtes dehors, sur la terrasse. À part regarder les oiseaux voler les cerises de nos arbres, nous avons eu une belle discussion et je voudrais la remercier parce qu’elle m’encourage à avancer dans cette période particulaire dans ma vie.

Pour cette recette j’ai pris l’inspiration de bbcgoodfood. et j’en ai fait ma version. Le changement principal que j’ai fait c’est que j’ai rôti les brocoli au lieu de les bouillir. Aussi, j’ai utilisé du sbrinz à la place du parmesan et j’ai ajouté un peu de persil. On a vraiment bien aimé le résultat final ; même mon chien à apprécié : elle qui ne mange jamais ni de pâtes ni de riz 😉

Roasted Broccoli Pesto Pasta

 

Pâtes au Pesto de Brocolis Rôtis

 

Recette pour 4 comme plat principal / 8 comme entrée

Temps de préparation: 10-15 min

Temps de cuisson: 15 min

 

Ingrédients

400 g pâtes

280 g fleurons de brocoli

2 gousses d’ail

Le zeste d’un citron

¼ – ½ cs piments séchés

3 cs pignons grillés à sec

1 cs de persil grossièrement coupé

0.8 dl huile d’olive

3 cs Sbrinz râpé

Sel et poivre

 

Recette

Allumez le four à la température la plus haute.

Ecraser l’ail à l’aide de la lame d’un couteau.

Dans un plat allant au four mettre les brocolis, l’ail et 2 cs d’huile d’olive et mélanger. Placer dans le four pendant 15 min environ en mélangeant deux fois pour assurer un rôtissage uniforme.

Pendant ce temps cuire les pâtes dans de l’eau bouillante salée selon les instructions sur l’emballage.

Placer les brocolis, l’ail le persil, le zeste de citron dans un mixer et réduire en purée. Ajouter les pignons, les piments séchés, le fromage, le reste de l’huile, sel et poivre selon le goût. Mélanger le tout.

Unir le pesto de brocoli aux pâtes et servir. Optionnellement ajouter encore un peu de fromage râpé dessus et servir chaud.

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes I guess I have a 90% obsession with vegetables and healthy eating (the 10% I keep for indulgence). Continue reading

I am fascinated about nutrition and what it can do. On Saturday, I had a long conversation on the subject over a delicious Indian dinner. I was with my boyfriend and our friend Luca, who I learned is just as interested on the subject. On the other hand, this is the kind of conversation where I do not hear much on my boyfriend’s side as he does not seem to really care. By the way, he has a terrible and terribly boring diet.  Sometimes I wonder if my focus on food and nutrition is not increased by his lack of interest in what he ingests. I care about his health and I am a little of a teaser. I am someone who cannot stay one day without vegetables and this is a recipe I came up with, when I had lunch with my mother this last weekend. When we eat together, there’s always vegetables… and a little wine and that’s a moment where I really feel at home.

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

Recipe for 4 as a side dish

Prep time: 15-20 min

Cook time: 40-45 min

 

Ingredients:

340 g Brussels sprouts

340 g Jerusalem artichoke

400 g waxy potatoes

3-4 garlic cloves

2 tsp fresh thyme leaves

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp hazelnut oil

2 tbsp roasted roughly chopped hazelnuts

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe:

Heat oven at 190°C.

Remove any yellowish leaves from the Brussels sprout and cut them in half. Cut the Jerusalem artichoke in half lengthwise and repeat the action with each half. Cut the potatoes into roughly the same size as the Jerusalem artichoke.

Place the vegetables in a baking tray and add 2 tbsp olive oil with salt and pepper to taste. Toss and place in the oven. Cook for 20 min, toss the vegetables and cook for another 20-25 min.

Meanwhile, in a bowl mix the hazelnut oil, the rest of the olive oil, the lemon juice salt and pepper.

Once the vegetables are ready, remove them from the oven, sprinkle the thyme leaves add the dressing and finally the chopped hazelnuts. Toss and serve warm either alone or as a side dish.

Potato Salad with Basil and Lemon Dressing

Potato salad with basil and lemon dressing (816 x 612)Since barbecue is associated to gathering during summertime I thought I’d try a potato salad I had not tried before. So when my boyfriend came over to my place a few days ago we made a tête-à-tête barbecue and I made it an occasion to try this recipe out. Coming Continue reading

from the new world, potatoes are such a great addition to our diet and I found out that making a salad out of the spud is not a recent finding, not at all actually… John Gerrard (british herbalist and author, 1545-1612) is said to have noted down one of the first potato salad recipes in 1597 in his The Herball, or generall historie of plantes. According to Arnold Shircliffe (executive chef of Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel during the 1920’s) the potatoes are ‘sometimes boiled and sopped in wine, by others boiled with prunes , and likewise others dress them (after roasting them in the ashes) in oil, vinegar and salt, every man according to his own taste. However they be dressed, they comfort, nourish and strengthen the body’ (source: http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodsalads.html ).

  • Potato Salad with Basil and Lemon Dressing
  • Recipe for 2
  • Time: 45 min (+ 1 hour resting time)
  • Ingredients:
  • 400g potatoes
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 5-6 freshly chopped basil leaves
  • 1/2  tsp mild mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large spring onion (or 2 small ones)
  • (eventually you can add some grated garlic to the dressing)

 

Recipe:

  • Heat the oven at 200°C.
  • Cut the potatoes in about 2 cm chuncks and boil them in some water with salt. Once they are soft remove the water and one teaspoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix and make sure all potatoes are coated. Place them in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes or until brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool.
  • For the dressing mix together the olive oil, the lemon juice, the mustard, salt, pepper and eventually the grated garlic and the chopped basil leaves.
  • Once the potatoes have cooled down add the dressing, mix and garnish with chopped spring onions.