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Green Beans with Dates and Walnuts

Spring is in the air, and I find myself making salads and light vegetable dishes instead of heavy hot soups and stews or meat-laden dinners. One can never eat enough vegetables, I find. I eat mountains of it... Read More...

Potato Salad with Basil Pesto and Ginger

The raw food diet doesn't allow food to be heated over 42C as higher temperatures are being considered to kill the vitality and life force of the food. That's one fact. Now have you ever driven a car without ... Read More...

Moroccan Spiced Roasted Mushrooms

Following a mostly grain free diet, requires a bigger refrigerator. I don't know yet how to sell this idea to my husband. The biggest obstacle is that there is no space for a bigger one in our open-plan kitch... Read More...

Spicy Steamed Bok Choy

I have hopes that my son is becoming a runner. He is 6 years old. For the past two weeks he has been running with the junior group of my running club, the usual lap around a park which is 3.4k or 2 miles. Bot... Read More...

Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Dip

BBQing in Dubai in May can be quite a torture. Over the the last week, summer has finally arrived and blesses us now with 40C during the day, and not much less than 30C during the night. You want to know what... Read More...

Dukkah Spiced Green Beans and Mushrooms

We really have been spoiled with good weather over the past few weeks here in Dubai.  We were blessed with moderate temperatures (comparatively), clouds (don't really get to see that many throughout the year)... Read More...

Roasted Cauliflower with Crispy Sage

 It's still winter, right? At the beginning of March, many people in colder areas of the Northern hemisphere have probably had enough of winter. But here in Dubai I cherish every day, where temperatures stay ... Read More...

Basic Tomato Sauce

I am a sucker for quick and simple recipes. As much as I love cooking, I don't want to spend hours chopping, mincing, sifting, whisking or stirring my food. All cookbooks with recipes that announce that they ... Read More...

Spelt Quick Bread

Although many of my recent recipes are gluten-free, neither I nor any family members are actually allergic to gluten. It is rather the case that I decided for myself to eat gluten-free as much as I can becaus... Read More...

Homemade Oven French Fries

Have you ever checked the ingredients list of regular store-bought french fries? In the "best" case it only has gluten and sugar in it, in the worst case, the list is longer than my arm with all sorts of hydr... Read More...

Stuffed Zucchini Roll-Ups

 After a month of vacation in Germany, I couldn't wait to be back in my kitchen. Although I cooked a lot in Germany, I was not very inspired to try out new things, and my photography motivation was even worse... Read More...

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

 We are back in Dubai after a month of vacation in Germany. Still a little tired from the night flight, and our 80kgs of luggage evenly spread in the house (why is it so easy to create a mess??), we are happy... Read More...

Roasted Green Asparagus

 White asparagus is probably THE German classic spring vegetable that everyone is looking forward to after a long winter and that everyone is eating until they drop. It's locally grown and only available for ... Read More...