Slow Roasted Tomatoes

by Claudia on August 9, 2015, no comments

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

You will love this! 3 hours are worth the wait for this flavor bomb: slow roasted tomatoes! They taste like heaven! For this batch I added 10 quartered garlic cloves, olive oil and some sea salt. That’s it! After 3 hours at 100°C in the oven, the tomatoes are sweet, soft and full of flavor. Now add them to your pasta with fresh basil and shaved Parmesan.

I created a new category here on the blog called “inspiration”. I want to share food related things from my everyday life with you every now and then which are not necessarily recipes. So stay curious!

Slow Roasted Tomatoes 2

Ihr werdet sie lieben! Es lohnt sich drei Stunden auf diese Geschmacksexplosion zu warten: Langsam geröstete Tomaten. Die schmecken einfach nur himmlisch! Für eine Fuhre habe ich etwa 500g Tomaten mit 10 geviertelten Knoblauchzehen, Olivenöl und etwas Meersalz benötigt. Das war’s schon. Nach 3 Stunden im Ofen bei 100°C werden die Tomaten süß, weich und bekommen einen ganz intensiven Geschmack. Einfach zu Pasta genießen mit etwas frischem Basilikum und gehobeltem Parmesan – köstlich!

Ich habe eine neue Kategorie hier auf dem Blog geschaffen mit Titel “Inspiration”. Ich möchte ab und zu ein paar food-bezogene Themen aus meinem Alltag auf meinem Blog teilen, die nicht unbedingt Rezepte sind. Also seid gespannt!

Pico de Gallo

by Claudia on August 2, 2015, no comments

Pico de Gallo Salsa

Ripe tomatoes in all varieties and shapes are everywhere now. I love tomatoes and so I am always looking for new recipes with fresh tomatoes. Do you know Pico de Gallo? It’s a fresh Mexican salsa. Perfect with nachos, as a tortilla filling or with grilled fish. It tastes so refreshing and is a good alternative to all the creamy nacho dips.

Überall gibt es nun reife Tomaten in allen möglichen Varianten und Formen. Ich liebe Tomaten und bin daher ständig auf der Suche nach neuen Rezepten mit frischen Tomaten. Kennt ihr Pico de Gallo? Eine frische Mexikanische Salsa. Perfekt zu Nachos, als Füllung für Tortillas oder als Beilage zu gegrilltem Fisch. Schmeckt total erfrischend und ist eine richtige Alternative zu den ganzen cremigen Nacho-Dips.

  • 4-5 tomatoes / 4-5 Tomaten
  • 1 red onion / 1 rote Zwiebel
  • 1 Jalapeño or a small green bell pepper / 1 Jalapeño oder eine kleine grüne Paprika
  • 1 good handful of finely chopped cilantro / Eine Handvoll fein gehackter Koriander
  • Juice from one lime / Saft von diner Limette
  • Salt and pepper / Pfeffer und Salz
  • Dice up the tomatoes, the Jalapeño and the onion. Mix in a bowl and add the chopped cilantro. Stir in the lime juice and season to taste with pepper and salt. Take a Jalapeño if you like it spicy or a green bell pepper if you don’t.

    Die Tomaten, die Jalapeño und die Zwiebel in Würfel schneiden. Den gehackten Koriander hinzugeben und alles in einer Schüssel gut vermischen. Den Limettensaft unterrühren und mit Pfeffer und Salz abschmecken. Nimm eine Jalapeño wenn du es scharf magst, ansonsten nimm eine kleine grüne Paprika.

    Pico de Gallo Salsa close

    No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake with an Almond Coconut Crust

    by Claudia on July 12, 2015, no comments

    Strawberry Cheesecake

    Strawberry season is still on and I can’t get enough – I bought 2,5 kg on the market yesterday. My favorite way to eat strawberries is just plain with yogurt, in a fruit salad or ON A CAKE! Remember my Strawberry Buckwheat Cake? This one is a no-bake cake, so you don’t have to turn on the oven. It has a crunchy base made with almonds and coconut. I hope you like it! Let me know!

    Die Erbeersaison läuft noch und ich kann nicht genug bekommen! Gestern habe ich 2,5 kg auf dem Rheinischen Bauernmarkt bei uns um die Ecke gekauft. Am Liebsten esse ich Erdbeeren pur mit Yoghurt, im Obstsalat oder AUF EINEM KUCHEN! Erinnert Ihr Euch an meinen Erdbeer-Buchweizen-Kuchen? Dieser Kuchen hier ist ein “no-bake”- Kuchen! Das heißt der Ofen kann aus bleiben. Er hat einen knusprigen Boden mit Mandeln und Kokos. Ich hoffe er schmeckt Euch! Lasst es mich wissen!

    Strawberries on Cake

    Crust/Boden:

  • 2 cups of whole almonds / ca. 500g ganze Mandeln
  • 1 cup pitted dates / ca. 250g entsteinte Datteln
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut / ca. 250g Kokosraspeln
  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut oil / 3-4 Esslöffel Kokosöl

  • Topping / Belag:

  • 2 cups of curd cheese / 500g Quark
  • 3 tablespoons milk / 3 Esslöffel Milch
  • 1/2 cup sugar / ca. 250g Zucker
  • Vanilla extract from 2 vanilla beans / Vanille-Extrakt von 2 Vanilleschoten
  • Approx. 2 cups of fresh strawberries / ca. 250g frische Erdbeeren

  • Grind the almonds, dates, coconut and coconut oil in a food processor or with a hand-held blender for a couple of minutes until it all comes together. Flatten it out on the bottom of a springform pan. Put into the fridge, while making the topping. For the topping, mix curd cheese with milk, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour the topping on the crust. Slice the strawberries and arrange on top of the cake. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving.

    Mandeln, Datteln, Kokosraspeln und Kokosöl in einer Küchenmaschine oder mit einem Pürierstab zerkleinern und zu einer etwas klebrigen Masse verarbeiten. Auf dem Boden einer Springform verteilen und andrücken. In den Kühlschrank stellen. Für den Belag Quark, Milch, Zucker und Vanille-Extrakt zu einer cremigen Masse verrühren. Gleichmäßig auf dem Kuchenboden verteilen. Die Erdbeeren in Scheiben schneiden und auf dem Kuchen arrangieren. 2-3 Stunden im Kühlschrank erkalten lassen.

    Morning Market in Luang Prabang, Laos

    by Claudia on April 3, 2015, no comments

    Market Luang Prabang Bananas

    I was very lucky to spend my Christmas holiday in Laos this year. We spend a couple of days in Luang Prabang, a tranquil town nestling between mountains and the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers.

    Early in the morning the life in Luang Prabang, Laos, is very much centered around its vibrant and colorful market. Vendors present their products on small tables, on bamboo mats or simple sheets on the sidewalk and the streets are filled with busy Laotians who buy their fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, rice, spices and all kinds of other food – a feast for all senses.

    Between the huge variety of products you can also spot quite a few unusual things like grilled rats, bugs or a bowl full of maggots. I particularly liked the variety of greens and chillies and the stalls selling small snacks such as rice cakes or pastries. Around noon, the hectic hustle and bustle of the market is over. I took some pictures to capture the spirit of this place and I hope you enjoy it.

    Market Luang Prabang Big Fruit

    Market Luang Prabang Bugs

    Market Luang Prabang Chicken alive

    Market Luang Prabang Chicken and Veggies

    Market Luang Prabang Chicken

    Market Luang Prabang Chillies

    Market Luang Prabang Chives

    Market Luang Prabang Dried Fish

    Market Luang Prabang Fish 2

    Market Luang Prabang Fish Baby

    Market Luang Prabang Fish

    Market Luang Prabang Frogs

    Market Luang Prabang Maggots

    Market Luang Prabang Meat

    Market Luang Prabang Medicine

    Market Luang Prabang Rats

    Market Luang Prabang Rice Cakes

    Market Luang Prabang Snacks 2

    Market Luang Prabang Snacks

    Market Luang Prabang Tomatoes

    Market Luang Prabang Veggies 2

    Market Luang Prabang Veggies and Rice

    Market Luang Prabang Veggies

    A short but eventful trip to India

    by Claudia on February 15, 2015, 2 comments

    mumbai cow street

    I have really neglected my blog since November. But so much happened since then. In December my friend Parikshit got married in India. We have met at university in the UK. I so wanted to go but I could only take a few days off work as we had already planned a holiday right after Christmas. So in the end we only had four but four intensive and exciting days in India. It was our first time to India and it was kind of a cultural shock. I have never seen so many people! It was crowded, noisy, chaotic but beautiful at the same time.

    india traffic mumbai

    india market mumbai

    market mumbai spices

    mumbai food street

    The wedding was in Surat, which is about 3-4 hours by train north of Mumbai. So we flew to Mumbai and spent a full day there. We explored Mumbai by foot, starting off at the Gateway of India, a famous monument overlooking the Aarabian see. It is probably the most touristic place in Mumbai. But I was surprised that we didn’t really see a lot of foreign tourists. There were mostly Indians who wanted to take photos together with us. We felt like superstars.

    We spent most of the day walking through Mumbai’s market districts, visiting various markets, temples and just drifting along. There was so much to see and everyone was super friendly. We also bought traditional Indian clothes for the wedding. Philipp got a Kurta and I got a red and gold Sari. A Sari is so cool: you look like a princess and it’s as comfortable as pyjamas.

    For lunch we had Thali. It is a selection of various dishes served on a round metal tray: small curry-like dishes, vegetables, pickles and Chapati (a typical flatbread). It is cheap and super delicious. We had a mint lassi with the food, a yogurt-based drink. Most of the Indian cuisine is vegetarian. It is so versatile and full of flavor and most of the time quite spicy – especially for a European stomach. Philipp got me an Indian cookbook for Christmas and I will definitely try some new things soon. Maybe I will also share something on the blog. The funny things is that Indian food doesn’t really look good most of the time but it tastes so good!

    thali mumbai food

    mumbai small thali

    mumbai woman street colours

    mumbai women street

    mumbai shrine

    So the next day we left for Surat, which is in the state of Gujarat. We met one of Parikshit’s friends, who lives in Mumbai, at the train station. Two of his friends from Singapore came as well. I love taking the train as you get the chance to see a lot. It was very interesting. Surat is also quite a huge city and we were surprised that I was so much more modern than Mumbai.

    The first night there was a reception and a party at a farmhouse. Parikshit and Mithila, his wife, looked stunning! There was a lot of food, music and dancing. At a certain point, everybody – young and old – danced! Bollywood-Style! It was amazing. Next to the Indian wedding crowd we looked like stiff Germans…

    parikshit mithila wedding

    The next day it all started in the afternoon with a Baraat, a traditional Gujarati wedding procession. The groom sits on a horse and rides with music and a dancing crowd to the bride’s house or in that case the hotel, where both families meet. It was loud, colorful and such an experience! The wedding was quite big and – looking from a German perspective – very glamorous. I was fascinated by the beautiful dresses. Mithila was looking very pretty. Her hands and arms were full of detailed Henna art and with all the jewelry she looked like from a fairy tale. Parikshit did as well. He wore a festive turban and a neat outfit.

    There was also so much food at the wedding! All vegetarian and super delicious. There were so many different dishes that we couldn’t even try them all. Altogether it was a I was a wonderful wedding and I was very happy to be there for Parikshit’s and Mithila’s special day and experience this beautiful event together with Philipp. The next day we left for Mumbai to catch the plane back home. It was a short but eventful first trip to India!

    parikshit horse

    parikshit claudia

    philipp aarti lalit

    wedding ceremony surat

    bride

    wedding couple

    Classic Homemade Granola

    by Claudia on November 22, 2014, no comments

    homemade granola

    You know I am a breakfast person. Without a decent breakfast I cannot function. During the week we usually have muesli, granola or porridge for breakfast with fresh fruit, a cup of tea and a fresh juice or smoothie.

    A decent granola with lots of nuts is a good thing to get you started in the morning. Why not make granola yourself for a change? It’s not that difficult at all and you can put in all the stuff you like. This is a recipe for a classic granola mixture with almonds, walnuts, coconut and cranberries. It tastes super good with greek yoghurt and fresh figs.

    Homemade granola can also be a nice gift (Christmas!). Personalize the granola mixture according to what friends and family like and put it in a pretty glass jar with a ribbon. They will love it.

    Here are some ideas for variations:
    – cocoa nibs
    – brazil nuts
    – cashews
    – pumpkin or sunflower seeds
    – dried apricots
    – dried mango
    – raisins
    – sweetened with maple syrup or honey
    – spiced up with cinnamon or cardamom

    Always toss in the dried fruit after the granola has been baked in the oven.

    homemade granola bowl

    homemade granola bowl figs


    What you need for one batch:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flakes
  • 1/2 cup rice flakes
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried, shredded coconut
  • 1/2 – 1 cup agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the rolled oats, buckwheat and rice flakes, nuts and dried coconut in a large bowl. If you can’t find buckwheat or rice flakes, use a larger amount of classic rolled oats. Add the agave syrup until evenly incorporated. Place everything on a baking tray and bake for about twenty minutes. About every five minutes toss and turn everything around. Then allow the mixture to cool down and add the cranberries. Mix well.

    Huevos Rancheros – a hearty weekend breakfast

    by Claudia on November 9, 2014, no comments

    Huevos Rancheros

    I have seen pictures of this breakfast dish so many times on blogs or in food magazines and it always made my mouth water. This breakfast combines two of my favorite things: eggs and avocados! Today I finally made it for the first time and it was super yummy. It is perfect for a late weekend breakfast of brunch. I used 2 large chili peppers for it, which made it quite spicy and actually made us sweat. I love to eat spicy. Leave out the chili peppers or remove the seeds if you don’t.

    Huevos Rancheros is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish which exists in different variations with black beans, rice, guacamole and sour cream. This is my version of it with a spicy tomato sauce, avocado and feta cheese. I hope you like it – let me know!

    Happy weekend!

    Huevos Rancheros Breakfast

    Serves two:

  • 2 corn or wheat tortillas
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1-2 chili peppers, finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 – 1 cup feta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • A handful of chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper

  • In a small pan, sweat onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add the chili peppers. If you don’t like it too spicy, then remove the seeds from the chili peppers first. Stir-fry for about five minutes, then add the tomatoes. Let everything simmer over medium heat for about ten minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile cut the avocado lengthwise, remove the pit and the skin and the cut the avocado into strips and set aside. Roast the tortillas one by one with a little bit of olive oil in a pan over high heat on both sides until they become a little brown. Place the tortillas on a plate. Arrange avocado and the tomato sauce on top. Crumble some feta cheese over it and then place a fried egg on top. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

    Spaghetti with Crayfish

    by Claudia on November 2, 2014, no comments

    spaghetti with crayfish

    I was so in the mood for seafood when I drove home from work Friday night. So I stopped at my favorite fish dealer in town not knowing what to buy. I let the guy in shop explain every single fish to me (I might not be the easiest customer) and then left with a bag of crayfish.

    So we had spaghetti with crayfish for lunch yesterday. A very quick and simple pasta dish. It’s ready in no time. With a good amount of crème fraîche it is not the lightest meal ever but so creamy and delicious. With a good glass of white wine, it is a perfect weekend lunch. The rich and creamy sauce also goes well with shrimps. You should try it.

    Happy weekend!


    Serves two:

  • Spaghetti for two
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Approx. 200g crayfish meat
  • 150 g crème fraîche
  • Small handful of fresh marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • A pinch of chili flakes
  • 1-2 generous tablespoons of white whine
  • A dash of fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

  • Cook spaghetti in slightly salted water until al dente. In a small pan, sweat onion and garlic over medium heat in olive oil until translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the crayfish and stir well. Bring to a short boil and then turn of the heat. Add crayfish and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Strain pasta and top with crayfish sauce. Serve with fresh marjoram.

    Restaurant De Kas Amsterdam – Dinner with Sarah Britton from My New Roots

    by Claudia on October 21, 2014, no comments

    Restaurant De Kas

    Restaurant De Kas 2

    When I read on Facebook that Sarah Britton will compose a dinner together with Restaurant De Kas in Amsterdam, I was instantly hooked! I always wanted to have dinner at De Kas plus one of my favorite food bloggers! How fantastic is that?!

    The restaurant is an old greenhouse and probably one of the best locations for a restaurant I have ever been to. At De Kas they believe that food tastes best when it is prepared with the freshest, local ingredients. They grow their own vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in the greenhouse and surrounding gardens and on a farm outside Amsterdam. Everything else is supplied from other farms in the vicinity of the city. The menu changes daily according to the daily harvest and additional ingredients from the local suppliers.

    For this special dinner, Sarah Britton, a Copenhagen based Canadian Holistic Nutritionist whose blog I have been following for quite a few years now, composed a dinner together with the restaurant.

    De Kas Tomatoes

    Restaurant De Kas Outside

    Restaurant De Kas Dining Room

    Restaurant De Kas Sarah Britton

    The menu was fantastic! A true celebration of plant-based food. Creative, inspiring and absolutely delicious. There were two starters to share, one soup, a stunning main course and a dessert:

  • Salad of red beetroot and choggia beet, natural soda of beetroot, rocket lettuce, sea buckthorn berry
  • Lacto fermentated purple carrot and roasted carrot with a salsa of nasturium leaves and young spinach
  • Soup of roasted pumpkin and pimento with pumpkin seeds, Chinese chives and young mizuna
  • Socca with eggplant caviar, dried kale, roasted Jerusalem artichoke, young leek, green beans, marinated wild mushrooms, lentils and a herb salad
  • Poached pear, crumble of fennel, caramelized pear, honey comb, wild fennel leaves and pear sorbet

  • My favorite was the socca, a chickpea crepe, topped with an abundance of different veggies and mushrooms. The flavors were absolutely amazing. I also loved the beetroot Kombucha, which was served with the starter.

    We had a wonderful evening and I was very happy to meet Sarah, who is a true inspiration, making healthy eating even more attractive.

    Restaurant De Kas Beetroot

    Restaurant De Kas Carrots

    Restaurant De Kas Socca with Greens

    Restaurant De Kas Dessert

    Restaurant De Kas Philipp Claudia

    Restauramt De Kas Kerstin Stefan

    Restaurant De Kas Night

    Make sure to check out Sarah’s blog My New Roots and Restaurant De Kas.

    Simple Raw Buckwheat Porridge

    by Claudia on August 16, 2014, no comments

    Raw Buckwheat Porridge

    My latest addiction: raw buckwheat porridge! THE cold summer porridge. Porridge? Cold? Believe me – it is absolutely delicious. On cold days I love a hot oat porridge for breakfast but in the summer this one is just perfect. Get yourself a big pack of buckwheat groats! Raw buckwheat porridge its healthy, filling and easy to make.

    It has been very quiet here lately as the weather has been so good and also because I started to become crazy about triathlon. I finished my first triathlon beginning of July and it was so much fun. I was so proud passing that finish line. I already signed up for the next one in Cologne in September. Training all three disciplines is never boring, it keeps me fit and strong and one of the most important things: I can eat a lot!


    Serves two:

  • 2 cups buckwheat groats, soaked in water overnight
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup (5 tablespoons) maple syrup

  • In a bowl, pour two cups of buckwheat groats with about double the amount of water. Soak for at least there hours – better: overnight. After soaking, rinse well in a strainer. Place buckwheat groats in a blender. Add milk and maple syrup and blend for a couple of minutes until smooth. I love to refine my raw buckwheat porridge with a tablespoon of nut butter (almond butter or peanut butter) and a little bit of vanilla extract. Ideas for toppings: Fresh or dried fruit, nuts, shredded coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds…