Sunchoke Puree with Roasted Maitake Mushrooms

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In this post I am going to showcase a root vegetable that might not enjoy widespread popularity. It is a tuber that resembles a ginger root, and it is well known in French cuisine. I am talking about what the French call Topinambour, better known here as Jerusalem artichoke, Sunchoke or earth apple.

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Red Wine and Chocolate Muffins

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I recently remembered that years ago I had a (non vegan) chocolate red wine cake recipe that I liked so much that I baked it many times. Inspired by these flavors I developed the following vegan muffin recipe. Chocolate, red wine and a hint of cinnamon form a perfect combination for the holiday season.

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Falafel

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The flavors of the Orient’s kitchen are divers and rich, with products like dates, harissa, cinnamon, ras el hanout, cumin, saffron, lentils, chickpeas, yufka, sesame seeds, couscous or mint. Here I explore a sliver of this cuisine with a Falafel recipe, but add my own twist by using sunflower seeds together with chickpeas as the base.

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Brazil Nut Cheese, Figs, Radicchio and Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette 2 Ways

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If you think about it, the same ingredients can be transformed into so many different dishes! That’s what is so lovely in the art of cooking… you can play, improvise and create. In this post I play around with a nut cheese, figs, salad and a sweet and sour vinaigrette by creating two different dishes with these same ingredients. The first version is an elegant tartine – an open faced sandwich – and the second one is a fresh and original salad.

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All about chocolate making… travel report from Costa Rica – Part 2

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I recently traveled to Costa Rica and had the opportunity to visit the Finca Köbö farm, where I had a wonderful encounter with Alex and Jutta, the owners. This little piece of paradise is situated on the Osa Peninsula, on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. In the first post I talked about the more general aspects of what I learned, and in this second post I will share my experience regarding their wonderful chocolate tour. So continue with me on this journey to Costa Rica.

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All about sustainable organic agriculture… travel report from Costa Rica – Part 1

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I recently traveled to Costa Rica and had the opportunity to visit the Finca Köbö farm. This little piece of paradise is situated on the Osa Peninsula, on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. In this first post I will talk about the more general aspects of what I learned, and in the second post I will share my experience regarding their wonderful chocolate tour. So stay with me on this journey to Costa Rica.

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