*Sponsored Post & Lottery*: The Spice Box “Sinnesräuber” & a Recipe for Baked Potatoes with Fenugreek & Radish Dip!

Grinding the fenugreek. All pics by Franzi.

I had the opportunity to test Sinnesräuber – a monthly box filled with three packages of surprise spices :). Here are my experiences with the box, plus a recipe I tried using fenugreek, plus a LOTTERY where you can win the April box and try it out yourself (for details on how to participate scroll to the end of the post).

The contents of my box:

One package of fennel seeds, one package of fenugreek and one package of Panch Phoron – a spice blend used in Bangladesh, Eastern India and Southern Nepal. It also included three recipes cards with ideas for using the spices and two cards with background information about the fennel seeds and the fenugreek.

I was positively surprised: I already had fennel seeds in my crowded spice cupboard (I’m a big fan of fennel tea). But there was no fenugreek and I didn’t even know about the Panch Phoron blend. So, two new spices! I also liked the small packaging that will suffice for 2-3 times of cooking and is perfect for experimenting with it.

The cards with the information about the spices were interesting and the suggested recipes sound easy and delicious.

Nevertheless, I tried I recipe with fenugreek I learned a loooong time ago in an Ayurveda cooking class:

Recipe for Baked Potatoes with fenugreek and radish dip: Serves 2-3.

Ingredients:

500 g potatoes (washed and dried), 2 TSps fenugreek (grounded), 100 g grated cheese (I used Edam cheese), olive oil, salt, 1 bunch of radishes (grated), 400 g cream cheese, herbal salt.

Preparation:

Potatoes:

Cut the clean potatoes into halves. Spread a baking tray with olive oil, salt and grounded fenugreek. Sit the potato halves face-down onto the tray. Sprinkle with more olive oil. Bake for app. 30 minutes at 220 °C. Then turn the potatoes around and top with grated cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes or until golden-brown.

Dip:

Simply mix the grated radishes (I used a kitchen machine for the grinding) and the cream cheese until a smooth texture is reached. Season with the herbal salt.

Serve potatoes with the radish dip.

Conclusion:

The box surprised me with a blend I didn’t know before and reminded me of a past experience (the Ayurveda cooking class). So, it brought not only some fresh tastes into my kitchen but was also a trip down memory lane. I think it would be a nice gift idea for a friend who loves cooking. Speaking of it ;)…

Lottery:

If you would like to win the April Sinnesräuber box, let me know in the comments below this post or comment or like this week’s Facebook post. The lottery ends Sunday noon (March 19, 2017).

Enjoy your week!

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Apple-Potatoes!

Apple PotatoesPic by Franzi.

Here’s another gluten-free dish that’s simple and delicious: Apple-potatoes with roasted onions!

Recipe: Serves 2.

Ingredients:

750 g apples (peeled and cut into pieces) , 750 g potatoes (peeled and cut into pieces), 100 g butter, 3 onions (cut into rings), salt, sugar and a dash of lemon juice.

Preparation:

Cook the potatoes for 20 minutes in salted water. In a another pot with a small amount of salted water, together with 50 g butter and some sugar, cook the apple pieces until soft. Drain the potatoes and add to the apples. Season with lemon juice. Melt the rest of the butter and gently roast the onion rings. Serve with apple-potatoes.

Enjoy!

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Mashed Carrots & Potatoes with Sautéed Onions!

mashed potatoesPics by Franzi.

What to do with lots of potatoes? Do you know the problem: You need two potatoes and then you only find a big sack with at least 2 kg of them? My answer: Mashed potatoes. Even better: Mashed carrot potatoes with sautéed onions!

Recipe: Serves 2-3.

Ingredients:

500 g potatoes (peeled), 5 large carrots (peeled and cut into chunks), 2 large onions (peeled and cut into thin rings), app. 60 g soft butter, app. 250 ml warm milk, salt.

Preparation:

Cook the potatoes together with the carrot chunks for at least 20 minutes in salted water. Sauté the onion rings slowly in app. 30 g butter until they are translucent. Drain the water from the potatoes and carrots. Then mash them – thereby adding slowly the warm milk and app. 30 g butter. Season with salt. Serve the mashed carrot potatoes with sautéed onions and a fresh seasonal salad :).

Enjoy!

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Street Food Love: Kumpir!

KumpirThe Kumpir I ate Tuesday: The Russian version with Mexican sauce. Pic by Franzi.

I have a new street food addiction: When I get a little hungry while strolling through Hamburg I regularly end up in a Kumpir bar. Kumpirs are baked potatoes, sliced in the middle, mixed with butter and grated cheese and topped with various sauces, vegetables, olives, pepperoni and all sorts of other foods. The name ‘Kumpir’ comes from the Balkans. It’s a popular fast food in Turkey. What I like most about it is that it isn’t THAT unhealthy, it’s saturating and comes in lots of variations.

The two Kumpir bars you will find me most in Hamburg are the Kumpir König at the Grindel and the Kumpir König in the Schanze.

Enjoy!

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Dreaming About … Just Baking!

Upper Row: Sweet Potato Casserole (The Domestic Front)Garden Keeper’s Pie (The First Mess)Vegetarian Lasagna (Food52).
Lower row: Pear Rosemary Danish (Food52)Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Averie Cooks)Tomato Cobbler (a little saffron).

This is the last part of my little Dreaming About Baking series. Just a few more recipes I found and am lusting about trying out. At the weekend I will be back in my old flat in Osnabrück (with an oven). Now I simply have to decide which one of all this delicious sounding dishes I will prepare first ;).

Enjoy!

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Potatoes … A New Way!

potatoesPic by Franzi.

During my vacations I not only enjoyed the sun, the sea and delicious BBQs, but also this new way to prepare potatoes as a side dish!

Recipe: Serves 3 – 4.

Ingredients: App. 500 g peeled potatoes, a bunch of dill, 1 garlic glove (smashed), salt, pepper, app. 5 TblSps butter or herb butter.

Preparation: Cook the potatoes and drain them. Immediately add the butter, the dill and the garlic. Put the lid onto the pot and wait for app. 5-10 minutes. Gently mix the ingredients.

Enjoy!

Thanks Vicky for the recipe!

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A Fresh One: Salad with Potatoes & Roasted Asparagus!

Salad1Pic by Franzi.

I have a new addiction: roasted green asparagus. It’s so simple that I wonder why I never prepared asparagus this way before: Wash it, discard the hard ends, heat oil and roast it. Done and ready to use … in salads or as a delicious side. This week I used the tasty easy-peasy-made vegetables for a new and fresh salad variation – paired with potatoes and a light yoghurt sauce:

Recipe: Serves 2.

Ingredients: A handful potatoes boiled in their skin, 2 handful leaf salad (washed), 200g green asparagus, one diced onion, oil, salt, pepper. For the dressing: 200 ml yoghurt, 1 TblSp lemon juice, 1 TSps oil, salt, pepper (simply mix it all together).

Preparation: Cut the asparagus into pieces (discard the hard asparagus ends), heat 1 TbSp oil in a pan and roast the asparagus for app. 5 minutes. In a big bowl, combine salad leafs, potatoes and asparagus and top with dressing.

Enjoy!

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Fresh Potato Salad!

Potato SaladPic by Franzi.

After last week’s salad round-up I felt inspired and created a new potato salad with a fresh twist – lettuce and yoghurt :). The colorful potatoes I used made it look extraordinary and delicious. I was really hungry before I ate this salad, but the potatoes & the mozzarella were nourishing enough to make me full. Thus, this creation is the perfect mixture: fresher than an ordinary potato salad & more nourishing than just lettuces and vegetables!

Recipe: Serves 2.

Ingredients: A handful of colorful potatoes boiled in their jacket (if too big, cut them into pieces), 1 diced onion, two handfuls of  a lettuce mix (cut into pieces), 1 mozzarella (cubed), salt, pepper, yoghurt dressing (I used a yoghurt, oil, vinegar mixture).

Preparation: Simply mix all your fresh ingredients & the cheese, season with salt and pepper. Serve it with the dressing.

Enjoy!

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Vitamine-Time: A Salad Round-Up!

I -and a lot of the people around me- seem suffer already from spring tiredness. Is this really possible in February? Mmmh, hopefully there will also be some spring fever (the positive one) soon ;). To boost my health and mood a bit, I resolved to eat more vitamins during the next weeks. Thus, salads will be my dish to go. Here comes a small collection of tasty salads – found in the web and from the archives of My so-called Luck. It is a little reminder for myself on how delicious salads can be 🙂 Enjoy!

Salads from the web:

Upper Row: Roasted Winter Squash Salad, Spanish Roasted Potato Salad, Charred Corn & Avocado Salad.
Lower Row: Caponata Potato Salad, Massaged Kale Salad, Blood Orange Salad.

 

Salads from My so-called Luck:

Upper Row: Sweet Potato Salad, Vivien’s Couscous Salad, Potato Salad, Salad No. I.
Lower Row: Asparagus Salad, Salad No. IV, Salad No. II, Radish & Sweet Potato Salad.

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Truffled potatoes & cream cheese with herbs!

PotatoesPic by Franzi.

It’s always the same during the Advent season: Chocolate Santas, X-Mas stollen, cookies –  everything we eat these days is sweet. That’s why I needed a (short) pause and decided to eat a healthy classic with a twist: Truffled potatoes and cream cheese with herbs. The truffled potatoes look beautiful in their very dark red and taste a bit milder than ‘normal’ potatoes. Preparation: Simply mix fresh herbs with cream cheese and cook your unpeeled potatoes for app. 20 minutes in salted water. Serve with cream cheese, a pice of butter and a salad.

Enjoy!

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