Crispy Sweet Potato Skins!

Pic by Franzi.

In Portugal we ate tons of fish. Nevertheless, the one dish that impressed me most were crispy sweet potato SKINS! Yes, you read it right: skins. What a genius way to use the whole sweet potato, without creating any waste. Back home in Hamburg, I already prepared them for myself as an easy snack :).

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Thickly peeled sweet potato skins, olive oil, sea salt.

Preparation:

Spread potato skins on a baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil and salt. Bake at app. 225°C for 15 – 20 minutes (until the skins are golden-brown).

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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A Last-Minute Treat: Onion Dip!

Onion DipPic by Franzi.

Today’s recipe may fall very likely into the category of fast food: An easy-peasy, last-minute onion dip to tuck in your crackers on a lazy Friday afternoon. I was served it the first time in a friend’s flat while watching TV and was instantly hooked… The next Friday night I spent on the couch – with my own prepared bowl of onion dip (and the next morning I also used it as spread on my bread rolls).

Recipe:

Ingredients: 1 package of instant onion soup, 1 cup of sour cream.

Preparation: Simply mix the instant soup with the sour cream. Tuck in a cracker and…

Enjoy!

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Week IV of Eating Raw: Fruit Skewer Boats!

Fruit BoatPic by Franzi.

Yes, I am a cheater. I cheated myself through the whole Monthly Challenge of Eating Raw. What can I say? Eating raw is just not my cup of tea… So, why should I change my “cheating” strategy in the last week of the challenge? I won’t: Fruit skewer boats may better suit a kids birthday party than as a proper “meal” … but hey, at least they are raw ;).

Recipe: Makes two boats.

Ingredients: 1 blood orange, 1 banana, 1 kiwi, 2 pears.

Preparation: Peel and cube the blood orange, the banana, the kiwi and one pear. Put fruit cubes onto skewers and peak them into the other halved pear.

Enjoy!

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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds!

pumpkin seedsPic by Franzi.

Pumpkin time! Now I prepare all the pumpkin recipes I love: Pumpkin lasagna, pumpkin onion tart and more! But what to do with the seeds? Roast & spice them!

Recipe: Serves 4.

Ingredients: Seeds of one pumpkin (I used hokkaido), spices (I used an arabic mixture), salt, pepper, 2 TblSps olive oil.

Preparation: Wash the pumpkin seeds and separate them from the flesh. Dry them with a kitchen towel. In a pan, heat the oil. Roast the pumpkin for app. 5 minutes. Be careful: They can pop like popcorn (maybe use a lid). Season with the spices you like and salt and pepper. Serve while still warm.

Enjoy!

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Perfect Fall Snack: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

Pumpkin SeedsPic by Franzi.

Pumpkins are a lot used in my kitchen right now – at least one or two pumpkins each week. Every time I prepared one lately I was wondering what could be done with all the pumpkin seeds. Now I found the perfect solution – spiced and roasted they make the ideal fall snack!

Recipe: Print Recipe HERE!

Ingredients: Seeds from 1 Hokkaido pumpkin, spices (I used salt, pepper, chilli, caraway), app. 5 TblSps olive oil.

Preparation: Separate the seeds from the pumpkin flesh (use your fingers – yes, they get dirty). Rinse, then boil the seeds for 10 minutes in salted water. Dry the seeds … either wait long enough or use a dish towel. Spread the seeds onto a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and spices. Bake for 30 minutes at 200 °C. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

Happy B-Day My so-called Luck!

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