Summer Nachos with Mango & Nectarine salsa

I love fruity salsas and now that summer is in full swing, it is the perfect excuse to make it with all the wonderful produce out there. This is a vegetarian recipe which can easily be made vegan if you skip on the sour cream.  You can either fry or bake the tortilla chips. I ended up doing half of them baked and the other half of them fried, since I had a little problem with my oven.

For the tortillas:

About 12 tortillas (I used 3 different colors)

Vegetable oil

Pinch of salt

For the mango & nectarine salsa:

1 medium mango, very finely chopped

1 nectarine, very finely chopped

1 medium red onion, very finely chopped

1 medium jalapeño, very finely chopped (without seeds)

1 medium red chili, very finely chopped (without seeds)

Juice of 1 lime

1 ½ tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

3 tablespoons of chopped coriander

Extra toppings:

The kernels of one ear of corn, cooked

4 radishes, thinly sliced

1 avocado, thinly sliced

Extra jalapeño slices

Extra red chili slices

125grs of sour cream

 

You can either bake or fry your tortilla chips.

If you bake them, preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush each tortilla with a bit of vegetable oil. Then using kitchen scissors or a knife, cut each tortilla into small triangles. Spread the small pieces of tortilla in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle a bit of salt. Bake them for about 10-12 minutes, till crispy. Repeat for the rest.

If you fry your tortilla chips, place about ½ cup of vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Fry the pieces of tortilla till golden on both sides. Do it in batches without overcrowding the pan. This will only take about a minute or two, so keep an eye on them. Once fried, place them in a plate lined with some paper towels and sprinkle them with a bit of salt.

To make the salsa, just mix the finely chopped mango and nectarine with the remaining ingredients. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Set it aside.

To assemble the nachos, first place the tortillas in a sheet pan or plate. Add small dollops or quenelles of sour cream all over. Then spread the mango & nectarine salsa. Sprinkle the corn kernels over the chips. Top with some slices of radishes, avocado, jalapeño and chili. Serve right away and enjoy!

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Kimchi, Caramelized Onion & Potato Pancakes with Okonomiyaki Sauce

For me, kimchi makes everything better. Of course, you have to like kimchi. If you don’t, you can skip it. A potato and caramelized onion pancake is still delicious, but I am going for Asian vibes here. For the sauce, I just paired it with a very simple Okonomiyaki Sauce (you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry). For a cheap and easy meal, give this a try!

This recipe makes about 6 small pancakes

Ingredients:

For the pancakes:

1 kilo of potatoes (like russet), peeled and shredded

½ cup of kimchi, minced with a knife

2 ½ tablespoons of tapioca flour

1 egg

1 egg white

Pinch of salt

Pinch of black pepper

Pinch of garlic powder

1 red onion, finely sliced

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

For the Okonomiyaki Sauce:

½ cup of ketchup

3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ tablespoons of honey

Pinch of garlic powder

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Extras:

Vegetable oil for frying the pancakes

Chopped chives for serving

 

Start by shredding the peeled potatoes. To save time and the possibility of hurting my fingers, I used my food processor for this. Once the potatoes are shredded, place them in a fine mesh sieve. And press them to get rid of all the liquid that you can.

In a medium pan, add the sliced onion over low heat. Let it cook for about 6-8 minutes, stirring from time to time until it caramelizes.

Add the potato, onion, kimchi, tapioca flour, egg, egg white, salt, pepper and garlic powder to a medium bowl. Mix well using a fork.

To make the sauce, just mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve for serving.

Add about 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a large pan over medium heat. I used a mold to try to get the pancakes more even in shape, but you don’t have to. I placed a circular mold in the hot pan. Then I added a few tablespoons of the potato mixture and pressed to shape it. Then I removed the mold. I cooked 3 at a time. Let the pancakes cook until golden on both sides. Time will depend on the size/thickness of course. Mine took about 4-5 min per side.

Serve warm with the okonomiyaki sauce and chopped chives. I added some edible flowers for a pop of color.

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Thai Spiced Nuts

Inspired by our lasted trip to Thailand, I created this spiced nuts recipe. When I travel, I always like to visit the local markets and supermarkets to see and try what they have to offer. I could spend hours browsing through each isle or stand. Pieter actually got tired of waiting for me on our last supermarket trip there while I was examining the information on the packaging of every snack I found interesting.

These nuts are sticky and they have a sort of umami taste. I just used the Thai basil for decoration but you can add it freshly chopped right before serving. And it’s done in 20 minutes with minimal amount of cooking. I was generous with the spice measurements. If you like it spicy, you can always add for chili powder or cayenne.

Ingredients:

150grs of unsalted cashew nuts

125grs of unsalted almonds

80grs of unsalted pumpkin seeds

For the Sauce:

Juice of 1 lime

1 ½ teaspoon of kaffir lime leaf powder

1 ½ teaspoon of cayenne or chili powder

1 teaspoon of lemon grass powder

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1 ½ tablespoon of salt

½ teaspoon of ginger powder

¼ cup of sugar

¼ cup of water

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place all of the ingredients for the sauce in a medium saucepan. Whisk so all the spices get dissolve into the water. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Don’t forget to stir constantly so that it doesn’t burn. It’s ready when most of the water has evaporated and it has become a syrup.

Add the nuts and mix well to coat them. Spread them in a single layer over the prepared baking sheet.

Bake them for 15 minutes. Stirring half way though the cooking time.

Once they come out of the oven, allow them to cool. Then try to separate the nuts into smaller chunks.

If you want, add freshly chopped Thai basil right before serving. Enjoy!

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Buffalo Chickpea Tacos with Avocado Sour Cream & Cucumber Noodles

Finally whipping up new recipes. Things have been so hectic lately. We are still working on our apartment and food styling projects have kept me super busy. The last two projects I did, were actually in France. We shot in Senlis (about an hour from Paris). The picture below is the garden of the small hotel where I stayed.

And we also shot in Arles in the south. Such a beautiful town. Loved all the colorful streets.

I never thought I would be traveling with luggage full of tableware. There is a first for everything :). They were cool projects but after arduous days of cooking a lot on set, I had no energy to cook anymore. So I took a little break from recipe testing. But now I am back with Taco Tuesday. Roasted chickpeas with buffalo sauce, cucumber noodles for some crunch and avocado sour cream. Super simple and minimal effort.

This recipe makes 12 small tacos.

Ingredients:

For the buffalo chickpeas:

300grs of canned chickpeas, drained

1 tablespoon of Maizena

150ml of buffalo sauce (I used Frank’s)

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

For the avocado sour cream:

1 avocado

Juice of 1 lime

125ml of sour cream

Salt to taste

A pinch of onion powder

Pinch of celery salt

Extras:

2 Cucumbers, spiralized or julienned

A handful of thinly sliced radishes

12 small tortillas

 

Start by preheating your oven to 180C/350F. Drain and pat dry your canned chickpeas with paper towels. Add the Maizena and mix well. Then add the buffalo sauce and maple syrup. Mix well until all the chickpeas are coated in the sauce. Place them in a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Baked them for 30 minutes. Stir half way through the cooking. Then turn the heat up to 230C/450F. Roast them for an extra 20 minutes. Stir after 10 minutes.

Using a spiralizer or a mandoline with a julienne attachment, slice the cucumbers. Then squeeze them to get rid of the excess water. Place them in a sift with a large bowl underneath until ready to serve

To make the avocado sour cream, just blend all of the ingredients until smooth.

Warm up the tortillas in a pan. Then stuff each with some of the cucumber, chickpeas, radishes and a drizzle of the avocado sour cream. Enjoy!

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Kimchi Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

Today is the first workday in weeks that I finally have our place all to myself. I could finally catch up on my own work which makes me super happy. The construction has finally ended and now we only need to work on minor details. Can’t wait to show you more once it is finished. I am also very excited about a  mini trip we are doing soon.

Going back to the recipe, I caramelized onions with kimchi and Gochujang paste to make the red sauce. Then added some shredded cheese, sriracha sour cream for a bit more extra heat and freshness. And finally some chives. Slicing the potatoes this way makes the edges quite crispy. A very easy and cheap party appetizer.

This recipe is for 1 kilo of potatoes.

Ingredients:

For the potatoes:

1 kilo of russet potatoes, I used medium-small potatoes

Olive oil for brushing the potatoes

Pinch of salt

For the caramelized kimchi and onion sauce:

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of salt

Pinch of garlic powder

½ cup of kimchi

1 teaspoon of Gochujang paste

1 tablespoon of ginger syrup (if you can find it, you can use honey with a teaspoon of minced ginger)

For the Sriracha sour cream:

125grs of sour cream

1 tabelspoon of sriracha

Juice of half a lime

Pinch of salt

For the extra toppings:

½ a cup of shredded cheese (I used Gouda but you can also use cheddar)

Chopped chives

 

Preheat your oven to 200C/390F. Line your baking tray with parchment paper.

Scrub, wash and dry the potatoes.

To make it a bit easier on yourself, place the potato on your cutting board in between the handles of two wooden spoons (you can also use chopsticks). This will help prevent that your knife cuts all the way through the potato. Just be patient and go slow as you slice each potato as thin as you can, without going all the way through. Repeat for all the potatoes.

Carefully place them on the prepared baking tray. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with some salt.

Bake them for 30 minutes. Then brush them with olive oil again and finish baking for 30 minutes. You can pinch the biggest potato in the middle to check if it is cooked or not. Keep the oven on afterwards.

While the potatoes are baking, start making the kimchi and onion sauce. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over low heat. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced onion. Add a pinch of salt and garlic powder. Cook for about 6 min, while stirring from time to time.

Then add the kimchi, Gochujang paste, ginger syrup and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 3 minutes to caramelize the kimchi. Blend it until it becomes a paste. Set it aside.

To make the sriracha sour cream, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Keep it in the fridge covered until ready to serve.

Using a spoon, spread some of the kimchi on top of each roasted potato. I used about 1 teaspoon per potato. A bit more for the bigger ones. Then sprinkle the shredded cheese over the kimchi layer.

Return the potatoes to the oven and bake them until the cheese has melted. About 5 minutes, check so that it doesn’t burn.

Drizzle some of the sriracha sour cream on top of each potato. Sprinkle some chives. Serve straight away and enjoy!

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Curried Cauliflower, Lentil & Chickpea Sliders with Coconut Coleslaw and Mango/Pomegranate Salsa

The veggie burger I was teasing you with on my Instagram stories. This time with cauliflower, red lentil and chickpeas. All mixed together with hot curry and spices. Paired with coconut cabbage and carrot slaw, and mango/pomegranate salsa. It’s slightly spicy and sweet. Keep in mind that I used dried chickpeas which need to be soaked overnight.

This recipe makes about 20 small sliders.

Ingredients:

For the patties:

½ cup of dried chickpeas, soaked in water overnight

½ cup of red lentils

2 cups of vegetable stock

2 cups of grated cauliflower (I used the food processor until it had a rice-like consistency)

1 ½ teaspoon of hot curry powder

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 ½ teaspoons of onion powder

1 teaspoon of paprika powder

½ a teaspoon of mustard powder

1 teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of ginger powder

1 egg

1/3 cup of breadcrumbs

1/3 cup of all-purpose flour

For the coating:

¾ cup of breadcrumbs

¾ cup of panko

¾ teaspoon of salt

¾ teaspoon of smoked paprika

For the coconut coleslaw:

4 tablespoons of mayonnaise

2 teaspoons of mustard

Juice of 1 lime

6 tablespoons of coconut milk

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

¾ teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of sugar

150grs of shredded carrot

200grs of shredded cabbage

Pinch of cayenne

Pinch of onion powder

For the mango/pomegranate salsa:

1 mango, finely diced

1 medium red onion, finely diced

Juice of 1 lime

1 red chili, finely chopped

1/3 cup of pomegranate seeds

½ a bunch of coriander, chopped

Salt to taste

Extra:

About 1 cup of vegetable oil

Slider buns

 

The night before, soak the chickpeas in cold water.

The next day, start by making the coconut coleslaw. Add the mayo, mustard, lime juice, coconut milk, vinegar, salt, sugar, cayenne and onion powder to a large bowl. Mix well and then add the shredded carrot and cabbage. Mix until the cabbage and carrot are well coated in the sauce. Covered it and let it sit in the fridge until ready to serve. It’s best to let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

To make the mango/pomegranate salsa, just mix all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste for salt and let it sit in the fridge until ready to serve.

To make the patties, first cook the lentils. Place the lentils and vegetable stock in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until soft, stirring from time to time. This will take about 15 minutes. Once they are cooked, turn off the heat and let them dry out in the saucepan for 30 minutes.

Once the 30 minutes are up, place the cooked lentils, drained chickpeas, shredded cauliflower and the rest of the ingredients for the patties in the food processor. Pulse until everything is mixed through.

To make the coating, just mix all of the ingredients in a shallow bowl. Because the patty mixture is quite soft, it’s better to make each patty small. I made each patty with about 1 tablespoon of the mixture. You can make them bigger, just try not to make them too big as they might break while cooking.

Grab about 1 tablespoon of the patty mixture and form it into a ball with your hands. Coat it in the breadcrumb mixture and set it aside. Repeat for all.

Pour the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, cook the patties in batches. Flatten them a bit with the back of a spatula and cook them until evenly golden on both sides. This will only take a few minutes.

Serve the sliders with the coconut coleslaw and mango/pomegranate salsa. Enjoy!

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Burrata with Balsamic & Honey Glazed Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds

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When it comes to entertaining friends or family, my preference goes into making simple dishes so that I can also enjoy their company, instead of being fully occupied in the kitchen. This is a super easy appetizer that you can make in advance and just garnish before serving. I sliced the butternut into very small cubes and then glazed it in a pan with balsamic vinegar and honey. It goes so well with the creamy burrata and the slight tartness of the pomegranate seeds. This is a perfect use for burrata this fall/winter.

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This recipe is for one burrata, but you can always double or triple it if you are feeding a large crowd.

Ingredients:

For the glazed butternut squash:

2 cups of finely cubed butternut squash

1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of salt

Pinch of cayenne

2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 ½ teaspoons of honey

Extras:

1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds

1 baguette, sliced and toasted with olive oil

Chili flakes

Garden cress

A drizzle of olive oil

 

To make the glazed butternut squash, place the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the diced butternut squash, salt and cayenne. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring from time to time. Then add the balsamic vinegar and cook for an extra 3 minutes until it has reduced, don’t forget to stir. Finally add the honey and cook for an extra 2 minutes. Taste it and adjust the salt and cayenne to your liking. Transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool down a bit.

In the meanwhile, toast the bread with some olive oil.

To serve, place about ¾ of the butternut squash on a plate. Place the burrata on top. Add the remaining butternut squash on top of the burrata. Finish with a sprinkle of chili flakes, garden cress and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with the toasted bread. Enjoy!

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Baked Sweet Potato with Almond, Parmesan and Sage Crumble (gluten free)

This is an old recipe that was in need of an update. I love sage butter, especially mixed with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. So I thought of making a savory crumble to top some baked sweet potatoes. I used almond meal instead of normal flour and it was delicious. It’s super easy to make. You can have it as a side for thanksgiving or friends-giving. This recipe makes enough crumble for 5 sweet potatoes but you can always double it.

Ingredients:

5 medium sweet potatoes, roasted

1 cup of almond meal

60gr of grated Parmesan cheese

13 fresh sage leaves, chopped

4 tablespoons of butter, cold

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Cayenne to taste

Extra:

A few sage leaves

Vegetable oil for frying the leaves

 

First bake the sweet potatoes in the oven at 180C/350F until tender, about 1 hour.

Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise but not all the way to the bottom. Try to make a pocket for the crumble.

To make the crumble, just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, using your fingers or a fork. You want the texture to resemble breadcrumbs.

Spoon the crumble on top of the sweet potato and broil until it becomes golden. To serve, you can sprinkle some thinly sliced sage or a few fried sage leaves. To fry the leaves, just heat about 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in a small pan. Once it is hot, fry the sage leaves for about 3-5 seconds. Then transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels. Enjoy!

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Jerusalem Artichoke Tacos with Rainbow Carrot & Beet Salad and Chive Sour Cream

Another super easy taco recipe and a great way to eat more veggies. And dinner can be ready in about 30 minutes. A layer of iceberg lettuce, topped with a crunchy salad of rainbow carrots and beet. Then some pan-roasted Jerusalem artichoke and finally some chive sour cream. I’ve been so busy lately with different projects that I haven’t had much time to make new recipes but I’m trying to catch up on my cooking this week. I can’t believe it is almost the end of the year!

This recipe makes 12 small tacos.

Ingredients:

For the salad:

5 medium rainbow carrots, shredded

1 beet, shredded

For the dressing:

¾ teaspoon of mustard

1/3 cup of white vinegar

1/3 cup of olive oil

1 ½ teaspoon of honey

Salt to taste

For the chive sour cream:

250gr of sour cream

1/3 cup of chopped chives

Juice of 1 lime

Celery salt to taste

Cayenne to taste

For the Jerusalem artichokes:

600grs of Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and finely diced

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of sumac

Salt

Pepper

Extras:

100grs of chopped iceberg lettuce

12 small tortillas

 

To make the dressing, just place all of the ingredients in a jar with a lid. Close the lid and shake it until it emulsifies. Set it aside.

Shred the carrots and beet but only add the dressing before serving so they keep their crunch.

To make the chive sour cream, just mix the chives with the sour cream, lime juice, celery salt and cayenne. Cover it and keep it in the fridge till serving time.

Pour the olive oil for the Jerusalem artichokes in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the diced Jerusalem artichokes, sumac, salt and pepper. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring from time to time, until they become golden.

Warm up the tortillas. Add the dressing to the carrot and beet salad, and mix well.

Stuff each tortilla with some lettuce, salad, Jerusalem artichokes and the chive sour cream. Enjoy!

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Cheesy Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Crunchy Smoked Paprika Quinoa, Fried Onions & Kale Chips

I’ve been looking forward to the start of the season for Jerusalem artichokes and last week I saw them at the market for the first time. I wanted to make a sort of loaded potato soup but with Jerusalem artichokes. To make the quinoa crunchy, I first boiled it and then roasted it in the oven with some spices. Love the flavor that the smoked paprika gives the quinoa. Also topped the soup with some kale chips and store-bought fried onions.

This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients:

For the crunchy smoked paprika quinoa:

1/3 cup of quinoa, I used a mix of white, red and black

1 tablespoon of olive oil

½ teaspoon of smoked paprika

Pinch of celery salt

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of celery salt

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of salt

For the kale chips:

1 cup of shredded kale

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Pinch of cayenne

Pinch of salt

For the soup:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 white onion, chopped

750grs of Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and chopped

1 litter of vegetable stock

250gr of cream

175grs of shredded Gouda or any cheese you would like

Salt to taste

Extra:

½ a cup of crispy fried onions, I bought already made (optional)

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line your oven sheet with parchment paper.

Start by making the quinoa. Rinse it under cold water and then place it in a medium pot. Add about 1 ½ litters of boiling water and let it cook over medium heat for 12 minutes. Then drain it.

Transfer the cooked quinoa into a bowl. Add the olive oil, spices and mix well. Spread it in a single layer over your prepared baking sheet. Roast it for 20 minutes, then stir it. Finally roast it for an extra 10 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a small bowl and set it aside. Lower your oven temperature to 150C/300F.

Star making the soup. Pour one tablespoon of olive oil in a medium pot. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and cook them until they become translucent. Then add the garlic and cook for an extra minute. Add the Jerusalem artichokes and the vegetable stock. Let it cook for 20 minutes.

While the soup is cooking, start making the kale chips. Massage the kale with olive oil, cayenne and salt. Line your oven sheet with parchment paper and spread the kale in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes. Then set it aside until ready to serve.

Going back to the soup; once the 20 minutes are done, add the shredded cheese and blend it until smooth. Finally add the cream, mix well and add salt to taste.

Serve the soup with some crunchy quinoa, kale chips and fried onions.

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