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winter in the kitchen

cabbage recipes

Earlier this week, I was delighted to discover a delicious, simple recipe for roasted cabbage. I enjoy cooking and experimenting with the produce that appears in the weekly box of CSA, but sometimes I’m at a loss for what to do with certain vegetables. Especially in the wintertime, it can be a bit difficult to muster up the creativity to cook with yet another head of cabbage.

In my pursuit for healthy, vegetarian recipes that are also packed with flavor, I have come across food blogs that constantly inspire me in the kitchen. It also doesn’t hurt to have a husband that loves cooking and is a master with spices. Below are a number of recipes that showcase the vegetables and fruits that are at their best in winter. For a (northern hemisphere) calendar of what’s in season, visit Eat Seasonably. Do you have any favorite winter recipes?

Cabbage recipes
1. Roasted cabbage wedge with rice from Casa Yellow (above left)
2. Cabbage salad from (above middle)
3. Rustic cabbage and white bean soup from 101 Cookbooks (above right)
4. Braised red cabbage from The Wednesday Chef
5. Sauerkraut and reasons to love it

cauliflower recipes

Cauliflower recipes
1. Roasted cauliflower with cumin & coriander butter from Seven Spoons (above left)
2. Roasted cauliflower and cheddar soup from Two Peas (above middle)
3. Spicy cauliflower with sesame from 101 Cookbooks (above right)

brussels sprouts recipes

Brussels Sprouts recipes
1. Brussels sprouts with vinegar-glazed onions from Martha Stewart (above left)
2. Braised chestnuts and Brussels sprouts from Roost (above middle)
3. Roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberries with barley from Cookie + Kate (above right)

carrot recipes

Carrot recipes
1. Charred carrots with griddled goat cheese from Casa Yellow (above left)
2. Ginger-roasted carrots with miso dressing from My New Roots (above middle)
3. Roasted carrot soup from Food52 (above right)

celery root recipes

Celery root recipes
1. Winter salad from Local Milk (above left)
2. Potato and celery root gratin from Delish (above middle)
2. Creamy curried celery root soup from The Minimalist (above right)

pear recipes

Pear recipes
1. Poached pears from The Daily Serge (above left)
2. Pear soup from Sweet Paul (above middle)
3. Pear, ricotta, and honey tart from Bella Eats (above right)
4. Spiced pear muffins from The Kitchn

rediscovering the eggplant

Eggplants were never my thing. A few too many experiences with sponge-like failures kept me away from them for most of my life. But, in the past weeks, several eggplants have showed up in our local CSA box and I have given them another try. Marcus and I made up this simple recipe, which makes an easy appetizer or a full meal when served over pasta.

1 eggplant, in 1/4-inch thick slices
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tomato, in thin slices
Parmesan cheese, grated or in thin slices
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400° F. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and minced garlic. Brush onto one side of the eggplant. Add the tomatoes, then the salt and pepper. Spread the Parmesan cheese on top. Place directly on the oven rack, bake for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

oatmeal yoghurt pancakes with berry crush

On Sunday morning, in the midst of a long weekend, I whipped up a batch of oatmeal yoghurt pancakes with berry crush, a recipe from The Newlywed Cookbook by Sarah Copeland. Not one for complicated baking experiments in the morning, I found this recipe to be simple for a slow morning and delicious enough to share. Below is my slightly adapted version, enjoy!

Berry crush topping:
2 cups fresh berries
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup, to taste

Pancake mix:
1 2/3 cup white flour
2/3 cup oats
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 heaping tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup Greek yoghurt, plus more for topping
1 cup whole milk
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs

Mash the berries and sugar, simmer about 8 minutes, and then remove from heat. Mix in maple syrup and let cool.

For the pancakes, whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In separate bowl, mix the yoghurt, milk, melted butter, and eggs. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and mix in the wet ingredients until the batter is thick. Melt butter in a pan and pour the batter. Once the pancakes are golden, top with berries and yoghurt and serve warm.

cooking with kumquats

The last week has been an experiment in cooking with kumquats. A colleague brought me a bag full of the small, oval fruit from Spain and it was actually the first time I had ever seen or tasted them. Kumquats are delicious when eaten raw with the skin, but also bring a burst of citrus to recipes, such as kumquat bread, kumquat marmalade, and kumquat spritzer. I think kumquats would also make a nice addition to a salad or when sauteed with tofu and veggies.

The numerous bowls filled with kumquats also have added a splash of color to my home, much needed in late January.

weekend links #44

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Watching this video about translucent tape art in Amsterdam
2. Preparing menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas with inspiration from Sweet Paul (pictured above)
3. Feeling a bit cozier after spotting these socks and this sweater
4. Viewing this infographic comparing education with incarceration in the US
5. Being awed by 2,000 suspended dandelions by Swiss artist Regine Ramseier (pictured below, via colossal)
6. Seeing images of foraging for truffles in Umbria
7. Eating a meal at Proef with Liz, Jenn, Lauren, and Ellen
8. Finding the new digital magazine Contents, with insights about my field of work

late October harvest

A Saturday morning delivery from de krat. With a busy work week ahead, I am looking forward to eating well with parsnip fries, baked apples, a romanesco pasta, and a pumpkin soup. The crate also came with a bottle of vlierbes azijn (elderberry vinegar), pictured below.

While Marcus is much more experimental when it comes to cooking, I have been expanding my collection of recipes with inspiration from these food blogs: 101 cookbooks, roost, what katie ate, bella eats, spoon fork bacon, sweet paul, and my new roots. What are some of your favorite places to find new food inspiration?

Weekend Links #41

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Partaking in the autumn harvest with roasted parsnips (pictured above)
2. Starting to plan the next trip (someday) to Copenhagen a restaurant tips
3. Voting in Time Out‘s Best of Amsterdam 2011 list and getting new tips
4. Reading the familiar stories of the families in The Mixed Race Project (via allison lehman)
5. Watching the trailer for Pina, a 3-D dance film about the work of choreographer Pina Bausch, by Wim Wenders (embedded below)