Top Foodies Links For January

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If you’re finding that you would use some cooking inspiration, here are some ideas from some of the most talented food bloggers out there.

A meal to cook in 20 minutes

In a bit of hurry? These french bread pizzas from The Comfort of cooking are perfect for a quick lunch that doesn’t compromise its deliciousness. And it’s a great way to reuse a day old baguette. You will need cheese that melts, olives, chopped vegetables (I will try this with some chorizo) and around 20 minutes of your time.

Something new and easy

Feel like trying something new for dinner? What about these shiitake bok choy dumplings from Kelsey from Happy Olks? I love how beautiful and easy to make these look. I would almost say: if you make these, don’t keep them to yourself only. And if you live near Barcelona, invite me over 🙂

Something new and complex

I am enchanted by Teri’s (from the Spoon Fork Bacon Blog) Korean Kabocha Squash Porridge. It looks so exotic to me! It’s a silky squash soup with rice balls (I have to see where I can find rice flour in Barcelona). I think I would add a bit of cayenne peppers to this, but it looks, oh, so, so delicious.

Something sweet

If you’re looking for something sweet to give you a bit of energy kick, why not try this homemade snickers recipe from Ashley Rodriguez from Not Without Salt? You will need peanuts, caramel and chocolate.

Hope you liked January’s foodie links. If you have or seen a recipe you want to share, feel free to add it in the comments!

 

Crunchy Toasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Reduction

Crunchy Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Reduction

I love brussels sprouts. These miniature cabbages, part of the brassica genus are close relatives of broccoli, cauliflowers, mustard and of course, cabbage and they contain a chemical called sulforaphane, which is believed to have anticancer properties. The best way to cook them (if you don’t want to reduce amount of the above-mentioned compound) is to steam of stir fry them.

This recipe keeps the sprouts crunchy yet with that wonderful toasted flavour. The mix of the goat cheese with the acid green apple and pomegranate seeds is wonderful.

crunchy brussels sprouts with goat cheese

Ingredients:

  • brussels sprouts
  • one pomegranate
  • goat cheese
  • a handful of almonds
  • fresh ginger
  • fresh parsley
  • one orange

Optional:

  • one teaspoon sugar for the pomegranate reduction
  • lettuce
  • garlic

Season with salt and pepper.

Time needed: 30 minutes

First wash and cut your brussels sprouts in halves. Wash and dry some fresh parsley and chop some ginger into not so small dices.

brussels sprouts ginger and parsley

Then pit your pomegranate and chop a handful of toasted almonds.

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pomegranate seeds and almonds

Cut the goat cheese in big chunks and then sprinkle the juice of half an orange on top of it.

goat cheese orange and garlic

Take your pomegranate seeds and a teaspoon of sugar and start boiling them at very low heat until they juice becomes a thin sauce. Add the juice of the other half orange while they boil.

pomegranate reduction

In a pan toast the sprouts. You don’t need a lot of oil, a drop is enough. If you have a bit more time (30 minutes) you could toast them in the oven. Just put some olive oil in your palms and massage the sprouts, then sprinkle some salt and roast at high heat.

If you’re in a hurry, the pan will roast your brussels sprouts in a few minutes. toasting brussels sprouts

When everything’s ready chop some apples and mix everything together.

Bon profit!

crunchy brussles sprouts