BROAD BEANS AND SAUTÉED RADISHES SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE

Broad beans, sautéed radishes, pomegranate salad with tahini

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme

 

 I have been waiting for this day the whole year and yet, it’s a bittersweet moment. The broad beans (also known as fava beans) season has finally begun and I already know it will be over within a month. Fulfilment tinged with sadness.

I am literally their biggest fan. Imagine you are playing the “What if” game and someone asks you: “What if you had to eat one and the same dish for the rest of your life, what would that be?”. Do you know your answer? I know mine – anything with broad beans!

This salad was my sacrifice. I had to resist the temptation of eating them all at once. Luckily, I’ve made it, and luckily, radishes sauté and pomegranate turned out to be the perfect match.

I guess even Hannibal Lecter would be pleased.

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FIRST DAY OF SUMMER WHEATGRASS JUICE

pinapple wheatgrass juice summer fresh healthy detox“Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose.”
Beetlejuice, Tim Burton

 

Berlin just loves grass. This time it is all about wheatgrass, new super-food trend which conquers the city: from the food markets where you can drink fancy wheatgrass shots, through organic stores selling it as powder for green smoothies, ending with the version for extremely lazy ones – green tabs from the pharmacy.

Wheatgrass is one of the best sources of natural chlorophyll, which is important for blood building process as it neutralizes toxins in the body and helps to purify the liver. It is also extremely rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K, proteins and many many amino-acids.

For all these reasons, I also decided to give it a try and started my own grass plantation in the kitchen. After approximately ten days I could enjoy juicy green grass ready to be mowed. I decided to combine it with parsley (to reach my limits of healthiness), apples and pineapple for a sweet and fresh taste. I don’t know if it works and energizes my mind only after one glass but the smell of this grass juice is really awesome. It’s like having all the fresh spring-moved lawns in your kitchen.
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RED CARROT-PEPPER SPREAD WITH RICE

"Red Carrot Pepper Spread with Rice and Radish Sprouts and Cumin on top"“I feel something important is happening around me. And it scares me.”
Three Colors: Red, Krzysztof Kieślowski

Does the name Paprykarz Szczeciński ring a bell for you? I assume it doesn’t. It’s a canned fish paste with rice and tomatoes, highly popular in Poland in the 80-ies. It used to belong to my favorite childhood flavors, as I could never figure out what’s inside and you don’t need much to trigger child’s imagination…

It was exciting to have a slice of bread with rice and tomatoes on it – a combination that would never come to your mind. But I have always known: There is a great potential in it and its taste can get much better.

This vegan version of the original spread is now one of my favorites. At this time of year you will find these beautiful fresh carrots that give this spread the most vivid color and sweet note in flavor. Grab a bunch of them and start spreading asap!
First bunch of carrots this year. Fresh, crunchy and amazing."Red Carrot-Pepper spread on a slice of bread seasoned with radish sprouts"
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PARADISO ASPARAGUS SOUP

asparagus soup vegan best
“Alfredo, now that I’m older, I’m not saying I can start
coming to the projection booth, to the movie house…
But…maybe, why don’t we become friends?”
Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore

To my great joy the asparagus paradise has officially started and… the possibilities are endless. What I really like about this soup is that it takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. As with all vegetables containing high levels of chlorophyll, it is important not to cook green asparagus for too long. If you add a little lime juice and zest at the very end of cooking, it will keep the spears deliciously green.

You definitely need to take more time to enjoy this soup: fresh and unique taste of asparagus with a hint of coconut and amazing flavour of lime shining through. It’s so refreshing and just perfect for the first hot days of the year.

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