CELERY SOUP WITH SALVIA PESTO

Celery soup with salvia pesto vegan fresh healthy

Did you know there are more than 920 species of salvia? Their violet and white flowers start blooming in June, but the soft and hairy leaves we know so well are ready to be picked already in April. Salvia is a real sun lover. And so am I. I really like this moment, when the spring comes to the city, and for the first time of the year I take a blanket and go to the Tempelhofer Feld (a former airport which is now a really cool green space in Berlin). And how the city changes. Suddenly everyone is crawling out of their holes filling up every meter of lawn in the park, and you just can’t stop wondering, how many people are living in your city.

But back to the food. I eat totally differently in winter –  hot heavy soups, lots of potatoes, all kinds of vegetarian gratins, whereas in summer I could live only on salads, juices and green smoothies. This recipe makes for me a good transition between these two practices. The main ingredients of the soup are celery, parsnip and apple, so it is very fresh and light. And the salvia pesto with pistachios is just the right enrichment. When the weather can’t really decide whether to be cold and rainy, or to let the sun in, it is a good choice that still keeps you warm.

Anyway, when all is said and done, this soup will get you definitely in the mood for the first spring shine.

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RAW ROMANESCO SALAD

Delicious and healthy raw Romanesco salad with dried golden berries, hazelnuts and lentils

 

Last year I started buying organic vegetables from a local farmer. The reason why I chose this particular one over all the others was his veggie-abstract sense of humor. To give you an example, he announced the upcoming romanesco season as the “arrival of psychedelic cauliflower brother”. Who wouldn’t go with that, right?

Romanesco’s appearances might put it in the same basket with broccoli and cauliflower, but it has a slightly different “personality”. It’s texture is far more crunchy and it has an amazingly delicate, yet nutty flavor. As we are currently transitioning from Winter to Spring, I was craving some quick salad recipe that would combine these both seasons. Black lentils and roasted hazelnuts remind my tastebuds of the snowy weather, and the raw romanesco prepares me for the fresh and seasonal vegetables and fruits yet to come.

The secret star here, however, are dried golden berries, also known as Inca berries or amour en cage (“love in cage” in French) – a superfood grown in Peru and Ecuador. These are a great alternative to raisins and cranberries, if you’re looking for a defining twist to your salad. With a balanced mix of sweetness and sourness, they make it refreshing and complete.

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