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A popular Camembert-based cheese spread with sweet paprika Bavarians serve with fresh Brezeln (Pretzel) called Obatzda. This German Cheese Spread is the perfect sidekick to a lovely Oktoberfest party! Prost! Obatzda, a popular German Cheese Spread enjoyed alongside fresh Brezel (pretzel) in Bavarian Biergartens, is a creamy orange dip with a delightful flavour. This delectable spread is primarily made with camembert cheese, complemented by butter and quark (fresh cheese) or cottage cheese. The vibrant orange hue is achieved by incorporating sweet paprika powder. A few additional caraway seeds and a splash of beer can be added for an authentic Bavarian-style Obatzda. Over time, numerous variations of this spread have emerged, featuring ingredients such as horseradish, garlic, chives, cloves, and Romadur cheese. This particular version is my personal favourite; the traditional Obatzda with Quark (fresh cheese) and caraway seeds. However, if Quark is not readily available in your region, cottage cheese…

This summer, brighten your tastebuds with Almond & Pineapple Gazpacho! A fruity yet nutty cold soup also called gazpacho. This vegan soup will be all you’ll need to make an impression for your next summer feast! Almond & Pineapple Gazpacho is based on the original gazpacho recipe, “Ajo Blanco,” which contains almonds, garlic, bread and a bit of vinegar. The traditional one doesn’t have pineapple, but sometimes grapes are used. A traditional and ancestral Spanish recipe with a touch of fun pineapple! Gazpacho History Gazpacho existed way before tomatoes were imported into Europe from the New World. The Arabs imported them and later cultivated them in Spain. Back in the day, Spaniards used to make “cold soup” gazpacho with almonds and vinegar. They are quite a few excellent recipes using them in Spain. Often used in the “Picada” last aromatic touch at the end of cooking. Plus, it thickens sauces…

Highlighting the zucchini at its best! Zucchini Carpaccio is thin slices of zucchini complimented with cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil. Simply divine! I’ve first tried, Zucchini Carpaccio, not in Italy, but in Spain! In a small Catalan village called Montblanc, right next to Barcelona. Such a simple, elegant and delicate appetizer. I would never have imagined that raw zucchini could taste something… Was my first try at raw zucchini… and I’ve got pleasantly surprised! First of all, there is a really nice crunch to it and it’s got a super delicate taste that allows the extra-virgin olive oil to shine through. Cut Finely is the Secret It’s such a light and beautiful appetizer. All you’ll need is a mandoline or a talent to cut really fine slices. You would think the protagonist’s food here is the zucchini, but it’s also the olive oil! So bring out…

This quick and easy Shrimp Ceviche Express is a light and refreshing appetizer suitable for any occasion. Packed with fresh dill, tomatoes, avocado, and red onions, it’s a delightful choice for a light meal or snack. Having gone through South and Central Americas… each country has their own version of ceviche. The ‘Shrimp Ceviche Express’ recipe mixes them all. For instance, Mexico makes it quite spicy and usually contains avocados. In Peru, it’s a main dish, served with Choclo (big grain corn) and sweet potatoes. Usually, it’s lightly spiced with Aji or Rocoto hot peppers. In Colombia, the ceviche is often made with ketchup or tomato sauce, which makes it red and served with fried plantain (Patacones). Finally, in Ecuador, the ceviches are like a soup, with an extra shrimp broth, lots of cilantro and barely spicy. Types of Ceviche There are also many variations, some with fish, shrimp, shellfish, and even shark meat…

Red and Green Pesto Sticks with parmesan are made with phyllo, creating a crunchy and easy appetizer for the holiday season. A crowd-pleaser is guaranteed! This holiday season will be a hit with those two colours Pesto Sticks. They are easy to do and super crunchy without all the fat from the usual puff pastry. I’ve used two types of pesto: the famous green pesto, a la Genovese (basil) and a red pesto (dried tomato). I thought it would be great to have both colours for the holidays. Those fingers are a nice bite for any dinner party, finger buffet or snack. You can quickly cook them ahead of time, and they stay crispy and tasty for long leaving you time to work on other things while the guests are gathering around the table. The Cheese This recipe suggests parmesan because it adds an extra umami touch, but could easily be…

Duck Prosciutto Appetizer with dates and aged cheddar to serve your guests a sweet and salty bite for the holiday season. The holiday season is coming, we’ll soon receive guests at home and/or vice versa. Here is a great idea to make your guests happy as a clam. A lovely plate of duck prosciutto appetizer rolled up around a dated piece and aged cheddar to open up those guests’ stomachs. Those little bites will go away in no time, guaranteed, so make sure to prepare enough of those little nibbles. This recipe is based on an appetizer my mom did last year, which was simply the duck prosciutto and the sharp cheddar with a drizzle of maple syrup. Back then, I really enjoyed it, it was delicious as it was but missing a little “je ne sais quoi”. I also experience the date and bacon mini rolls bites at an English friend’s place…

A simple shrimp tartare with a layer of avocado, lime marinated raw shrimps topped with lovely strawberry pieces. You’ll impress your guests with this one, and no cooking involved! Shrimp tartar is quite simple to make and taste simply divine, without saying it’s looks irresistible. The base of the dish is similar to a shrimp ceviche, simply needing to marinate the fresh shrimps in lime juice for a couple of hours. The bigger the size of the shrimp the longer you’ll need to marinate it. By definition, tartare means finely cut and served raw. Most of the time, beef or fish is used but today, will do a shrimp tartare for a change! I believe strawberries and avocados are a match made in heaven. First, their colours are the perfect contrast and appetizing and the creamy smooth avocado and the acidic and firm strawberry pair beautifully. Variations You can use this as a…

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