cook-off

Two months ago, our company had a little “cook-off” event, meaning colleagues and selected business partners gathered to cook a three-courses-dinner together. A professional chef prepared the recipes and ingredients beforehand and instructed everyone that evening.

Of course, not everyone participated in cooking equally intensive but it was still a fun evening and the food was great.

cook-off

We had salad with goat cheese and honey glazed nuts as entrΓ©e. As maincourse, vegetarian pasta with mushrooms and truffle or veel with mashed sunchoke and pakchoi. For dessert, there was mousse au chocolate, berry sorbet and hazelnut-ginger-crumble.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling well (back pain) that evening and went home after dinner – and without dessert. :(

baking bread

My friend went to a salsa dance workshop in Italy where the participants also were taught a few Italian dishes, such as Italian ciabatta or focaccia. Back at home, she invited me over to bake bread.

baking-bread

It was fun shaping the bread. We made an onigiri-shaped bread, cat-bread etc. Some turned out great and some weren’t recognizable. XD

We ate them still warm with butter and a sprinkle of sea salt. So good!

farewell-party

Almost exactly a year ago, I left my old company and thus had a little farewell party with my colleagues. I decorated the kitchen and the hallway with my old business cards and prepared a few snacks.

farewell

There was chips, pretzels, pita bread, bulgur salad, avocado dip and hummus. A colleague baked a tasy sheet-cake with almonds. Also, there was lots and lots of beer!

It is so easy and quick to make hummus and avocado dip. When I come home after work and have no clue what I should cook for dinner, I make hummus. It is very healthy and contains many vitamins. I always have a can of chickpeas at home. All you need is:

1 can of chickpeas (you can also use 400-500g dried chickpeas – should be soaked in water over night)
2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste) or peanut butter
1-2 garlic cloves
lemon juice
(olive) oil
curry powder
bell pepper powder
salt, pepper to taste

Put everything in a bowl and mash/blend it to a creamy paste. For a richer flavor, you can prepare it a day before you want to eat it. But I can never wait that long. :P

The avocado dip is also very tasty and quick to make:

1 avocado, mashed
1/2 pack of cream cheese
1 garlic clove, crushed
lemonjuice
salt, pepper to taste
optional: tomatoes, diced

Mix everything together and enjoy!