Broccoli Parmesan Soup

Preparation : 5 Minutes

Cooking Time : 30-35 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings

Episode : No video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Second dish of tonight: Broccoli Parmesan Soup! It’s my daughter, Mack’s favorite. She kept telling me that she ate at her kindergarten for lunch and how much she loved it.

This is the way how I make my Broccoli Soup and my kiddos love it! You can replace Parmesan with other cheese (Gouda, Emmentaler, Cheddar etc). Each will bring different background taste tho. And my favorite is always the one with Parmesan.

For this recipe, you will need:

500 gr (17 oz) of Broccoli, chopped

1 Potato, medium size and chopped

2-3 cloves of Garlic, minced

Salt, pepper to taste

250 ml (1 Cup) of Crème fraîche

80 gr (1/3 Cup) of grated Parmesan

250 ml (1 Cup) of Cooking cream

500 ml (17 fl oz) of Water

1 Tsp of Olive Oil

Parsley, optional

PS. If you don’t have Crème fraîche, you can also use sour cream. Cooking cream in Germany is similar to half and half or lighter heavy cream. We love to eat the whole broccoli (florets and stems). The stems are more delicious for me than the florets 🥰

Instructions:

1. Turn on your stove to medium high. Put some olive oil, chopped broccoli, potato and minced garlic. Stir fry for about 5-7 minutes. 

2. Add in the water, salt, pepper and cook for about 25-30 minutes. Don’t cover your pot with a lid!

3. Turn the stove to really low heat, add in the Crème fraîche, cooking cream and grated parmesan. Don’t cook too long, and stir it otherwise it will foam curds.

4. Blend it with a blender or a hand blender.

5. Serve with some parsley. xoxo 🥰

Salmon Mustard Spring Salad

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Cooking Time : 25-30 Minutes

Serves : 2-3 Servings

Episode : No video recipe available yet

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Finally it’s spring! It was very cold but at least it was sunny! Today was the toughest day of my life, for dinner I made 3 completely different dishes haha. Salmon Salad for my love, Maccheroni with Tomato Sauce for Lev and Broccoli Parmesan Soup that was requested by Mack. Everyone is happy and so am I!

This salad is divine especially for spring. It’s fresh, creamy, mustardy and crunchy. The strawberries just give it a very nice background taste!

For this recipe, you will need:

350-400 gr (12-40 oz) of fresh Salmon

4 small Cucumbers, diced

1 Avocado, diced

1/4 Onion, chopped

3-4 Strawberries, diced

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 Tbsp of Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp of Dijon Mustard

2 Tsp of Bavarian Sweet Mustard (Honey Mustard)

A drizzle of Honey

Curly Parsley / Cilantro, optional

Black sesame seeds, optional

PS. I prefer Bavarian sweet Mustard because it has nice mustard seeds and I love the texture. If you can’t fine it then sub with honey mustard.

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven at 200 C (400 F).

2. Clean your salmon including the scales. Pad dry, season with some salt and pepper. Broil for 25-30 minutes. Make sure you cook it through, unless you buy salmon with sushi quality grade. Depending on the thickness of your salmon, the duration time of broiling varies. After that, let it cool and tear into small pieces.

3. During that time. You can prepare the salad. In a small bowl, add in salt, pepper, dijon mustard, Bavarian sweet mustard, honey, lemon juice and whisk.

4. Cut the cucumbers, onion and put the into a salad bowl.

5. Mix them with the mustard dressing.

6. Add in the avocado and mix them gently.

7. Add in salmon pieces and try not to over-mix it with the rest.

8. Serve the salad with some diced strawberries, garnish with some curly parsley and black sesame seeds.

Mango Avocado Spinach Smoothie (Vegan)

Photo 06.03.19, 12 10 34Preparation : 5 Minutes

Making Time : 5-7 Minutes

Serves : 2 Servings

Episode : 35 (Video Recipe is here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Yay finally the weather is getting better here in Munich and just made this really delicious smoothie and it’s very easy to make. My kids love it and I am sure yours will too!

Ingredients:

1 Mango, medium size, diced

1 Avocado, cut

1/3 Cup of Frozen Spinach, drained

1-2 Cups of Tangerine Juice

A blender to blend all the ingredients

P.S. If you use fresh spinach, you’ll need a handful of it. And fresh spinach is a lot better. You can also sub the tangerine juice with apple juice, orange juice or pineapple juice. I like the combination of pineapple juice the most. Depending on which juice you’re mixing, the flavor with change a bit too. I like my smoothie a little bit thicker so I use about 1 cup of juice, if you like it a litte thinner then add more juice.

Instructions:

  1. Into your blender, throw in half of your mango, add all the spinach and then the mango again.
  2. Cut the avocado and scoop in the flesh into your blender.
  3. Add half of the juice, blend well.
  4. Add the rest of the juice, blend again. Give it a stir with a spoon if you need it.
  5. Enjoy it while it’s fresh. You can keep the smoothie in a fridge for 1-2 days. I won’t change the color. The acid from the juice and the mango keeps the avocado’s natural color. xoxo 💋

 

 

Easy Guacamole Recipe

Preparation : 3 Minutes

Making Time : 5 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings

Episode : no video recipe available yet.

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Hi Guys!

I just made this creamy and yummy Guacamole. This is my way how to make it and it is very easy, that’s why I would like to share this recipe with you. I made the guacamole twice and both had slightly different taste but were really mouth watering!

Ingredients:

3 Riped Avocados

1 French Shallot or Red Onion, finely chopped

Juice of 1.5 Limes

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

3-4 Cherry Tomatoes, thinly sliced *(For my first pic, I didn’t use tomatoes)

1 Bundle of Fresh Cilantro, chopped *(I used for the first pic)

1 Bundle of Fresh Parsley, chopped *(I used for the second pic)

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Instructions:

  1. Cut the avocados and scoop out the meat and put it in a large bowl. I always use a spoon to smash my avocados. I love the different textures in my guacamole. You can also use a fork.
  2. Into my bowl, add in the chopped shallot / onion, lime juice, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix them well with the spoon.
  3. Add in the sliced tomatoes but don’t overmix.
  4. Garnish with some chopped parsley or cilantro.
  5. Enjoy with some nice bread! I ate with some walnut bread and it was fantastic! xoxo

 

Indonesian Bouillabaisse (Spicy Sour Fish Soup)

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Cooking : 5-8 Minutes

Serves : 4 Servings

Episode : 31 (Video recipe is available here)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

 

Hi guys,

It’s still very cold in Munich, and I have been craving this delicious Indonesian Bouillabaisse! I call it “Indonesian Bouillabaisse” because it is very similar to the French one, but it has more unique exotic flavor in it. If you don’t know what it is, google “Ikan Asam Pedas” you’ll know what it is hehe.

I modified a little bit here, no fresh pineapple but a lot of crushed tomatoes and some lemon juice.

Ingredients:

700 gr or 1.5 lbs of Fresh Salmon, cut into small pieces

2 French Shallots

3 Cloves of Garlic

2 Bird-Eye Chilies, very spicy!

2 Lemongrass Stalks

4 Coriander or Cilantro Roots, optional

4-5 Keffir Lime Leaves

Juice of half a Lemon

500 ml or 2 Cups of Crushed Tomatoes

1 Tbsp of Turmeric Powder

1 Tsp of Ginger Powder

1 Tsp of Galangal Powder

2 Tsp of Salt

2-3 Tsp of Sugar

500 ml or 2 Cups of Water

Some Olive Oil

Sweet Basil for garnishing, optional

 

Instructions:

1. Put shallots, garlic, chillies and some water into a blender, blend until smooth.

2. Turn your stove to medium low heat, put some oil into your cooking pot.

3. Add in cilantro roots, keffir lime leaves and wait for a minute or two then add in the ingredients from the blender along with the turmeric, ginger and galangal powder.

4. Add in the crushed tomatoes. Stir and add in the water, salt and sugar. Cook until it simmers and add in the salmon chunks.

5. It takes about 5-7 mins to cook, depending on the thickness of your fish.

6. Turn off your stove and add some lemon juice.

7. Serve with some warm rice and nice white wine. Enjoy ❤️

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authentic Indonesian Beef Rendang Recipe (Mum’s Recipe)

Preparation : 20 Minutes

Cooking : 3 hours at least

Serves : 6-8 portions

Episode : 29 (Video recipe is here )

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Hi guys,

I hope you all have a great day! People have been asking my beef rendang recipe and since I have a little bit of free time, so I thought I just make it.

Beef Rendang originated from Minangkabau, Indonesia (on Sumatera Island) and has been spread to a lot of countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. Rendang is a spicy meat dish cooked in coconut milk a long with a lot of herbs and spices at least for 3 hours. Some even cook for 6-8 hours. The longer you cook it, the best the result is.

CNN has crowned Beef Rendang as the most delicious food in 2011 and 2017.

On this recipe, I am cooking my mum’s recipe (as usual) but this one is kid-friendly Rendang so it is NOT spicy at all. Regardless the spicy chillies, it tastes very authentic.

List of the ingredients:

1,5 kg (3 Lb 4 Oz) of Beef .

1000 ml (4 Cups) of Coconut Milk

1 large Onion, finely chopped.

5 Garlic Cloves.

2 Lemongrass Stalks, cut and pounded.

4 Kaffir Lime Leaves.

3 Tbsp of Cummin Seeds.

2 Tbsp of Coriander Seeds.

1 Tbsp of Fennel Seeds.

3 Tbsp of Smoked Paprika Powder.

1 Tbsp of Ginger Powder.

1 Tsp of Galangal Powder.

1 Tsp of Ground White Pepper.

4-5 Cardamon Pods.

A pinch of Nutmeg, grated.

Salt, to taste.

Some oil to fry.

P.S. My mum always uses turmeric leaves in her rendang, but there is no way to find turmeric leaves in Munich unless you grow them by yourselves.

How to cook Beef Rendang:

  1. Cut the beef into small pieces (2-3 cm/ 1 inch big) and set aside.
  2. Roast all the seeds and pods (cummin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cardamon pods) at medium heat for about 3-4 minutes or until you can smell the fragrance.
  3. Grind all the seeds, cardamon pods and salt (1 Tsp) until fine like powder.
  4. Put the garlic cloves inside and grind too.
  5. Toss the lemongrass stalks and pound lightly.
  6. If you don’t have a pestle or you don’t want to grind. You can also use a mixer. Don’t put the lemongrass stalks in the mixer tho.
  7. Turn your stove into medium to high heat. Into your pot, put some oil and fry the chopped onion until translucent. Add in the ground spices and fry for a minute or so.
  8. Add in the beef and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Mix in all the powder spices with the meat well.
  9. Pour in the coconut milk and toss in the kaffir lime leaves.
  10. Cook at medium heat and you have to still it occasionally. Don’t let the coconut milk break or curdle.
  11. Cook for at least 3 hours and turn the heat lower if you see the coconut milk turns  thicker.
  12. Serve with some Pandan or Jasmine rice and of course for the adults, serve it with Indonesian sambal (spicy sauce). Enjoy! Christina xoxo

 

Video recipe, click the image below:

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Preparation : 15 Minutes

Cooking : 20-25 Minutes

Serves : 4 portions

Episode : (no video availble yet)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Hainanese Chicken Rice is very popular in Singapore. You can’t go to this country without trying this dish. It’s so popular that is considering as one of the national dishes in Singapore. In other countries like Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia you can find it in big cities. I think in south east asian style is more interesting because we like to put some other herbs that normally aren’t use in China.

I have made Hainanese Chicken Rice countless time and I really like this recipe and it’s super easy.  If you have chicken soup/stock on hand, it takes only 15-20 minutes. If you have a ricecooker, it’s even easier.

List of the ingredients:

2 Cups of good quality of Rice, I use Jasmine if you have Pandan rice would be better.

2-2.5 Cups of Chicken Stock (I made by myself, I will write for the next recipe and will link it too).

1/2 Tsp of Ginger Powder.

1/2 Tsp of Galangal Powder, if you can’t find it just skip it.

1/2 Tbsp of Chicken Bouillon.

1/2 Tbsp of Garlic Powder.

2 Lemongrass Stalks, cut into 5 cm long and pound with a pestle.

1 Pandan leave, if you can get it skip it.

Salt, to taste (I don’t put any).

P.S. My family and I don’t really consume a lot of sugar or salt. Most of my recipes have very little of salt. I don’t put salt here, neither in my soup nor in my rice. There is a little salt in the bouillon. You can put a little bit of salt, we just don’t need it.

How to cook the rice:

  1. Put your rice in a pot and clean it with water. Rub it with your hands. Make sure you clean the starch away. In Asian cooking, it is very important to wash the rice.
  2. Add in the chicken stock, ginger powder, galangal powder, chicken bouillon, garlic powder and stir well. If you want salt, you should add it in now and stir well too.
  3. Put in the pounded lemongrass stalks and pandan leave.
  4. Turn on stove heat into high.
  5. Cook until it boils and turn into low heat. You need the steam to cook the rice.
  6. I like to cook rice in low heat but in longer time. The rice is evenly cooked and it tastes better. I cook it about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Done! I serve it with the chicken from my chicken soup, some cucumbers and red bell pepper dices. Enjoy 💓

Healthy Breakfast Bowl

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Making : less than 5 Minutes

Servings : Serves 1

Episode : – (no video available yet)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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I am totally into this healthy bowl, I just call it healthy because it is really healthy. You get most of protein, vitamins, fiber, good fats and less sugar. Healthy, isn’t it? I can eat this everyday and at anytime 🙂

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Ingredients:

Skyr (Icelandic cheese, but tastes like thick yoghurt), fresh mango dices, strawberries, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and some strawberry jam.

You can always substitute those with what you have on hand.

P.S. I used lactose free Skyr because I am lactose intolerant 😥

Instructions: 

Put some Skyr on your bowl, add some jam on top of it. And then add the fresh fruits then the nuts and seeds. Enjoy! I am sure you’ll love it!

 

 

 

Authentic Indonesian Fried Rice Noodles (Bihun Goreng)

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Preparation : 10-15 Minutes

Making : 20 Minutes

Servings : Serves 3-4 Portions

Episode : – (no video available yet)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

It is really cold in Munich and my family and I just crave for comfort food. My husband had requested these delicious rice noodles for a long time and I just had some time to make his dream come true.

These rice noodles, you can serve either cold or warm depending on your mood and desire. Typical Indonesian fried noodles or fried rice is we like to cook them with sweet soy sauce. So you have this combination of sweet, salty, sour and slighty spicy mixed with fresh herbs. Fantastic! Magic in your mouth!

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Ingredients:

1 package of Rice Noodles (serves 3-4 portions), soak in hot water until softened.

2 Eggs

1 Red bell pepper, diced

1/2 Cup of Corn

1 Handfull of String beans, cut into small pieces

1/2 Onion, diced

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

White sesame seeds, green onions, fried onions, cilantro (for garnishing)

Salt & Pepper, to taste

1-2 Tbsp of Soy sauce

1-1 1/2 Tbsp of Sweet soy sauce, depending how sweet and the quality of the sauce.

Some lemon juice

Oil

Instructions!

  1. Soak the rice noodles in hot water until completely softened, drained and keep them aside.
  2. Beat the eggs, add some salt and pepper. Make a simple omelette and cut in stripes. Keep aside.
  3. In your hot wok, put some oil and add the chopped onion, garlic.
  4. Add the beans, stirfry for 2-3 minutes and then put in the red bell pepper and corn.
  5. Throw in the rice noodles, along with some salt and pepper. Stir well.
  6. Add in the soy sauce and sweet soy sauce. Sweet soy sauce is the key into this yummy flavor. Make sure to get good quality of sweet soy sauce. Keep stirring and try if it is salty or sweet enough. Drizzle some lemon juice.
  7. To serve it, put some of the noodles on your plate. Add some egg stripes, garnish with some cilantro, green onions, fried onions, and white sesame seeds.
  8. Don’t forget to get some Riesling white wine. Heaven! Enjoy 😊

 

Avocado Almond Milk Shake (Vegan)

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Preparation : 5 Minutes

Making : 5 Minutes

Servings : Serves 2

Episode : –

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Hi guys! Welcome back to my website again! Sorry for the very long break. My husband, Nick and I decided to take a long vacation in Italy. So, we were in Italy from the beginning of May until the end of June hehehe.

After coming back from Italy, there were always things going on and they just kept me busy. And I thought, before my German course starts again I should write something here.

So, currently I am obsessed with plant-based meal concept and have been cooking a lot of vegan meals. I thought to share some of them.

Here is how I start my day with Avocado Almond Milk Shake (vegan). Believe me, you’ll love it!

P.S. You can also mix with banana or some spinach. I’ve tried it and it was soooooooo good!

Ingredients:

2 Riped Avocados

350-400ml of Almond Milk (you can also sub with wheat milk, tastes really yummy too)

2 Spoonfuls of Chia Seeds

Instructions:

Cut the avocados and put them in the blender, and pour the almond milk in it. Blend!

I don’t really like sweet shake, if you do, you can add some palm sugar syrup or other syrup.

Pour the shake in your glass and add some chia seeds.

Enjoy!

 

 

Mum’s Authentic Asian Mango Salad

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Preparation : 25 Minutes

Cooking : –

Servings : Serves 2-3 Portions

Episode : 27

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Full video recipe is available on YouTube : Asian Mango Salad

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This plate shows how much I love my Mom

and mangos 😝😝😝.

Fresh, sour, sweet, spicy, shrimpy and tangy mango chunks with sprinkles of roasted pistachios. YUMMY 😋! It’s mango season now, make sure to make it and eat this salad with rice or romaine lettuce, you’ll love it!

 

 

It’s mango season right now and I am making a lot of different dishes with mangos. My husband, me and Mack just love love mangos a lot! There’re always mangos in our kitchen.

In these pictures, you’ll see different cut of the mango than in the video. I just made so many times and upload only one video 🙂

For this recipe, you’ll need:

1 Mango (green mango is better).

1 Tbsp of Shrimp Powder, optional.

1 Tbsp of Sugar.

1 Tbsp of Chilli Flakes (you can also use fresh chilli).

2 Tbsp of Fish Sauce.

Juice of half a lemon/lime.

Salt (I don’t really need it, we don’t eat very salty food). Try it before you put salt in your salad.

Some fresh coriander, finely chopped.

For the instructions, please check it out here: Asian Mango Salad

Enjoy!

Flourless (Gluten-free) Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Baking Time : 50-60 Minutes

Servings : Serves 9

Episode : 09

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Video Recipe is here : Gluten-Free Brownies

This Flourless Glutenfree Chocolate Brownies are perfect for you who are on keto diet or who have gluten problems. You don’t need to worry, you will NOT taste the avocados at all in your brownies 🙂

Ingredients:

2 ripe Avocados.

200 grams (7 oz) of Dark Chocolate, melted (you can use any kind of chocolate).

3 Eggs (medium size), at room temperatur.

180 ml (6 fl oz)of Condensed Milk.

30 grams (1/4 cup) of Cacao.

50 grams (3 1/2 Tbsp) of Unsalted Butter.

2 Tbsp of Yoghurt (I use Greek yoghurt moslty)

A pinch of Salt

The instructions are in this video: Gluten-Free Brownies

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Enjoy these gluten-free brownies! 😀