Beetroot inked Risotto with Apple

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Happy Saturday! It’s finally weekend, which means I actually have time to cook dishes that take more than 15 minutes – or maybe I’m just too lazy during the week. I’ve been wanting risotto all this week for some reason, it just really caught me. Instead of doing the normal risotto as I know it from home, I wanted to be a little more creative. It turned out to be a beetroot inked risotto with apple pieces – and let me tell you, it was fabulous! Thankfully I documented most of the cooking on a little paper so that I can now share with you the recipe.

Today is one of those days were I am cooking for myself – yes, lonely me haha. I normally make risotto for two, or in general almost every recipe. I always have someone eating with me and if not, I usually keep it for the next day. A small prepartion meal so to speak. Now, risotto is one of those meals I do not eat the next day – don’t ask me why, I am sure you can! Somehow it’s one of these dishes though, that I do not eat the next day – maybe it’s the texture after having to re-heat it?

This recipe is there for one (rather large) portion, and you would need to double it accordingly to make two.

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What you need for one portion

¼ of a medium sized onion
80g Risotto

50ml red wine
150ml vegetable broth
50ml beetroot juice
1 medium sized beetroot (pre-cooked)
½ apple
1 ½ – 2 cm fresh ginger
salt & pepper
1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil

about 10-15 min. preparation time and around 20-30 cooking time

What you need for the topping / ie. the apple slice decoration

2 slices of apple (as seen on the pictures)
1 tablespoon agave syrup 

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What to do

1) cut the onion, beetroot and apple into small pieces (makes sure to keep some apple rings if you want to decorate your food)
2) place the olive oil into the pot, together with the onions and risotto
3) make sure to stir it well, so that the onions do not burn and turn dark brown
4) once the risotto is rather see-through in it’s color, add the red wine on top to deglaze it
5) mix the vegetable broth and beetroot juice together, and add about a 1/5 of the juice to the risotto
6) grate the ginger over the pot, add the apple and beetroot pieces and stir it well 
7) once most of the juice is soaked up from the risotto, add another 1/5 to it
8) you do not need to stir it all the time – let it sit and stir it once after adding more juice
9) repeat step 7 until the glass is empty
10) add some salt and pepper to your risotto and try a small spoonful – is it ready yet?

If you want

1) it more spicy
add some more ginger and pepper
2) it less spicy
add some more beetroot juice or 1-2 tablespoons of agave syrup

If you want to decorate your plate a little

1) heat up a small pan with the agave syrup
2) place the apple slices into the pan and let the agave syrup soak up for 2-3 minutes
3) flip the apple slices and repeat the soaking

 

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Voila, now you can

1) decorate your plate and enjoy, or
2) call your guests – bon appétit! 

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As always, I would love to hear your opinion if you’ve tried it out – or, if you have some other great suggestions to spice up the recipe a little more! Make sure to add #StylePhantomrecipes when reposting it on Instragram or linking up your version of it, so that I don’t miss out on your creation. :)

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Avocado Mint Ranch Dressing

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Hey there lovelies! I admit to having become slightly addicted to trying out new things in the kitchen. I actually made this avocado-mint dressing already on the weekend to top off my salads and dishes during the week – it’s all about preparing and efficient time management! I barely have time during the week to try out new recipes at home at night and once I do find time, I admit to finding myself lazily lying on the couch and watching some tv. During the week everything needs to be pre-planned and shouldn’t take longer than 20-30 minutes until I can eat. Thus, I try preparing some of my foods in advance. If all fails, there is always a restaurant right around the corner .. :)

Monday evening I actually went on a wine-tasting event with my lovely friend here in Zurich – have I mentioned that I love wine? If not, I surely do! We finished the evening off with a dinner and then I worked a little more on my studies at home. Tonight I am hoping to grill – as the weather is supposed to be fantastic – and then I can hopefully go to bed a little earlier than the past nights. I will drive down  to Düsseldorf tomorrow morning and stay there one night before, finally, leaving to Hamburg on Friday until Sunday. I haven’t seen my besties, friends and family in so long it almost hurts!  So please bare with me, should I not find much time to post – I will try my best though! Sunday night I will return to Düsseldorf to then watch my dog at my parents place for one week before then slowly coming back to Zurich – and it will already be May. Damn, how fast the time flies sometimes!

Now to the actual recipe:

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What you need

1 lime
A small handful of fresh mints
1 ripe avocado
½ cup of almond milk
a hint of sea salt

What to do

1) Pick some fresh mint (or open the package) and wash it through thoroughly 
2) place the mint leafs into a blender and blend until small
3) add the flesh of 1 avocado and the juice of one small lime; now blend
4) add the almond mild and a hint of sea salt, now again: blend
you should end up with a creamy, fresh ranch dressing

Voila, now you can

1) place it into a jar and decorate it with some fresh mint, or
2) serve it with some salad or use it for dipping in some vegetable stripes and enjoy!

Make sure to add #StylePhantomrecipes when trying out the recipe yourself and displaying it on Instagram or similar and I will surely check it out! xo

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Drinking with Style

Call me a drinker, an addict, an alcoholic – or, call me human. Of course I don’t drink every day and I know that alcohol surely is not the healthiest drink out there. To be fully honest though, I think a great glass of wine can round up and accentuate a meal like nothing else. I love having my glass of white wine next to my truffle-pasta, my glass of red wine to go along with the roast beef or a glass of rosé on a chill evening at the lake with my friends. What I do not do, is drink by myself. As much as I enjoy drinking a glass at a nice evening with good food, I never drink at home when I’m by myself.

Now that I’ve spoken so unnecessarily much about drinking, I’ll get to the point of this post: drinking with style. Style is a huge factor in my life. Whether it comes down to my clothing, my food, which I always try to nicely arrange, or my apartment, I love living in style. Surely, I do have things from IKEA and my apartment is definitely not a designer-piece in itself, but I do try to buy everything for it to harmonize. My style is surely not everyone’s style – therefore called personal style – though I would say it’s not too bad. I love Swedish interior design, mixing antique with modern pieces and vice versa.

My newest buy: wine glasses (getting back to the drinking topic). Prior to my new glasses, I had white wine glasses from IKEA. Not bad looking at all – they were absolutely fine and did their job. After a short time though, I was left with two from six glasses – they break way too easily. So it was clearly time to buy new white wine glasses. Yes I keep saying white wine glasses and differentiating it from red wine glasses, as white wine glasses are usually narrower and smaller in size. I had been looking for new glasses weeks now, though did not want the regular supermarket ones.

Now that I have my first apartment, I try to invest into my buys. Slowly but surely my style has evolved to a point, and been there for quite a few years, where I feel safe investing into it.

One brand I love is Villeroy & Boch. They have amazing cutlery, plates, glasses, … – you name it!  I’ve been love-eyeing with these glasses for a while, though really did not want to spend so much money on one single glass. Remember, you need at least six to eight glasses, if you really want ones to keep a bit longer. Also, I think its important to have a certain number of the same glasses, in case guests come.

I fell in love with these glasses and fell in love in a second round, when I saw they were on sale. I only paid a third of the price per glass – now is that not a great deal? I immediately had to buy them, eight of them. Now I cannot wait for my mother to come visit me here in Zurich – she is bringing some bottles of wine to store (remember, I always want to be able to serve good wine with dinner for guests) – meaning we can use the glasses first time round this weekend. I feel almost silly getting so excited about this – is it normal to be so happy to have invested into wine glasses? I surely hope I’m not the only one out there. What have you in invested in last? Do you invest money into these kind of things?

I wish you all a wonderful remaining day and a great start into the week!

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