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surprising.2020

2020 was a year never to forget. Surprising.2020 is a roundup of the 15 most surprising recipes of the memorable year 2020.
surprising.2020, 15 surprising.recipes from 2020
surprising.2020, 15 surprising.recipes from 2020

2020 was a year never to forget. Not least because of all the surprising.recipes that were published. I collected my 15 personal favorites in this round-up “surprising.2020”. For sure, everyone will find something interesting. From breakfast to dessert. And from flexitarian to vegan.

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Traditional whole wheat pancakes

traditional whole wheat pancakes
traditional whole wheat pancakes

These Traditional whole wheat pancakes are a beloved classic meal in any family. You can make them for breakfast or brunch. But they are also delicious as a fast lunch or evening meal. Here I finished them with bananas, date syrup and icing sugar.

traditional whole wheat pancakes
Traditional whole wheat pancakes are a beloved classic meal in any family. Here I finished them with bananas, date syrup and icing sugar.
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traditional whole wheat pancakes

Canary yellow lemon curd

canary yellow lemon curd
canary yellow lemon curd

Sorry supermarkets, but I won’t buy any lemon curd anymore. This homemade 4 ingredient canary yellow lemon curd is way too tasty! You can have it as a spread for breakfast. But you can also use it in a cake or for dessert. Please also check out this fluffy lemon curd mousse I made a few years ago. It finally inspired me to make lemon curd myself.

canary yellow lemon curd
Sorry supermarkets, but I won't buy any lemon curd anymore. This homemade 4 ingredient canary yellow lemon curd is way too tasty!
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canary yellow lemon curd

Carrot jam with citrus

carrot jam with citrus
carrot jam with citrus

Another surprising.spread for your breakfast is this carrot jam with citrus. As I am working at home almost all year long in this pandemic year, I have some more time to invest in my breakfast. So I made not only lemon curd but also this Persian jam to bring some variation in my morning meal.

carrot jam with citrus
A surprising taste for breakfast: carrot jam with citrus. Perfect with feta or goat cheese on your morning cracker. Or on a scone with a dot of cream!
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carrot jam with citrus

Paska – Slovak Easter bread

Paska - Slovak Easter bread
Paska – Slovak Easter bread

Easter was also different this year. We were just in the first lockdown and so procedures were different than other years. This year I made something special for breakfast and brunch at Easter. This Slovak Easter bread is an Eastern European specialty. Apart from the raisins I used also cranberries to give it a personal touch.

Paska – Slovak Easter bread
Easter marks the end of the fasting period. In the Eastern European countries Paska – Slovak Easter bread is a traditional food for Easter.
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Paska - Slovak Easter bread

Cuban green plantain soup

Cuban green plantain soup
Cuban green plantain soup

We also have some surprising.soups for this unforgettable year 2020. With this Cuban green plantain soup you get the Caribbean in your kitchen. It is tasty, healthy and surprising! And something very special of course.

Cuban green plantain soup
Get the Caribbean in your kitchen. This easy Cuban green plantain soup is tasty and healthy at the same time. A real surprising.soup!
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Cuban green plantain soup

Creamy peach gazpacho

creamy peach gazpacho with almonds
creamy peach gazpacho with almonds

Everybody knows gazpacho as the famous Spanish cold soup for hot summer days. But this creamy peach gazpacho is very different, though still gazpacho. Topped with roasted almonds this is a delicious alternative for our traditional Spanish cold soup.

creamy peach gazpacho with almonds
This creamy peach gazpacho with almonds is a very special alternative for the well known classic gazpacho with tomatoes. But it is super easy and tasty!
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creamy peach gazpacho with almonds

Green pea soup with mint

green pea soup with mint
green pea soup with mint

From a cold summer soup to a warm winter soup. This green pea soup with mint is vegetarian. But you can also add some bacon or sausages if you like. the mint gives a fresh summery taste to this typical winter soup.

green pea soup with mint
Green pea soup with mint is a tasty vegetarian alternative for the classical version with bacon. A typical green winter soup with a fresh taste of summer.
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green pea soup with mint

Passionate asparagus

passionate asparagus
passionate asparagus

This is my absolute favorite for surprising.2020. A super easy and surprising combination of the “white gold of spring” and passion fruit. A very different way to make asparagus. Even my parents, who are not so adventurous in the kitchen, were really enthusiastic about this passionate asparagus!

passionate asparagus
Passionate asparagus are a super easy and surprising combination with the white gold of spring and passion fruit. Steamed "en papillotte" in the oven.
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passionate asparagus

White-orange mashed cauliflower gratin

white-orange mashed cauliflower gratin
white-orange mashed cauliflower gratin

My parents also love this white-orange mashed cauliflower gratin. You can have it as a side dish or as a light lunch. You can really add a lot of cheddar cheese to it to have this nice white-orange combination.

White-orange mashed cauliflower gratin
White-orange mashed cauliflower gratin can be eaten as a side dish or as a light lunch. Just delicious with the melted cheddar and the crunchy bacon strips.
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white-orange mashed cauliflower gratin

Eggplant con chili

eggplant con chili
eggplant con chili

Now it is time for some vegetarian variation on the famous chili con carne. Chili are the beans, carne is the meat. So this is an eggplant with chili beans but without meat. This all in a sauce of bell pepper and tomatoes. And some tortilla chips for the real Mexican touch of course!

eggplant con chili
Eggplant con chili is a vegetarian variant on the well known chili con carne. The eggplant is filled with chili bean sauce and topped with grated cheese.
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eggplant con chili

Delicious cashew.chicken

delicious cashew.chicken
delicious cashew.chicken

In this delicious cashew.chicken the main role is reserved for golden brown baked cashew nuts. Super easy and with only a few ingredients. No surprise this dish is ready in less than 30 minutes! Of course, you can use the spices according to your personal taste: a bit more spicy or more European style.

delicious cashew.chicken
In this delicious cashew.chicken the main role is for the tasty golden brown baked cashew nuts. The sweet&sour marinated chicken excels as supporting act.
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delicious cashew.chicken

Vegetarian banana peel curry

banana peel curry
banana peel curry

This is the most surprising.2020 recipe: a vegetarian banana peel curry. It is even suitable for a vegan diet. You are reading this well: this is a curry based on the peels of a banana. Something very special, but I made it a few times already for friends following a vegan diet. They all like it a lot!

banana peel curry
For sure the idea of eating banana peel sounds very surprising for a lot of people. But you can make a delicious curry with them! Try it!
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banana peel curry

Köttbullar with parsley potatoes

Köttbullar with parsley potatoes
Köttbullar with parsley potatoes

Back to Europe, Sweden more specifically. Without IKEA, we would probably not know about the existence of Köttbullar, Swedish meat balls. Many people go over there just to eat them, not to buy furniture. But of course they taste much better when you make them yourself! With parsley potatoes, mushrooms, cranberries and a cucumber you have a perfect Swedish dish.

Köttbullar with parsley potatoes
Köttbullar with parsley potatoes are a typical Swedish dish. Known from Ikea, but also easily made at home. Try different meatballs, try Swedish meatballs.
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Köttbullar with parsley potatoes

Biscoff pumpkin pie

Biscoff pumpkin pie
Biscoff pumpkin pie

No surprising.2020 overview without a Belgian specialty. In this Biscoff pumpkin pie the famous Belgian cookies from Lotusbakeries are combined with pumpkins to create a delicious autumn pie. I love these cookies, and anything you make with them!

Biscoff pumpkin pie
The perfect pie for autumn and Halloween: Biscoff pumpkin pie. The warm colours of fall for cocooning while it rains and storms outside.
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Biscoff pumpkin pie

Highstreet strawberry cake

Highstreet strawberry cake
Highstreet strawberry cake

We finalize this roundup surprising.2020 with a hometown pie, made by my niece. Hoogstraten (Highstreet) is my hometown in Belgium and is famous for growing the best strawberries of the country (of course ;-)). As a child I used to work on strawberry farms in summer.

Highstreet strawberry cake
Highstreet strawberry cake is a cream cake filled and finished with the world famous strawberries from Hoogstraten, in the North of Belgium.
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Highstreet strawberry cake

Of course, I published much more recipes this year. And I even started investing some energy in restyling older posts. Though I still have a real lot of work to do on that! But these are for several reasons my own favorites of pandemic 2020. That is why I collected them in this roundup surprising.2020. You will find much more inspiration on surprising.recipes. Or you can go through the archives, which contain meanwhile over 200 recipe ideas!

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