Starters

Here are some recipes of delicious starters to impress your guests.

Turnip Ravioli with Scampi-Avocado Filling and Miso Foam

Turnip Ravioli with Scampi-Avocado Filling and Miso Foam

This recipe is my version of a delicious starter that we were served this year for our Valentine’s Dinner. We went to an Asian fusion influenced restaurant with good friends, and as part of their festive menu, we had a fancy ravioli style radish starter. As you know, I’m always looking for carb-free recipes and I immediately got inspired to create my own version of a turnip ravioli starter.

For the filling, I wanted to use fish in combination with herbs, spices, and creamy avocado. I discovered delicious organic prawns from Madagascar at our local supermarket, which almost have the flavor of crayfish and go awesomely well with mint. For the dressing, I combined Japanese organic miso paste with lemon, vinegar, and sesame oil. Here I also experimented with soy lecithin to end up with a nice foam that won’t disappear quickly.

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Fruity and Spicy Tuna Tartare

Fruity and Spicy Tuna Tartare

For a great tartare, you have to balance the right amount of ingredients to end up with a fresh, crunchy, spicy, and creamy texture all in one bite. Here I combined the fresh tuna with spring onions, salty and spicy chili garlic paste, and soy sauce. For the crunchy effect, I used snow peas, yellow pepper, and

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Scrambled Eggs with Crayfish and Basil

Scrambled Eggs with Crayfish and Basil

Especially during occasions like the Easter celebration, which is around the corner, I love preparing a huge savory breakfast or brunch for my family. Scrambled eggs are always part of it and you can add to it whatever your heart feels like, for example they go really well with seafood. In the following recipe, I combined the salty flavor of the crayfish with the creamy eggs and the fresh spring onions and tomatoes. Here I used already cooked crayfish, but you can use any kind of seafood you like or find.

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Mango & Herb Salad with Grilled Chilli Sesame Prawns

Mango & Herb Salad with Grilled Chilli Sesame Prawns

In this recipe I combined the fruity, citrusy, and herbal taste of the salad with the fresh spicy flavor of the prawns. This creates a mouthwatering flavor of “Summer Time” which you can enjoy when sitting outside and when friends are over. A couple of days ago we got a good taste of summer, which inspired me to create this recipe. Hopefully summer will be back soon after too many cold and rainy weeks in Luxembourg recently. Serving this appetizer in spoons or on small plates or glasses makes this a casual, light, and enjoyable experience.

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Salmon Horseradish Tartare

Salmon Horseradish Tartare

Preparing Tartare for a dinner party such as Christmas or New Year’s Eve is a longtime tradition in our house. It’s always a hit when serving it in small bowls together with a nice glass of champagne when welcoming dinner guests, or as a seated starter nicely plated. I have to get creative with the ingredients to surprise my guest over and over again. This time I combined the creamy avocado with the well balanced spiciness of the horseradish and the fresh mild flavor of the spring onions, which goes very well with the fresh salmon tartare.

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