Vibrant winter recipes from my recent workshop

Creamy carrot and orange soup :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen
Creamy carrot and orange soup with spicy chickpeas and sautéed tuscan kale

Last Saturday I had the honor to meet eight lovely foodies/photographers when I hosted a workshop on the theme Vibrant winter food and food photography during winter. I had so much fun with Ulrica, Virginia, Agnes, Linda, Andrea, Veronika, Jenny och Moa – and I was so busy assisting and helping out the entire day, which resulted in zero photos taken by me from the actual workshop. But as my students used their cameras more frequently I’m hoping there will be some photographic evidence from the workshop on their blogs eventually.

Raw beet salad with honey vinaigrette, hazelnuts and feta cheese :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen
Raw beet salad with honey vinaigrette, hazelnuts and feta cheese

I opened the workshop by talking about camera gear, available light and how to best use it during winter and lastly a demonstration on how I typically create my food photographs. To illustrate this I created the raw beet salad above step by step from slicing the beets to finished photo. After that the turn had come to the participants to style and photograph the salad, then the carrot soup and lastly the baked apples. In between each course we sat down to enjoy it and then quickly onto the next…

Baked apples with vanilla and cardamom scented almond stuffing :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen
Baked apples with vanilla and cardamom scented almond stuffing

At the moment I have no more group workshops planned, but I also offer one-on one classes in the same manner on weekdays – so don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in booking a date.

The three course menu is vegetarian, gluten free, sugar free and dairy free (if you omit the feta cheese) and you’ll find the recipes below. Enjoy!


Printable recipes

Raw beet salad with honey vinaigrette, hazelnuts and feta cheese

serves 4

4 beets, yellow and chioggia beets look fantastic together
fresh oregano
a handful pan toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
50 g feta cheese, crumbled
sea salt and black pepper

Honey vinaigrette
2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small garlic clove, grated
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

1) In a small bowl whisk together vinegar and honey for the vinaigrette. Add olive oil and whisk until combined. Add grated garlic, salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use.
2) Rinse and scrub the beets thoroughly. Thinly slice them (preferably with a mandolin) and arrange them on individual plates. Top with the vinaigrette, feta cheese, hazelnuts and oregano. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and some ground pepper to finish it off.

Raw beet salad with honey vinaigrette, hazelnuts and feta cheese :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

Creamy carrot and orange soup with spicy chickpeas and sautéed tuscan kale

serves 4 as a main or 8 as a starter

8 medium sized carrots
1/2 medium sized fennel bulb
3 tomatoes, halved
2 yellow onions
3 garlic gloves
a handful of fresh thyme
1/2 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 orange, juice from

3-4 cups vegetable stock
1/2 orange, juice from
1/4 cup creamy coconut milk or any “cream” of your choice
sea salt + freshly ground black pepper to taste

1) Preheat the oven to 200° C (400° F). Rinse, peel and then chop all the vegetables and onions roughly. Arrange them on baking paper on a baking tray with fresh thyme and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh orange juice. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes in order to release as much flavor as possible.
2) In a large pot heat the vegetable stock and then add the roasted veg straight from the oven. Bring to a boil, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the orange juice and cream and simmer for 5 more minutes.
3) Puree the soup in a blender and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with the spicy chickpeas and sautéed kale.

Spicy chickpeas
1 can (400g) cooked chickpeas, well drained
1 tbsp olive oil
a pinch of sea salt
1/4 tsp paprika powder
cayenne pepper according to taste

1) Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the chickpeas. Toss them in the oil on medium high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add salt and spices and toss until well covered. Set aside until ready to use.

Sautéed Tuscan kale
8-10 kale leaves (I used Tuscan kale but any variety will do)
1-2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
pinch of sea salt + freshly ground black pepper

1) Remove and discard any tough stems from the kale and finely shred the remaining leaves.
2) In a skillet heat the olive oil and add the kale. Sautée for 1-2 minutes on medium high heat until slightly wilted – stir occasionally. Add salt and black pepper to taste and remove from the heat.

Creamy carrot and orange soup :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

Baked apples with vanilla and cardamom scented almond stuffing

stuffing enough for 8-10 apples

8 small tart eating apples (e.g. Cox Orange)

2/3 cup almonds (100g)
1/2 cup (100 g) dates (about 6 medjool or 12 regular), pitted
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
2 tbsp almond butter (make your own or use ready made)
2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
coconut sugar and/or agave syrup to sprinkle

1) Preheat the oven to 175° C (350° F). Cut the tops of the apples and remove the cores with a corer or knife.
2) Make the stuffing by putting all ingredients in a food processor and whiz until well blended. Use this mixture to stuff the holes left in the apples by their cores.
3) Place on a baking tray and sprinkle with a pinch of coconut sugar and/or a little agave syrup. Bake for 25-30 minutes. When the apples are soft to the touch, they are ready. Serve lukewarm with whipped cream.

Baked apples with vanilla and cardamom scented almond stuffing :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's KitchenBaked apples with vanilla and cardamom scented almond stuffing :: Sonja Dahlgren/Dagmar's Kitchen

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Juliana - October 28, 2014 - 9:46 pm

I love how the photos look both cozy and colorful at the same time. The recipes sound delicious, and I’ve got my eye on the soup!

Tieghan - October 29, 2014 - 4:48 am

Wow, such stunning photos in this post. So inspiring!!

Also, I love the recipe. The soup and salad sound especially delicious! Apples are perfect for a sweet ending!

Agnes - Cashew Kitchen - October 29, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Så fina bilder! Återigen tack för en fantastiskt kul och inspirerande dag! Ska komponera ihop ett inlägg med mina så fort jag har hunnit gå igenom den oöverskådliga mängd bilder jag knäppte…

Hoppas du har en fin vecka.
Allt gott,
Agnes

Virginia Küst - October 29, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Thank you so much for a really inspiring and ”good” workshop!
I will check my photos soon and put some in my blog. You will be noticed when it’s done ;)

Thank you again and I wish you a nice week!

Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen - October 30, 2014 - 3:27 pm

What an amazing workshop you must have had! Wish I could learn from you in real life one day. These pics are magical, and I truly can’t wait to make these recipes, especially the soup. Comfort food for chilly days. xx

Kimberly/TheLittlePantation - October 31, 2014 - 12:58 am

The workshop sounds a dream. Do you have any plans of coming to the UK and running a workshop here? I would love to attend.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Kimberly :)

Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - November 3, 2014 - 10:00 am

Juliana – Thank you! I hope you like the soup if you try it.

Tieghan – Thank you so much – yes, apples are for sure the best ending in fall and winter!

Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - November 3, 2014 - 10:02 am

Agnes – tack själv! Så roligt att träffa dig och ha dig med på workshopen. Ser fram emot att förhoppningsvis se ngt från workshopen på Cashew kitchen framöver!

Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - November 3, 2014 - 10:02 am

Virginia – Tack så mycket själv! Ser fram emot att se mera bilder!

Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - November 3, 2014 - 10:04 am

Sini – Thank you – we had a great time indeed! Would be lovely to meet you in person one day – you are more than welcome to join next time!

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