Head Chef Kayson Chong and Executive Chef Hans Röckenwagner at Café Röckenwagner (Image Credit: Chad Bell/The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: Café Röckenwagner Avocado Crostini and Marinated Steak Tutorials

Head Chef Kayson Chong and Executive Chef Hans Röckenwagner at Café Röckenwagner (Image Credit: Chad Bell/The Daily Quirk)

Head Chef Kayson Chong and Executive Chef Hans Röckenwagner at Café Röckenwagner (Image Credit: Chad Bell/The Daily Quirk)

Executive Chef and Owner of Café Röckenwagner, Chef Hans Röckenwagner, and his Head Chef Kayson Chong are revealing the secrets behind the perfect Avocado Crostini and the best way to marinate a skirt steak exclusively with tutorials here on The Daily Quirk. Watch as the chefs give you step-by-step instructions on how to bring the magic that is Röckenwagner cuisine to your own kitchen! Then be sure to check out our interview with Chef Hans Röckenwagner and Chef Kayson Chong  to learn more about the chefs and Café Röckenwagner!

 

Reporting by Emily Parsons | Camera by Chad Bell | Production by Sean Torenli | Written Content by Ashley Gebhardt

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Food Network’s South Beach Food and Wine Festival is a ‘veritable pantheon’ of foodie goodness!

Grand Tasting Village at Food Network's South Beach Food and Wine Festival (Image Credit: Billy Farrell Agency/SOBEWFF)

Grand Tasting Village at Food Network’s South Beach Food and Wine Festival (Image Credit: Billy Farrell Agency/SOBEWFF)

Food Network’s South Beach Food & Wine Festival kicked off last night in Miami Beach, FL with some amazing chef hosted dinners and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit models vs chefs volleyball tournament for charity! But the fun doesn’t end there! This “veritable pantheon” of foodie goodness will be running from from Feb 20 through Feb 23, and if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet there are still some multi-day passes available as well as tickets for a few of Sunday’s events (but they won’t last for long!). Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Chip and Dried Cranberry Shortbread Hearts Recipe by Jenny @ BAKE

Dark Chocolate Chip and Dried Cranberry Shortbread Hearts (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

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Do you like Valentines Day? Like most girls I have had a turbulent bipolar relationship with the holiday.  I have bounced between the angry feminist teenager, which was really the masquerade of a lonely late bloomer (long story short, I didn’t grow into my teeth until I was 19).  To the rose tinted haze of first love, which quickly rebounded back to angry teenager when I didn’t get the full (completely unrealistic) Hollywood worshiping.

A decade later, I would love to brand myself as Valentine ambivalent, but I can’t quite let the day pass without mention.  There is something deeply comforting about the familiar affection that comes after the honeymoon stage of a relationship, that makes it worth celebrating even in the smallest (and in my case, laziest) way.  So whilst I won’t be whisked off my feet on Friday, I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

Whether you are planning on spending the day loved up to the eyeballs, searching for the bottom of a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, or somewhere in between, a plateful of these Scottish cookies are the perfect accompaniment.  The high butter compared to sugar content makes these simple treats surprisingly rich, and are fantastic served with a hot beverage, or a wee nip of Scotch. Continue reading

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Quesadillas with Lazy Girl's Guacamole (Image Credit: Iowa Girl Eats)

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Quesadillas Recipe by Iowa Girl Eats

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Quesadillas with Lazy Girl's Guacamole (Image Credit: Iowa Girl Eats)

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Quesadillas with Lazy Girl’s Guacamole (Image Credit: Iowa Girl Eats)

Now that the holiday season is wrapping up, I’m guessing I’m not the only one feeling like a healthy meal would do me some good. While it might not totally make up for eating piles of Christmas cookies over the past few weeks, Iowa Girl Eats’ black bean butternut squash quesadillas with lazy girl’s guacamole is a great way to transition back into some healthy, nutritious food choices without totally giving up the feeling of indulgence. Continue reading

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Quirky Item of the Week: Zoku Slush and Shake Maker

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For a while, it seemed as though frozen yogurt shops were popping up like daisies, replacing offerings of ice cream with something a bit healthier. Now the health kick has continued with the rise of smoothie shops, which offer a myriad flavors… for quite a fee. Why pay to have someone else make you a smoothie when you could just make one from home? Continue reading

Goats Cheese and Cranberry Mac and Cheese Cups Recipe by Jenny @ Bake

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I couldn’t say when I first fell in love with hosting parties.  It certainly wasn’t something I grew up around.  My Mother’s annual Boxing Day family was a source of great stress, and should have been enough to scare me off throwing my own for a lifetime.

But some time, after I graduated from awkward University gatherings, where I scurried around attempting to be a fantastic hostess to a bunch of drunk students who needed nothing more than a location to arrive at with their cheap BYOB, I found balance.  The thin line between making sure your guests have everything they want without constantly offering them snacks and drink refills. Continue reading

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Five Healthy Comfort Foods You Can Eat Without Worrying

Healthy Comfort Food (Image Credit: Ariwasabi)

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The colder weather of the winter will often leave us craving warm, comforting foods to cheer ourselves up. Not much beats a delicious hot chocolate or tasty roast dinner to lift the spirits and distract us from the cold, wet world outside the window. However these comfort foods are not always the healthiest options to choose, and whilst some unhealthy treats are never a bad thing, when meal times come round it is a good idea to have a few comforting but nutritious meal ideas. Here are five really easy healthy food ideas to help you eat well this winter: Continue reading

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Baked Potato Grilled Cheese Recipe by BS in the Kitchen

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When I found this recipe for Baked Potato Grilled Cheese by BS in the Kitchen, I was overjoyed. Grilled cheese and baked potatoes in one–what more could I want? The answer is nothing. Continue reading

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Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita Recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen

Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita (Image Credit: Kalyn's Kitchen)

Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita (Image Credit: Kalyn’s Kitchen)

I saw this recipe for Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita by Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest and immediately thought, “I have to give this a try.”  Why you ask?  I love all things pizza; anyway you want to give it to me!  Recipes that lighten up the calories for pizza are of special interest thus my choice to try this delicious looking meal.  Also, my family has a plethora of food allergies from dairy, wheat, gluten, etc.  Having a gluten-free vegetarian pizza recipe in my arsenal of accommodating food options just seemed smart.  However, I test all of them before offering them up at gatherings.

I spent a lot of time with my nine-year-old niece recently and decided this would be the perfect recipe to try with her.  I figured she could help out with a lot of the steps, which could potentially make my life easier whilst teaching her cooking skills.  Cooking with kids, even if they’re not your own, is always a good thing (as Martha would say).

This gluten-free zucchini crust pizza was served to three adults and one child.  The verdict?  Success!  Everyone loved it, including a meat eating hunter/fisherman who normally stares at vegetarian food with dismay.  My niece even insisted that I give the recipe to her great-grandma so she could make it for her too.  The fresh mozzarella and basil made this a delightful meal, albeit a very light one.  I would suggest this be used as an appetizer or light meal because this wouldn’t be enough to fill a typical adult for dinner.  Although I think serving this with a nice salad for lunch would be perfection!  I’m glad I tried the recipe before writing because I’m not sure I would’ve guessed the lightness without trying it first hand.  For the recipe visit Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Chocolate Swirl Buns (Image Credit: Tracey's Culinary Adventures)

Chocolate Swirl Buns Recipe by Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

Chocolate Swirl Buns (Image Credit: Tracey's Culinary Adventures)

Chocolate Swirl Buns (Image Credit: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures)

I love chocolate. Chocolate candy, chocolate milk, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate cake and the list could go on and on. For me, finding a way to justify chocolate for every meal of the day is hard, especially for breakfast. However I think I’ve finally found the one recipe that will let me have my chocolate for breakfast: Chocolate Swirl Buns by Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.
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Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe by Jenny @ Bake

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Not to adhere to stereotypes too strongly, but being British there are very few things I enjoy more than a cup of tea and good cookie (or as we call them biscuit).  When I first started working in an office in my early 20s there was a fully stocked cookie tin within arms reach, and reach for it I did, four to five times a day.

Unfortunately my metabolism couldn’t support such a habit, and I soon had to give up my tea time snacks. Since then I have been looking for a sweet afternoon pick-me-up that wouldn’t leave me struggling to fit into my favourite skinny jeans.

These cookies, whilst still a treat, are a lot better for you than their processed flour and sugar counterparts.  The sweetness of the banana accentuates the honey which balances the rich bitterness of the cocoa nibs.  The lack of flour makes the cookies soft and chewy with the nuts giving it a satisfying crunch.

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Makes a dozen – Adapted from The Lean Green Bean

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Image Credit: Jenny @ Bake)

Ingredients

1 cup chunky peanut butter

¼ cup of honey

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 egg

1 large banana

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp cinnamon

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

salt to taste

½ cup chopped mixed nuts and raisins

½ cup cocoa nibs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets.

Put the banana in a stand mixer with the beater attachment and whisk on high until well mashed.

Add the rest of the ingredients (reserving the mixed nuts and cocoa nibs) and beat until well combined.

Using a wooden spoon stir in the nuts and nibs.

Portion the mixture evenly onto the baking sheets, I could fit 6 cookies per standard tray.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.

Leave to cool on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a baking rack to finish cooling completely.


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Like I mentioned last month, I don’t practice a paleo diet, in fact if today has taught me anything it is that I could happily live off sugary black coffee and peanut butter on toast.   But due to the immense quantities of sweet treats I could happily polish off on any given day it’s good to have an arsenal of healthier recipes up my sleeves. Continue reading

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Like a lot of the globe, here in the UK spring is more a hope than the current season, with flurries of snow as late as April making winter feel endless.  Over the weekend it seemed nice enough to open the windows and let some fresh air breeze through the apartment.  Coupled with the light streaming in it almost didn’t matter that thick jumpers and multiple pairs of socks had to be worn to deal with the brisk temperature. 

This stew is the perfect way to celebrate seasonal produce without compromising on hearty fare needed on colder days.  Initially I wasn’t convinced that basil (or in the original recipe pesto) would go well as my previous chicken stews had been rich and heavy.  Swapping root vegetables for greens gives the dish a light, fresh taste that works really well with the herb. Continue reading

Recipe: Lemon Ginger Elixir and the Double D Cocktail by The Kitchen Witch

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I am not a big consumer of alcoholic beverages, so when I do choose to partake I want a tasty sipping drink (as opposed to the unpleasant experience of something you have throwback as quickly as possible or that burns your throat on the way down). I’m always on the lookout for yummy and refreshing cocktail recipes I can serve at parties and enjoyable nurse along, so I was delighted when I found these two recipes by Rhonda at The Kitchen Witch. Continue reading