Welcome to Crazy Cucumber! My Healthy Food Blog. My name is Leno and I`m creator and author of blog crazy-cucumber.com. In this project you’ll find some of my experiments with amazing food ingredients and my culinary research. Cooking is my passion!
http://theblindclub.com/diana-vickers-cinderella/ It`s winter time in New Zealand, days and nights have become chilly. Winter is a perfect time to explore the local beautiful and hearty root crops. Crispy swede, sweet kumara, lemony oca, aromatic fennel, nutty parsnip and many types of potato, all of them and even more you can find in the local […]
Hey, vegetable lovers, this post for you! You will like this hearty Italian soup with plenty of veggies. Ribollita is a bit similar with minestrone but with divine taste of tomato. Floury potato, instead of a pasta, makes the dish is very nutritious. I love this soup all seasons, in winter […]
Delicious creamy vanilla rice pudding is a quick and simple classic comfort dish. I like to serve it warm as a breakfast during winter time. Rice pudding is nicely paired with caramelized fruits as apples or pears. New season pears are amazingly delicious this time of the year!
Nourishing bowls are the best way to get your nutrients in any time of year. Comfort food that will fill body and soul. It`s winter time in New Zealand, days and nights have become chilly. Instead of green salads, I explore the local beautiful and hearty root crops. Kumara or New […]
Are you looking for a fun and festive cookie? Everyone will enjoy these textured and delicious chocolate cookie filled with melting in the mouth mint cream and packed in the thick chocolate layer. This is refined sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan sweets. I used dates, rice syrup and chocolate chips with stevia.
Got some blackcurrant and cranberry from a gourmet shop. It inspired me to create delicious nutritious berry breakfast bowl and this beautiful Autumn composition.
Enjoy a new twist on an old favorite. Vegan and gluten free burger. Firm and juicy beetroot patty, delicious turmeric mayo, creamy avocado and probiotic raw slaw. Best served with a green salad.
This easy delicious salad really celebrates the chickpea, which is an excellent source of fiber, protein and iron, and perfect for keeping us going on busy days. The recipe was taken from my E-book “10 Quick and Easy Delicious Salads”. In this book you can find some tricks, that can help […]
Potato, sauerkraut, dill and caraway seeds. Such a great combination inspired by Eastern Europe cuisine. Serve these delicious hash browns filled with tangy sauerkraut with a dollop of sour cream and a green salad for breakfast or lunch.
Dutch Baby, also known as a German pancake, is a large pancake with amazing texture, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, airy and puffy. This texture reminds me choux dough in a simpler version. Dutch baby is best served for breakfast topped with melted butter, lemon juice, and icing […]
Are you looking for quick and easy healthy ideas? This healthy sharing board makes an impressive dinner party with totally delicious oven-baked falafel, refreshing yogurt sauce, warm pita bread, olives and lots of fresh veggies. I baked my falafel patties in the oven, so they are low in saturated and […]
Warm browned toast covered with scrambled tofu that melting in your mouth, creamy avocado, and tangy Living Goodness Heart Beet Kraut. Delicious and full of protein breakfast rich in vitamins and probiotic. How to make perfect scrambled eggs without eggs? Just use silken tofu instead of eggs. Silken tofu has a very similar […]
A fabulous Italian dessert is given a vegan update with same deliciously creamy texture and deep vanilla flavors. Vanilla Panna Cotta best served with raspberry coulis. I learned about the agar-agar when I lived in Asia. You will never meet the gelatin in the Indonesian traditional cuisine, only agar. Properties […]
Fall has come. The days become a shorter and the evenings are cooler. What could be better for dinner than a bowl of warming ramen soup packed with flavors of a rich spicy stock, fried tofu, tangy kimchi and pickled egg? Yum!
What’s for dinner? hmm… How about crispy Swedish roast potatoes topped with plenty of bacon crumbs garnish with salad and seasonal vegetables? Delicious! Learn how to make them in this quick video.
This Macrobiotic Bowl just looks and taste delish. It offers a fusion taste of Western and Japanese food well-combined together. Golden crispy sweet potato sesame balls, vibrant kale and smoked coconut bacon salad, brown rice and quinoa mix, crunchy wakame Super Super Kraut that tastes like the ocean, creamy avocado, fresh green edamame and […]
When Japan meets France. Enjoy a mouth-watering emerald color coconut matcha tart, sweet and creamy with a tad of bitterness of chocolate and green tea. Delicious!
Delicious soba noodle salad made with green tea buckwheat soba noodles, cold smoked salmon raised in the crystal clear waters of New Zealand, sauteed carrot and capsicum, wakame seaweed, edamame beans and sesame soy dressing. The easy and refreshing salad extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, that you can make in less than […]
Classic Chinese steamed buns get fusion twist. Warm fluffy beetroot buns filled with Indonesian style spicy tofu, tender eggplant, authentic Korean kimchi and sweet soy sauce. Looks too tricky? But actually, it is very easy to make at home if you have a steamer. I recommend you prepare more buns […]
In this book you can find some tricks, that can help to turn a simple vegetable salad into delicious nutritious lunch or even dinner. Salads are girl`s best friends! This book is free for my Subscribers. You can get it from here: Save СохранитьСохранить
The school year has begun and I started looking for new ideas and recipes for my daughter’s breakfast and lunch box. My goal was to create something healthy and delicious. Latest visit to the nearest Vege shop with beautiful seasonal fruits inspired me for this tropical twist. Сhia pudding is absolutely delicious and […]
Crunchy juicy lettuce cups filled with delicious tofu seasoned with lemongrass, lime, chili and fresh herbs. Traditionally made with ground chicken or pork larb is a spicy Thai appetizer. But I like to cook this dish with tofu. This is a light, healthy and absolutely delicious version of the dish. Firm […]
Flavorful and hearty veggie patty between the firm and juicy giant Portobello caps. Bye, bye dry and heavy buns. Hello, light, luscious meal perfectly suited for summer. The secret of this ultra-satisfying burger in lots of layers with different tastes and textures. Serve it with kumara wedges to make it more substantial. […]
Transform a summer fruit favorite into a delightful healthy smoothie. And get all the benefits of the fiber and the vitamins.
Do you like brownies? I really addicted to these chocolate babies. But classic brownies is too heavy food for me. These rich, chocolate sweet potato brownies with fudge middles made me fall in love with brownies again. I play with this brownie recipe for years, tried different ingredients. Finally, I found […]
This healthy corn soup is so easy to make at home using the great summer corn. It has incredibly rich taste without using any butter or cream. Lovely served with bunch of corn chips and guacamole. Tip: Cutting corn kernels off the cob can be challenging. Corn can fly all […]
What helps us to cool down on a hot summer day? Ice cream, of course! Or chocolate banana fudge straight from the freezer. It`s hard to believe there are just four main ingredients. Simple. Faultless. Devastatingly delicious. This is a vegan version of the dessert without eggs and milk. СохранитьСохранить
I cannot imagine Christmas in New Zealand without Pavlova dessert. Snowy white crispy meringue shell surrounding a marshmallow center, topped with clouds of whipped coconut cream, mango coulis, and mountains of fruits. Sour fruits such as kiwi and berries are very welcome here. They bring balance and reduce the sweetness. If you […]
Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than fresh-from-the-freezer ice pops. Kiwifruit Pops are a fun and delicious way to enjoy fruit. Ideal for parties! Super easy to make and healthy treat. I am seriously concerned how many sugar our children eat during the Christmas holidays. I recently visited several children’s parties where […]
It’s summer—that amazing time of year when fresh produce abounds. I love that there’s an abundance of fresh, delicious and healthy choices. Better yet: many of summer’s fruits and vegetables are brimming with secret health benefits. I grabbed some amazing fresh produce from farmers market and decide to make refreshing […]
Christmas in New Zealand is less about snow and sleigh bells and more about sun, sand and barbecues in the backyard. This is perfect time to enjoy a barbecue with family and friends. Can not wait for picnic with festive delicious food and fabulous local bubbly wine. I know, my […]
A classic favorite is given a vegan update with same deliciously texture and deep caramel flavor. I like the nuts in it and the caramel that melts in your mouth. It is absolutely the best candy in the whole entire world. Guys if you have not tried it try it right now. I […]
Hello, summer and fresh strawberry! The long awaited berry season has finally begun. Treat yourself with strawberry rhubarb cheesecake: crunchy coconut base, delicious vanilla filling, refreshing strawberry rhubarb jelly. Best enjoyed with family or friends. If you’d like to use a bigger cake tin just multiply all ingredients. For example, […]
Christmas is a time of celebration, and of course, the celebration with lots of delicious food. Pavlova and fresh berries is my favorite part of Christmas dinner! The smell of freshly baking emerges from the kitchen, and all family gathers round to enjoy homemade holiday cake. But the real Christmas miracle […]
The warm days are here! Strawberry season is in full swing. Now we can enjoy ice cream, smoothies and mouth-watering chia pudding for breakfast. The tiny, black chia seeds come from a plant that’s grown in South American called Salvia Hispanica. Back in the day, the seed was a key […]
Grabbed some black rice in Asian grocery store. Got inspiration for one Indonesian classic dish. This is traditional food of Bali island. Black rice pudding usually served for breakfast, but I love it as a dessert too. I did some twist with recipe and to give the dish a slightly smoother […]
I love so much toast with jam and coffee for breakfast. But always prefer something healthier with less sugar. Jams are full of sugar because It`s impossible to make right consistency without a large amount of sugar and pectin. Great thanks to chefs who like innovations! We have a new […]
This dish is my own version of famous Indian (Punjabi) curry is prepared by cooking shallow fried paneer cheese cubes in a spinach gravy. I use firm tofu instead paneer cheese and coconut oil instead ghee butter here. Tofu is super absorbent and takes in creamy curry sauce with flavour from […]