Pumpkin & Kale Salad + Just Married!

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Hey guess what, we just got married! In a beautiful greenhouse in Rosendal’s Garden in Stockholm, surrounded by our closest family and friends (+ ALL their kids) and accompanied by live jazz music and gorgeous food. Even though I proposed to Luise in the back of a campervan on New Zealand almost three years ago, we pulled this wedding together – from idea to ”I do” – in less than five weeks. With three young kids, constantly overflowing mailboxes and an unhealthy always-need-to-be-in-control tendency, we realized that if we don’t do a quick and spontaneous wedding we probably won’t get hitched until we are retired. So instead of our dream wedding going on for three days and nights in the Italian country side, we aimed for an informal and cosy autumn gathering in one of our favorite Stockholm locations. It turned out so much better than we could ever have hoped for and we are now officially mr and mrs.

We let the chefs at Rosendal take care of all the food (which was a huge relief). Our only instructions for the lunch buffet (lunch is much easier if you want friends with kids to attend) was that we wanted hearty salads and food roughly in line with our own philosophy. Typically, we didn’t get any photos of the whole buffet table, but there were roasted vegetables, butter tossed potato and chanterelles, slaw with pickled mustard seeds, hummus, sourdough bread, sauerkraut, a goat’s cheese salad with shredded beets, herb sauces and lots and lots of cake. All seasonal and local, pretty decorated with fruit and flowers. And so good!

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Another salad that they prepared was made with roasted pumpkin, cavolo nero and buckwheat and we have recreated our own version of it here below. We never got the exact recipe from the chef so this is a pretty loose interpretation of how we remembered it (after a couple of glasses of champagne). We are sharing that today along with a few snaps that David’s sister took at the wedding. Forget everything I’ve previously stated about marriage. This was fun! And I feel damn fortunate to marry the most beautiful woman I know.

Lots of love from us!

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The kids were more interested in the fireplace than the camera …

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These two guys were so good! Send me an email if you need Chet Baker-style jazz musicians in Stockholm and I’ll forward their contact info.

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This is a gorgeous and rustic recipe perfect for this season. It would also be ideal for Christmas, maybe with some cinnamon added to the dressing. One of the things we really love about this is that you don’t need to peel the pumpkin (which always is a hassle), just cut into wedges and you can even keep the seeds on. Some of the seeds might get a little burnt but the one hanging on to the slices add a nice crunch. We cover the pumpkin wedges in dressing both before and after roasting to give them a delicious coating.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Cavolo Nero & Buckwheat
Serves 4

1 Hokkaido squash, Kent pumpkin or other small winter squash/pumpkin variety
200 g / 4 cups dinosaur kale (cavolo nero) or regular kale, thick stems removed 
1 cup / 250 ml / 170 g raw buckwheat groats, rinsed

Dressing
125 ml / 1/2 cup olive oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
1-2 lemons, juice + zest
1 cm / 1/2 inch fresh ginger, finely grated
Sea salt & pepper

To serve
Pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup / 75 g toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup / 150 g feta cheese

Set the oven to 200°C / 400°F fan mode. Divide the pumpkin in half and then cut it into wedges. Leave any seeds that are hanging on to the wedges and discard the rest. Stir together the dressing, taste and adjust the flavors. Pour about half of it in a bowl and toss the pumpkin slices in it (keep the remaining dressing in the bowl). Place on a baking tray and roast for about 25-30 minutes. We like it a little burnt towards the edges. When roasted, carefully loosen the wedges from the tray and brush them with the remaining dressing in the bowl.

While the pumpkin is roasting, cook the buckwheat groats in 2 cups water for 7-8 minutes until soft but not mushy. Drain any remaining water and leave to cool off a bit. Add the remaining half of the dressing to a large bowl. Tear the kale leaves into smaller pieces, place in the bowl and use your hands to massage them until they soften up. Add the buckwheat to the bowl and toss so it’s all mixed. Arrange the kale and buckwheat on the tray (or a serving plate) together with the pumpkin wedges. Scatter with pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds and crumbled feta cheese. Enjoy!

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Wedding photos by Johanna Frenkel.

57 Comments

  • I know I am terribly late; just found your blog and site and feed today. My eyes brimmed over with tears - your photographs are so beautiful and the dress is lovely beyond words. Stay happy, enjoy each other and thank you for this beautiful little cosy corner for me to escape to.
  • Hello Luise and David Congratulations on your marriage and your super new look website. My daughter and I have been fans for a few years now and tried many of your delicious recipes. Apart from my own and those passed on from family and friends, I get inspiration from so many sources online and, of course, mention the cookery website and add those to my links page. So I have shared a few of your wonderful recipes and as we become more vegetarian/vegan orientated, your site seems to have the best selection for us to try! Right now, I am being challenged to source as many courgette, marrow and beetroot recipes as I can as we can barely keep up with harvesting our produce from our veggie garden. Thank you for all your inspiration. Best wishes Susie
  • You had me at pumpkin :D Do you think if we substituted the kale for spinach, we could follow the exact same method (cooking time etc.)?
  • Congratulations you two!! So happy for you, isn’t marriage so wonderful?! The location looks picture perfect and I’m dying over Luise’s dress <3. This salad sounds divine as well – kale and pumpkin are such a winning combination. Now time to honeymoon yeah?! ;)
  • I just love your pictures and stories. And of course your recipes. I am so happy for all of you and I wish you all the best in the world.Thank you for sharing this. I even pinned it on my Pinterest! :)
  • Mélissa
    Congratulations on your beautiful wedding! I love your blog and your recipes. This salad looks delicious...gonna try it soon! I have a whole other question : I remember a post about frozen coconut-pumpkin-chocolate squares that I wanted to make for christmas this year, but I cannot find the recipe on your blog anymore... Is it still on it? Could you please give me the link? Many many thanks and happy day to everyone.
  • Stefania
    Dear GSK, Firstly congratulations! Secondly I love you blog, your food and recipes. It's was my first inspiration to try and eat a more vegetarian diet. St this moment however I am pregnant and me and my "sambo" will be parents come en of may. Suddenly we have a little baby to feed and being new to the whole "baby" thing I would like to know what kind of food did you feed your children during the age 0-to what ever age until they started eating "adult" food? How can I give my child a plant-based diet without whilst making sure they get all the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow into healthy little humans? Hoping I'll be able to nurse but you never know and I really don't want to have to by formula. Again love love love your blog /Stefania
  • Hearty congratulations on the wedding! Loved the casual and cozy setting :)
  • Congratulations! This salad looks absolutely amazing. thank you for your inspiring work.
  • Katie
    Many congratulations and very best wishes for a happy future ahead. Thankyou for all the delicious recipes xx
  • Congratulations! The location looks so charming and Luise's dress is sooo beautiful!You're such a lovely couple!:)
  • Haha I first read, Pumpkin and Kale, just married! Well it's a lovely combination anyway, I wish them the best of luck and I'll be enjoying them both together :) Congratulations and thank you for some extra inspiration when I need it!
  • Kim
    Congratulations! Rosendahls is the most romantic setting- I'm an Aussie and married to a Swede, we spent many happy hours there. The gardens are gorgeous, as is the food. May you have may more happy years ahead!!
  • lucile
    ...as allways: beautiful and inspiring. Congratulations .
  • I'm new to your blog but CONGRATS!!! The photos are beautiful! And that Pumpkin Salad...WOW! Sounds Delish!
  • Marina
    Congratulations! You are a beautiful family, thank you for your inspiring work.
  • Dayna Del Val
    This was so excellent! I️ didn’t use the grains and only had goat cheese, but the dressing is amazing. What a fabulous combination of flavors and textures! Congratulations on your marriage!
  • Vera from Lisbon
    I usually only comment on recipes that I've already tried. But this is an exception, because I did not want to miss the opportunity to congratulate you for the wedding. :) :) I whish you all the best. Though, in your case, it "just" seems to be the case of continuing what you have been building together for so long now.:) Thank you very much for, in some way, letting us (those that love to read and learn with/from your posts) take part on those very special moments too!:) P.S. - I will be trying this gorgeous salad soon anyway. ;-)
    • Vera from Lisbon
      Recipe finally tried and sooo approved! It is an incredible winter salad. :) Next time, I think I will be adding a few drops of ume plum vineagre to open up flavours.Let's see how it goes!:) :)
  • Kate Lord
    I think we should all bond together and get a new webpage header for you all for your wedding present! I'm certainly torn between a tiny wedding and a huge informal wedding, you're once again, providing great inspiration! Congratulations
    • Haha!! That’s the best idea I’ve heard. We have started a blog redesign three times during the last couple of years but never had time to go through with it. Thanks for the reminder though. Need. To. Change. That. Header. /D&L xx
  • Louise
    Congratulations, David and Luise <3 I've been following you guys for years, you're so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your wedding with us, it's such heart-warming news :)
  • Huge congratulations! The pictures are gorgeous, and so are you two :-) All the best, and thank you for your great work on this website and blog.

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