The end of June marked my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. Over 30 years together! I hope I can one day find someone to spend decades with too. My parents decided not to throw a huge party, so we celebrated in a small group, just my parents, me and my grandma (my sister was away on a school trip that weekend). And what better way to celebrate at home than to have some delicious food, right? My mum made a roast dinner while I decided to go a little extra making a cake. Spoiler alert: it was delicious!
Summer is undoubtedly the best season for smoothies of all kinds. Whenever I have an abundance of ripe fruits that need to be eaten asap, I like to throw them all in a blender and enjoy a fruity drink. In all honesty, it doesn’t matter what fruits you use. I haven’t yet come across a combination that wouldn’t work! However, I know that when it comes to mixing fruits with milk – or to be more specific, bananas with milk – the opinions are heavily split. There are those who can’t even bear the thought of drinking a banana milkshake and there’s also the second group that I’m in – those who live for milk with bananas!
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Or even better, peanut butter and jelly combo? Typically seen on toasts, but I decided to try a different approach and made peanut butter pancakes and some quick, home-made strawberry jam. The combination turned out great, if I say so myself! It can also be gluten-free, provided that you buy certified oat flour. These pancakes will make a perfect, slightly indulgent but also quite healthy breakfast. Yummy!
One of the things I dislike in winter is the lack of summer fruits in shops. They’re difficult to find, and even when you do manage to find them in some store, they’re just… not the same. Bland and flavourless, yet massively overpriced. I love to use fresh fruits for desserts, porridge, pancakes and such. When that’s not possible, jam can be an alternative – but, in all honesty, store-bought jams aren’t the most appealing with their dubious ingredient lists. Making a whole batch of home-made preserves in summer is the best option, but even in winter it’s possible to make home-made jam, using frozen fruits – frozen fruits which don’t look all that appetizing when defrosted but luckily taste much like real summer fruits should. Today, I’m coming with a recipe for a quick, 15 minutes strawberry vanilla jam!
Apples. One fruit available in stores in my country all year round. Perfect both to eat raw as well as to use it for cakes, desserts and other sweet dishes. Today, I’m bringing you a simple recipe for caramelised apples – super quick to make, great for all kinds of sweet dishes: I like to eat them on pancakes, waffles, with rice and sugar or in porridge.
Today, I’m coming with another specialty of Polish cuisine. I’m not sure how to properly describe it in English keeping the word count down to a title-acceptable amount. I guess the best match would be something between dumplings and gnocchi (which are also a type of dumplings actually, aren’t they?). “Kopytka”, in Polish, translate to hooves. That’s because traditionally, you’d shape the dough into a roll, flatten it slightly, and cut diagonally into parallelograms (getting mathematical here, sorry!). These shapes resemble the shape of horse hooves (if you look at horse feet from the side – not that you’d ever have a reason to look at horse hooves from the side, but just saying). Mine don’t look like hooves, for just one simple reason – I’m too lazy to roll and cut the dough. Instead, I just shaped the dough into balls.
The beginning of February marks the beginning of Valentine season. Pink, heart-shaped decorations are now present wherever you look. Whether you plan to celebrate the holiday or not, you can treat yourself – or your loved ones – with some scrumptious goodies! Preferably some that appeal not just to your stomach, but also your eyes. 🙂