Easy Penne Recipe – quick and easy for lazy days

Easy Penne Recipe – quick and easy for lazy days

This past¬†weekend was hard for us. Not unpleasant, just very difficult for our organisms. It is Christmas time, and we have one or more pleasant activities scheduled almost every day. But eating food that is too tasty (because it contains quick and efficient taste amplifiers like salt and fat) for more days in a row, is a bad idea. It leaves you tired, bloated and just sick of it. BUT! There are two more festive weeks ahead, and we have to stay strong. Monday is great to slow down a…

Roasted Chickpea Recipes: one sweet and one savory

Roasted Chickpea Recipes: one sweet and one savory

I will be totally honest. Today I bought two cans of chickpeas just to use the brine – aquafaba. But then I was looking at those gorgeous chickpeas and suddenly¬†felt the urge to turn them into something great. Not hummus or soup, which are the most common dishes I usually make with chickpeas. This time, I wanted a new, snack like dish one can eat with their hands. Well, they do get a bit dirty, but not for long, because these two are so delicious you will be licking your…

Mulled Wine Recipe – Easy one – Best one

Mulled Wine Recipe – Easy one – Best one

I know mulled wine isn’t really food. But does it mean it has no place on a food blog? Definitely not! If anything, mulled wine is, at least for me, one of the primary smells and tastes of December. If I’m totally honest, I know no one who doesn’t love mulled wine. It is true, some people find it too sweet, but that can easily be dealt with, if the beverage is homemade. I was thinking in which category to place this recipe, and decided it is closest to a…

Allergy free Chocolate you can make at home

Allergy free Chocolate you can make at home

Our little girl is starting to realise what gifts are. And since it is December, presents are all around us. Some are hers, some aren’t, but the ones that she gets, must be absolutely “legal”, meaning they are dairy free, egg free and nut free. I don’t know how it is where you live, but chocolate seems to be something that comes with absolutely every present, and is even totally acceptable as a standalone present. BUT… yes, this story comes with a giant but… If you or someone of your…

Rosemary Bread Recipe – Bread Upgraded

Rosemary Bread Recipe – Bread Upgraded

Is there a better thing to put savoury spreads on than rosemary bread? I don’t think so. Some people even say they spread Nutella on, but… that just doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. Homemade bread is one of the biggest names in “comfort foods” department. Even without any condiments or add-ons. But what if I tell you it is possible to upgrade it with the addition of a very simple and available herb? One that can be found in almost every garden? Yes, I actually am talking about…

Fish Sandwich – the best use for fish leftovers

Fish Sandwich – the best use for fish leftovers

Are you ever left with grilled fish that does not get eaten? It sure is rare, as fish are expensive and we usually buy them just enough. If the fish is of reasonable size, we take one per person. But what if you miscalculate and buy too many? Or buy a very big beast of a fish for a small child? What happened to me this week is a combination of both. I bought four fish (for 2 adults and a one-year-old), because I didn’t imagine mackerels are that meaty,…

Healthy Fried Rice – Egg, Nut and Soy Free

Healthy Fried Rice – Egg, Nut and Soy Free

Do you know the facebook’s feature that shows you your old photos and asks you if you want them reposted? Well, this feature reminded me, that exactly two years ago, me and my (then totally fresh) husband were on our honeymoon in Thailand. And because most our photos from that trip featured food, I started feeling like revisiting that time. This time in my own kitchen, and with some adaptations, because nuts and eggs are now no-no ingredients. I also started avoiding soy whenever I can. Not because of allergies,…

Beet Pancakes with homemade rice milk

Beet Pancakes with homemade rice milk

Today was a lazy day. Rainy and grey, and nor I or my husband wanted to make a full three course lunch. Which left us with a option of a hearty soup and an optional dessert. I managed to “make” the husband cook the soup (by the way, it was a cauliflower soup, no where near the one that I cook, but it wasn’t too bad), and I had to make the dessert. Strong soup and dessert are a great combination for a quick lunch. Lately, we try to eat the…

Homemade Beef Broth – A Soup That Tastes like Home

Homemade Beef Broth – A Soup That Tastes like Home

If there is one dish that tastes and feels like home, it is this one. I don’t know if it is like that only in my region or all around the world, but a plate of hot homemade beef broth always makes my heart sing.  This clear broth is a very rich soup that takes a lot of time to cook. It is a kind of a beef stock, but consumed as a stand alone dish, and not only as an ingredient in other recipes, kind of a tastier substitute for water. …

Dairy Free Chicken Casserole – Slow Cooked Delight

Dairy Free Chicken Casserole – Slow Cooked Delight

This dish might not sound like much, but it is. Against all expectations, simple and humble ingredients used for this recipe result in a really great dish. Very healthy ingredients, but still, this one has a hint of “comfort food” when you taste it. Why? Because it does to chicken what chicken doesn’t really need – it slow cooks it. Chicken meat is usually tender enough to be prepared quickly. But it actually pays off to go against the common knowledge and try slow cooking it. This dairy free chicken casserole is…