Dairy free Lasagna – The Ultimate Comfort Food

Dairy free Lasagna – The Ultimate Comfort Food

Lasagna does not need any special introduction. At least in my opinion. I know there are fancier foods out there, healthier and easier to make. But there is something about lasagna, that makes people crave it badly. One of such people is my dear husband. Whenever I make it (and I make really hefty batches), there is not a crumb more until the end of the day. But, there is a big problem with lasagna. There are two, really. One of them is called dairy, and the other one eggs….

Mashed Potato Pancakes – a Tasty Simple Side Dish

Mashed Potato Pancakes –  a Tasty Simple Side Dish

Potatoes are one of the humblest ingredients one can think of. We all use them all the time, but only rarely really appreciate them. Potatoes are too often something to fill you up when there is not enough diverse food like real vegetables or meat. Another, just as crazy use of potatoes is to incorporate them into a comfort food of some sort. Think butter, cheese, bacon… everything totally great, just not something you can brag about to your health conscious friends. But how about mashed potato pancakes? They are dairy free,…

How to Make Bagels – Corn Flour Bagels

How to Make Bagels – Corn Flour Bagels

One of these days, I felt like baking and I had some corn flour on hand.  I started my usual cooking routine, with some ingredients all around the work surface, and most cabinets open, so I can see the stuff that I could also use. I ended up with doughnut-like buns with holes in the middle. The more I looked at them, the more they looked familiar. Because I’m not from the US (or Poland, for that matter), I needed some time to realise they looked like bagels. Which got me…

Tortilla Wrap Recipe without Salt, Dairy and Fat

Tortilla Wrap Recipe without Salt, Dairy and Fat

Do you like Mexican food? I am pretty sure the answer is yes. As well as I am pretty sure that everyone has his or her own idea of Mexican food and what it should look and taste like. I must confess that I have never really investigated proper Mexican food, but I had  it in restaurants and my version definitely tastes and looks a bit like it. This  tortilla wrap recipe is not necessarily traditional and “correct”, but it does what a tortilla should do, which is, in my opinion, carrying…

Barley Risotto Recipe with Minced Pork and Spinach

Barley Risotto Recipe with Minced Pork and Spinach

We cook to this barley risotto recipe all the time because it is just 5 minutes work, 30 minutes waiting and you get a dish, tasty as something. Looks rustic, but hey… I never promised posh food. This weekend was a bit crazy in our household. We celebrated our little girl’s first birthday and had people around the whole weekend. As you might know, it is always a lot of work if you are throwing a birthday party. Especially if you have a small child in house. For our guests, we slow cooked…

Beetroot Burger – Best Vegetable Burger I ever had

Beetroot Burger – Best Vegetable Burger I ever had

Fall is that time of the year when all gardens are full of vegetables. I am very lucky because my dad and my mother in law have vegetable gardens with very tasty veggies. WE might not always be aware of it, but something that actually grows without too many of today’s agricultural achievements (artificial fertilisers and insecticides) tastes a whole lot better. Homegrown vegetables taste like they used to when we were kids – very good. When was the last time you enjoyed a raw carrot? And I mean, really enjoyed…

Easy Gnocchi Recipe – With Rustic Baked Potatoes

Easy Gnocchi Recipe – With Rustic Baked Potatoes

Last week we took a longer walk with the little one in the carrier, and when we got back home, we wanted something homemade, that is both rich and filling, yet easy to make and not at all time consuming. I thought of gnocchi. Not exactly just pasta, their kind of fun texture and surface that simply marries to the sauce they are served with make gnocchi every generation’s favourite. This is an easy gnocchi recipe that doesn’t just use potatoes but upgrades this feature a step or two: it…

Homemade buns – Dairy Free Baking with a Twist

Homemade buns – Dairy Free Baking with a Twist

Last weekend I caught my first cold of the season. It was nothing serious but I felt just enough bad that it was not a good idea to go out and spread them bugs around. I am not used to doing nothing, so I spent the first half of the weekend just moving from bed to couch and then back to bed again. For the other half, I decided to do some easy baking. Something that does not involve a lot of standing. Baking bread is definitely one of those things. You…

Shrimp Risotto Recipe – Last days of Summer

Shrimp Risotto Recipe – Last days of Summer

How do you know the end of summer is near? Because it is cold in the mornings, that’s how. But how do you make yourself still enjoy the last days of this, for most people favourite season? With food that reminds you of sea and freshness, and good times. The shrimp risotto recipe I’m about to give you is in the sweet spot. Summery and fresh, but still filling enough for the colder days September can throw at you. Still, this shrimp risotto recipe needed to be in style with…

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie – The Allergy free Lentil Pie

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie – The Allergy free Lentil Pie

What do I mean? Vegetarian Shepherd’s pie?? Just to let you know, we are quite a meat loving family. We basically eat meat every day. Why? Because it is good and a meal without it just doesn’t taste like lunch or dinner. But sometimes it is nice to have just veggies and on those rare moments, I love to combine a lot of different textures, flavors and colours. A very good meat substitute are (nutritionally) legumes. That is why they make you feel full in a good way. This vegetarian shepherd’s…