Easy vanilla ice cream

Although the summer is almost over, I cannot end it without sharing this super easy ice cream recipe. To make it different each time I add a few drops of lemon oil or orange, or if it is just for the adults a little bit of liquor (I am talking about a teaspoon tops and…

Caprese salad

This is not exactly cooking, but slicing. Nevertheless, it is perfect for a warm summer day. Simple and tasty – nothing can beat this…well, except eating it by the sea, in the shadow, maybe :). Enjoy it with a smile! ­čÖé Yum How to YIELD: 4 servings Ingredients: 2 balls of fresh mozzarella (around 150…

Fish pie

In the search of various ways of including as much fish as possible in our diet, i tried this pie recipe and i added the fish to see if it works, and it does. I did not have much fish to add – just a few slices of salmon and some capers and the result…

Warm potato salad

This warm potato salad can be used as a side dish for grilled meat or by itself when in the mood for a meatless light dinner. Whatever remains from dinner can be stored in the fridge and heated up next day for lunch at work. At least this is what I did….;) Enjoy it with…

Homemade pizza

Who does not like pizza? Well, yeah, it might happen that there are people that do not like pizza out there, but I do not know them ;). The best pizza I ate was, surprise, surprise, in Italy, to be more specific, in Napoli: thin crust with fresh tomatoes and rucola. Delicious. Simple. Perfect. You…

Sweet chicken clubs

What to do when you have two trays of chicken clubs and not much time to spare nor inspiration? Throw them in the oven with some condiments and cross your fingers that the outcome is not boring. To make it a little bit different and take the taste towards sweet and sour I mixed chili,…

Baked mini doughnuts

I am a big kitchen gadgets buyer – among the things that I buy quite often are trays. I guess this shows its face especially when I buy special trays – like the ones for macarons (which by the way, I used only once and decided that they are useless) or for madeleines (this one…

Eclair

According to the French-English dictionary, ├ęclair means lightning/flash of lighting. The question is if they were named ├ęclairs because one can eat them with the speed of light or because their beauty can strike like lightning and make you fall in love with them. Hmmm… I am used with the classic ├ęclair filled with chocolate…

Homemade pasta

Pasta is the “to go” dish when I do not have the time or the mood to make something for dinner. Fresh pasta with pesto is one of my kid’s favorite dishes – and it is more than fine with me because it ensures a dinner with no complaints and fuss. From time to time,…

Pesto

I used to buy jars of pesto thinking that might be a fuss doing it myself. I was buying the same brand and was used to its taste, until one day when I did not find the usual so I got another one – which had a very different taste. This made me start reading…

Speedy pasta

I always end up questioning the same thing when I reach mid-week: what should I make for dinner? Most of the time I end up starring at the huge amount of stuff laying on the store’s shelves. And I, always, after around 10 minutes, end up buying pasta, tomatoes, fish/chicken and run to pick my…

Rustic cheesecake

Cheese is one of my favorite things to eat. I add it to salad, potato chips, stew and whatever I think it can be “enriched” by the added cheese (:) – yeah, I know, it is just an excuse to eat cheese). But when it comes to something sweet, made almost entirely out of cheese,…

Fish soup

I am on a mission to have my family eat fish 3 times per week. Since I am not exactly an expert in how to prepare fish and there is no time to spend during the week to do it (i have to get something on the table in around an hour), I take the…

Homemade cheese

This cheese is something that nowadays I make just for the rustic cheesecake or when I want to make some appetizers, but I used to make it a lot when my boy was a baby. I used to mix it with avocado or fruits and he used to love it :). It is easy and…

Homemade fudge

I love, love, love this fudge! It is addictive and although it contains lots and lots of sugar, it is just irresistible. It keeps really well in an airtight container and it is a great “go-to” when in the mood for something sweet – and I mean really, really, sweet :). It is also a…

Macarons

I love macarons. I tried so many times to make them and I was not very successful – i got something but they were so far from what they were supposed to be that I could not even call them failed macarons. They were some weird entities. However, one day I found a book called…

Pavlova with berries

This dessert is named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, because, it is said, it was created in her honour. Although I have my doubts that she was actually eating dessert (even if it named after her), I think that whoever came up with this dessert had a stroke of genius – it is a…

Coconut and chocolate cream raw cake

I have never made a raw cake in my life…well, until now…I found this recipe in a “Bake” magazine and it looked so appealing that I said, well, let’s try it. The fact that it was super good took me by surprise. It was sweet, but not extremely sweet and the coconut worked exceptionally well…

Meat pie

I love meat pies. I think they are easy to make, comforting when eaten and the smell is absolutely divine. This is my “to go” recipe when I feel the need for comfort food, because I find it tasty and easy and I do not need a long list of ingredients and fuss. Enjoy it…