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Category: Dinner

Polish pierogi (dumplings) with blueberries

Polish pierogi (dumplings) with blueberries

Blueberries foraging is a family sport in Poland. As a kid, I used to drive with my parents and grandparents to the nearby forest to pick some blueberries. Tiny shrubs carried heaps of little berries that tinted my fingernails for the days after the ‘harvest’. […]

Sri Lanka: 20 minute – okrah curry

Sri Lanka: 20 minute – okrah curry

Sri Lankan Okrah curry, a way to make okrah edible. And when I say edible, I mean it. I have been around the Middle East for quite some time and had a ‘pleasure’ of indulging in the local slimey okrah stews.  Many friends tried to convince me that […]

Stuffed zucchini flowers

Stuffed zucchini flowers

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The old adage is very true when it comes to Zucchini flowers. They are one of those things that are either treasured or discarded without a second thought. I learned to treasure them while living in Italy where […]

Aloo ko Achar: Nini’s Nepalese potato salad

Aloo ko Achar: Nini’s Nepalese potato salad

Coming from Poland, I don’t have much appreciation for potatoes. They are the everyday staple food served with every lunch or dinner. As a kid, I thought there was nothing exciting about them. Living abroad exposed me to the fun part of this spud and […]

Spicy Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup served with Toasted Pecans

Spicy Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup served with Toasted Pecans

Indulge yourself with this deliciously moreish Spicy Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup served with Toasted Pecans. This is a real winner all year round, best served with a nice thick slice of Irish soda bread. Spicy Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup served with Toasted Pecans […]

Sri Lanka: 20-minute-tomato curry

Sri Lanka: 20-minute-tomato curry

  In March 2018, while in Sri Lanka, we took a cooking class at the Amarasinghe Guest House in Mirisse and learnt how to make six insanely flavoursome curries. Tomato Curry follows the pineapple chutney recipe in this mini-series of Sri Lankan recipes! It’s super […]

Not your usual potato salad

Not your usual potato salad

Potatoes go well with everything at any time of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner. This thinking may originate in my Polish upbringing since we, Poles, serve potatoes at any occasion. They’re cheap and nutritious. Recently, they have been honoured with a ‘super-food’ tag.  Spud is […]

Unloved zucchini flower pasta

Unloved zucchini flower pasta

Zucchini Flowers are the-all-time-favourite! Yottam Ottolenghi makes this amazing Corsican Tarte with the florets and ricotta. Michael stuffs them with mashed potato mixed with prosciutto, Parmigiano and fresh herbs. In Amman, the zucchini flowers remain a novelty and a niche product. When zucchinis arrive in […]

Oven-baked artichokes with a crunchy almond topping

Oven-baked artichokes with a crunchy almond topping

  As a Polish, I’m no authority when it comes to artichokes. If you had given them to me some years ago, I wouldn’t even know where to start, thinking that they belong in a vase rather than on a plate. That’s why discovering the […]

Botwinka: Polish beetroot-leaf-soup

Botwinka: Polish beetroot-leaf-soup

Last Saturday, Mike and I visited Nour al-Barakeh organic products bazaar to get some fresh veggies for the week ahead. It was my introduction to this weekend pop-up market which hosts organic farmers, food and natural cosmetics producers, local artisans and also some local chefs. […]