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Category: From scratch

Not so ‘hipster’ lentil pate

Not so ‘hipster’ lentil pate

  Last time when my father was donating blood, he received a cookbook with traditional recipes from our region in Poland (Swietokrzyskie). The project commissioned by a local newspaper ‘Echo Dnia‘ aimed to document local cuisine by interviewing the countryside cooks. When flicking through the […]

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’. […]

Chicken story

Chicken story

Having grown up on a farm, the desire to be somewhat self-sufficient is something I have never lost. Living in a city, you’re never going to have enough space to grow all of your food but you can use what space you have creatively. I […]

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Dry Spice Mix and Sri Lankan Curry Mix

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Dry Spice Mix and Sri Lankan Curry Mix

In March 2018, Mike and I visited Sri Lanka. During our stay, we attended a great cooking class and learnt a bunch of new recipes. Ever since we cook them when we crave for some comfort food! Today, we’re sharing with you recipes for two […]

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 […]

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Try this quick and easy Irish Soda Bread recipe, goes great with a hearty soup or serve with some honey mustard and smoked salmon!

‘Save the world’ green radish leaves pesto

‘Save the world’ green radish leaves pesto

Let’s say that you bought heaps of radish at your farmer’s market and after using the root, you are left with a whole bunch of green leaves. What would you usually do? Throw them in the bin? Yes, I used to do this as well. […]

Pizza Dough by Giuseppe de Rosa

Pizza Dough by Giuseppe de Rosa

My first encounter with pizza was in post-communist Poland. In the nineties, a country that no longer suffered from the economic austerity tried to find its way through new flavors and an abundance of ingredients that suddenly appeared in the market. As a teenager, I […]

Homemade limoncello – Where have all the grandmas and grandpas gone?

Homemade limoncello – Where have all the grandmas and grandpas gone?

I started to make Limoncello some years ago and the response from Italians took me a little bit by surprise as it seems that not many people make their own any more. I lived in Italy for four and a half years and in that […]

Home-made Pasta

Home-made Pasta

It was the middle of July. Rome’s muggy summer air filled my lungs as I walked out of the metro station at Laurentina. Fascist buildings paying tribute to a bygone era were just down the road, among them the Italian Parliament and the famous Mussolini […]