Fresh passion fruit and delicious floral elderflower syrup give this refreshing elderflower and passion fruit gin and tonic recipe a sweet valentine’s day twist.
Did you notice that Valentine’s day is next week!!!??
Luckily I have a lovely cocktail ready for a romantic dinner. Even though most of the world is still in one or another form of lockdown, we still deserve some splurging, right?
A nice dinner with the best dessert ever. And of course this elderflower and passion fruit gin and tonic!
I love gin and tonic because it’s so easy to make. Basically, all you need to do is add some ice in your cocktail glass, add all the ingredients and enjoy 🙂
This time, I’ve given it a bit sweeter twist with fresh passion fruit, which I absolutely love, and homemade elderflower syrup. However, if you don’t have a homemade one, a storebought is just as fine.
This combination of flavors and sweetness with the biterness of gin and tonic is in my opinion the biggest selling point of this cocktail.
A good gin and tonic is made with quality gin and quality tonic as well. Keep in mind that your gin and tonic will only be as good as the ingredients put in. This doesn’t mean you need to go with the most expensive stuff. However, the cheapest plastic bottle drinks are probably lower quality than you want in a gin and tonic. So, I encourage you to explore, which flavors you like.
Most of simple gin and tonics include some amount of citrus flavor. For my Valentine’s day elderflower and passion fruit gin and tonic, I passed on adding citruses. I used my elderflower syrup that already included some lemons. Most elderflower syrups do.
Plus, I really wanted to create a more feminine floral/tropical cocktail. But, if you feel like adding a hint of citrus go ahead and squeeze in a bit of lemon juice!
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A creamy and smokey radicchio risotto with bacon is a cozy winter dish that everyone will love! A traidtional Italian recipe with a twist!
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite risotto recipes. I’ve cooked and improved it over the years. Although it has some pretty basic ingredients it has so much flavor and attitude.
It’s the season of radicchio and we eat it almost every day. Mostly in salads, but now and then we love to cook this creamy delicious risotto.
And in case you’re wondering if risotto is hard to make, because it needs to be of a specific consistency, it’s not hard, you just need to keep an eye on your risotto.
A perfect risotto should have be a bit on the ofter side of al dente and have a little bit of a creamy, not too runny, sauce.
Does radicchio risotto taste bitter?
It does, a little. Certainly far less than the raw radicchio. With cooking it looses a lot of its bitterness and the flavor is enhanced.
All other flavors that are in this risotto help elevate the flavor of radicchio and they also tame the bitterness. So you shouldn’t worry about the risotto being bitter, you probably won’t even notice it.
I have been making this risotto using bacon for ages. The traditional Italian version doesn’t include any meats and if you’re not a fan of bacon, you can substitute it with pancetta. You would still get the meaty flavor without the smokiness. Or you can omit the meat and get a rather traditional risotto, which is also very delicious.
In case you love risottos as much as I do, I have some other amazing recipes:
150gradicchiocut into small pieces (2.5 cm / 1 inch)
1TBSPbutter or olive oil for finishing
Place bacon cubes into a frying pan and cook over medium-low heat until golden and crisp.
Continuing cooking over medium-high heat, add finely chopped onions and celery. Cook until translucent.
Add radicchio, pine nuts, and rice cook for a minute until the radicchio wilts a bit.
Add wine and wait until it evaporates. Season with some black pepper and continue cooking by adding one ladle of simmering broth at a time, waiting to completely absorb into rice before adding another ladle. When rice is on the soft side of al dente, the risotto is done.
Remove from the stove and add a tablespoon of butter or olive oil.
This delicious plum pie is made with fresh plums, a flaky pie pastry, and optional some spices for the cozy cooler days.
Okay, so I’m this crazy pie lady and I know it. I just love them so much, and late Summer/Autumn is for sure my favorite pie season. All because I get to make a ton of plum pies. Probably much more than I should, if there even is such a thing.
Plum pie is my absolute favorite. It has that perfect amount of sweetness, acidity, and creaminess. So it’s surprising to me that I’ve never posted a baked plum pie here, yet. I have a no-bake recipe and an apple pie with plum jam (YUM!) but no cozy baked pie. Until now!
So here it is!
I’ve tried a new kind of pastry that includes some baking powder and I love it. It’s a bit different from the pastry I normally use. The baking powder makes it a bit softer and just a bit cake-like. It’s amazing straight from the oven (because warm pie is YUMMY) but it gets even better the second day. So if can manage to keep your hands off for a few hours, then you’re in for a treat. I know it’s hard, but trust me, you’ll thank me later.
The filling is really simple, no fancy stuff, just simple plums, and a tiny bit of sugar. But if you have very tasty and sweet plums, you don’t even need that! Just plum with nothing on is amazing. I love simple pies!
So if you are ready to ride into Autumn with this delicious plum pie, here’s the recipe.
½cupfine sugar(110g) You can use any kind (white, cane, coconut…) but make sure it's fine, not too coarse
pinch of nutmeg
1stick ofbutter(115g) cubed and chilled
1tspvanila extractor vanilla seeds
4-6TBSPcold milk or water(alternatively you can add two egg yolks and reduce the liquid)
some sugar for dusting
Add flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to a food processor and mix shortly to combine all ingredients.
Add butter and pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand.
Add the liquid (water, milk, and/or egg yolks) one tablespoon at a time and vanilla extract (or seeds). Pulse until the pastry comes together.
Wrap the pastry in a plastic foil and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
In the meantime, cut plums in half (or into quarters for larger plums).
After 30 minutes divide the dough into 1/3 and 2/3. Use the bigger piece to roll out the bottom of the pie. I only cover the bottom, but you can cover the sides as well, only the crust will be a bit thinner.
Place plums on top so they cover the entire surface.
Use the remaining 1/3 of the pastry to decorate the top.
Sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of sugar.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (355°F) for 55-60 minutes.
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This homemade wild garlic pasta dough recipe is easy to follow and tastes incredible. With a gentle herbal flavor and the most amazing color, it’s going to freshen up these early Spring days!
It’s that time of the year again. Yeah, it’s wild garlic time!
Despite what’s happening in the world right now, I can still go to the nearby forest and pick some wild garlic and for that, I’m so so grateful. If you’ve seen my wild garlic sandwiches or wild garlic risotto recipes, you know I’m obsessed with wild garlic. I can’t get enough.
So this year I’ve tried making wild garlic pasta. Although I love pasta that actually has herb particles inside, I wanted to make pasta that has a very uniform color, while still having that delicious wild garlic flavor.
And it turned out amazing. Mildly herbal and so incredibly tender.
Since the wild garlic flavor is very mild and delicate I suggest a very mild sauce. We made rosemary butter and added some parmesan cheese and some chopped fresh wild garlic and that’s it. It makes a perfect light Spring lunch.
What if I can’t find wild garlic?
I hope you have access to forest and wild garlic these days. If not, this recipe would also work with spinach or some other baby greens.
The most important thing is to keep the flour to water ratio and you’ll be fine 😀
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pinch of salt
Cook wild garlic in boiling water for around 30 seconds until it gets soft. Drain the wild garlic, but keep some of the liquid.
Use a food processor to mix wild garlic finely. If necessary add some leftover water from cooking one tablespoon at a time.
Use a strainer to squeeze out the liquid from the wild garlic paste. You should be left with 120g of strained liquid. If you don't have enough you can add some leftover water from cooking wild garlic.
Mix flour, salt and strained green liquid and mix with a fork. When it starts coming together start kneading. At first, the dough will feel very dry, but after about 10 minutes of kneading it will become softer.
When the dough is soft wrap it in plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes.
After resting it is ready to shape. You can use it for any kind of pasta.
If you're making noodles…
Cut the dough in half or quarters.
Use your hands or a rolling pin to just slightly flatten the dough, then use a pasta machine on the widest setting (usually marked as '1') to roll it out.
Fold the dough into thirds lengthwise and run it through the machine two more times, doing the folding each time. Then continue rolling the pasta gradually through narrower settings, until you've come to the desired thickness. I like my pasta to be rolled to thickness number '5'.
Use the same machine to cut the pasta into noodles. Alternatively, you can lightly flour the pasta, roll it and cut into strips with a knife.
Once you have your pasta cut, lightly flour it and make noodle nests. Leave them to dry for 30 minutes or longer if you want to dry them completely.
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This Juicy & Smoky Plant-Based Cheeseburger recipe is all about smoky flavors and freshness. These vegan burgers include the most delicious vegan mushroom bacon and quick homemade pickled radishes.
Here we go with another burger recipe!
I love my beef burgers but today I have a special plant-based recipe for you.
When Nataša from The Amaze burgers wrote to me and asked if I wanna try their pea-protein burger patties I felt really excited to try them out. And I was excited to make an entirely plant-based burger.
My first thought was it needs to have a smoky taste and something that resembles bacon. So after a bit of testing, I decided on making my own mushroom bacon. And it tastes delicious. Why haven’t I tried this before? I’m pretty sure this is going to be my favorite topping form now on.
And to add some tang, I made quick-pickled radishes. Super easy and so so delicious. It adds some nice freshness and crunch to the burger.
As far as the patty goes I used the Amaze patty but you can use any patty you like such as bean or chickpea patty.
So what’s in this delicious plant-based cheeseburger?
Nothing but the best 😀 And it’s all about color, smoky flavor and freshness. Just like I love my burgers. So here’s what’s in these burgers:
a delicious soft burger bun,
some baby spinach or arugula,
plant-based burger patty,
vegan mushroom bacon,
homemade pickled radishes,
and smoky BBQ sauce.
Okay, I know you’re probably hungry by now, so let’s just head to the recipe.
Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
To prepare the marinade, place all mushroom bacon ingredients except mushrooms in a small bowl and mix until well combined.
Clean mushrooms with a brush and remove stems. Cut mushroom tops into thin slices, about 3-4 mm.
Place mushroom slices in the marinade and gently toss to cover all mushrooms from both sides.
Transfer mushroom slices to the lined baking sheet making sure there's not too much excess marinade on the mushrooms.
Roast in the preheated oven for ten minutes then flip the mushrooms and bake for another 10-15 minutes. The mushrooms should be a bit crunchy on the edges and they will firm more after they cool. If you see mushrooms burning, lower the heat and bake for a longer time.
Quick home-pickled radishes
Wash radishes and remove the greens.
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan, stir well and bring to a boil. Cook for 2-3 more minutes over medium heat, then let cool to room temperature.
Making the burgers
Cook your vegan burger patty as per instructions, adding two slices of vegan cheese two minutes before finishing, covering the skillet to help melt the cheese if necessary.
To assemble the burgers, cut burger buns in half. Spread a tablespoon of BBQ sauce on each half of the buns.
Place some spinach leaves on the bottom bun. Place burger patty with melted cheese on top. Add mushroom bacon, pickled radishes, and some more spinach. Top with the other half of the bun and serve immediately.
This Mediterranean style mussels recipe is the easiest and super delicious! With just a few simple ingredients you get maximum flavors. Wine, garlic, and parsley make the most delicious sauce.
I’ve been scared of cooking mussels for a very very long time. In fact, I’ve just recently discovered how easy they are to make.
So how did I even get started?
We took our son out to eat some seafood and we ordered mussels after years of not eating them. He loved them so so much and we did as well. After that, I felt inspired and wanted to try them out. There’s one recipe that excites me the most and it’s this recipe. I’ve tested a few over a few months and wrote my own, like I make it.
The recipe is really a very popular way of cooking mussels in this part of the Mediterranean, where I’m from. This is just a variation and there’s also one with tomatoes, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried that one. Note to myself: make the tomato version!
Okay, so this Mediterranean style mussels recipe is literally the simplest dish you’ll ever make. And also one of the most delicious ones. Just imagine the flavors of the sea mixing with some good wine, garlic, and parsley. Doesn’t it already sound so delicious?
It only takes you a few minutes to prep and a few minutes to cook. The only thing that requires a bit more work is cleaning them, but it’s actually really easy.
So how do you clean the mussels?
First, make sure you buy fresh mussels. They should smell like the sea. I tried googling how long the mussels really last but the answers are so different. Since I don’t live next to the sea, I can’t get them straight from the water. This would be amazing and if you have that chance, I recommend buying them the same day they were harvested.
For the unfortunate ones: I tend to buy them if they are a day old and no more. Then I prepare them the same day or in the worst-case scenario the next day.
When it comes to cleaning the mussels, first you need to throw away dead or damaged mussels. Toss the mussels with a broken shell. If the shell is open tap it lightly against the counter and if the mussel starts to close after a few seconds, then it’s alive and you can keep it, if not, toss it. If the mussel is closed and the shell is not damaged it’s good to go.
After you’ve tossed away the bad ones, pour some water in a bowl and add a bit of salt. Place mussels in the salted water and wait for 30 minutes so they can release all the dirt which has accumulated inside the shells.
And that’s it. It’s very easy and so worth the extra few minutes of cleaning them.
Before cleaning the mussels be sure to only keep the ones that are alive. If the mussel is closed and the shell is intact, keep it. If the shell is open tap the mussel lightly against the counter and wait a few seconds. If it starts closing, this means the mussel is alive. If nothing happens toss it.
Scrub the mussels to remove any debris or mud. Remove the "beard" of a mussel, which is the thick cluster of hair on one side of the mussel.
Place mussels in cold lightly salted water for thirty minutes. In this time they will release the grit and dirt from inside the shell.
After thirty minutes remove the mussels from the water and give them a quick rinse.
Cooking the mussels
In a large pot, fry chopped garlic in olive oil for about a minute stirring constantly.
Add wine, chopped parsley and breadcrumbs to the pot and wait until it boils. Add cleaned mussels. Cover and lower the heat. Let steam for 10 minutes. Only eat the mussels that have opened. Toss the closed ones.
Serve warm with some bread or pasta.
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A simple and easy Valentine’s day dessert – a rich pomegranate coconut pie that doesn’t require any baking.
In a blink of an eye, we’ve arrived in the second month of the year. Omg, time flies!
This month we have a bunch of celebrations in Slovenia. First, we have a national holiday, when we celebrate the life and work of our biggest poet. It’s this Saturday, so we’ll be heading to the city for the celebration.
Then there’s Valentine’s day. It’s not really a traditional Slovenian holiday, but it’s quite popular anyway 😀 We have our own ‘Valentine’s day’ in March.
And at the end of the month, there’s the carnival. I can’t wait for it and I also can’t wait to try making sourdough doughnuts. Oh yeah, I’ve made my first (non-failed) sourdough starter last week and baked one bread already. It didn’t turn out perfect but it was delicious anyway.
So yeah, my mission is to bake more things with sourdough. And hopefully also share some recipes here as well.
Enough of me blabbing about holidays 😀
Let’s talk about this amazing recipe for this lovely pomegranate coconut pie. I made it with Valentine’s day in mind. You know the reds, whites, and pink. They remind me of Valentine’s day. And it’s a dessert. Can there really be Valentine’s day without a dessert?
Let’s talk about failure first. I had this idea about taking some beautiful photos of a white pie on a blue backdrop. Then suddenly my recipe changes and the pie no longer was only white. It also had red aka pomegranate. So when I took the photos of this pie I was unhappy with the results. It was so blah. I can’t even explain.
So I took it on another backdrop – this beige one. And I loved those so much.
But this wasn’t the only failure with this pie. At first, I wanted to make the coconut layer with coconut milk and cashews and I hated the texture and the taste. Too much cashew taste and not enough coconut. So I decided to add some white chocolate and use coconut paste instead of milk, just to make it even thicker than the creamy white stuff that forms when you’ve placed a can of coconut milk in the fridge.
And OMG this cream turned out better than I imagined!
I need to try making a cake with this cream. I’m pretty sure it would be just as amazing as this pomegranate coconut pie.
So how do you make this pomegranate coconut pie?
It’s fairly easy and straightforward.
First, you make the pie base with rolled oats, coconut flakes and ground almonds (or almond meal), coconut oil and dates. I just love the coconut and almond combination!
Then you make a pomegranate jelly using only pomegranate juice (bought or freshly squeezed) and agar-agar. You can use gelatine if you’re not vegan.
In the end, you make a coconut paste using creamed coconut and mix it with melted chocolate. Done! As simple as that.
The only thing you need to be aware of is that you’ll need to wait between each layer for it to set. So first you make the base and let it harden in the fridge. Then you make the jelly and wait again for it to set. In the end, make the coconut filling and wait again.
So not a lot of work, but a bit more waiting! You can watch your favorite series in the meantime or read a book 😀
When it comes to winter salad recipes, nothing beats arugula and kale salad with avocado, apples, feta, hazelnuts and some delicious mustard dressing.
The temperatures are finally getting more wintery over here, but there’s no sight of snow whatsoever!
Either way, a hearty winter salad with some fruits, cheese, and nuts is making me feel like Winter is as it should be.
It’s the beginning of a new year and it’s the time when a lot of us (including me) look more closely at what we eat. The thing is, in my personal experience if we give ourselves a tough challenge of eating lots of veggies we tend to fail soon if we’re not used to it.
I think it’s because we go to boring veggie foods. And I don’t mean veggies are boring, but they may seem this way if we don’t lift them up with some delicious add-ons.
And that’s what I love this salad!
It has some amazing leafy greens, but what it gives it heart and soul (and a chance that we’re not going to fail the healthy eating habit!) is the fruitiness of apples and pomegranate, creaminess of avocado and almond mustard dressing, flavor kick from feta cheese and some crunch from hazelnuts and also pomegranate.
It’s really such a simple Winter dish (or side dish), but I honestly couldn’t stop eating it when I first made this.
I used kale and arugula as the leafy green part, but if you grow or have excess to any other leafy greens I’m sure they will work just as well. As for the apple part, you could also use pears or some red oranges. Or all of them.
I’ll be a little shorter today. My poor sick son is asleep so I’m just trying to write this post and recipe as quickly as I can before he wakes.
How to make an ombre blackberry champagne? Super easy! It’s perfect for festive celebrations and New Year’s Eve parties!
Christmas is over (omg, so fast!). Are you getting ready for the New Year’s Eve celebration already?
With a small kid, we’re gonna keep it low key, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have any festive drinks. What about you? Let me know in the comments… What do you love to drink on New Year’s Eve?
I’ve got a new cocktail recipe for you. Ugh, it’s been such a long time!
In the mood of this year ending and anticipation of what’s new to come, I have a recipe that’s very fancy and festive and easy to make. A delicious ombré blackberry champagne. I promise you’re gonna make an impression even though it’s so easy to make.
All you have to do is make a simple blackberry syrup with some fresh or frozen blackberries, rosemary, water, and sugar. All you have to do beforehand is cook it down to a syrupy consistency and cool down. Then you’re ready to serve at the last moment with some champagne.
How to make the ombre effect?
The trick is to make the syrup really thick and syrupy. Like any syrup. The weight of the syrup will make it sink to the bottom of the glass.
The other trick is in pouring the drink. First, you pour the champagne. Then you take a tablespoon, tilt the glass 45 degrees and slowly pour in the syrup so it slides on the sides and reaches the bottom.
How to decorate this festive blackberry champagne?
I used some flavored sugar that I made as Christmas gifts to decorate the rim. You can use regular sugar or demerara sugar if you like the gold color. You can use some water or melted butter to hold the sugar on the rim.
I also used a rosemary stem to hold some blackberries which I placed in the freezer and used to serve at the last moment. I love the condensation effect that happens when you take it out of the freezer 😀
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1 ½cupblackberriesfresh or frozen
8blackberries for decoration
1bottle of Champagnechilled
Prepare the decoration. Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the rosemary springs. Save the leaves for the syrup. Place two blackberries on each rosemary spring. and freeze.
Place blackberries, sugar, water, and rosemary leaves in a saucepan. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until you get a syrupy consistency.
Drain through a sieve to remove the pits and cool the syrup.
Pour chilled champagne into champagne glasses, then tilt each glass 45 degrees and pour 2 TBSP syrup on the sides of the glass, so it slides to the bottom. Decorate with blackberries on rosemary springs.
This delicious almond butter chocolate babka is made of rich sweet dough and creamy filling. It’s so cozy and homey. A perfect Christmas treat that everyone will love.
With just a few days left until Christmas, we’re still deciding who’s going to host this year’s Christmas dinner. It’s usually us or my parents, but we haven’t decided yet this year. In any case, I’m making my favorite holiday dessert.
When it comes to Christmas desserts I’m all about sweet bread. My favorites include Italian panettone, walnut chocolate star bread, our traditional walnut roll called ‘potica’ and this year I found a new one – almond butter chocolate babka. Do you see a pattern here? Sweet dough, nuts, and chocolate.
And I’m sharing the recipe with you today.
This almond butter chocolate bread is a product of another amazing collab with my friend Tereza from Tereza’s Choice. We had so much fun during our day together creating this babka and taking photos. Although I erased all of the images in the middle of the shoot, I managed to get them all back with the help of my brother. Cheers to him! I think I need to bake him a babka just to say thanks 😀
Back to the recipe!
We used the same dough recipe as in my walnut chocolate star bread recipe. I honestly think this is the best egg-free sweet dough I have ever made.
For the filling, we used Tereza’s almond butter with cinnamon and vanilla. Yes, she has her own line of products and I love them. But don’t worry, you can use regular almond butter and add spices yourself in case you don’t have access to her spiced almond butter. It’s all in the recipe.
The filling is actually pretty simple. Melted chocolate (mix of semi-sweet and milk), almond butter and spices. That’s all. And I can honestly say, using nut butters as a filling for sweet breads is one of the best things there is.
We made a version with chopped almonds on top and dried cranberries inside and a plain one without the almonds and cranberries and they both turned out super delicious!
OPTIONAL: dried cranberries(soaked in water for 15 minutes and drained)
chopped almonds for topping
1 TBSP milk or butteror 1 egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water (for egg wash)
In a small bowl mix 2 TBSP sugar, half of the milk and yeast. Cover and wait for it to activate and start foaming.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, vanilla seeds (or extract), ground cardamom and sugar at low speed to combine all the ingredients. Add the rest of the milk and melted butter and mix until the dough comes together. Lastly, add activated yeast. Continue mixing until a soft smooth dough forms. You can do this by hand, as well. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise at room temperature for 60 minutes or until double the size.
Almond Butter Chocolate filling
Melt both milk and semi-sweet chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water.
Add almond butter, vanilla, and cinnamon and mix well.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
Roll out the dough to about 20x50cm (4x10inch) or 2-3 mm thick.
Spread over the filling. Sprinkle cranberries on top if you wish. Roll along the ling edge and cut in half to get two rolls of the same length.
Cut each roll in half lengthwise and swirl one half over the other (see photos above).
Place the two babkas into two bread tins lined with baking paper and lightly brush with milk (or butter or egg wash). Bake in the preheated oven until deeply golden and puffy, about 20 to 25 minutes.
I started with a recipe that I usually use to make peanut butter cookies and I need to share that one with you too, hopefully soon 🙂 I changed a few ingredients and made them with dates, unrefined cane sugar a little bit of flour, baking soda, almond butter, and a flax egg.
It’s a recipe that you can whip up in 5 minutes. All you need to do beforehand is make a flax egg and soak dates for 15 minutes.
You mix it all up, make small balls and squash them with a fork to get a beautiful texture on top.
So are you excited about December and the upcoming holidays?
I decided to do a more relaxed Christmas this year, because I don’t want to be stressing about Christmas gifts and shopping. I prefer to spend that time with family and friends, spent more time with my son and hopefully go to a cottage with my family. Let’s just hope there’ll be some snow. It doesn’t look very promising, but hey, at least we’ll be together, right?
So for Christmas gifts, I decided to make something homemade. Something small and with love, maybe some homemade hot chocolate mix! Tell me, are you into homemade gifts?
One more thing… there’s a giveaway going on on Instagram. See the latest photo in my feed to find out how to enter 🙂
This vegan roasted pumpkin curry recipe is super comforting and is a proper late autumn dish. Nothing beats mixing pumpkin with coconut milk and fragrant spices.
Guys, I’m sharing one of my favorite autumn comfort foods – a pumpkin curry. And guess who also loves pumpkin curry? My friend Tereza from Tereza’s Choice. We created this recipe together and oh fun this was. Okay, it was also a bit stressful, since I accidentally erased ALL the images from the card on my camera!! We almost finished shooting and this happened. So I almost couldn’t share this recipe with you this week or at least not with photos. Luckily my dear brother found a way to get those files back.
And drrrrumroll! Me and Tereza have another recipe for you and we’ll share it soon 🙂
Are you drowning in pumpkins? We are here, but I don’t mind that. I love pumpkins and I never get tired of eating them. They are so versatile. You can use them in savory or sweet dishes. They are super healthy and soooo easy to prepare and really quick too. Who doesn’t love that?
My preferred way to cook pumpkins is to roast them. I roast them, when I make pumpkin soup, I roast them when I make pumpkin cupcakes, I roast them when I make pumpkin risotto… You get the picture! I love how roasting brings extra sweetness and depth from the pumpkins.
Curries are such a great comfort food because they are quick and easy to make and because of all the spices and flavors. I usually make my own curry spice blend, but you can use your own or a bought one. I find using the curry blend that’s available in stores here in Slovenia is very strong and makes each dish taste the same. So I try to avoid it and usually make my own in a coffee grinder.
Okay, I’m not going to bore you with the details. The recipe is pretty easy and straightforward. Basically foolproof 😉
Peel and cube the pumpkin, transfer to a baking tray and lightly oil. Put in the oven for at least 20 minutes until soft.
Meanwhile, heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add coconut oil, onion, and ginger. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the curry spice blend and fry for another 2 minutes.
Next up add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
Then add the coconut milk, bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, slightly reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
At this time, check on your pumpkin, if it’s soft, transfer it to a blender and blend with a bit of water until smooth. Add to your pan and coconut milk and adjust the flavor with salt and lemon juice. Don't be shy with seasonings – this curry should be very flavorful.
Leave aside and fry your cubed tofu on 3 Tbsp coconut oil until it gets a beautiful brown crust.
Serve as is or with flatbread, over rice, quinoa, or buckwheat. This dish gets elevated with the addition of some coconut yogurt, cashews, and parsley for serving.
Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days. Enjoy!
An easy but really fancy dessert like this hibiscus poached pears is guaranteed to amaze at any party!
Hey you! Do you know what’s today?
It’s our anniversary! YEP, Me and my blog celebrate our 4th anniversary 🎉 Even though we spend a year and a half apart we got together last year and now we’re besties again!
I’ve got some cool stuff to share for this special occasion. First, we have this amazing fancy-schmancy recipe, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
And now to the news, I couldn’t wait to share it with you!!! I’ve been asked so many times lately if I teach 1-on-1? So no I officially opened 1-on-1 online coaching sessions for everyone who wants to learn food photography and food styling with me. Besides online coaching, I also offer in-person workshops for everyone close to Slovenia or willing to travel. So if you’re interested in any of these topics hop on to my workshops page.
Okay, now that we’ve got this out of the way let’s focus on these hibiscus poached pears. Who’s with me? 🙋
You know me, I love simple desserts. Okay, I love the complicated ones too, but I’m over the moon when a dessert (or any dish for that matter) is AMAZING but it takes like no effort at all. Well, this is this dessert. Sounds real posh, but trust me no skills are needed at all!
Lots of poached pears recipes require poaching in wine and that’s delicious too, but hey, nothing wrong with choosing a different path every once in a while. Especially if you’ve got kids!
What you’ll need for these hibiscus poached pears is:
dried hibiscus (loose or in a teabag)
a vanilla pod
some pink peppercorns, and
I served them on vanilla yogurt (you can have vegan too), but if you feel like making some homemade vanilla custard, that’s awesome too.
I’m not going to keep you from the recipes much longer, just a few quick tips and we’re on.
Tips to cook amazing poached pears
If possible use pears that are firm and not too ripe. If they are too ripe, they might fall apart and not look as pretty. They’ll still be good, though.
Turn the pear halves around every once in a while so they have an even color and they cook more evenly.
This 15-minute Mongolian beef recipe is all about flavor! It’s a definite winner since it’s really quick and so so easy to make.
I’ve got a thing for Asian foods lately. Honestly, I’ve had it for years. But lately, I’m making Asian food way more often than before. I just ordered a bunch of Asian spices, some of which I’ve never tried cooking with. I’m so excited to try them 🙂
What’s your favorite Asian dish? Tell me in the comments!
Traditional Mongolian beef is made with spring onions and you’re free to add them to the recipe as well. However, I added broccoli to this Mongolian beef recipe, since I’m a huuuuuge fan of the beef and broccoli combo! I find it so delicious and also, some green veggies never hurt anyone, right?
Even though the weather’s been messing with us lately and it’s not even close to as cold as it usually is this time of the year I’m wanting comfort food anyway. It’s been raining a lot these days and all I wanna do is eat foods that feel cozy but also not making it unhealthy. And that’s why I love this recipe. It’s basically a mixture of both! YAY!
You can actually do this Mongolian beef in two ways!
One is the 30-minute recipe while the other requires marinating meat overnight. It takes the same amount of time to cook, you’ll just have to wait overnight for the meat to be ready. Trust me it’s worth it 🙂
Most of the Mongolian beef recipes don’t require marinating since the meat is cooked really quickly and it’s gonna be soft anyway. However, I love how much flavor is added to the meat that way. Both are amazing, but if I’ve got time, I marinate!
Cut meat into 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) slices against the grain. Proceed to prep the meat with either version 1 (short) or version 2 (overnight)
Coating the meat (Version 1 – short)
Add salt, pepper, sesame oil, and corn starch to a zip-lock bag. Add sliced beef, close and move the meat around so it gets evenly coated.
Marinating the meat (Version 2 – overnight)
Add salt, pepper and sesame oil to a zip-lock bag. Add sliced beef and sliced onions, close and move the meat around so it gets evenly coated. Leave int he fridge overnight to marinate.
Cooking the meat
After the meat is coated or marinated it's ready to cook. If you've used the marinating method, remove onions from the meat before cooking the meat, set onions aside, and cover the meat with corn starch.
Heat just enough oil to cover the bottom of a wok or a pan over high heat just until it starts smoking. Add meat to the pan evenly, but don't overcrowd. If necessary fry in batches. Fry for a minute on one side, then turn around and fry for another 30 seconds. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Making the gravy
In a bowl mix together 1 cup water, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and rice vinegar.
Add garlic and ginger and fry for a minute or until golden.
Add sliced onions. If you've used the marinating version, you can use the onions that you've used to marinate the meat or fresh onion. Fry just until golden.
Add the soy sauce mixture and brown sugar and stir well.
In a separate bowl mix together 2 TBSP water and 1 TBSP corn starch. Add to the sauce and stir frequently for about a minute or two. This will thicken the sauce.
Add meat and broccoli and stir well.
Serve with steamed rice.
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This no-bake chocolate chestnut pie is an indulgent autumn dessert that everyone likes. Surprise your guests with this recipe that is full of flavor.
Ever since I was a child, I remember loving to pick chestnuts and boy, I loved eating them even more. I still do!
I remember the whole family sitting in our dining room peeling a whole bunch of cooked chestnuts. It was a time of gathering when the whole family bonded over this amazing nuts. Actually, my preferred method of eating them is squeezing out the flesh with my teeth. I’m not very skilled with getting them out of their skins with a knife…
Although I love chestnuts, I never really liked chestnut desserts. They always seemed so heavy and not at all light and fluffy. But then I went hiking with my husband and they had the most delicious and fluffy homemade chestnut cake in the cabin on top of the mountain. So it left me inspired to try and make a light and creamy chestnut dessert. Somehow I ended up making a no-bake chestnut pie and it turned out better than I expected. Like seriously mouthwatering.
And from now on, I’m a fan of chestnut desserts. PERIOD!
How to make this creamy no-bake chocolate chestnut pie?
Easy peasy. Cuz it doesn’t involve any baking.
First, you wanna make the cookie crust. I used a mixture of Oreos and plain butter cookies, but you can go with whatever kind of cookies you prefer. Grind them finely and add melted butter and chocolate. Yes, I added chocolate in the cookie crust. Yum! After you press the cookie base in the pie tin, you need to let it cool in the fridge or the freezer.
What about the filling?
You start with cooking chestnuts as you would normally. Cooking them for about an hour after the water has boiled.
This is the hardest part – peeling. I’m not a fan, so I asked my mom to do it for me. I feel so spoiled right now 🙂 Did I mention I hate peeling chestnuts?
Okay, so you peel the chestnuts, but then you need to cook them again in heavy cream with some sugar. Just to thicken the whole thing and to cook those nuts some more. Done! Blend and pour over the cookie base and wait to set.
You can leave it here, or you can add chocolate icing on top. In that case, make it a day in advance, because it needs to chill in the fridge overnight. Recipe included below!
If you decide to make this no-bake chocolate chestnut pie, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! If you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! I love hearing from you and seeing how you make my recipes!
This recipe makes one 20cm (8 inch) pie. Double the recipe to make a 28cm (11 inch).
chestnut pie, chocolate pie, no-bake pie
180mlheavy cream or whipping cream(¾ cup)
150gcooked and peeled chestnuts
Cut chocolate into small cubes.
Add cream to a small pot and add chocolate. Over medium heat cook until chocolate has completely melted, about 5 minutes. Use a whisk to mix constantly.
Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Move to the fridge and leave to rest overnight.
After the mixture has chilled whip it using an electric mixer like you would whip cream. Transfer to a piping bag with the desired nozzle. If you whipped the chocolate cream before making the pie, leave it in the fridge to wait for decoration.
Use a food processor to finely grind the cookies.
Meld butter and chocolate in a small bowl over a pot with simmering water. Add to the ground cookies and mix well.
Transfer the cookie mixture to the pie tin and press to the bottom and the sides to form a firm pie crust.
Leave to set for at least two hours in the fridge or 30 minutes in the freezer.
Add cooked chestnuts, sugar and cream to a small pot and bring to a boil. Then immediately lower the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Transfer to a blender and mix until smooth.
Pour onto the chilled cookie base and let cool for at least 3 hours.
Pipe the chocolate cream around the edge of the pie.
Store the pie in the fridge. Leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
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My name is Anja. I come from a very small country named Slovenia. There are only about two millions of us living over here in a very picturesque piece of land. The idea behind this blog is to share a mixture of everything because this is how I eat. The recipes here are versatile, there’s meat, but there’s also a lot of veggies and fruit. You can find a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes here as well, so there’s something for everyone.
I believe great dishes can be made with basic pantry staples and some fresh seasonal produce.