Spicy Cauliflower Soup and Pear and Almond Clafoutis

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cauliflower soup & pear clafoutis

The first creamy soup I ever made, was a cauliflower soup. The reason I remember it is because this soup was included in our new healthy diet I wrote about some time ago. Many things were new and exciting but this particular one stayed with us until current days. It was just a matter of making myself writing down the recipe, as it’s so easy to cook by adding things into a pot and not measuring the ingredients. It is an easy recipe to make and rather seductive in its taste so my guess is that it might become one of your favourite soups. Continue reading

new year’s resolution and buckwheat waffles

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I am definitely not one of those people with a New Year’s resolution thing or at least I don’t call them that. When I am ready, whether it’s the beginning of the year or not, I just go for it. Quite often  the change will be followed by a good or a bad thing, either stress or happiness, as those are the times when we need a change. And it has always worked for me.

This year, for some reason, it was different. Just approaching the New Year felt like I needed to do something for me, or at least call it my New Year’s resolution. The first thing that was inevitable was to have more rest! An unplanned holiday followed and I’ve begun to like this New Year’s resolution thing already. The other inevitable thing was to work more! I know! It’s an oxymoron really, but if you put things in the right order – it actually works! To explain; “to rest more” means to be more efficient at work so you don’t waste your time on things that don’t matter! You see, it’s simple really. Continue reading

honey glazed rye flour crepes with bee pollen and calendula

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I am going to have to admit it – rye flour is one of my favourites, if not the most loved one. Could be because it was the first I remember starting to play with, as a different one to plain flour. My love for different flours has developed over time but rye flour will always be a special one to me. Continue reading

buckwheat tea cookies as the perfect ending to a dinner party

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This is as close to perfection as anyone can get – in my modest opinion… to finish such a pompous sentence I’ll add – when it comes to cookies! It’s actually hard to continue writing after this statement. Then again it was hard to do anything after I baked these. I spend some significant time just staring at them. They are some mesmerising cookies!

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first year of bake and sorghum genoise with ricotta frosting and sesame praline

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I talk to my son about learning new things/skills almost on a daily basis. He still doesn’t  fully understand that any person, even a little one, has to put some effort in, in order to achieve something. For him things happen in a blink of an eye. When he decided that he was ready to use his legs, he did it. He was 7 months old and standing! It didn’t take long and he was walking freely around the house. To be more precise, he was 9 months old. That was his speed and he hasn’t stopped since. Continue reading

mini olive oil and buttermilk chocolate cakes for a school boy

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It was an early hour, I was still drinking my first coffee. Maksim looked like he was deep in his thoughts and just when I thought how quiet and peaceful mornings could be – the first words came out. Mum, does a train crossing gate have cells? When he saw my eyes open wide, he decided to explain – because it moves by itself! Hmm, well you know that train crossing gate have a motor that operates mostly on power and… Oh yes, I know, but what do we call those little things …? Oh yes, I know, atoms! You see mum most people think that houses are built out of bricks but you know bricks are built out of atoms! So the bricks are built out of atoms and then the houses are built out of bricks! Isn’t that right mum? Hmm, well…

This conversation took place just a few weeks before our new venture was about to start. Prep 2015 and Maksim as a part of it! If we ever doubted that he is ready for school, well I guess this was the time to erase all doubts and start just looking forward to it. And we did! We are still enjoying this venture that just started I know, but a good start is all we wanted for now! So a celebration took place. A few times now, really. We have baked many cookies and cakes, but I’d like to share this little simple recipe because I still think …”little cakes for a little boy” – even though he is ready for school.

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little buckwheat torte

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What do you do when a friend is coming for a visit? And it’s sudden! Well, first you take out from the freezer a test bake of dairy free and gluten free cake  (I’ve replaced plain flour with rice flour and I’ve used almond milk). Then you take out leftover vanilla buttercream from the fridge to give it a chance to soften. It’ll go great with the cake except it wont be dairy free any more. In this case that is not an issue so I was happy to add this lovely filling I was saving for, it turns out, this cake. Then last but definitely not  least, heat up the chocolate that you made for glazing the chocolate cake, just the previous day.

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red and delicious

Peaches

There are days which require red food. Today is that day. I didn’t need to think much. Little peaches were the winner from the very start. I’ve been baking these a lot lately. I guess that means that there has been an extensive need for red food.

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I had been enjoying these for many years before I decided to make them myself. I guess I had been a bit scared by their demanding look.

One would think there is too much work that needs to be done here. Well, I am not going to lie to you. The answer is yes, but the good news is the work can be done in a few phases and the result is… well let them speak for themselves. They can last in the fridge for up to a week (in our household) but feel free to try to save them  longer. I dare you.

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I made these with plain white flour but it can be substituted with many others, depends on your preferences. Continue reading