Dec 19, 2013

Tomek's mom gingerbread w/whole spelt


There has to be gingerbread in every Polish home for the Holidays, prepared days ahead. This is an old family be completed just before Christmas.

Dec 17, 2013

Stollen w/whole spelt (German Christmas bread)


I'd been buying Stollen for years and eating a lot of it. Than I thought, why don't I make it myself ... and eat a lot of it?

Dec 7, 2013

Homemade vanilla extract


Well, I'm not in the USA anymore where vanilla extra is...Vanilla Extract. Here - not available (without overpaying). Since then, I've used an artificial substitution only once and then I've decided to make my own essence.

Dec 1, 2013

Swirl biscotti w/whole spelt


These put a smile on Hania's little face...and went very well with my cappuccino.

Nov 25, 2013

Potatoes stuffed with lentils


I made this for my parents when they came for a visit. But since they are still suspicious about my cooking...or maybe they were just not hungry, I was happy to eat the leftovers.

Nov 20, 2013

Nov 12, 2013

Nov 8, 2013

Whole spelt Russian pierogi


Hania wanted pierogi. Can I deny anything this little, sweet 12-year old creature. Yes, I can. But not often.

Nov 1, 2013

Carrot-almond cake


I felt an instant attraction. And I was not wrong...this time. I saw the making of this carrot cake on RaiUno yesterday. Italians like to eat it around November 1st.

Oct 22, 2013

Oct 17, 2013

Oct 8, 2013

Celery risotto

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And the last bunch of vegetables in my refrigerator today goes to: Risotto!

Oct 7, 2013

Potato-mushroom pot pie

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Julian wanted to go out on Sunday for lunch. How many times do I need to tell him that I don't like going out...unless on top of Rome for a 17 Euro Martini.

Oct 5, 2013

Pear-almond cake w/whole rye

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Five pears were sitting on the table. Have been sitting there for the last five days. My first thoughts this morning went to them. Lucky pears!

Oct 3, 2013

Chickpea bread

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Marzio talked about this bread. Marzio was our Italian neighbor. His caravan was just across from our tents, in Croatia. He knew about cooking, was very energetic and friendly. Romans and Greeks knew about chickpea bread 2000 years ago. And won some wars thanks to it, the legend has it. Centuries later, this traditional Italian farinata di cieci was called "the gold of Pisa".

Oct 2, 2013

Cream of pumpkin soup

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It's OK. I'm not a big fan of pumpkins. I'm not a big fan of soups. But I'm a big fan of easy, fast, light and seasonal meals with an Italian touch and doing something different on Wednesday afternoon.

Oct 1, 2013

Plum-raspberry tart w/whole spelt

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I bought a lot of plums again today. But the only person that is serious about eating them is me. Julian is afraid of plums because they are small and he can't really see a plum-gone-bad. Hania says she likes them but I'm not convinced. So I put the plums in a cake and everybody is happy.

Sep 27, 2013

Any-time crepes w/whole spelt

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Before, we just had crepes Sunday morning. Lately things have changed. I make crepes anytime I feel like. Anytime I'm out of ideas what to make, eat, want or be. Like today.