One day, when I was in seventh grade, probably on a Saturday or during the summer, my parents and my sister went to work in our vineyards. I stayed at home alone. By the time they came home I had made crêpes. Never before and not for a long time after did I make anything by myself in the kitchen. Both my sister and I occasionally helped, but the kitchen was my mother’s territory. On that day when they came home, my mother looked at me and said “You will be fine”, meaning I will be all right in the […]
I’ve been baking a lot in my life, even with yeast, but savory breads and their like were not very often a part of my repertoire. In my quest to replace the commercial, store bought, you can squeeze it into a flat paper-like substance by the time you are done with eating your burger type of bun, I searched and found a doable recipe for homemade hamburger buns. I adapted the recipe from Making Fresh Bread, a cookbook of the brand “Love Food” of the British publisher Parragon which promises to “create bread in your home with perfect results”.
In many countries throughout the world, November 1st is observed as All Saint’s Day. I grew up with this tradition in what was then Czechoslovakia. After I moved to America, I learned that here and in some other parts of the world, it is October 31st, Halloween that is celebrated with its interesting activities like kids trick-or-treating or adults attending costume parties. And there is pumpkin carving, and contests in pumpkin carving, and decorating with pumpkins around houses.
How often it happens that you want to do something and it gets delayed and delayed? No, it’s not procrastination, it just happens. Like my exploration of the many different varieties of whole grains. The other day this trend finally got broken.
After a long absence from my blog, I hope my presence will become more regular after I settle into the routine of the new school year. Developing the routine is taking a little bit longer than usual – more about this in a future post. Today I present this easy and wonderful way of preparing apples under a crispy sweet crust of rolled oats. I adapted the recipe from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook. You can use almost any type of fruit, or you can mix different fruits together.
Just before we went on our winter break last year, I received a nicely wrapped box from one of my senior Advanced Placement Calculus students. When I opened it at home on Christmas Eve (yes, we Europeans don’t open presents in the morning), to my big surprise I found a spring form cake pan in the box together with spatulas and her family’s recipe for a tart!
These are not your usual chocolate chip cookies. These are more like truffles, rich and moist inside with a delicate crust outside. You will need a lot of chocolate but you won’t regret it. I first saw the recipe just the other day on my friend Kathleen’s wonderful blog Nurturing Life, and because I was in the mood of baking that afternoon, gave it a try. I was very much pleased with the result and anyone to whom I gave these cookies – to a few co-workers at my and my husband’s workplaces – agreed that they are the most […]
Did you know that latkes have a Middle Eastern origin? They are an Ashkenazic Hanukkah specialty, but of course could be eaten at any time of the year. They are “truly marvelous and a good way to start any meal, or to accompany roasted beef” says Yotam Ottolenghi in his cookbook Jerusalem written with his friend Sami Tamimi.
When does anyone who works full time have the time to make a sweet breakfast – like baking scones – from scratch? On a Sunday morning, for example. And even though making scones is an easy baking skill, the luxury of not feeling rushed is very beneficial to your well-being.
No doubt about it – this is my signature pastry. I baked it sooooo… many times both for festive and everyday occasions, so by now I am quite fast when forming the little crescents. It is a traditional sweet pastry in many European nations made with a light yeasted dough and ground walnuts or ground poppy seeds as rich filling. I like how they are not uniform in size – at least not in the way how I make them – and also how some might have a little bit more filling than the others. It is a little bit […]
For a simple soufflé-like pancake that could be served with cinnamon or vanilla sugar, yogurt, fresh fruit or compote of your choice, both for breakfast or as dessert, this recipe is simple, easy to make, and quite versatile.
You can say good bye to boring oatmeal, if you cook it with a little twist. I got the recipe from Megan Gordon’s Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons. She writes a beautiful blog, A Sweet Spoonful, and this lovely cookbook is her first one, published in the end of December 2013. Megan designed the recipe for slow Sundays in winter; I made the oats on a slow wintry Saturday morning, right after I purchased my copy of the cookbook.