The best view in Warsaw

I visited Warsaw, the Polish capital city, for the second time in 2015. Just like the first time, the main reason behind my visit was a music concert. The first time I had arrived on an early summer afternoon, just days before the UEFA Euro 2012 would kick off in that very city. Everybody had told me that Warsaw was grey and ugly, but I found it exciting and vibrant and unexpectedly colourful. 

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Oven-roasted cherry tomatoes

roasted cherry tomatoes

Last week I bought cherry tomatoes with the intention of eating them on Thursday, the day that I start working at 12:00 and I usually have to fit in a quick lunch around 11:00 before I leave home. Cherry tomato and tuna salad was my plan. But then that particular Thurdsay morning I decided to get busy in the kitchen and I just forgot about the cherry tomatoes. I almost forgot to have lunch at all, that day. So a few days later, during the weekend, I opened the fridge and saw that package of cherry tomatoes. Some of them showing off serious wrinkles. Continue reading

Bite-sized lamingtons

Lamingtons are a type of Australian sweet treat made of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut flakes. In my family, we’ve mistakenly been calling them kokosanki, which translates as something like “coconut treats”, ever since. Wrong. Real Polish kokosanki are a type of coconut macaroon, and you can get a recipe for real kokosanki here. Why in my family do lamingtons go by a wrong name? No idea.

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Oat cream-based zebra cake

In my everlasting quest to make the perfect cakes suitable for my food-intolerant friends and colleagues, I have started exploring oat-based products more and more. This also applies to adapting the recipes I use when working with my students in order to include those who cannot eat dairy products. It all started with oat milk and deveoped from that. In this recipe I’m using cream. Continue reading

Ten first times – travel edition

I am writing this after reading a trending post on some Italian travel blogs I follow (linked at the end of this post). I don’t blog in Italian and I don’t blog about travel (as my main topic), but I like to share stories and this trending post felt like a good opportunity to write about stuff I love. The original post was called #prime10volte, that is to say “ten first times” when travelling. Travel is about exploration and learning so it should come as no surprise that while travelling one gets to experience many “first times”. So here’s 10 of my first times while in travel. Continue reading

Cilantro Lime Rice

It all started two months ago, when I stumbled upon a very interesting recipe on one of the first food blogs I have ever followed, cilantro lime rice by Cooking with a Wallflower. Sometimes I find recipes and I wonder how on Earth I had never come up with such ideas myself, spontaneously. I lovelovelove guacamole and I often think that my big love is mostly for the avocado, but the thing about guacamole is also the peculiar flavours of lime and cilantro that make the avocado mash special. Why didn’t I ever think of adding lime and cilantro to rice? Continue reading

I am ready for spring

It’s been a strange week, the one that just ended. I found myself crying when crying was the last thing I wanted to do, really (I generally don’t mind crying, it helps me get stuff out and relax, but I need to be in the right mood for a good cry and I was most definitely not when I cried this week). Then my body just gave up and I found myself exhausted, sick. I had to pause, spend a day in bed stunned by a wild migraine. Outside my window the snow had started to fall again. All the snow that had not showed up in January – there it was. In March. Continue reading

Gingerbread cake

I have this habit that whenever I’m abroad I like to visit local supermarkets. I equally like to have my guests have the same experience, so I often take people grocery shopping whenever someone visits me in Sweden. It’s my favourite way to get inspiration for the meals we are going to share, and it’s a good opportunity for them to get in touch with foods that might attract them but that I may not have at home. This is how I ended up making gingerbread cake recently. Continue reading

Double chocolate banana bread

double chocolate banana bread

Making banana bread can be a very good strategy to get rid of overly ripe bananas that had been forgotten or just neglected. There are people who will feed on all sorts of fruits whenever they find one within reach. Sadly, I belong to the other type – those who buy fruits, try to eat them regularly, then forget them in the fruit basket. Some fruits hold longer, and hopefully make it until the next time I feel like eating random fruits. Others will just sit and ripe and hope for the best. Continue reading

Single-serving applesauce

Let’s make things clear – applesauce is not exclusively a type of baby food. I consider it comfort food. Maybe the reason should be found in the fact that applesauce is so easy to eat that it requires the table manners and eating skills of an infant, hence the comfort. Whatever! Applesauce is not only baby food and it’s something that I really really enjoy. Especially warm, straight out of the pot. On the spot. You make it, you eat. What a bliss. Continue reading