August 01, 2014
We made a cat free zone in our apartment – our bedroom. There were few reasons. First one being Ryszard – almost 5 kg of a cat – trying to sleep on my face each night. Second, Lola attacking our feet in a bloody game or them both chasing each other and running across our bodies at 3 am. Ryszard is one of these smart cats which should be a character in a cartoon. He knows how to open our bedroom door! Luckily, we are smart humans who know how to use a key. At least we thought that this is smart. What we experience right now on every night basis is slightly different than before - two cats screaming behind the locked bedroom door, scratching it and jumping on a handle about 100 times per hour. I admire their spirit but there are moments when I love them slightly less after a severe night. Today I’ve learned that it will pass… after about 2 years – apparently that’s how long it takes to train a cat. In few months we will have a bigger screamer around, so Ryszard and Lola won’t have a chance. But for now, ear plugs are our liberation.
After a hard night you need a rewarding, not too complicated breakfast. Bircher muesli prepared the night before will work well over here. In the morning we simply need to add fruits, nuts, yogurt and honey.
You will need:
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
- 1 apple, grated
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- mix of roasted nuts
- mix of fruits
- bit of honey
Place oats in a bowl, add grated apple, lemon and apple juice, cover with a foil and place in a fridge for a night.
In the morning divide oats between two bowls, add roasted nuts, spoon of yogurt, fruits and pour a bit of honey.
July 29, 2014
Sharing big news is tricky. You never know how your friends and family will react and it’s hard to decide how to tell them. Well, I didn’t have such a problem. I’ve discovered that I’m pregnant when I was traveling in New Zealand and Tomasz was in Sydney at the time. I was so excited that I sent him a video on Instagram followed by a message that it’s a serious matter and he has to see it and answer ASAP. He had no clue what’s going on. We still have the video, well, I think we may even keep it. With family it was even simpler. They kept asking us about children (parents do it’ don’t they) and one day we just told them if you want it so much just come over on the beginning of December as there will be one petit Greber waiting for you. And now I’m sharing it with you.
I think that there will be small changes on a blog as I feel like eating again! Yay! For the last few months I wasn’t cooking too much. The main reason was that I had no appetite at all. I was ready for this kind of feelings during the first trimester. I remember being super happy when the forth month has started. Picture me with a fork and knife, sitting next to my table and waiting for an appetite to arrive. Nothing. Then the fifth month came and I got more and more excited with each day, for the baby and for my taste buds to wake up. Baby was very happy, dancing inside me, and my taste buds were still sleeping. I went through few phases - not feeling hungry at all, eating veggies without excitement, not feeling like home made sweets at all, eating everything without excitement, then feeling that everything is sour (not the coolest experience for a foodie). But yesterday in the afternoon something has changed… I think I’m hungry for something delicious… am I really? Is it happening? Is my appetite for goodies back? Will I feel like spending hours in my kitchen again? So many questions! For this moment I feel like pancakes with a plum compote, chocolate dessert with something floating inside, lets say chocolate with peanut butter and maybe cinnamon rolls. Happy, happy days!
For a start I made a big breakfast influenced by this pictures. Pancakes are pretty healthy as I made them out of a rice flour. They go perfectly with a homemade plum compote. I hope you’ll enjoy it as I did.
You will need for compote:
- 350g plums,drilled
- 100g palm sugar
- 100 ml water
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1 tbsp palm sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 cup hazelnut milk
- 1 tbsp coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Start with a compote. Place drilled plums, sugar, water and cinnamon in a pot and cook over a medium heat for few minutes, so the flums start to soften. Then add a corn stretch and mix with a wooden spoon. You will see that the compote will thicken a bit. Put it on side and start preparations for pancakes.
In bowl place all the ingredients for pancakes, mix it well. Heat a frying pan with a bit of oil and pour one big spoon of the dough. It depends if you like small or big pancakes. Fry it on each side until golden brown. You should get about 8 medium pancakes.
Serve it with plums in compote and few mint leafs.
July 23, 2014
I want to call this sandwich a super sandwich. It’s hot, delicious and contains a melting cheese. I made it three times this week and it’s only Wednesday and I want more. Tomasz wants more as well. Total luck of control. Big thanks to Allyson for posting this recipe. We loooooove it. And if you like easy, fast and delicious recipes, this one is for you!
You will need:
- two slices of bread
- 2 tsp pesto
- two slices of mozzarella cheese
- 2 slices of tomato
Spread a bit of butter on each side of each slice, then pesto on one slice (just one side that will be inside of a sandwich), cover it with mozzarella and tomato slices, spread pesto on a top slice and cover the sandwich with it. Heat a pan and fry on each side until golden brown. I covered my pan with a lid so the cheese will melt.
July 22, 2014
When someone tells you that you need to check out one place, you do it. Especially when this tip comes from Michael who has an exquisite taste in Berlin cafes and restaurants. What you can find in Hermann Eicke are yummy bagels with interesting extras, super friendly owners, killer homemade lemonade and a cold chocolate that will blow your mind. I am not kidding - it was served with a cream and a ball of ice cream. I also enjoyed their bircher muesli, very fulfilling and you can taste apples inside.
I must admit that I’m in love with the interior - plenty of space, minimalistic, yet inviting. I went there few times just for a bite, but the last one was to make some work. It’s easy to concentrate there with relaxing atmosphere, nice tunes and refreshing coffee.
It’s located in Mitte, so if you’re a Berliner, discover this place and if you came over for a visit, have a break over there. And definitely try the cold chocolate drink!
Hermann Eicke - Brunnenstraße 45, Berlin - Mitte
Mo-Fr 8:00-19:00, Sa-So 9:00-19:00
July 16, 2014
Oatmeal is a super cool breakfast. It’s yummy and you can add fruits, your favourite spices, yogurt or whatever you like (so many options!). It also makes you feel full for a long time and gives you energy. During a summer period (we have an amazing weather in Berlin and temperature rises to 30*C) we don’t usually feel like eating anything hot for a breakfast, but if you’re an oatmeal fan, there is a solution. You can prepare an overnight oatmeal or this delicious shake. It’s very refreshing for sure and you can mix in whatever you like. If you want to get wild in the morning, you could always add some ice as well ;)
You will need:
- 1 cup currants (or plums or strawberries or cherries)
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- zest from 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp coconut flakes to garnish
Place everything except for coconut flakes in a blender and give it a good blend. Garnish with coconut flakes.
July 12, 2014
Hello weekend and a great weather, I’ve been missing you. I want to spend as much time outside as possible, but a good breakfast is a must. I made this one yesterday as a part of a “millet experiments. This crepes taste heavenly and baked pineapple makes it even more special. You get quite a lot of dough out of the recipe, I left half for the next day. I also enjoyed a flavour of a delicate quark mixed with a sweet fruit. I am sure that this crepes will go great with veggies and I am going to try this idea out as well.
But going back to ingredients, don’t you thick that pineapple is an amazing fruit, so beautiful and the flavour is unique as well. I like to keep in on a table for a while, as it looks so exotic. I found an interesting recipe for grilled pineapple, but since it was raining, I baked mine. Check out the original recipe over here.
For crepes, I followed a recipe created by a polish blogger Gdy w brzuchu burczy. I love that you can blend millet with milk, add a bit of a four and something amazing appears.
You will need for crepes:
- 250g cooked millet
- 400ml milk
- 100g wheat flour
- 100g rye flour
- 2 eggs
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp ricotta cheese
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 pineapple, peeled and cut in rings
- coconut milk, shaken
- cinnamon sugar
Cook millet. I cook it with 2 cups of water on a high heat and then leave it under the cover for another 10. But be careful, if you have a gas stove you may want to reduce the temperature a bit.
Place millet in a blender with milk and blend it. Then add the rest of ingredients and mix it. Leave aside for about 30 minutes. Then fry your pancakes on a pan with a bit of an oil.
Meantime prepare the pineapple. Peel it an cut in rings, brush it with a coconut milk and sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar (brown sugar mixed with cinnamon). Bake in 175*C for about 15-20 minutes.
Serve crapes filled with quark and with a pier of a pineapple.
July 08, 2014
There are few reasons for which my love for blogging grows each day. Obviously I experiment with food a lot and learn new things thanks to it. My belly is happy, my partner loves me even more and it’s exciting to create something out of few random ingredients. But I also meet amazing people on my way who share their knowledge. This is how I’ve learned about millet for breakfast. Do you eat it in a morning from time to time? If not - try it. It’s healthy and may be a nice quinoa replacement. You can cook it with water or milk or coconut milk or mix of them. Everything goes. Today I suggest something super easy to prepare, but it’s not the end. There will be more experiments ;)
You will need:
- 1cup millet
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup coconut milk
- fruits of your choice
- vanilla soy yogurt
- nuts of your choice
In a pot place millet, water and coconut milk, boil for about 10 minutes on a high heat and then leave it under a cover for 10 minutes.
You can serve it hot or cold, with fruits, nuts and a soy yogurt.
July 06, 2014
I made a real proper bread, one that you may buy in a good bakery and I am so proud of myself that all my friends know about it. My adventure with breads has started some time ago. After baking rosemary, raisin and almond bread for the very first time, I had the feeling that the world stood still for a second and I made an unique discovery that has rocked my world.
July 01, 2014
Home sweet home. Few days ago I’ve been having a perfect girls fun in Sopot, enjoying each moment of a great company, sun changing into rain, beach, Picollo and our amazing room. We had a view on a sea and I could stay on a balcony for whole 4 days. And now I’m back in my kitchen, preparing breakfast for Tomasz and trying to figure out where did this 4 days go. They say that time passes fast when you have fun, unfortunately too fast when you have a lot of fun.
June 27, 2014
Greetings from Sopot! Somehow I ended up spending few days on Polish sea side. It’s like going back in time, as I used to spend a part of a holiday period over here when I was a child. That were always magical days, full of friends and games. We used to stay on a camping side and each year the same kids were coming over with their parents. We were getting wild on a beach, running and swimming and then playing some more in the evening. No tv, no computer, no obligations, just fun.