September 16, 2014
Sometimes simple solutions are the best ones. I baked a big loaf of bread again and, well, we eat it. I experiment with sandwiches, try it warm and cold. But whenever I can’t figure out what I feel like, I put avocado on a slice of bread, add tomato and a goat cheese and enjoy it while thinking. Do you like this combination of flavours? It is delicious and refreshing, especially when you add a bit of mint (always a good idea!).
I fell in love with avocado few years ago in Sydney. My friend used to repeat that it’s a natural butter and he was caring it around in his backpack. It was also very easy to find a treat with it in Sydney’s cafes. This year I had an amazing sandwich in The Grounds of Alexandria and I’m still dreaming about it from time to time. That’s why I’ve been trying to recreate it. Homemade sourdough bread - checked, organic tomato and avocado - checked, goat cheese from a farmer - checked, mint from my little windowsill garden - checked. It couldn’t go wrong.
You will need for 1:
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp chopped mint
- small pinch of chill flakes
- 1 tomato
- goat cheese
- salt and pepper
In a small bowl smash avocado, add lemon juice, chopped mint, chill flakes and mix it. Toast a slice of bread and spread avocado mix on it. Add slices of tomato, sprinkle with goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper. You can add fried egg if you like, it goes pretty well with avocado.
September 11, 2014
It’s September and it’s time for apples! Did you know that Poland is the third biggest exporter of this delicious fruits? Maybe that’s why I feel like I have them in my blood. You may say I eat them in kilograms, even though I am a tiny bit allergic. Well, you can’t have everything.
I am a happy gal living in Berlin - city of relaxed people. Just today one girl made my day. I went to a pharmacy to buy Folio (pregnancy thing) and asked her for a specific one (for third trimester). She looked a bit confused and asked if I’d like to buy another one. I answered that I’m sure I want that specific one I’ve asked for. This super friendly girl told me “Well, this one is for pregnant women, are you pregnant?”. I showed her my profile (7th month) and started to lough. She made me feel skinny and totally in form. I also had a meeting with my doctor. He’s the most relaxed one I’ve ever met. Tomasz asked him if it’s ok that from time to time baby must press my nerves or something and I loose control over my legs (just for a tiny second, but it’s a strange feeling). The guy smiled and simply said “Well, that’s life”. He made my laugh as well. I am a bit of an ignorant and each symptom seems to be normal for me. I do not worry about it, just enjoying my “special” time. And I am grateful that I live in a city full of positive people.
You will need (for 2 people):
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp flour
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp cheddar cheese, grated
For fried apples:
- 2 apples
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp thyme
Heat an oven to 175*C. Cut apples in quarters and cut out nests with seeds. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, add oil, apples, honey and thyme. Fry until apples are soft on both sides. Put on side.
Separate egg whites from yolks. In a bowl place whites and whip them until foamy. Then using a wooden spoon mix in flour, salt, yolks, milk and cheddar cheese.
Melt butter and spread it around an iron pan or baking form. Pour the egg mix into it and place apples on top (it may fall into the foam).
Bake for about 12 minutes.
September 09, 2014
Nothaft Seidel Cafe is my new happy discovery. Baristas and all the staff are really sweet, they made me consider moving to Prenzlauer Berg, so I can come here for my morning coffee and cake.
I had flat white and it was perfect, not too strong, not too weak. Just good. Big sandwich with mozzarella, rucola, dried tomatoes and salami was delicious and rich in ingredients (I loved it). The fun part is that you can observe them making one.
I honestly enjoyed interiors as well. You can sit outside in a sun, or maybe inside up front with a good natural light and chat with a friend or enjoy a book. If you want some privacy or need to work a bit, go on the back, where you can be comfortable and get a bit of energy for your laptop. I go to cafes mostly to enjoy it with a nice company, magazine or a book, but from time to time I have an urge to leave my kitchen and work somewhere else for an hour or so and this place was perfect for it.
They have a nice selection of delicious cakes as well. I’ve heard about a killer banana bread and a lemon cake, but I’ve decided to go for a beetroot cake. OMG! I was eating it for about 30 minutes as it’s too good to eat it fast.
After a big disappointment in Suicide Sue (three times a row bad service) I thought that Prenzlauer Berg is low in good, friendly cafes. But it’s not! CK Cafe, Bonanza Heroes and Nothaft Seidel Cafe rocked my mornings. So go there, discover little boutiques and design stores in this neighbourhood and stop for a nice break in one of them.
Nothaft Seidel Cafe, Schönhauser Allee 43a
10435 Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg
Mon - Fri: 8.00 am - 8.00 pm, Sat: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm, Sun: 10.00 am - 8.00 pm
good fast breakfast
September 07, 2014
I may not be such a horrible mum after all. Do you remember an idea to trick my baby that fruits and veggies are sweets? Well, I still think it will work out, but I may bake her few cookies from time to time as well. Oat cookies with nuts and dried fruits taste amazing and are a great substitute for ones we buy in stores. It’s almost like a bowl of granola in the morning. That’s why we should have it with a glass of milk.
I found the original recipe on Anja’s Food 4 Thought blog. From my recipe you’ll get 6 bigger cookies, but you can easily double ingredients if you feel like more.
This is it for today, I could write, that I got a list of things I need to buy for a child and myself before her appearance and that I totally freaked out, but I won’t. I could also write that I didn’t even know that half of them exists, but again I won’t. Let’s stay optimistic.
You will need (for 6 cookies):
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1 banana, mashed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- 1 tbsp sesam seeds
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Use two tablespoons of mix for each cookie. You can use round dough cutter to form nice round shape or you can do it by hands. Place baking paper on a tray, put 6 or more cookies on it and bake in 175*C for about 20 minutes.
September 05, 2014
I’m totally lost with all the things I need to buy for our baby. I think that buying a car or apartment is easier. I’m very grateful for bloggers who share their experiences, otherwise I’d end up with a whole store’s assortment in my bedroom. Three months to go, so much to organise. And they say that this is the easy part ;)
I have this strange feeling that I’ll miss my life. I know that a totally different feelings will take over, but working from cafes, delicious coffee with a good book, walks with Tomasz, mornings in bed - I’ll miss you all so much. And of course our lazy and slow breakfasts. I hope that our girl will be a big fan and she will help a bit. For sure she knows how to kick, so she should be good with working on a dough.
I’m trying to make everything that I like so much as often as possible. I still have three months to enjoy silence and to concentrate on myself, Tomasz and work. I also take time to experiment with food. And this is how this no flour muffins were created. They don’t taste as regular muffins (as there’s no flour in them), but they’re yummy. Mix of fruits, oats and millet makes the flavour very delicate, if you want it to be more vivid add blueberries or raspberries. My most favourite part is that it’s well moist. It goes perfectly with a glass of milk!
You will need (for 12):
- 1 big or 2 small apples, pealed and grated, so it has a sauce consistency
- 3 bananas, smashed
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 4 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 cup cooked millet
- 2 cups oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- chopped almonds to put on top
Start with cooking millet (place 1/2 cup of millet and 1 cup of water in a pot, bring to boil and boil for about 10 minutes on a medium high heat, so water evaporates. Put it on a side and leave it under a cover for about 10 minutes and then let it cool down). When millet is ready add all the other ingredients except for almonds and mix well. Place papers in a muffin baking tray (for 12 muffins) and divide dough between them. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top. Bake in 180*C for about 25 minutes.
September 01, 2014
Bonanza Coffee Heroes has an awesome name and serves super delicious coffee! This little place was created out of love to a good coffee and for you to enjoy it.
It is tiny indeed, just few seats inside, but when the weather is nice, you can sit outside in a sun or walk around neighbourhood. Come over to enjoy a cup of a damn good coffee, have a chat with a friend or think about life, as this cafe is not created for people with laptops. Food options are limited, but you can grab a croissant.
Each cup is served with a double espresso shot, each coffee blend is homemade (they have their own roastery!). I can legally enjoy one shot of coffee per day so I had to ask for it and I wasn’t sent away. It seems that gossips about barristers being strange with annoying customers may be just gossips. I can be annoying with my urge to get a perfect picture and asking strange questions, still guys were really friendly.
If you’re a coffee person and visit Berlin’s cafes from time to time, there is a big chance that you had Bonanza’s blend already. It is popular and there is a reason for it. So if you like to have a well prepared cup of delicious coffee at home, buy your favourite blend and take it with you.
Bonanza Coffee Heroes, Oberberger Strasse 35, Prenzlauer Berg
Mon - Fri: 8.30 am - 7.00 pm, Sat - Sun: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm
August 29, 2014
It is a very special sandwich and I am afraid it’s not for everyone. I saw a picture of a mix of chocolate and bacon on Pinterest and obviously I wanted to try it. This time I didn’t use Nutella, as Tomasz has already taken care of a jar. This boy has a thing for a chocolate spread and he can’t sleep as long as there’s a jar of it in our apartment. As I am having a period of chocolate cravings, well… I’m acting on it.
We’ve organised a night of baking Tartine bread with Tomasz, so in the morning we had a delicious big loaf. Yummy! To mix it with salty bacon, delicious and rich in flavour dark chocolate, figs and blue cheese - perfection in a world of a pregnant woman. I hope you’ll love it as much as I did!
You will need:
- 2 slices of bread
- dark chocolate (like 70%), shredded in small pieces
- fried bacon
- blue cheese
Heat up a frying pan and melt a bit of a butter on it (like 1 tbsp), place two slices of bread and toast it on both sides. On one of them put chopped chocolate, so it will melt a bit, cover with fried bacon (still hot), add sliced fig and spread blue cheese over it. Cover with another slice and enjoy! The chocolate may end on your hands, but this is a price to pay for a hot chocolate sandwich ;)
August 25, 2014
I went to cafe for a coffee and I got this huge cravings for banana bread, but not a regular one - I wanted it with Nutella. That is not a regular thing, as I don’t usually eat Nutella, but this time it was an obligatory ingredient. As you can see the recipe could not be easier. I wouldn’t even post it, but after uploading a picture on Instagram few readers asked me for the recipe. So here it is. It tastes amazing when still hot (as most of cakes) but cold as well. Most probably you have most of the ingredients, I did, so I bought bananas an a jar of sweetness and run back home to experiment.
You will need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup natural yogurt
- 5 tbsp Nutella
Heat an oven to 175*C (350*F). Grease a baking form (I used 23 x 13 cm). Mix all the ingredients except for Nutella in a bowl and then pour it to a baking form. Place 5 tbsp of Nutella along in a middle of a dough, one next to another. Bake for about 50 minutes. It’s too easy and delicious not to try.
August 22, 2014
I have a love/hate relationship with my waffle machine. No, I take it back - I have only hate relationship with the waffle machine and a love one with waffles. There’s something seriously wrong with this piece of equipment. I think I’ll set up a new goal in my life - get rich, buy Kitchen Aid waffle maker and through mine out of the window. I can already see it in a slow motion… and I’m almost satisfied.
These babies are not sweet waffles, but you can add a maple syrup and they could be. As a mum-to-be I think that my child won’t realise that there’s a bacon and blue cheese inside. Maybe I could even add few additional veggies, huh… I may be one of this bad, bad mums - you’ll see my baby girl running around with a piece of apple on a stick, saying that she got a lolly pop from me :D
As these are savoury waffles, I served them with delicious organic cocktail tomatoes and lettuce. Veggies went really well with crispy waffles.
You will need (for 2 people):
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3 slices bacon, fried and cut into small pieces
- 50g blue cheese, cut into small pieces
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 30g butter, melted
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and and mix so it will combine. Fry in your waffle machine. Remember to grease it before pouring the dough.
August 18, 2014
I used to think that pregnancy doesn’t influance my appetite, but this morning I made baked millet with fruits, nuts and spices big enough for 4 people, so it was supposed to make it till tomorrow’s breakfast. It didn’t. We were talking with Mr T, eating, drinking our morning drinks, trying to decide on buying a new cupboard to our apartment (not an easy one) and we’ve found ourselves fighting for the last piece. I am pregnant so obviously I used this argument and won.
The honest truth is that I keep forgetting about this little girl in my belly. Last days were full of work, cooking and photographing. And… the only times I was thinking about my state was when my belly ended up in a photo frame. I got used to few poses, some of them won’t be possible soon I am afraid. But hey, I’ll figure out new ones.
As I am trying to be conscious about the whole new situation and not to read too much about pregnancy in internet (too many stressful experiences from other people), I read one website once a week. It tells me what’s going on and what I can expect in a present week. So… today I read “Enjoy your blessed state while you can, from now on it will only get worse”. Well… I don’t think so! Or will it?
Changing a subject, my small obsession with millet continues and I think it will stick around for a long time. Today I made a baked version and wow, it was worth sitting in a kitchen for an hour and wondering if it will turn out well. It was delicious. You can add milk of your choice - soy, hazelnut, almond or a regular one. You can also experiment with fruits and spices. Everything works here.
You will need (for 4 people):
- 1 cup uncooked millet
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup mix of nuts
- 1 tbsp coconut flakes
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup honey
It is an easy breakfast to prepare, the only extra time you need is for baking. Preheat your oven to 175*C.
In a bowl mix uncooked millet with spices and place in a medium size greased baking dish. Place berries on top and cover with nuts and coconut flakes.
In another bowl mix eggs, milk and honey. Pour it over your millet mix and with a spoon move it around a bit.
Bake for about an hour
Serve with yogurt, fruits and honey.