February 23, 2014
Life is full of surprises. The one for me has started two days ago with little Lola singing in the middle of the night. She’s the sweetest cat, but the time to become a lady cat came and she does what she’s most probably supposed to do - she’s getting crazy. She sings whole nights, what equals with me not sleeping at all. Well, I’ll survive, but just in case I bought earplugs.
After a long night, an early morning came. We were a bit tired, but we didn’t want to spoil a beautiful day. So I made a refreshing breakfast out of fruits and mozzarella. Good for people with female cats, with a hangover and not only.
You will need:
- 3 tbsp bread crumbs
- 1 tsp flour
- 1 tsp parmesan
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1 mozzarella ball
- olive oil for frying
- mint leaves
- balsamic vinegar (I used thick balsamic sauce)
First cut an apple and pear in thin slices. Heat a frying pan with a tablespoon of oil and fry each slice for about 1 minute on each side. Set aside.
Mix bread crumbs with a flour, parmesan, salt and pepper in one plate and in the other lightly beat an egg.
Cut mozzarella in slices.
Pour 1 more tablespoon of an oil on a frying pan, than cover each slice of mozzarella with an egg, then with bread crumbs mix and fry on each side for about 2-3 minutes.
To serve it place apple slice on pear slice, then mozzarella, mint leaves, few drops of balsamic vinegar and repeat again. Looks funny and tastes amazing.
January 25, 2014
I could not run away from it. With a first snow a first cold came. I like to stay at home in my pyjama, reading and drinking hot tea with lemon and honey. But I don’t like being in a half dream state. It’s difficult to think and organise myself. It’s just a short post as it’s hard to write as well. This omelette is easy to prepare and original in taste. Perfect as a morning treat for a sick person.
You will need (for 1):
- 3 eggs
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp parmesan
- 1/3 cup green peas
- 1 tbsp truffle oil (or an olive oil)
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- goat cheese
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp mint, shredded
Start with a peas. Place it in a small pot with a salted boiling water and boil for about 1-2 minutes. Drain it and place in a bowl with an oil, salt, pepper and a lemon zest.
In another bowl whisk eggs with salt, pepper and parmesan. On a medium size frying pan heat a butter and pour the egg mix. Fry over a medium heat until the egg is not runny. You can make few small holes in the omelette to speed the process. Place an omelette on a plate, spread peas, goat cheese and mint on it and roll it or fold it in half. This recipe was adopted from Saveur.
January 08, 2014
I am following my New Year resolutions. For the first time in my life. I honestly do and I am very proud of myself. I know that it’s just 8th of January but I’ve started in a middle of December 2013th. And I rocked it!
Time passes so fast, 2013th is gone and in a week I’ll be leaving Barcelona. I’ve seen so many beautiful places over here, that I feel that my batteries are charged for a whole year. You can see some pictures on my not food related blog if you like.
Today’s recipe is an awesome one. I saw something similar on Food52 some time ago and it sticked to my memory. It’s healthy, easy to make and yummy. Polenta cakes are a good base for a breakfast. I made mine sweet, but sour with fried onion or mushrooms or rucola and salmon will be perfect as well. So many possibilities that you need to try it. You could add some raisins to polenta while it’s cooking, to make it more sweet as well.
You will need for polenta cakes:
- 1/2 cup polenta
- 1 cup milk (you may replace it with water)
- 1 cup water
- pinch of salt
- olive oil for frying
- ricotta, mascarpone or cottage cheese
- apple, cut in thin slices
- 1 tsp of honey
- few walnuts, roasted
It is all very easy to make. In a pot place polenta, milk, water, salt and bring it to boil. Then reduce the temperature to low and cook for about 10-15 minutes until it’s thick and water evaporates. Place polenta mix in a baking dish (like 20cm on 20cm, but each medium dish will be ok) and leave it to cool down. When it does it will be thick and will achieve a texture of cake already. Cut it in squares, heat a frying pan with an olive oil and fry on each side until golden. I served mine with mascarpone, apple, nuts and a bit of honey.
December 31, 2013
Today is the last day of 2013! It’s hard to believe, but tomorrow we have a new fresh year to have fun with. 2013 was super good for me and I’ll miss it. But it seems that I’ll experience so much more in 2014th, and I am ready.
I don’t know what are your plans, but I know that whatever you’ll be doing, it will have an impact on your morning. And it will be a special morning - 1st morning of a new year. Soooooo, if you’ll be tired/hangover/fresh/still awake/ready to serve a breakfast for family, french toasts will be a good idea. It goes especially well with a hangover ;) It is sweet, caramelised bananas are delicious and your stomach will be grateful. So buy bananas, orange and eggs today, and have a fun yummy 1st January 2014 morning tomorrow. Happy New Year!
I adopted this recipe from Williams-Sonoma and they have a nice collection of yummies there.
You will need for toasts (for people):
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp sugar
- zest of 1 orange
- pinch of grated nutmeg
- 3 slices egg bread
- olive oil for frying
For caramelised bananas:
- 2 bananas
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp sugar
- juice of 1/2 orange
Preheat an oven to 175°C (350°F).
Place eggs, milk, sugar, zest and nutmeg in a bowl and mix it. Cut bread slices in half, place each piece in a bowl with an egg mixture and then place in a flat dish like a baking dish and pour the egg mix over it. Leave it for a minute or two, so the break will soak the mixture. Heat a frying pan with a bit of an olive oil and fry toasts on each side until golden (about 2 minutes each side). Then place toasts on a baking tray covered with paper and bake for about 10 minutes.
Meantime cut bananas, melt butter on a frying pan and start to fry bananas, so it’s golden brown on each side. Sprinkle sugar over it and fry for 1 more minute, then add an orange juice and fry for 5 more minutes, so the juice becomes thicker.
Serve toasts covered with caramelised bananas.
October 18, 2013
We’re here! Hola Barcelona :) Ryszard did not enjoy his flight as much as we did, but he was a sweetheart. I hardly survived climbing 6 floors of steep stairs without a lift with all our luggage and I can’t complain on anything else, as Barcelona is amazing. We have a cosy little place and my favorite churros quite close to our place. There’s a high possibility that it will be hard to keep my weight with delicious food around, but running along a beach is somehow nicer. I miss Berlin, my favorite places, my kitchen, bike, saturday markets and favorite florist, but hey, I’ll survive ;)
September 17, 2013
I start to believe that german language is the most difficult language in the world. Most probably someone will write that chinese or thai is harder, but for me german is on the first place. I hope that a day will come when I break a barrier or something and it will go. For now when I try to use it, somehow it mixes with many english words and english grammar. Ups.
August 13, 2013
I got up at 7am today and I baked some blueberry scones. It was delicious, but while baking, it got too flat, just like cookies. It means I need to work a little bit on this recipe, but don’t worry, I had 5.
Then I felt like something simple and not too time consuming for a second breakfast and what can be easier than omelette. I made one with basil, cottage cheese and baked tomatoes. It’s simply too easy and too good not to try. Why do we forget easy recipes?
August 07, 2013
I am not a typical person, or maybe I am a typical woman? What I mean is that there are times when I can hardly understand my own behaviors. For instance it took me 5 months in South America to see that I want to learn spanish. It took me 1 year in Berlin plus an idea to move somewhere else to start really learning German. I am attending an intensive course with people who are excited about this language and whenever they ask me why didn’t I learn it earlier, I have no idea what to say. Simply “because”.
July 31, 2013
Healthy recipes may be easy. Just like this one. I’ve found a chickpea flour a couple of days ago and I was looking for an easy way of testing it. I found in on Gourmet Traveller website.
July 23, 2013
I love to eat by myself. It’s my time, I can think, read, catch up with news. But eating with friends is much better. For the last few weeks I had a nice collection of friends over and some of them are still here. They could not choose a better time - it’s sunny, hot and beautiful in Berlin. Most of them are discovering Berlin for whole days while I’m improving my German skills on an intensive course. But we have some time for each other in the morning. We make breakfast and talk about everything. That’s why I think that today breakfast makes you talk. It is so light, tasty and refreshing that you almost feel more energy after each bite. And when you put three girls behind one table you can not stop them from chatting ;)