Category Archives: COOKING ADVENTURES

“IF YOU CAN ORGANIZE YOUR KITCHEN, YOU CAN ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE” – Louis Parrish

SO LET’S GET STARTED GUYS!!!

 

Royal mushroom & walnut pate

ROYAL MUSHROOM & WALNUT PATE

Rich & powerful, yet so smooth and elegant. A true pedigree pate! There are just no words to describe this mighty beauty. Been indulging for couple of days now, and it is getting only better and better. Who would think that such a humble base ingredient as mushrooms, could create such a delicate treat for the palates… Sit down, make yourself cosy, and listen to the full story.

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Quarantine Chickpeas Easter Salad

QUARANTINE CHICKPEAS EASTER SALAD

Hmmm, wondering what to do for upcoming Easter Break… Where should I go? Or maybe I just skip all the travel hustle and stay at home? OK, that was a bit of a black humor there, but in times like these you do need a good dose to remain sane 🙂

In a way, last 3 weeks have been a true eye opener. Spending more time at home, and being “tight” to a beautiful place where I live, made me appreciate everyday little things and my surroundings even more. Distracted by everyday obligations and a hectic tempo imposed solely by ourselves, we had simply forgotten to enjoy all those precious and genuinely fulfilling moments which come for free. I sincerely hope that you have re-discovered at least 3 little joys for a fuller and happier life, which you will continue to nourish once life pace goes back to “normal”. Being a bit cynical with the term normal, but that is the topic for another post. Been pondering and self-reflecting a lot lately, so got a bit side tracked))

Let me come back to those tiny precious joys. For me, one of the most relevant ones, was to remember how a good quality exciting meals can be prepared from the basic cupboard ingredients. Nutrition and creativity should certainly remain our prime focus in the kitchen. It is fun to experiment with exotic ingredients occasionally, but Peruvian strawberries, quinoa, jackfruit, kombucha, or Wakame algae are not prerequisite for a healthy fit body & taste buds indulgence!

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Oat balls

“I AM TITANIUM” OAT BALLS

Desperate times do not always require desperate measures!

Yes, unexpected arrival of the Corona virus messed up our comfy everyday lives quite a bit. Will not go into details on this occasion, all is clear. Current events are the way they are. We are not able to affect happenings on the Global level, full stop. However, we are still very much in control of our physical and mental well-being. We are not very keen on this word, but hey, each one of us is responsible for one’s own thoughts, feelings, actions, and FOOD CHOICES. Have to capitalize the last one, as the right nutrition decisions are currently a must for maintain a strong, virus & any other disease resistant immune system. There is a thin line between crisps and sweet potato bake😊

That said, let me come back to the first line. Times are a bit desperate, but measures are ought to be quite the opposite. Great news – now is “the it” time to go overindulgent with all possible superfood you have been piling up in your cupboards for months, years even… Just take everything out, line it up on the kitchen table, and start using your imagination.

For an inspiration, here is a super cool recipe to get you going. Been on a cupboard cleaning rampage myself, and it resulted in one truly exceptional, yummy, and super-duper healthy creation. These are not your average Joe sweet tooth oat balls. Oh no! These little, yet mighty balls of goodness, are guaranteed to make you scream “I am titanium!!!”.

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Magic Pancakes

MAGIC PANCAKES

“I wish it would be Christmas every daaaay….”. Yes, me too 🙂 In fairness, Christmas is not about that particular calendar day, its’ true essence lies in all those beautiful and uplifting emotions it brings out. Invigorating warm scents of cinnamon, cloves, and homemade sponge cake spreading around the house, warmth, laughter, fulfilling time with the dearest ones… Just overall joy coming from the inside.

He he, wouldn’t it be great if you could pack a bit of that spirit into a tight container, and inhale it now and then during the year when in a need of a mental energy boost? OK, fantasies aside. But let me share a secret; it is possible to experience Christmassy high at any given day. Oh yes! It is actually only a pan away. Follow my newest culinary pancake adventure, and in no time you will be jingling around the house like there is no tomorrow 🙂

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Mediterranean fennel and squash pasta sauce

MEDITERRANEAN FENNEL & SQUASH PASTA SAUCE

Quite often, best things in life come unexpectedly and suddenly. It is that moment when you go “OMG, what has just happened?? Wow, can’t believe it! Pinch pinch!”. Then you pinch yourself to realize it is truly happening and life in all its’ shades is sooo amazing!

This exact moment manifested in my kitchen recently when tasting one of the yummiest pasta sauces ever. And trust me, living in the Western Mediterranean, I have tasted many.

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Banana & oats mash

BACK TO CHILDHOOD BANANA & OATS MASH

Remember those sweet childhood days when your mum would make you a soothing and heart-warming DIY meal? The one which would cast all of your worries away and lighten up your heart after just first bite? With a big loving smile on her face, she would look at you emptying the plate, and reward you with a soft kiss or a cuddle of joy after the last bite…

There is no other feeling in the World that could beat mama’s TLC! I am sure that these loving memories are giving you beautiful chills down the spine right now…

Three eventful decades later, on a grey and rainy Sunday morning, this exact flashback took me over. A bit sentimental and fragile, I felt a need for something heart-warming & soothing, something that would make me move mountains again. One glimpse around the kitchen was enough for creation of this ultimate “mama’s TLC” style meal. It is truly miraculous what kind of effect one ripe banana, an apple and some oats can have on your body, mind & soul. A true quick fix mood booster guaranteed 🙂

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Rejuvenating smoothie soup

REJUVENATING SMOOTHIE SOUP

Wow guys, sooo happy to share my latest kitchen breakthrough; a meal which instantly became my weekly (nearly daily) menu must do! For the last couple of weeks I keep blending away while singing “I just can’t have enough…” with a big smile on my face. And after the last lick (yes, I admit licking my plate), I start getting chills down my spine thinking: “Man, this is nearly better than s…”.

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