My mother’s French salad…

french salad

…that is actually a bit Russian (the salad, not my mother, although we are Slavs, so you never know). In our family there is a tradition – on 1st of May we go on a road trip. We did this almost every year, always with a big crowd, our family, my uncle’s, my great aunt’s, friends of my aunt and so on (you get the picture), our caravan was road tripping across Slovenia like a bunch of gipsies. In the last years I missed a couple of these trips, due to the fact that I am not always home then, but I will always feel the need to go on a trip in May. Continue reading “My mother’s French salad…”

Poppy seed and strawberry cake with cream cheese and greek yogurt frosting

Poppy seed cake with greek yogurt frosting and strawberries-3

After a week of cold and rain, we woke up on Sunday with perfect blue sky and sunshine. It was about freakin’ time, because the lack of real spring was making me feel depressed. I’m the person that thrives when temperatures are above 25°C, so Belgian weather is and always will be a struggle. But let’s focus on the good days and Sunday was one of those. It was a picture perfect day – woke up a bit later than normal, had a lazy morning with some good pastry for breakfast, went for a run to burn that pastry, had a healthy lunch, an afternoon bake sesh’ and “stuck-in-the-couch” evening, only a day at the beach would beat it.  Continue reading “Poppy seed and strawberry cake with cream cheese and greek yogurt frosting”

Foodtruck boulevard

Foodtruck boulevard-3

It’s been a while since I went to a “food event”, but spring is here and with it comes the new season of food festivals, barbecues and other little life’s pleasures, like sitting outside with a nice glass of wine (or whatever floats your boat) and enjoying the sun. On Sunday there was a small foodtruck festival 5 min away from our place so we decided to check it out. It was located on the garden in front of a small “castle” (more like a big fancy house) and there were about 20 food trucks all together.  Continue reading “Foodtruck boulevard”

Potica with walnuts and pecans

Potica featured

Easter is here. I always liked this holiday. Easter brings along all the good stuff – coloured eggs, enormous amounts of chocolate and other goodies, that appear on our tables only in festive times. But apart from that, I like Easter because it announces that spring is here which brings along longer days and warmer, sunnier weather. I don’t really do anything special on Easter, other than visiting family, but despite that I always make sure I colour the eggs and make potica.  Continue reading “Potica with walnuts and pecans”

Happy birthday to me! And a brownie cake with chocolate truffle frosting, caramel sauce and almond praline.

Brownie cake with chocolate truffle and caramel featured

On Saturday it was my birthday, it’s the day when I have a right to my own cake, which, since I don’t live at home anymore and thus away from another potential cake maker – my mother, have to make myself. That is OK though, it’s an activity I like (if everything goes as planned) and always results in something good. This year I wanted something extra chocolatey so I went for a cake with brownie bottom, white chocolate and milk chocolate truffle cream and, and, and caramel sauce in between layers. Oh and there is also almond praline hidden in there. Don’t judge me – it was my birthday and I can eat whatever I want.  Continue reading “Happy birthday to me! And a brownie cake with chocolate truffle frosting, caramel sauce and almond praline.”

Baked whole wheat chocolate donut bites

Chocolate donut bites featured

It’s less than a week from Carnival or Mardi Gras or however you call it and it’s time to make something appropriate for the occasion. Since this year Mardi Gras comes just on my birthday and I want my birthday to be filled with cake and not donuts (or maybe I should consider a donut cake), I decided I’ll indulge in donuts a week before. It doesn’t make a difference for me, since here in Belgium Mardi Gras is not so big as it is in some other countries. I do miss it sometimes, I like to dress up and overeat with donuts.  Continue reading “Baked whole wheat chocolate donut bites”