Potica with four fillings

Holiday season is almost here and it’s time to start thinking what to put on the table for all the parties and festive dinners that are coming up. In Slovenia, no holiday passes without potica (pronounced potitsa), it’s a sweet bread roll with different fillings, but most commonly walnut one. I like the walnut filling (and you can find the recipe for that one here), but I get quickly bored of the “same old, same old”. So I decided to make it a bit more interesting and by interesting I mean pimping it up with 4 different fillings. Continue reading “Potica with four fillings”

Octopus salad

Some weeks ago I had a strange craving. Well maybe it was not really a craving, but more a wish. You know, when you remember a dish and then you’re like “Damn, I would like to have that now”. It was an octopus salad that I wanted. I don’t know how I thought of it, but I did. I inquired around where to buy an octopus and found out that people don’t really eat them here and because it was not really urgent and I’m lazy, I didn’t spend much time on looking for it either. But then my parents came to visit and I kindly requested some octopus to be brought with them. Afterwards, I had all I needed, to make this delicious octopus salad, at hand. Continue reading “Octopus salad”

Sugar free apple and plum pie

Lately I’m neglecting my blog. Not necessarily because of lack of inspiration, but more because life was quite busy in the past 2 months. Sadly when time is short, hobbies, which in my case means my blog, are the first ones to be neglected. We are living in our new house for a nice month now and I’m loving it. I love that we could paint it like we wanted, I love our new kitchen, I love the garden, but most of all I love the fact that it’s ours. Life is starting to settle just when fall is here. Fall for me means a drastic increase in my need for baking. Colder, darker, rainy days are just screaming for some cosy smell of fresh baked goods in the house. Continue reading “Sugar free apple and plum pie”

Cauliflower rice risotto with ground chicken

Do you like risotto? Of course you do. Everybody in their right mind likes risotto. I love it. I don’t make it that often, because it does not really make great leftovers, unless you make arancini, but that is a story on its own. I know it’s a weird reason, but I really like to cook meals that last me for at least two days (less work, more free time). Anyway, the other day I really felt like risotto, but since I am still on Whole30 that was not an option, so I opted to make some compliant approximation of it. The result was cauliflower rice risotto with ground chicken. Since I had to leave out the two main ingredients, those being rice and parmesan cheese, this really was just an approximation, but a delicious one nonetheless. And since cauliflower is loaded with good stuff as you can read in this very in depth article written by Helen from Well-Being Secrets, this dish is a healthy bomb, one worth adding to your everyday diet.  Continue reading “Cauliflower rice risotto with ground chicken”

Lemon tahini spirulina dressing

Grilled veggies are a quick and delicious meal all year long, but appear on our plates more often in the summer months. When I’m having grilled vegetables, I like flavour them with different marinades or dressings. Olive oil, garlic, parsley and lemon juice is my usual flavour combo, but this time I felt like experimenting and made a tahini-based dressing/sauce. Continue reading “Lemon tahini spirulina dressing”

Shrimp ceviche my way

Since I started my journey with Whole30 (read more about it here) I’ve put together a lot of dishes that I came to love. One of those is shrimp ceviche. Ceviche is a dish originating in Latin America normally prepared with fresh fish that are “cooked” with citrus juices and mixed with different spices and herbs. The first time I had a ceviche was on our trip to Florida in March, I immediately loved it and knew I’d be making some version of it back home.  Continue reading “Shrimp ceviche my way”

My mother’s 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

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”

Potica with walnuts and pecans

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”