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”

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…”

Roasted balsamic “forgotten vegetables”

I know, I know, I’m not discovering warm water with this recipe, but it’s one of my favourite ways to prepare roasted vegetables and it should be found on my blog as well. This time I roasted the “forgotten vegetables”. For those of you who never heard the term (although I think you are in minority) these are vegetables that in the past were widely used, but have not been used a lot recently, either because they look “weird” or because people were not used to eating them as a child and didn’t even know they can be quite delicious. People are more and more informed and “back to nature” mentality is helping with the return of these vegetables to our plates. Continue reading “Roasted balsamic “forgotten vegetables””

Homemade gnocchi with beef goulash

You guys, it’s December! Say what!? Where did the year go? Is it only me who thinks that time flies waaaay too fast? I love Christmas time, but for me real Cristmas feeling starts only after the 6th of December, which is a special holiday in some places in Europe, I will tell more about that in my next post. So as I am not yet in full on holiday mode, today’s recipe is also not very festive, but it’s still comforting and cosy. Gnocchi with beef goulash was a dish that often appeared on my grandmother’s Sunday lunch menu. Continue reading “Homemade gnocchi with beef goulash”

Zwitserse preischotel (Swiss leek dish)

As I wrote in the title Zwitserse preischotel translates into Swiss leek dish. I don’t know if it’s really Swiss though, it’s how they call it here (if anyone has any idea about it, let me know). The first time I heard about this dish was 2 years ago. We just finished with furnishing the appartement and started inviting people over for dinner. The first ones were Laurens’ best friend and his parents. Continue reading “Zwitserse preischotel (Swiss leek dish)”

Whole grain pizza with red beets, chanterelles and goat cheese

Until recently I ate red beets only in a pickled form. My grandmother used to make pickled red beets every year and when there were no other vegetables for lunch, pickled red beets would be served instead. I loved it as a child (and still do), which might  come as a surprise. Me and my sister would compete whose tongue got more red, we ate a few pieces and then started showing our tongues to each other, as you can imagine we were very well mannered. Continue reading “Whole grain pizza with red beets, chanterelles and goat cheese”