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I got to admit that I have sweet tooth but don’t get me wrong I’m not a big fan of cakes filled with lots of cream. Recently, I felt that even my favorite Nutella is not so tasty as it used to be. By the way, at my house  you will not find any chocolate or candy. Crazy! And I still dare to say that I have a sweet tooth 🙂 I do but for other sweets. I love dried pineapples (it’s sweet, light in calories, quite healthy). However, sometimes I want something not as healthy. Then I make this really simple and quick cake. It’s SO delicious and so simple that you’ll be surprised.

You’ll need:

4 bags or 500 g of squared cookies

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

200 g of butter

1 table spoon of cocoa powder (NOT NESQUICK!!!)

Cooking:

Smash the cookies! Ask your kids help. They will appreciate if you let them do this. Take a sauce pan and melt butter in it. Add sweetened condensed milk and lastly add some cocoa powder. Don’t forget to stir everything. Shut the heat off before it starts boiling. Pour this sweet sauce on the cookies. Mix everything up and put that into a plastic bag and start forming a loaf . Then put the loaf into a fridge for several hours and that’s it! Enjoy your dessert!

Waffle pancakes – perfect breakfast for Sunday morning

Several months ago I asked my husband Jaq to get me a pancake iron. The pancake iron that I could make my favorite pancakes that my mom used yo make for me when I was a kid. I was very specific about it because I didn’t want any fancy electric pan. I just simply wanted an old fashioned pancake iron that I could use on the stove. It was problematic to find one but after long time searching we saw one at our mall so Jaq immediately got one for me. Regardless of the price. Since then our Sunday morning breakfast tradition started. When I made these pancakes for the first time, Jaq looked at me at started arguing with me: “it’s not pancakes, it’s waffles!” But it’s actually pancakes. See, here waffles and pancakes are completely different from what you’re used to in America. Waffles are much much thinner and crunchier. Pancakes are also thin, soft but flat not fluffy like American ones. Having explained Jaq all of that, we came to compromise to call these pancakes waffle pancakes.

You’ll need:

  • Pancakes iron
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1 – 1.5 cups of flour
  • Milk
  • 2 spoons of sugar
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Vanilla sugar (optional)

Cooking:

Beat eggs with salt sugar, vanilla sugar and milk. Add some flour. Stir everything. Add more milk to make dough more watery. Put several drops of oil. This trick saves you trouble because pancakes won’t stick. Start frying. Put 1 scoop to the pancake iron (if it’s electric one, you’ll only need to take it out when it’s cooked; if it’s old fashioned one, you’ll have to flip sides so the pancake doesn’t burn). Done!

So here you go! Yummy breakfast recipe. Easy to make and rather quick to make!

Delicious with berries, yogurt, bananas, jam or nutella.

Enjoy!

Homemade tomato sauce

Do you know that you can prepare a delicious tomato sauce? I’m serious! It’s much more easier than you can imagine. When you try this, you will not want to buy any canned tomato sauce anymore.

There are several ways of making tomato sauces. I’ll explain you my ways of making this sauce. Depending on the amount of money, time you have, and your passion to experiment, you’ll be able to choose from several different tomato sauce recipes.

Recipe #1

  • 500 ml of tomato juice
  • 2-3 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 table spoon of tomato paste (optional; it’s only for rich color)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Cooking

Peel tomatoes (run them under boiling water and you’ll be able to do it very easily). Slice them. Take a medium size pot, put on the stove and turn on the heat. Keep heat low. Pour tomato juice in. Put peeled and slice tomatoes. Add some salt and pepper. Don’t forget to stir. Add a table spoon of tomato paste to get that nice rich color. When it starts boiling, boil it for approx. 2 more minutes and then shut the heat off. That’s it!

Recipe #2

  • 500 ml of canned tomatoes in juice; peeled and sliced)
  • 1 table spoon of tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil (optional) or Rosemarries (optional)

Cooking

Take a medium size pot, put on the stove and turn on the heat. Keep heat low. Pour canned tomatoes in. Add some salt, pepper, and basil or rosemarries. Don’t forget to stir. Add a table spoon of tomato paste to get that nice rich color. When it starts boiling, boil it for approx. 2 more minutes and then shut the heat off. That’s it!

Recipe #3

  • 500 ml of tomato juice
  • 2-3 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 table spoon of tomato paste (optional; it’s only for rich color)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried tomatoes

Cooking

Peel tomatoes (run them under boiling water and you’ll be able to do it very easily). Slice them. Also, slice dried tomatoes up. Take a medium size pot, put on the stove and turn on the heat. Keep heat low. Pour tomato juice in. Put peeled and slice fresh and dried tomatoes. Add some salt and pepper. Don’t forget to stir. Add a table spoon of tomato paste to get that nice rich color. When it starts boiling, boil it for approx. 2 more minutes and then shut the heat off.

Recipe #4

  • 500 ml of tomato juice
  • 2-3 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 table spoon of tomato paste (optional; it’s only for rich color)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sweet pepper powder
  • Red sweet pepper

Cooking

Peel tomatoes (run them under boiling water and you’ll be able to do it very easily). Slice them. Also, slice pepper up. Take a medium size pot, put on the stove and turn on the heat. Keep heat low. Pour tomato juice in. Put peeled and slice tomatoes and red pepper. Add some salt, pepper and pepper powder. Don’t forget to stir. Add a table spoon of tomato paste to get that nice rich color. When it starts boiling, boil it for approx. 2 more minutes and then shut the heat off.

Recipe #5

  • 500 ml of tomato juice
  • 2-3 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 table spoon of tomato paste (optional; it’s only for rich color)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sweet pepper powder
  • Red sweet pepper
  • Chili

As you’ve seen the cooking is quite simple. The main rule here is to stir. All these recipes are perfect with pasta, rice, and meat.

I love experimenting so I provided you with some very basic recipes. Usually I myself do not follow recipes and invent something new when I cook. So feel free to develop your own tomato sauce recipes. Add herbs and spices that you like. Add some different vegetables. Experiment! And share your discoveries with me.

 

 

Dinner in 20 min

I bet you have nights like me when you’re so tired that you just want to crawl into bed and forget about the world around. But reality is often quite different and we just can’t afford to rest. Especially if you have family with small babies. During nights like that, cooking can be really exhausting. But the question is what to do if you don’t want frozen dumplings or pizza? What to cook for family so everybody’s full and satisfied? I have a suggestion that help you out during such evenings.

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Next step – veggies

When I introduced Monki (that’s how my husband and I decided to refer to our baby on social media) to different kinds of grain, I started including some vegetables in her diet. It was quite challenging to find a farm where I could buy some ecological potatoes, pumpkin, cabbage and carrots. I decided to get everything directly from farmers because that way I can be sure that Monki gets healthy and nutritious food. I recommend you choosing all the products carefully, reading tags and giving preference to ecologically grown veggies. You’re responsible for your babies healthy start. Later when your baby grows up, you won’t have a chance to ensure that their diet is balanced and healthy. Continue reading

Chicken rolls with Mozzarella and dills

If I haven’t mentioned yet, I should say now that I love experimenting in the kitchen. I enjoy wp-image-1451813639jpg.jpgplaying with different spices and products. This time I decided to surprise my husband with something new. Well, not exactly new… chicken. He loves chicken but, honestly, I got tired of it quite often. So I try to discover new ways of preparing it. I’ve already tried chicken rolls just with different fillings and gravy. (If you wanted, I could give you recipe for some really filling chicken rolls with curd and spinach and cream sauce. Just let me know!). So this attempt was to make sure that my family eats less fat containing food. As you know, all these yummy gravies and sauces can be really harmful if your cholesterol levels are high or you have problems with your digestive system. Here, you’ll find a rather inexpensive and quick recipe for a luxurious dinner for the entire family! Continue reading

Cooking for our little ones

Baby’s diet is something challenging. Especially it’s hard for new moms. In the grocery shops, there are many different brands and products for babies. But the question is what to do if you don’t want to give your baby canned food and how to prepare healthy and fresh homemade food? I’ll try to share my experience and baby food recipes. As a new mom (my baby is just a little over 6 months old), I did lots of research on my own and consulted with our GP about baby’s diet. In this blog, I’ll share my experiences how I started giving my baby all sorts of mashes and purees. Finally, every baby is different, so what works just fine for my little one, does not necessarily mean that your baby will be happy about it. Just try, be patient and read clues your baby gives to you!

It’s recommended to start complementary feeding with either veggies (potatoes) or grain (rice, oatmeal or corn). I’ve started giving my little one rice porridge. Then slowly tried oatmeal, corn, buckwheat (she hated!), barley, grits, millet and semolina. I chose to use grain cereal because it cooks faster. And you don’t have to go into trouble of having to wash grain before actually cooking them.

How to make cereal porridge for your small eater? 🙂

Rice porridge:

  • 2-3 spoons of rice cereal
  • Water
  • 40 ml baby formula or breast milk  (later, cow’s milk)

Boil water in a small pot. Put cereal or grain in.(If you use grain, wash them before) Let them cook (cereal 3 min, grain from 20 min). Keep stirring them. Shut the heat off and put the lid on the pot and let them sit for a moment. Then use blender and blend everything up. Poor some milk (formula or breast milk). Boil it. And porridge is ready!

Rice may make your baby constipated. Better option is oatmeal. By changing cereal, you can use this recipe to make any kind of porridge.

I started with rice cereal porridge, and she got constipation. Thus,the other day my baby tried oatmeal. Later when my little one tried all the grain cereal porridge, I started mixing grain together and adding some bananas to make porridge taste better. She loved it!

Next time I’ll talk about how I introduced my baby to vegetables. I’ll share some recipes with mashed veggies (that will be good not only for babies but also for the rest of the family).