Author: Elvira

Spicy & Crispy Baked Kale Chips

Spicy & Crispy Baked Kale Chips

We all know that kale is super healthy, but I always found it a bit bland and uninteresting. Until I have tried to bake it that is. I’ve experimented quite a lot with different flavours and found this particular one to be the best for […]

Vegetarian and vegan diet facts and myths.

Vegetarian and vegan diet facts and myths.

In my experience, every time I say to someone that I do not eat meat, the same questions follow: how do you get enough protein in your diet? Do you have to eat a lot of beans and legumes? Isn’t it necessary to eat meat […]

Vegan pasta with vodka sauce and roasted aubergine.

Vegan pasta with vodka sauce and roasted aubergine.

There is a lot of discussions online about vodka sauce. Is it a gimmick or not, does it give any flavor, what is the point, etc. etc. I personally think there is a point and it is certainly not a gimmick. Tomatoes and bell peppers […]

Simple Chocolate And Date Spread

Simple Chocolate And Date Spread

As an alternative to nut based chocolate spreads this one is date based. Because of sweetness of the dates, there is no need to add sugar or any other sweetener. Dates also contain plenty of fiber, but less calories than nuts. This variation is perfect […]

Baked Wolffish

Baked Wolffish

As I sat down to write this post about the wolffish, I set out to do my research and to my great sadness and disappointment, I discovered that Atlantic Wolffish is on the list of critically endangered species. Apparently it has been over-fished. So my […]

Crunchy Oat And Nut Granola

Crunchy Oat And Nut Granola

This is basic, very easy to make, oat crunch granola with lots of healthy nuts and seeds. The recipe is easily adjustable and I like to change it sometimes to include coconut flakes instead of seeds or use different type of nuts. I don’t like […]

Russian Style Crepes Filled With Sweet Farmer’s Cheese

Russian Style Crepes Filled With Sweet Farmer’s Cheese

I previously wrote about versatility of farmer’s cheese (aka Tvorog) and its wide use in Eastern European cuisine in my recipe for Zapekanka. This is another wonderful use of this soft cheese in a traditional filled pancakes. I believe similar recipe can also be found […]

Importance Of Choline For Pregnancy And Breastfeeding.

Importance Of Choline For Pregnancy And Breastfeeding.

This post is revised and updated from the original that was posted in 2015. It seems like Choline is becoming fully recognized by medical professionals as an important nutrient to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is just as important as folic acid to prevent […]

Drawing Development In Children

Drawing Development In Children

One of the things I am fascinated by in child development is their creativity and the development of their drawings as children grow. After the role play, which is interesting to observe and often quite entertaining, drawings are my next best thing to observe and […]

Home Made Harissa Paste

Home Made Harissa Paste

Harissa is a hot, slightly smoky and very aromatic paste made from chilies, garlic and fragrant spices. It is used in North African and Middle Eastern cuisines as a condiment, or mixed with water, oil or passata to add a punch to stews, soups or […]