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Zapekanka – Sweet Eastern European Cottage Cheese Bake

Zapekanka – Sweet Eastern European Cottage Cheese Bake

Zapekanka is a staple from my childhood and is quite unique to Eastern European cuisine. This healthy, by modern day standards, bake used to be served as lunch at the kindergarten I went to during soviet times. It was also quite popular simple weekday dessert […]

Toddler approved, vegan mushroom risotto

Toddler approved, vegan mushroom risotto

Like so many other toddlers, my daughter is a peaky eater, but even she liked the taste and consistency of this creamy mushroom risotto. Print Vegan Mushroom Risotto Creamy risotto with rich mushroom flavour. Course: Main Course Cuisine: Italian Servings: 6 Author: Elvira Ingredients 50 […]

Late Harvest Soup

Late Harvest Soup

This comforting soup is all about seasonal vegetables and it is perfect for rainy days of late autumn. If you grow your own vegetables, it is a great way to utilize the “stragglers” in your garden and clean out vegetable beds. And if you are […]

Toddler Friendly Green Pizza

Toddler Friendly Green Pizza

This is one of the best ways I found to serve my toddler greens, especially spinach. Make a nice pesto, then put in on the pizza or mix with pasta or just spread it on the slice of bread. I make my pizzas rectangular, because […]

Books For Late Teens and Twenties

Books For Late Teens and Twenties

An avid reader might be familiar with this feeling when you read a good book, and enjoying it of course, but realise that you could enjoy it more if you would discover it a bit earlier in life. “I wish I’ve read that when…” kind […]

Beetroot, Halloumi and Quinoa Salad

Beetroot, Halloumi and Quinoa Salad

I like cooking with beets! Not because of my Russian roots, but because they are very healthy and quite versatile. Beets add nice color to dishes and lots of nutrients. They are good in soups, stews, sandwiches, dips and even desserts (beetroot cake anyone?), but […]

Parenting Article: Theory of Mind

Parenting Article: Theory of Mind

Short, informative read from The Hanen Centre on how to help your child to tune-in into other people’s perspective and feelings, and develop the theory of mind. I have tested the ‘box of candy’ experiment on my 3.5 year old and she gave me the right […]

5 Week Weight Training Plan – Advanced

5 Week Weight Training Plan – Advanced

This is my best exercise programme of my own design. I’ve tried many different weekly routines in my years of fitness, many from famous fitness pros at bodybuilding.com and fitness magazines. After years of various training regimes and reading weight lifting course from MIT university, […]

Rhubarb Crumble Cake

Rhubarb Crumble Cake

If you have a garden with growing rhubarb, chances are you end up with too much of it. There’s only so much juice you can make! I have bookmarked rhubarb soda and wine recipes and even bought the equipment, but haven’t had time to make […]

Olad’i Russian Kefir Pancakes

Olad’i Russian Kefir Pancakes

This is one of the traditional pancake type in Eastern Europe – mainly Ukraine and Russia – that would be served for weekend breakfast, typically with thick sour cream (Smetana) and homemade jam. At least this is how I always remembered it to be. Some […]