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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 […]

Vegetarian Baby Led Weaning And First Foods

Vegetarian Baby Led Weaning And First Foods

I have to clarify that the purpose of this post is not to give an advise, but rather to share personal experience and to remind myself how it was. Time flies and what seemed like ages then, seems far away now and things get forgotten. […]

Fixing frosting issue and gym refurbishment.

Fixing frosting issue and gym refurbishment.

We have a big room above the garage, which we turned into gym room. This recent renovation project is a result of a problem called wall “frosting” or “hazing”. The amount of white chalky dust that was seeping through the roof and wall panels was […]

Learning to grow tomatoes in cold climate.

Learning to grow tomatoes in cold climate.

Planting and Transplanting. This is pretty straight forward. I usually plant tiny seeds into shallow container with good organic soil and keep them covered until they develop a pair of leaves. Then transplant them into bigger pots. In cold climates, you might need to transplant […]

Easy Sourdough Bread.

Easy Sourdough Bread.

This is the best bread I’ve ever made. It is so good that I have been making it twice a week for three years now, so it’s about time I shared it. I discovered the original recipe in the book called Cooking Help for Parents […]