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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 […]

Easy to make, two ingredient marzipan.

Easy to make, two ingredient marzipan.

This marzipan is so delicious and so easy to make, provided you have a food processor or a blender. Once you make it, you will never go back to store bought, highly processed sugar bombs again. All you need is almonds and dates, a bit […]

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 […]