Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Nothing beats a good burger!This timeless classic is a sure-fire winner all over the world.
But did you know it originally come from Germany?


500 g mince beef                                                
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped                            
flat- leaf parsley                                                                      
1 egg, beaten                                                        
olive oil                                                              
25 g fresh breadcrumbs                                       
sea salt(freshly ground)
pepper(freshly ground)

 burger buns,halved
 lettuce leaves
4 slices of red onion
4 slices of red pepper   
2 gherkins, sliced
BBQ sauce

1.Preheat the grill or barbecue.(medium heat)

2.Place the mince, garlic,parsley,egg,breadcrumbs in one bowl and mix together.Season with salt and pepper.Divide the mixture into 4 balls.Then flatten into patties.Rub a little olive oil over the burgers and cook them over a medium heat for 5-6 minutes each side, until cooked through.(Alternatively cook them on a frying pan using a little bit more oil).

3.Meanwhile griddle the rolls on the cut sides(or put them in the preheated oven cut sides up for around 4 minutes until crispy).

4.Place lettuce leaf/leaves at the bottom of each burger bun.Top each with slice of red onion,slice of red pepper, and cooked burger.Place few gherkin slices on top of each burger, along with dollop of BBQ sauce.Put on the top halves of the buns and serve.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Fancy a little bit of something mexican?Big fan of hot & spicy?
I'm gonna share one of my favourite recipes with you!Recipe for ''bowl of red''.
Trust me!It's absolutely deliciouuuuus!


2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 chillies (red or green - of course you can add less or more), deseeded and chopped
2 tbsp kumin
2 tbsp dried oregano
500 g mince beef
2 x can of chopped tomatos
5 tbsp tomato puree
1 red pepper, deseeded and diced
1 x tin of red kidney beans in water, drained and rinsed
black pepper


200g basmati rice
Lemon or lime wedges
Chopped parsley

1. Heat the oil in a large, dipp, lidded pan.Add the onions and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes.Add kumin, dried oregano and chillies.Fry together for 1 minute.

2.Add the mince and cook until brown, stirring well.

3.Add chopped tomatos,tomato puree, bring to boil, stirring,then reduce the heat to a simmer.Cover and cook gently for 20 minutes.

4.Add chopped red pepper.Cover for another 10 minutes.

5.Finally add red kidney beans.Cover again and cook for a further 5 minutes.Season with salt and black pepper.

Meanwhile, cook the rice following the pack instructions.
Serve the chilli with rice and lemon wedges. Sprinkle some chopped parsley on top.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Apple pie - Polish style

It had to be my first post!It has all started from this recipe...

Well, I have to confess.....I didn't always cooked or baked.I never had to!I had my personal, very talented chef - my mum.And I was quite happy to be just a tester.Cooking always looked too difficult.Weird ingredients, unknown techniques, complicated recipes!I never showed any interest in cooking and my mum never forced me to learn.

It all changed when I moved away from home.You can only eat ready made pizza for so long, scrambled eggs get boring after a while too.I missed a divine smell of home baked cake on Sunday afternoon, and the one from a supermarket never tasted like the one my mum would make.

And this urgent desire to have a piece of home made apple pie - taste of home.

So I did it!I bought all the ingredients, got the instruction  from my mum over the phone, and I baked my first ever cake!!!And I got hooked!Has never got out of kitchen since then.


PASTRY                                                                 FILLING

550 g plain flour                                                     2,5 - 3 kg apples(cooking are the best)
2 tbsp baking powder                                             2 tbsp vanilla sugar
100 g caster sugar                                                 2 tbsp cinnamon
200 g unsalted butter(cold)                                     2 tbsp breadcrumbs
2 eggs+ 2 yolks
2 tbsp sour cream or natural yogurt

1.Sift the flour together with baking powder.Add the butter cut into small squares, eggs, egg yolks,sugar and sour cream.Work the mixture with your hands until it's all bind together.Divide into two balls(one slightly bigger), wrap it in a clingfilm and put it in a fridge.

2.Peel the apples, cut them in quarters, remove the cores.Grate them using large grate.Add sugar, cinnamon and breadcrumbs and mix together.

3.Preheat the oven to 190 C/170 C fan/Gas 5.Grease 20x30 cm baking tin with butter and line with baking parchment.

4.On a lightly floured surface roll out the pastry(bigger first) and use to line a cake tin(bottom and sides).Prick your pastry using a fork.Put the apple mixture on the top.Roll out the smaller ball and line on the top of apples so it's all covered.Prick the top layer with the fork too.

5.bake for 60 minutes.I normally cover a cake with a kitchen foil(aluminium) after about 30 minutes so it doesn't burn on the top.It should be golden.

                   VOILA!!!  SMACZNEGO! (which in Polish means enjoy your cake ;) )

Let the journey begin!

What a beautiful blog world!People so creative!Souls so inspiring!I want to be part of it!
I have been thinking to start this blog for a long time, but has always been so doubtfull, fearflull...
How it's gonna be?But if you do something you love it doesn't matter right?
So here I am, full of bright ideas, pictures in my head, ready to take up a challange, hoping that mabybe one day I will inspire someone too.

                                                                BON VOYAGE!!!!