Month: June 2015

Irresistible banana&chocolate cake

Banana&Chocolate a match made in heaven. This easy-to-make cake embodies all that – and then some more. A dense, dark and devilishly delicious, it will be gone before you know it. For perfect dessert you will need: 2 ripe bananas, mashed 100 g of dark chocolate, melted 150 g of butter, room temperature 120 g of  caster sugar 3 free-range eggs 175 g of plain flour 3 g of baking powder 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract 1 tbsp. of orange juice (optional) Tiny bits of orange peel for garnishing (optional)     DIRECTIONS This recipe consists of few easy-to-follow stages: 1. In a bowl or food mixer mash the bananas. 2. Melt the chocolate. Since I don’t have a double-boiler and prefer not to use micro-wave as it is very easy to ruin the chocolate, I simply melt it in a pot. La methode: Finely сhop the chocolate into small bits and place them into a cup. Put the cup into a pot full of hot water. Make sure, no water gets into the cup. That’s it, you only need to …

A lovely summer starter: Nut coated goat cheese balls in bed of fresh home-grown salad

“Un fromage par jour de l’année” – (There is a different cheese for every day of the year, French proverb). From day one, I moved to Paris, I felt in love with cheeses. And trust me, it’s a great place to be for a cheese-lover. French have deep-rooted culture of cheese and more than a thousand cheeses in their lexicon. One of the cheeses, I learnt to appreciate is fresh goat cheese. Incredibly light and soft as snow, it tastes lovely with a rustic toast and is great in salads. If you are craving for a luxurious bite, and only have a few minutes for cooking, it’s just the right recipe for you. INGREDIENTS: 400 g of fresh goat cheese 2-3 spoons of natural yoghurt 4-5 spoons of crushed nuts (pistachio, pecan, almond) A pinch of salt Some pepper DIRECTIONS: 1. Crumble cheese into a large bowl and a roughly mash with yoghurt and season to your taste. If the mix is too dry, you can add more yoghurt. I also like to use some lemon zest for the additional swirl …

Endless love for pancakes

These American style pancakes are my all time favourite comfort food. Absolutely delicious and a complete breeze to prepare. For simple breakfast-wizardry you would need: 2 cups of plain flour 1 heaped tablespoon of baking powder A pinch of salt 2 tbsp. of sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 ½  cups of milk 2 tbsp. of melted and cooled butter, plus extra for cooking DIRECTIONS: 1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, beat the eggs, then whisk in the milk and stir in 2 tbsp. of butter. Pour in this mixture into dry ingredients. Beat well until the pancake batter is smooth. Afterwards, let it stand for a few minutes. 2. Put a large pan over medium-low heat and add a knob of butter . Once that melts,  it’s time to put our batter onto frying pan. You can make these pancakes big or small, depending how you like it. When you cook the pancakes, you just need to remember that when the upper side of the pancake …

Heavenly mushroom and zucchini omelette

Each and every one of us have their own little favourite thing to do, something which we always look forward to. For a number of years, for me such thing is a Sunday morning “royal” breakfast. It is not just a regular meal, it is rather a time-spending when you can slow down and relax, prepare something amazing and share it with your family and friends. And today’s the star of the table is this beautiful mushroom&zucchini omelette. Elegant and easy-to-make, it will make a great entrance for any lavish breakfast table. You would need: 8 eggs 300 g of zucchini, cubed 150 g of button mushrooms, sliced 50 g of parmigiana cheese, grated 150 g of mozzarella or feta cheese, sliced 2 medium onions, chopped Some salt and pepper (to taste) Some olive oil DIRECTIONS: Start off with slicing zucchini into a small cubes, chopping the onions and mushrooms Heat the oil in non stick pan, add the vegetables and cook until they are soft and start turning golden. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.  In a large bowl, …

Summer delight: Tomato cottage cheese tart

This is one of the most delicious tarts around, as it combines two of my favourites: tomatoes and savoury pastry. Rich in flavour, joyful and easy-to-prepare. Once made, it will constantly reappear on your dinner table. For the amazing tart we would need: 250 g of wheat flour 5 tbsp. of cold water 100 g of butter, cold and cubed. Plus some more for baking pan 1 tsp. of baking powder 3 free-range eggs 400 g of fresh tomatoes 300 g of cottage cheese Some salt and freshly ground black pepper Some rosemary (optional) DIRECTIONS: 1. To make the pastry, sift the flour into a bowl, add baking powder and a good pinch of salt, then add the cubed butter and about 4-5 tablespoons of water. Mix continuously until it comes together to form a rough dough, you can also add more water if needed.  Shape the dough and on floured surface roll it into a disk. 2. After that pick 26-28 cm wide baking pan and rub it well with the butter. Gently ease dough into baking …