Vanilla Ice-Cream With Toppings

The days were nice, warm and sunny. There was lavender blooming in our garden and the apricots on our trees were getting nice and ripe. Thanks to my friend who takes frequent trips to Madagascar and then showers me with the most amazing vanilla beans ever, the drawer was still packed with them and well, what better way…

Birthday Cake

This one is not a recipe but just a little photo series of the cake I’ve made recently for my dear friend. I’m not a big fan of sugarpaste and buttercream (the only butter thing that I don’t like probably:))  so I refuse to use them which does make my job a bit more difficult, as these…

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

If anyone has ever said you can’t make muscles in the kitchen they definitely hadn’t tried making this pesto. 😉 It will make your arms hurt quite a bit (well or maybe I just need to do some more push-ups) but it’ll be so worth it – sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan, nuts, olive oil… I mean…

Fluffy American-Style Pancakes

For a perfect breakfast, brunch, dinner or anything in between… Such a simple pancake recipe that gives you sooo many options with all the possible topings, if you want, you can even make them savory. As it is that raspberry time of year, I made them with freshly picked raspberries, slivered almonds and a bit of honey,…

Ratatouille

Probably not as good as the one in the cartoon, but definitely worth giving a try. It is definitely one of the best (healthy) things I’ve got acquainted with while living in Belgium (sorry all the other dishes, but the waffles definitely win) and I’m so glad I had, as it’s super delicious and helps…

Vitamin Water

This time I’m sharing something very simple for these hot summer days when water just won’t cut it in the hydration department. 😉 This infused water is full of vitamins, refreshing and you only need a few minutes to make a batch that will last for a day. What I’m sharing here is my favorite…

Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Summer is here and there is really not many things more appropriate for a light, fresh summer day lunch as these amazing, fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. You just need a few simple ingredients, some cutting, a bit of rolling practice, and some nice dipping sauces and you’re good to go. And no worries if at…

Triple Chocolate Muffins

I don’t make muffins that often but I sure do buy those cute little paper models waaay too many times. And when my storage box gets too full of them it’s time to make some. Cupcakes or muffins, they’re both great but as I’m not the biggest fan of different creamy fillings I usually opt…

Liege Waffles

It’s really hard not to love waffles. We used to make them for special Sunday breakfasts with my family, especially when we had some friends and family over. The old waffle iron we had made heart-shaped waffle bits, six forming one large waffle, so it was really all about sharing and loving while tearing the…

Avocado and Feta Cheese on Sourdough

I love avocado and all the ways you can use it, but be it guacamole, baked or in a salad, nothing can top this easy spread. A friend visiting from australia showed me this amazing combination and it has been a little obsession for almost a year now. What’s perfect is it can be a…

Pear Tart with Frangipane

My love for fruit pies and tarts is ever-growing and if they have a special twist like this one… well even better. The secret of this pear tart lies in the frangipane, a delicious almondy sweet layer between the pastry and the pears which gives the tart a crunchy sweet texture (and it is similar…

Sachertorte or Sacher Cake

This was one of the first cakes I ever made (still a teenager then), it is really easy to make and is still one of my favorite chocolate cakes. This recipe is an improved version of the recipe from my mom’s old cookbook and definitely my favorite version of the famous Austrian cake. What I particularly like about…