Simple orange cookies

Crazy easy and addictive orange cookies. The chances are you have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry already. They are delicate and buttery and orange juice and zest make them anything but boring. We got some much snow in Chicago this last couple on days which is so crazy because we got away…

Cucumber radish salad

I really enjoy having a side of a veggie salad with my dinner. Lately, however, I got stuck in a rut, making the same thing over and over again. This is when I came up with this super light and crunchy cucumber, radish salad with dill mustard dressing. It is really delicious, perfect with meats,…

Pączki

How about a recipe for, oh I don’t know, just the best thing that can happen to anybody ever?  Pączki (poonchkee, singular: pączek) are a fried dough pastry, traditional for Polish cuisine. Also known in Ukraine as pampushky and very similar to the American donuts. Pączki are made of light and airy yeast dough, fried,…

Meringue cookies with lemon curd

A few days ago I made these meringue cookies with lemon curd for the first time. To be perfectly honest I didn’t even plan on making them but I had some egg whites leftover from another recipe that required just egg yolks. And if you know me, you already know I don’t like wasting food…

Russian salad (Salat Olivye/ Sałatka jarzynowa)

Finally I can share with you one of the staples of Eastern European cuisine- the vegetable salad. It goes under many names- sałatka jarzynowa or kaczy żer (duck’s food haha) in Poland, bramborový salát in Czech, salat olivye in Russia or simply Russian salad- every Eastern European knows exactly what it is. The dish consists of boiled vegetables like potatoes,…

Faworki (chrusty)+ VIDEO

Faworki (chrusty) also called angel wings in English are a deep-fried, crispy pastry shaped into twisted ribbons. They are traditionally served during the period called carnival, that is after Christmas and before Lent, the most important day of that time is called Fat Thursday when you are supposed indulge on faworki and pączki (polish donuts)…

Eggplant caviar

Eggplant caviar is a paste made of roasted eggplants and peppers as well as garlic and parsley. I found this recipe in the book called ‘Kuchnia polska’ (Polish cuisine) that I got for Christmas. I was so excited when I got it and finally I made my first meal from there. By the way, isn’t…

Beet, carrot and onion salad

Crunchy, fresh and healthy salad with beets, carrot, green apple and onion with lemon and garlic dressing, topped with chopped parsley and sunflower seeds. A perfect veggie side for dinner or a lunch. I’m used to cooked beets in salads or just by themselves and I rarely use raw beets but this salad is going…

Mustard herring rollmops with pickles

Today I’m serving pickled herring fillets with mustard and onions and pickles inside. They are definitely big in Eastern Europe. Could be served as an appetizer at a party, which is what usually happens at parties or Christmas in Poland, or a side dish. This recipe was developed by my mom. My husband, who is…

Tatar (beef tartare)

Tatar, or beef tartare in English, is a dish consisting of raw and spiced ground sirloin served with chopped onions and pickles and sometimes an egg yolk on top. I know that eating raw meat may seem a little extreme to some but it is seriously really good. People are mostly afraid of bacteria. Well,…