Pickled veggies

Pickled vegetables are a great dinner side or an appetizer. In the past I have made traditional pickles, and pickled peppers but this time I decided to experiment a little and make a veggie mix. I got the inspiration for this recipe from my mother-in-law who made a similar dish last week. It was so…

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,…

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,…

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…

Simple tomato cucumber salad

Super crunchy, fresh and extremely easy cucumber, tomato salad is a perfect addition to any dinner. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, I chopped my cucumber and onion and was planning on mizeria salad but I figured I will try something new. All sorts of cucumber, onion and/or tomato salads, usually with sour…

Balsamic sea salt brussels sprouts

Today’s recipe is a perfect fall side dish. I love all vegetables in general but when it starts getting cold out I like to swap my salad for roasted or baked vegetables. Baked brussels sprouts in balsamic honey garlic sauce, sprinkled with sea salt are one of the most delicious sides there are. I think…

Creamy pearled barley risotto

Today’s recipe is one of my absolute favorites. A classic risotto dish but with an Eastern European twist- it is made with barley instead on rice and with zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes. It’s creamy, extremely flavorful and filling. It’s a perfect time of the year to use these sweet and sun-ripened tomatoes and zucchini that beautifully…

Ćwikła

Ćwikła is a very traditional beet horseradish relish made in Poland and Western Ukraine. Because of horseradish, it has a spicy, a little bit wasabi like aftertaste. It is a condiment that goes perfectly with ham, sausage or smoked meats. We have always have it for Easter but I saw nice beets in the store…

Easy coleslaw

Coleslaw is one of my favorite side dishes to make. It goes especially well with pork, sausage or barbecue food. Some versions of coleslaw are too heavy on mayo for me. What I’m offering today is lighter and very crunchy. It takes just 10 minutes to make and is easy on the wallet. Not to…

Spring vegetable soup

Filling yet light soup with green beans, cauliflower, carrots and celery. It contains tiny noodle-like dumplings called kluski. That vegetable soup holds a special place in my heart. My dad would sometimes make it for us for dinner on Saturdays. My mom is a mathematics teacher and on Saturday morning she usually prepares herself for classes…