Sep 18, 2014

Pasta and chickpeas or "Pasta e ceci" with bell peppers and tomatoes


"Rice and beans" is a frequent thing in this home. Then now and then and quite often, Hania demands pasta. I'm glad she does. And I'm glad Italians invented (did they?) and we tried for the first time "pasta e ceci"... 

Sep 13, 2014

Ina's plum tart with walnuts and whole rye


Back from Croatia and all I feel like having is either ice cream, rucola or red wine. I've figured why... all to keep Summer in my mind. So today, to bring things back somewhat closer to normal (???....) I turned the oven on and made a pie. 

Jul 21, 2014

Reset time. Destination: Croatia.

We are leaving the Baltic and heading down south to the Adriatic. And by "we" I mean the three of us, the Toyota, two tents, two cook tops, one grill, two tables, three chairs... a couple of tee-shirts, dresses, flip flops. The cat stays with my parents.

On the way, we'll stop to spend a couple of days in Italy to check on the summer sales, load the car with Italian groceries and eat the best pizza. And finally, we'll be in Croatia for one whole month at a beautiful camping site, together with a mix of European nationalities where "ciao", "morgen", "hello", "hi", "dober dan" or a smile are all accepted greetings.

I'll still be cooking, outdoors with a view of the blue sea. (Julian will be doing the dishes... outdoors, with the same view). Other than that, I'll be concentrating on doing absolutely nothing...

Jul 17, 2014

Marzipan tart with red and black currants


Following my sister's notion of a thin crust, creamy filling and lots of currants on top...

Jul 14, 2014

Flipped rye focaccia with cherry tomatoes, olives and prosciutto


In this upside down version of focaccia, juices and flavors from tomatoes, olives and prosciutto don't have any other place to go but into the bread...