Sütlaç – Turkish rice pudding

I love to cook with my family and friends. This super yummy rice pudding was prepared by my lovely friend Maria (with my little assistance:)). Usually I cook Kheer which is Indian rice pudding. But that’s another story:) Improvising we added to Sütlaç Indian saffron, egg yolks and pine nuts. The saffron by itself is a wonderful…

Lemon zucchini bread

This recipe I’ve tried for the first time in summer. I made zucchini bread for my yoga teachers at that time – a couple, yin and yang. Thanks to them I tried new kind of breathing techniques and enhanced my own practice. What a weird connection to a lemon zucchini bread:D But the teachers were happy about my pies, as…

Oatmeal seed cookies (flourless)

By now I’ve tried dozens of oatmeal cookies recipes. And they always win! Fiber-fat-protein-packed, it’s a portable meal ready to go.        Ingredients 250 g rolled oats 30 g sesame seeds 20 g flax seeds 50 g sunflower seeds 60 g walnuts, chopped 100 g brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon salt 30 ml olive oil…

Carrot banana walnut muffins

These olive oil-based carrot banana muffins are very nutty, moderately sweet and contain homemade candied orange peel which adds the citrus flavor. Grab-and-go breakfast thing:) Yield: 8 muffins        Ingredients 50 ml olive oil 25 ml milk 1 egg 1 large finely grated carrot 1 banana generous handful of walnuts 2 tablespoons candied orange peel 30…

Kiwi apple cottage cheese cobbler

Green apples and kiwis baked under a cottage cheese crust with almonds and cinnamon. This cobbler contains almost no sugar, all sweetness comes from fruit and cinnamon:) Perfect for sweet-and-sour combination lovers. Yield: 2 servings        Ingredients Batter 150 g cottage cheese 1 egg 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon cream of wheat dash of salt cinnamon Fruit layer…

Apple banana nut oatmeal

Oatmeal, fruits, nuts and spice – always a delish, nutritious and easy-to-make breakfast:) Ingredients 1 cup oats 1 banana 1 big apple handful of almonds (raw or toasted) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon condensed milk (honey) Method Soak oats in hot boiled water and set aside. Meanwhile chop almonds, apple and banana. Grind cinnamon if needed…

Sesame seed cheesy cookies

Savory, crisp and crumbly sesame seed cookies based on vegetable fat. Basically I use oils in all my recipes. Butter is being used only when it’s necessary. The reason is that oils are plain and butter usually contains lots of additives. Why should the cheese be crumbly? Because then its little curds will create puff-like texture.  …

Spinach feta quiche

Cheesy, ultra savory, peppered, spinach fiesta!        Ingredients Pie Crust 40 ml vegetable oil [olive/corn/canola/sunflower] 20 ml water 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon turmeric pinch of salt   Filling 300 g spinach [more spinach – better] 150 g feta cheese [any other cheese] 4 large eggs 50 ml milk ½ teaspoon turmeric salt…

Cottage cheese pie with dried fruit

Cottage cheese is my all-the-time favorite food, like apples and nuts. Cottage cheese pie and vegetarian borscht are special dishes for me (borscht – Ukrainian beetroot soup). The culinary heritage so to say:) I’m sharing one of the dozens pie variations.        Ingredients 900 g cottage cheese 4 large eggs ½ cup milk ½ cup sugar…

Marble coconut chocolate pie

The chocolate-coconut teatime treat, or my trial to achieve the marbled effect.      Ingredients 50 ml vegetable oil [olive/corn/canola/coconut] 150 ml milk 3 eggs 100 g granulated sugar half cup coconut flakes 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon soda 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 170 g wheat flour pinch of salt      …

Sweet vegan salad

This salad recipe came from a person I met during one yoga retreat. I was interested because there was fresh beetroot in it! Originally it contained also parsley, but I added seeds and nuts instead:) A sweet, juicy and very colorful treat!:) Ingredients in roughly equal proportions: carrots, beetroot, apples and red cabbage handful of walnuts sesame seeds…

Pear chocolate fondant

Once I wanted to make a chocolate cake with whole pears. After developing the desired recipe it turned out to be chocolate pear fondant [its flour-added variation]. Rich chocolate taste, fluffy texture, crispy crust and molten chocolate filling. Tender sweet pears complete this ensemble. My friends were content and happy:) This recipe works fine for people with quite diverse…