No bake blueberry cheesecake

This simple blueberry cheesecake is light in texture and jelly because of agar. Moderately sweet and supposedly containing more protein than any baked cheesecake. I’ve made it for my friend’s birthday and she was happy about it:) Easy-to-make and truly delicious dessert!:) Ingredients Crust 100 g shortbread cookies/graham crackers 50 g melted butter (approx. 5 tablespoons) Cream cheese…

Carrot cottage cheese rice flour pudding

I love breakfasts! My friend told me once [at the breakfast]: “Why should we “break” “fast”? In the morning we should have our meals slowly, mindfully, enjoying the taste, the smell, the morning, and each other”. And we did:) I’d add that it concerns any other time we take our meals. So, slow down and…

Chocolate orange bundt cake

Yogurt-based, orange-flavored, easy chocolate cake that I make for any urgent occasion. Experience slightly hot aftertaste adding some chili powder to the batter;) The texture of such cake is fluffy and moist at the same time. Enjoy!:) Ingredients 65 ml vegetable oil 165 g plain yogurt 2 eggs zest and juice from 2 oranges 160…

Carrot hazelnut clove cookies

Carrot cookies will always remain the most bright and flavorful baking memory from my childhood. Back then, we were cutting cookies in different fancy shapes with my mom, and these sunny cookies were yummiest in the world!:) Here is my try to revive that never-forgotten taste. Mind that not keeping dough in the fridge enough,…

Ispinakli yumurta – Turkish skillet-baked egg with spinach

In Turkey life evolves around food! And it’s not simply delicious, it’s fantastic there! I was blown away trying this skillet-baked spinach-packed treat while visiting Istanbul in April. I recommend it for all spinach lovers! And what I especially love about Turkish food is widely used yogurt and its variety. Also wonderful flavors of dishes…

Kheer – Indian rice pudding (sugarless)

India – easy to love, impossible to forget. That’s my personal perception of this wondrous land. Rice pudding is one of my favorites. Absolutely delish kheer I tried in the “Blue City” Jodhpur. It was cooked with so much love, so that I could never forget it:) “Traditional cardamom-scented Indian rice pudding owes its particular richness…

Baked fruit oatmeal (sugarless)

When you want something yummy and fruity made with oatmeal, this recipe would work as quick and easy. Besides the texture is somehow more cakey than oaty. No sugar added, as berries and fruit are already sweet, plus cloves and cinnamon add extra sweetness and flavor! Once I’ve seen an oatmeal recipe with egg whites as…

‘Taiji’ cheesy pie

My improvised bake to utilize the excess of homemade yogurt and cheeses. It seamed to be a bit weird combination: sweetened batter and savory filling. But eventually it was tasty, tender and crispy around the edges pie (also on top due to sesame seeds:)). Enjoy!      Ingredients Batter 400 ml plain yogurt 80 ml olive…

Lemon cottage cheese pancakes (fritters)

These lemon cottage cheese pancakes served with blueberries, yogurt and nuts are the ultimate indulgent breakfast! A slightly altered recipe of the Ukrainian traditional fritters. Despite generally I don’t have a deal with fried food, the pancakes are an exception. Cooking them brings me a feeling of holiday and feast:) Yield: 3 servings    …

Glazed chocolate orange spicy cake

I love peppers, and season meals with dried chili pepper flakes, powder or fresh chilies at any given chance. Cayenne pepper is just fantastic! I made this hot-and-bitter orange-flavored cake for my friends yogis. We had last May yoga practice at the seaside before my short trip to the mountains. A  graceful cat just had drawn…

Herb cheese spirali cooked in the instant pot

For such baked pasta you can use whatever you’ve got in stock. My curiosity was all about making it in the instant pot. And what I especially liked in this type of steamed cooking – the outcome always gets moist and tender. The instant pot rules!:)        Ingredients 200 g spirali [any pasta] a…

Banana cottage cheese pudding cooked in the instant pot

My mom likes to cook in a super-duper multi-purpose kitchen tool called the Instant Pot. She says it’s a godsend when you want fast and easy, besides healthy meals. You can even make your own yogurt overnight! So I’ve cooked mom’s favorite cottage cheese pudding using this latest kitchen tool sensation. It can be made out…