Friday, March 29, 2013

Today I Ate Vienna.

Astray from a typical recipe, today I thought I would share some gastronomic braggings of my day in Vienna.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Honey Tea Cakes

For me, a good day is when suddenly the need to bake a cake arises and despite having a pantry the size of a typical cupboard and no cake pans, I'm still able to pull together just the thing. And even though Easter is fast approaching and it's still bitter cold outside - what better way to embrace the lingering winter than to fill the house with warm oven air scented with spice.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lavender-Rosemary Butter Cookies

Dainty and delicate with plenty of buttery notes and floral undertones, this may be my favorite cookie that I've ever designed. It makes a small batch (because that's all of the butter that I had on hand..) but you can easily double if you're baking a batch to share.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bistro Egg Skillet

This is one of my favorite breakfast dishes and served with crusty bread and a glass of Bordeaux wine, it makes a fantastic dinner.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Polish-Style Sweet Pancakes

Today's chilly wet air has kept Lottie and I indoors today, so we figured what could be better than a little brunch. I've been waiting for the perfect day to give Polish pancakes a try and today was just that day. These little cakes are perhaps the best that I have ever made! Rich and egg-y, tender and moist, they're just exquisite.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Barley Salad

I mentioned a bit back that I'm beginning to have some success at the butcher counter... And a person can never have too much salmon, right? I was so proud that I purchased a fillet of salmon all by myself and Troy was quite proud of me as well, until he saw the bill... I was so excited that the lady at the counter understood that I wanted salmon that I did not have the heart (or talent at Polish) to tell her that our little family did not need the biggest fillet in the case.. Weighing in around 1-1/2 kilograms and a price tag of 76 zloty, we have still been feasting on it daily.

   To go along with today's lunch portion of salmon, I made this lovely little salad. Prepare the barley the night before and toss with the peas and some of the oil and you'll have a good start for the next morning's lunch packing session. It makes quite a bit, which to me is a good thing as lunch the rest of the week is pretty much already conquered.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lunch Box Salad

Need an easy way to sneak in a good couple of midday vegetable servings? Center your lunch around this salad and you're sure to feel refreshed!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Apricot-Almond Baked Oatmeal

Making oatmeal is surely easy enough, but when you can throw it in the oven and forget about it, I love it even more. Not to mention that you trade the mush factor for a toasted depth that will give your day a much more indulgent start. For even further morning ease, combine the dry ingredients the night before.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ruby Winter Salad

We've been living in Poland for six months now and I have a grocery store that gives me a feeling of home. I'm no longer too shy to approach the butcher counter and in fact can even put together just enough polish and sign language to usually get what I am asking for. So, now that I've been tying my apron strings a bit more often, here I am.

   Beets are an every day staple here and if you had a meal that didn't include beets, it was probably breakfast. To accompany tonight's baked salmon (fresh from Norway), I assembled this lovely salad. It has just enough essence of spring to take away any lingering winter chill, at least for a moment.