142 Sweet Cottage Cheese Dumplings (Pierogi Leniwe)

It takes less than an hour to whip up these little cushion-like dumplings. Served with a bit of melted butter, some sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon, they are a foolproof mood lifter. At least for me.

On chocolate and Valencia.

A story of cocoa beans, Valencian bollet and the Chocolate Factory and Museum in Sueca.

Cod. A biography of the fish that changed the world.

How much is there to know about cod? Quite a lot, it turns out. Cod by Mark Kurlansky recommends itself for a read.

141 Silesian Potato Dumplings (Kluski Śląskie)

Kluski śląskie are one of the foods that you either love or hate, but in this case, it's down not to the flavour, but texture. A bit gummy, a bit chewy, I have always thought of them as pretty fun: they are quite bouncy for a dumpling!

Souvenir, the taste of a place.

Bringing edible souvenirs gives one a chance to share a little bit of the journey, allows one to paint a picture of the place and reinforce it with flavour. A story of Džiugas, a famous cheese from Lithuania.

140 Pischinger, a delight from Galicia

This humble chocolate-layered wafer cake is a staple in many Galician households, loved for both: its flavour and simplicity.

139 Uszka, tiny dumplings that are love.

As long as there are people who care enough to commit a good few hours of their time to prepare foods that, apart from sustenance, are there to bring smiles on the faces of their loved ones, the life is worth living.

Motovun, Istria’s Minas Tirith.

Lit by the shy autumn sun, surrounded by mist, towering above the landscape, there it was - Motovun, the Minas Tirith of Istria.

In Poland, autumn is for mushrooms.

If you find yourself at the table with a family of mushroom pickers in Poland, with a bowl of wild mushroom pierogi in front of you, don’t freak out if you hear the “hope we’re not eating for the last time in our lives” joke. Mushroom picking is a national hobby here, after all!

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