Tag: countryside

147 Steamed Yeast Doughnuts with Cocoa Filling (Parniki)

Who doesn't like doughnuts? The problem with them, however, is that they are quite unhealthy, or heavy at least, as most deep-fried foods are. Parniki - the light-as-a-cloud steamed doughnuts that my Mum have been making since as long as I can remember - are my idea for dealing with doughnut craving.

146 Sour Cucumber Soup

How to explain a liking for this rather acquired taste? For the 4-year-old me, zupa ogórkowa was synonymous with a treat: something I know I'll enjoy, and what is also nourishing and healthy. Or so I was told.

143 Quick Soda Bread (Sodzioki)

Did I say I took a few of my babcia's sodzioki, neatly vacuum-packed, to Japan with me once? Yes, I like them that much. Crazy, no?

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!

Horchata de Chufa: Valencia’s tasty secret.

Horchata is one of these things that are a must-try when visiting their place of origin. Have it with fartons, horchata and farton combo doesn't disappoint.

A study in frost.

When you wake up and the world is too beautiful to stay in bed, go for a walk!

On olives and Istria.

I like to think of Istria as an olive country: from whatever point you choose to look, you will probably see an olive grove, or an olive tree at least. And the olive oil there is, well, awesome.