Warm butternut squash salad

Hello, my lovely readers and all! What are you cooking this autumn? Have you tried this nice salad, just a few simple ingredients but full of flavour and different textures in it! And of course the season’s star butternut squash in it, or use pumpkin, both are nice!
And sprinkle the salad with some roasted pumpkin seeds for a lovely crunch!

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This delicious warm salad is perfect for cold months. Yes, it is simple but bursting with flavour, and of course it contains the main autumn ingredient – beautiful winter squash! Slightly sweet roasted butternut squash together with salted feta and fresh spinach leaves create nice and tasty salad, perfect in its simplicity.

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And don’t forget to sprinkle the salad with raw pumpkin seeds (as I did.. haha)!
Warm butternut squash salad

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Gingerbread cookies

 Holiday Greetings! Merry Christmas! May this amazing and magical time of the year will be filled with joy and happiness, and sparkle with moments of love and laughter!
 Winter holidays are about spending time with your family, loved ones and close friends. In this lovely season you may find lots of little things to do, simple things which make you truly happy. I love watching ‘winter’ movies, while eating mandarins or some traditional festive salads, or what a pleasure to wrap up in a cozy blanket and sip hot cinnamon tea, reread favourite book and of course baking! This year I haven’t had time as much as I wanted to spend over baking, but I’d like to share with you my recipe of gingerbread cookies. What a winter without cookies, right? And I can’t wait when my little pie will grow up and we will be making festive cookies together!
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Gingerbread cookies

Ingredients
100g butter
100g brown or raw sugar, or mix
1 large egg
4 tbsp/50g molasses
200g or more plain flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
mixture of ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves

News + Plum tart tatin

 Hello my dear blogofriends, foodies and readers! Hope you’ve been missing my posts. I’ve got a huge news for you – I birthed new life: became a first time mom. 🙂 I am literally in a different world. World filled with love, joy, sleepless nights and all kind of things. Needless to say, it’s all new, overwhelming and touchy to me. Almost all the time I’m busy with by little bear, the rest hours I’m eating, sleeping and again eating. I haven’t cooked anything interesting for ages, but I do hope I will be back into the foodblogolife soon..

 I know there are many mothers of newborns out there, who could join baby feeding and caring with blogging, but that seems a bit hard for me right now. I’m sure I will be alright and get into this new life soon. So.. what about you? How it was, what did you feel being a new mom? Please do share.

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 This widely-popular French Tart Tatin is the treat, that I was able to prepare in a short time. A perfect dessert for the new mom. If you remember I always prefer homemade pastry and I made it myself (yay!), of course you can switch to a store-bough but try to find the good one with butter (no any palm or margarine). PlumTartTatin

Plum tart tatin

Ingredients
Pastry
250g plain flour
1 tbsp white sugar
a pinch of salt
150g butter, cubed and cold
2 tsp cold water
Filling
6-8 plums, cut into halves (or more, depends on the size of your pan)
80g white sugar
40ml water
40g butter, cubed
Method
  • For the pastry, sift flour and add all other ingredients until just combined. Shape into a disk and chill for 20 minutes. Roll into a 3-4mm  disk to suit your baking dish.
  • In a pan add sugar with water, leave to soak for few minutes. Heat on a medium heat until golden. Turn off the heat. Stir in butter, add plums and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer plums into baking tin (or leave in the same pan if it’s oven-safe) with the liquid. Cover with pastry (slightly tuck the edges).
  • Bake in preheated 190C oven for 30-40 minutes or until the pastry is golden-brown.
  • Leave to cool for 10 minutes or so, then carefully flip over into a large serving plate.
  • You can eat it as is or there are few options to serve it with: whipped or Greek cream, creme fraiche or frozen vanilla yogurt.
Enjoy! and stay turned!

Eat the World Dubai

 Hello guys! How is your week going on? Today I’d love to share with you how I spent last weekend!Eattheworld-coffee

I visited “Eat the World Dubai” as a part of the Dubai Food Festival 2016. It was held on a green lawn (which is called Burj Park), right next to Burj Khalifa and the Dubai mall. It was all about street food. The most exciting thing was that 15 food trucks were brought from the UK, and as it was announced ‘the best ones’- winners and finalists of British Street Food Awards. Of course, some local street food there was as well.

 I think nowadays street food means more than regular hamburgers and hot-dogs. There are lots of people/cooks who are passionate for food, who have a creativity for what they cook; people who desire to prepare something extravaganza in front of you. Plus, it should be affordable and don’t ruin your family budget.
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 One of the thing I wanted to try was “Crabbie Shack”. I imagine myself a huge, unreal ans super tasty patty made from crab meat. After a pretty long line of waiting, finally I got it. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. Crab was deep-fried (I rare eat such food) and seemed it was left in some skin.. plus the bun was too greasy and it was complicated to bite the huge burger. What I like – the combination of fennel seeds and almond flakes; definitely I will use it in the future cooking. Harissa (not spicy one) and smashed avocado was another delicious touch.
 It’s worth mentioning the remarkable pizza preparation. Guys were made it in a truck! Can you imagine? Oven truck! 😀
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 Dark Sweet side was an ice cream! One of the UAE team trucks “from Miami to Dubai” sold gelato on a stick, that you could dip into various chocolate and cover in nuts, sprinkles or coconut flakes. I tried strawberry covered with white chocolate and walnuts. Yummy! 🙂
 British crew “Milo&Hector’s” brought a cute little truck and made ice cream sandwiches. Never tasted before, it was soooo good! Especially after a sunny afternoon in the park. May be I’d reduce the sweetness of cookies..
 And so much more..
 I enjoyed every minute of this open-air festival. There were lots of amazing smells and flavours around. Music, cooking demos, smiling people who were eating&eating, siting on a grass, relaxing..Eattheworld-people
 Hope you had a fabulous weekend too!Eattheworld-Dubai

Russian sour cream cake

 Hello-hello! May be some of you remember this post when I wrote about cowberries. I love these bright, sour and bitter beauties. These little cowberries is an excellent source of Vitamin C, and of course the best way to eat them as is or sprinkle with some sugar. A handful of these beauties make any cake only prettier, like I did – threw some on the top of this wonderful cake. I know, it’s not easy to find even frozen cowberries in stores, so go ahead and use cranberries (but I mean small ones). Honestly speaking, they are pretty similar.Russian sour cream cake
 In Russia, we consume much of sour cream; we use it as a sauce for both sweet and savory pancakes, to dress salads, to make famous Beef Stroganof and etc. And it’s no wonder that we make sour cream cakes. The cake is very soft, aromatic and tender; and the big plus – you can use almost any fruits that you can find in your fridge – apples, plums, or may be some pears..  And even prepare it plane-without any fruits or berries, then cut a good freshly-baked slice and enjoy it with a cup of hot milky tea. 🙂Sour cream cake

Russian sour cream cake (with plums and cowberry)

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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I used 20cm baking tin.
You may substitute yellow plums for red; and use cranberry instead of cowberry.
Ingredients 
200g sour cream (20% fat)
80g white sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional
1 medium lemon, zest, chopped
1/3 tsp baking soda
2 tsp lemon juice
150-180g self-raising flour
4-5 yellow plums, cut into 4-6 slices
100-150g frozen cowberry (no need to defreeze)
Preparation method 
  • In a large bowl, whisk sour cream with sugar for 5 minutes. If using electric blender 2 minutes will be enough.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with vanilla, cinnamon and lemon zest ( you need only to combine ingrefients, dont overwhisk). Stir into sour cream mixture.
  • Dissolve soda in lemon juice and stir into the batter.
  • Gradually add flour.
  • Line and grease baking tin. Pour in batter. Arrange plum slices (lightly push them into batter) and cowberry. You may sprinkle with extra lemon zest and granulated sugar.
  • Bake in preheated 180C oven for 35 minutes. Leave to cool in a tin for 10 minutes. Carefully take it out and serve.
Next day gently reheat the cake before serving.
Enjoy! 
Sour cream cake with plums and cowberry