How to make crème pâtissière (French pastry cream)

Crème pâtissière (also known as pastry cream) is a rich, creamy custard made of milk, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. While not an item in itself,  it is a key ingredient of many French desserts such as éclairs, fruit tarts, soufflés and mille-feuille. It is usually flavored with vanilla, but it can be easily refined…

Strawberry Slushie

A fresh fruity soft drink; just perfect on a hot summer day. It’s super easy to make. Give it a try!  

One – Hour Broiled Chicken and Pan Sauce

If you want to put a juicy, crisp-skinned roast chicken on your dinner table quickly, you might want to do it the American Way! The secret to getting a whole chicken roasted in just an hour is to butterfly the bird, start roasting it in a cold oven and then crank up the broiler.  

Roasted Potatoes

Whether it is a simple everyday family dinner or a fancy dinner party with friends, this is an easy way to turn boring potatoes into a fantastic side dish.    

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

A carrot cake suits every occasion but it seems like most people tend to serve it in the Spring, especially around Easter. This one is my favorite recipe for a homemade carrot cake. It has a touch of cinnamon and walnuts. It is easy to make, perfectly moist and topped with a creamy cheese icing….

Garlic – Crusted Roast Rack of Lamb

Roasted rack of lamb is a brilliant centerpiece dish because it looks impressive and this recipe here is surprisingly easy to make. It includes just five ingredients, but the result is terrific. The meat is simply rubbed with plenty of garlic, rosemary, olive oil and salt before roasting. I served it with my mushroom risotto. This creamy…

Cod & Vegetables​ Traybake

This filling, yet low calories traybake makes an excellent weeknight dinner. You can use any firm white fish in place of the cod – Alaska pollock, grouper or halibut would all work well.

Matjes Herring Tartare

Ash Wednesday marks the end of all New Year’s and Carnival festivities, and the beginning of the 40 days long Lent. The word Carnival derives from Latin “carne vale” – meat, farewell! Religious people are fasting today and abstain from meat. Some people, like myself, use Lent to exercise self – discipline.  I’m giving up desserts, sweets,…

Faworki, Chrust, Angel Wings

Known by many names, meaning dried twigs or brushwood, Chrust, Faworki or Angel Wings, these little, powdered sugar treats appear en masse in the last week of Carnival, just before Lent. Trays piled high with Faworki and Pączki fill the supermarkets and bakeries for Tłusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday. Faworki are also very popular in areas of the U.S….

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sometimes the smallest things have the biggest impact. In this case, a teaspoon of fennel seeds and a few capers turn boring minced meat into this piquant and flavourful dish.

Marzipankartoffeln (Marzipan Potatoes)

Marzipankartoffeln is little round or potato-shaped candy (hence the name) sold in Germany especially around the Christmas time. I still had some leftover marzipan from my Christmas baking so I decided to make those chewy and tender bonbons for my little marzipan connoisseurs (I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree 😉 ) Tip:…