Hi everyone! Hope 2014 is treating you well! Mine has been great so far but one things I’m missing is SNOW! Where is the freaking snow?!? I am one of these weird people who prefer to jump in the snow than lie in the sun and I am utterly unhappy I have not made one snow ball so far. Grey rainy days, on the other hand, I have seen too much of those. My remedy? Colorful soups!
1kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks
3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 2cm slices
1.5l vegetable stock
2 shallots, finely chopped
4 tsp olive oil
Salt & pepper
For the pumpkin soup, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add one chopped shallot, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pumpkin and 750ml vegetable stock. Bring to boil and cook for about 20 minutes till vegetables are tender. Transfer the soup into a food processor and blitz until it’s smooth. Add some water if the soup is too thick.
For the parsnip soup, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add one chopped shallot, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add parsnips and 750ml vegetable stock. Bring to boil and cook for about 20 minutes till vegetables are tender. Transfer the soup into a food processor and blitz until it’s smooth. Add some water if the soup is too thick.
In a soup cup, gently pour the two hot soups simultaneously. Season with salt & pepper.
Have a lovely week!
Dear 2013, thank you! You were ah-mazing, challenging, but ah-mazing! In short: I started a new job (in new industry bit outside of my comfort zone), traveled to gorgeous places (from NYC and Texas through Venice and Sardinia to Australia and more), met so many inspiring people that have pushed me to do more of what I love and look at life from a new angle (you know who you are), started freelancing more doing food styling and photography among others for my fav Polish cooking magazine Kuchnia (I even got a cover in October issue!), my LUSCIOUS magazine have had over 1.000.000 view this year and I have just landed a dream project for 2014 (more about it next year)! Yes, there were a lot of challenges and tears too but it’s a part of life and all you can do is try to learn from those and move on – that’s at least what I do!
I don’t know how 2014 will be but I can only hope it will be just as good as 2013 (but of course I hope it will be even better – you gotta dream big!)
Happy New Year darlings and I hope to see you here next year!
Morning everyone! You might have already seen this breakfast recipe for the quinoa fans among us in the winter edition of LUSCIOUS! I thought I’d share it on the blog on the first day of winter as it is a perfect brekkie to make you feel warm and cosy in the morning!
Happy winter and let it snow (I can’t wait for snow)!
70g cooked quinoa
130ml almond milk
1 tsp maple syrup
1 apple, sliced
Pinch of cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 200°C degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment and put apple slices on it. Bake for 15 minutes.
Add almond milk, maple syrup and quinoa to a small pot and bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10-15min. Add oats and simmer for another 5 minutes (or until oats are cooked).
Serve with apples and a pinch of cinnamon.
Smell of roasted chestnuts and cinnamon, a cup of hot chocolate warming up my hands after a long cold walk in the forest – winter is here and so is our new issue of LUSCIOUS. I hope it will inspire you to enjoy the best that nature offers in this chilly but beautiful season!
As the year is coming to an end, I would love to take the time to thank all of you for the wonderful feedback we have been receiving since we launched the magazine. Your comments, emails and messages mean a lot to us and make it all worthwhile. It’s thanks to you that our previous edition had surpassed all the previous numbers and even though we do not do it for the views at all, the fact that LUSCIOUS fall almost reach 1 MILLION views left a permanent smile on our faces!
Hi dear friends! I thought I’d throw in one of my favorite recipes from LUSCIOUS Autumn ’13 before we launch the Winter edition! Hope you enjoy these delicious carrot & chickpea burgers!
250g chickpeas (cooked or canned)
800g carrots, peeled and sliced into 2cm pieces
30g spelt flour
4 whole grain buns
2 sweet onions
2 tbsp olive oil
Bring water to boil, reduce heat to medium-heat, add carrots and cook for 20min or until tender. Drain and transfer to a food processor. Add chickpeas and season with salt & pepper. Pulse until it forms a thick paste. Cover and chill for 20min to help firm up the mixture.
Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into a patty. Sift the spelt flour into a deep plate. In another plate, beat an egg. Dip patties in the egg and then flour to cover. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a nonstick skillet and cook on each side till golden brown and crispy.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in another skillet large pan, add the onion and fry until soft and lightly colored.
Line the whole grain buns bun with salad. Top each bun half with a burger, sweet onions, and the top half of the bun.
Hi everyone! I have a giveaway I think you’ll like! Eurostar has recently introduced a new service in Business Premier: afternoon tea! I am excited about this as I am a big fan of afternoon tea – I even celebrated my last birthday with one! Most of you probably know this English tradition, but if you don’t – afternoon tea is held in the late afternoon in the UK to provide people with fuel between lunch and dinner, think scones, cakes, little sandwiches and of course tea. Just like the menu Blanc I got to try earlier this year, the afternoon tea was also created by Raymond Blanc.
To give you a chance to try the afternoon tea service (and have some fun in London), I will be giving two of you a ticket from Brussels to London and back! How awesome is that? And it only gets better! You will travel in a fancy schmancy manner, Business Premier, and you can take someone with you! Yes, indeed – it’s a double ticket so you can enjoy it with your BFF, boyfriend, mom .. it’s up to you!
Here is how you can win it:
I am going to London next Saturday – to make a chance to win, leave me an awesome tip for the city! It can be food, photography props or anything else worth seeing/trying/doing! If I pick it, you win (so be convincing)!
Here are the conditions for the giveaway:
- There are 2 tickets for 2 people to travel together from Brussels-Midi to London St Pancras International and back (no other stations are included)
- Tickets are given on dates and times according to ticket availability
- The prize is valid for 6 months starting today
- On the return journey, you will need to travel on trains that offer afternoon tea service: this is the 14.04, the 15.04 and the 16.04 (taking into account these trains are running).
- The giveaway ends on Friday, 13th (make it your lucky one) and the winners will be announced in the week of December 16.
Sorry to have kept you waiting with the winner announcement, I have had a busy week since I was back from London but here it is!
I loved ALL your tips and I will definitely use more of them when I go to London next year but in this short trip, my bestie and I have decided to pick two places: we warmed up at the TeaSmith tea bar and spent our salaries at Anthropologie (I just want to move in there)! Therefore the winners are: Ewa & Inge (simplyfabulouschic.com) – congratulations!!! Please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your tickets!
Lots of love,
*This is a personal post / Eurostar is a client of Mediabrands*
A lot of props. And I mean A LOT. I just started unpacking and I realized that most of my luggage consists of cutlery, plates, bottles, old license plates, stamps and much much more. What you see below is the first selection. I have not even bought a single piece of clothing (which, trust me, is extremely rare for me) but I was so worried I will not be able to take all the wonderful things I found that I didn’t dare to buy a pair of socks! The truth is, I will need all those props. I will. I promise. Soon I can tell you why.
If you want to hear all about my Aussie adventures, stay tuned for the next issue of Luscious! Back to unpacking, I have a lot of work to do…
It was a girly weekend so it was a perfect time to go a little bit naughty on the breakfast. I had a jar of Cavalier stevia chocolate pasta and I’ve been wanting to cook something with it for a few weeks. A few ideas thrown in the air, it ended up with an oven chocolate pancake. With peanut butter. A simple dish that took us 5 minutes to make and 20 minutes to bake, filled our tummies till late afternoon (consider it a warning). Some of us had it with ice cream *sight* … it was a good morning.
Happy Weekend friends!
30g ghee (clarified butter), melted
150g spelt flour
200ml oat milk
2 big spoons of Cavalier chocolate pasta
2 big spoons of organic peanut butter
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix together the spelt flour and tagatose in a bowl. Beat the egg with the milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk it in. Beat in the melted butter and stir. Pour the batter in a greased iron cast (or oven dish). Make a swirl with a chocolate pasta and then with the peanut butter. Bake for 20 minutes.
(Go naughty: serve hot with ice cream)
Hello friends! I thought today I’d share some of my recent food styling & photography work with you. I don’t share my work here very often but once in a while I would like to show you what I’ve been up to when I was not blogging, especially when it is something I am particularly thrilled about. As pretty much every photographer, I have a list of sites, magazines, places where I would love my work to be featured. One of the magazines on my not so long list is a Polish culinary-lifestyle monthly called KUCHNIA that I have been a big fan of for a number of years now. When they asked me to style & shoot a photo for the September issue I almost fell off my chair. My assignment was a brioche with a wild rose petals jam – something much more complicated that my easy & quick recipes I usually share with you.
I will be honest and tell you that it took a lot of kneading, sweating and three brioches before I was happy with the result but the photo was accepted and appeared on page 4/5 of the issue.
For the October issue, my assignment was much more extensive than the month before. I spent a few days in the kitchen playing with nuts, preparing five recipes that appeared in the feature called ‘The Squirrel Party’.
Next to that, I was asked to do shoot the cover for the magazine. Quite a challenge as the covers of Kuchnia are very specific and not the usual style I work with and shoot. You can see the orange cover with nuts & squirrel in the first photo above, I am curious to hear what you think!
I have one other big thing on my list that might get crossed off soon as well – I will share it with you when everything gets more concrete.
Have a lovely weekend and let me know what you think about my work. Constructive criticism is always welcome.