Fresh From The Kitchen

This wild blackberry pie celebrates the best of the summer!

Wild Blackberry Pie with Honeyed Creme Fraiche

I am looking out of the window of my living room and all I can see is a limitless span of grey London sky. The summer is over yet it has barely even begun here in England. Once again we are on the edge of something new and unchartered. Our oldest is starting secondary school next week. […]

Best potato salad made even better by super flavourful green goddess dressing.

Fingerling Potato Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Have I ever bragged about my amazing potato salad? Chances are you’ve heard about it before if you’ve been following me from the beginning. You see one of the staples of Russian cuisine is salad Olivier, and as I am discovering it is quickly becoming a salad of choice for anyone I’ve ever cooked it […]

Classic Victoria Sponge Cake with Blackberry compote.

Victoria Sponge Cake with Blackberry Compote

Brad came from his run the other day and immediately announced that he came across “blackberry fields” and we are going blackberry picking right now. Well, seeing that I had nothing better to do and the kids needed to get out of the house we set off with our tiny tupperware containers.  Fools. As soon […]

Bucatini and Meatballs- a quick an delicious weeknight dinner

Bucatini and Meatballs

I’ve made a lot of kid-friendly meals in the last 2 weeks when Brad was away. It’s harder to argue when you are outnumbered so I gave in and this is the story of bucatini and meatball dinner. My kids absolutely adore meatballs. I am guessing they’d eat them every day if I cared to make […]

Rustic Plum Cake with Cheesecake Swirls

Rustic Plum Cheesecake

Not sure how you feel about breakfast but it is most certainly my favourite meal of the day. I must confess it comes from guilt vs. no guilt attitude. You see by the time dinner rolls around I end up recalling everything I’ve eaten that day and dinner is often comprised of attempts to eat […]

Potato and Pancetta Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Edam Cheese

Potato and Pancetta Pizza

This summer is not like any other year. I am at home with kids instead of working, albeit only for the last two weeks but it feels like a lifetime for someone who is used to getting up bright and early and immediately plunging into a busy work day. To add to this weirdness Vika […]

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Sparkling and refreshing this drinks is the perfect summer drink!

Vermouth Cassis

The other week Brad and I were in a pub. We were away from children, TV and all other distractions. He was telling me about the latest book he was reading. He said it was by Graham Greene. “Is it The Quiet American”, I asked? Only because it’s the only Graham Greene book I could […]

Lemon Ricotta Loaf Cake with a mound of Cream Cheese Frosting.

Lemon Ricotta Cake

Lots of time has been spent baking in the last few days for a number of reasons. Perpetually hungry children at home, ingredients in the fridge nearing their expiration day, something to do with a child that has a broken collarbone. But perhaps the main reason is this… Having a stash of homemade baked good […]

Light and healthy comfort food dinner. These peppers are stuffed with extra-lean pork, shredded zucchini and gluten-free millet grain baked in a creamy tomato sauce. A family favourite!

Herby Pork, Zucchini and Millet Stuffed Peppers

We might not be experiencing the hottest or the busiest summer as I talked about it here but what we are enjoying is a never ending glut of glorious summer produce. A bag of peppers for under £1. Yes, please! I know just the recipe for them! Stuffed peppers is one of the classic Russian […]

This Lentil and Broad Bean Salad with Honey Vinaigrette and Feta makes for a light and flavourful side or a beautiful lunch!

Lentil and Broad Bean Salad with Honey Vinaigrette and Feta

I feel like last year was a blur, which made me constantly bemoan the busyness of my life. For 18 months I’ve lived barely aware of what is happening outside of my job and then my studies. It consumed me in a way that at first was exhilarating, then tiring and finally unbearable.  Still I […]

Inspired by Cappuccino Heath Blizzard these ice-cream sandwiches are the ultimate frozen treat!

Cappuccino Daim Ice Cream Sandwiches

I love Italian gelato. I love everything about the sophisticated flavours it boasts, creamy consistency and tiny cups with colourful spoons they serve it in. I love letting people know that one of my favourite flavours is Basil Green Apple, it sounds really posh at a dinner party. All of these things I just said […]

Green Vegetable and Chick Pea Thai Curry

Green Vegetable, New Potato and Chick Pea Thai Curry

Some dinners are carefully planned and executed and others just happen in the spur of the moment. This is one of those dinners. Just a regular mid-week night, tired children, exhausted and overworked parents, everyone is hungry, no one wants to cook. To make matters worse, no one thought to take anything out of the […]

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