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. […]
Fresh From The Kitchen
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Well hello, I am so happy you stumbled upon my blog. I am Julia and Vikalinka is my space to share bits of my life with the world. Incidentally, much of my life is taken up by cooking, due to very hungry children and occasionally hungry husband, so you will become witnesses to my culinary endeavours if you choose to stay around.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]