Ratatouille in a Pumpkin

with a Belarusian twist Lately, cooking is turning out to be one of my favorite creative forms. For me, it’s not so much about the food but about time well-spent. Dear little kitchen,Are you purposely distracting me from my computer? I thank you. Yesterday, while visiting Gabi’s page, Cooking Without Limits, I ran across aContinue reading “Ratatouille in a Pumpkin”

Olivier Salad, Little Mingling Squares

As the view of the buildings out my kitchen window. Olivier (салат Оливье, salat Olivye, pronounced ah-liv-yeh with a silent r), a traditional salad dish in Russian cuisine, which I have enjoyed on numerous occasions here in Belarus. It is most often served on New Year’s and birthdays, but anytime really. It’s so popular that markets always have theContinue reading “Olivier Salad, Little Mingling Squares”

Medovik – Russian Honey Cake – Sorta

Minus the honey, which I realized I was out of mid-bake. The very brief story of this cake dates back to the 19th century, when a new chef baked a honey cake for Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna, wife of Emperor Alexander I, unaware that she was not very fond of honey; however, as all good storiesContinue reading “Medovik – Russian Honey Cake – Sorta”

Something Up Above

“Something up above was calling him imperiously.“ Imperiously! Oh my, I’m hooked. I started reading The Wind in the Willows, children’s classic by Kenneth Grahame. Every other word is a feast, a scrumptious feast. Sometimes when I dive into such books I can only take in one page at a time. Do you ever feelContinue reading “Something Up Above”

Owl You Need Is

homemade applesauce The recipe is simple, so let’s just sing instead. Love Love Love There’s nothing you can do that can’t be doneNothing you can sing that can’t be sungNothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the gameIt’s easyNothing you can make that can’t be madeNo one you can save thatContinue reading “Owl You Need Is”

Welcome, October

Hello, harvest moon. Good day, little suns and stars and smiles who gather here and light up this beautiful place and make more room. So much room. Welcome, October. I made woodland caramel apples just for you, and for my son whose birthday is later this month but I happen to celebrate it all 31Continue reading “Welcome, October”

Delicious Autumn

Every leaf,each drop of splendor and color,gracefully flowing togethereffortlessly,beautifully. Dear little kitchen window, How did it happen? At the end of the day, as the sun winked his see you tomorrow, a tiny sliver of a room became a palace. A R O M A. Pleasantness that transforms all. A L L. And walk in love, asContinue reading “Delicious Autumn”

Hello, Sunshine

The sun is out!But wait,isn’t it always? Dear little kitchen, I couldn’t resist a second serving of my spellbinding homemade wild rice soup, no forest mushrooms today but clouds parting after an entire week of overcast skies certainly counts as magic. Antique Aqua, Soft Pumpkin and Yorkshire Tan, my colors of the season (names courtesyContinue reading “Hello, Sunshine”