Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Coconut Milk Pie with Raspberries (gluten/sugar/dairy free)



I'm back home on vacation. There's nothing better than returning to the nest. Even when you feel like you don't miss it that much, when you are fine wherever you are, happy and content. When you arrive and the smiling and happy faces and eager eyes greet you at the airport, embracing your loved one you feel their sights "finally you are home", you see the tears filling their eyes, you smell your Mom's oh so familiar smell. Then it hits you: I missed it so much.
And all the sudden you are really home, in their arms. 
Home, sipping those exquisite Hungarian wines, eating the real, home made, full on meat sausages with liver patés and smoked cheeses, fresh vegetables from the garden, sharing stories of adventures on far away lands, filling up missing information on what has happened while you were away, trying to make up for a year lost. Impossible, but even trying feels sweet. 
I am trying to embrace all I can experience in a short time: familiar, loved and missed tastes and smells in the kitchen, the heartwarming smiles and laughter of loved ones. To carry them on with me for another year of adventures and challenges far away from happy home.


This Coconut Milk Pie is the Hunglish (Hungarian+English) name of of what is called in English speaking lands as "Magic Custard", which is a very traditional, very cheap and very tasty Hungarian dessert. The type that Grandma whips up quickly in case the kids decide to pop in without warning. I made it gluten-, sugar- and dairy-free. Enjoy.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Paleo Chocolate Barks (paleo, vegan)


These chocolate barks have been up my sleeves for quite some time now. I have invented them (they might have been around, however for me it was a huge invention) two years ago, when I have been continuously making them for an entire summer, once filled with cranberries and almonds, once with dates and without any honey. They are as good as chocolate can get for me. Smooth, quickly melting, yet thoroughly chocolate, a deep cocoa flavour envied by all the dark chocolate bars on the shop shelves. 


Paleo Chocolate Barks

¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp vanilla extract

1/8 cup pistachios
1/8 cup dried cranberries

Melt coconut oil and add cocoa powder and honey and mix thoroughly. Pour it into a pan filled with parchment paper and let it cool in the fridge before jumping on it. 



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Paleo Pizza


Paleo Pizza - something I didn't believe in, something that seemed fictional. Is it possible to make a tasty, soft pizza "dough" that is crunchy at the end with any topping I like? Yes, it is more than possible. This is my first Paleo Pizza recipe but there's more comming. 
Pizza nights at our house are now on!



Monday, March 18, 2013

Taste of the Middle-East: Ma'amoul


As I have promised earlier I am going to introduce you to some of the best the Middle-East can offer, starting with Ma'amoul cookies. These little bite-size treats usually come in different shapes and tastes according, such as date and walnut filling. I opted for a rich, (naturally) sweet and sticky fig filling, which is my Hubby's favorite. 
These cookies are eggless, gluten-free, dairy-free and added sugar-free, however made with the mixture of almond meal and rice flour to yield a more authentic experience.

Life is good here in the Middle-East, especially for those who approach it with much patience and laughter. But on those gloomy days when nothing seems to trigger my cheeks to curve in the right direction, I like to treat me with some cookies...



Saturday, March 2, 2013

Middle-Eastern Adventures

السلام عليكم /Assalamu 'Aalyakom! / Peace be upon You!


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I had been seen off to the airport by my parents. I was clutching the handle of my handluggage with one  hand, and squeezing the life out of my husband's hand with the other. He didn't seem to mind my hand sweating exessively. I couldn't hold my tears back. I haven't cried like this since I can remember. I was a child again, childish tears rolling on my adult face. Sobbing and waving vigorously to my parents I have left my home. I stopped crying when after 7 hours we arrived at Doha, capital of Qatar. 

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After our arrival our great adventure has began and I never cried another tears of sadness. I love being here. We are open to all fun things and I've decided to embrace this year or these years as the great adventure of my life, as it is. Happiness comes to me naturally here. Along with peace and much inspiration. 


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I hope you enjoyed the pictures I took and you can watch out coz more is comming your way!

Next time you will find an authentic Middle-Eastern dessert on my blog, made gluten-free, added sugar-free and dairy-free, so pop in later! :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Paleo Hot Chocolate (paleo, vegan)

 This is a delicious, extremely creamy and sweet hot chocolate that I have perfected nearly two years ago, just after having jumped on the paleo bandwagon. This is a beverage I like to enjoy when I'm craving something sweet and chocolaty in the cold winter nights...



Paleo Hot Chocolate
1 cup, serves 2

1 ripe banana
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup hot water
1 tbsp cocoa powder (preferrably Dutch processed)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Bring the coconut milk and hot water to boil. Mash the bananas with a fork. Place all of them in a mixer with the cocoa powder and mix until smooth. 

There you have it, excellent, creamy, sweet hot chocolate. :)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Banana Pancakes: Naturally sweet, light and gluten-free! (gluten/sugar/dairy free, paleo)


These trully gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free babies received a huge rave on my Hungarian blog. They have a steady seat in my top 10 gluten-free/paleo recipe list. They are variable and oh so satisfying. 
Depending on how much flour you use these babies changes texture from almost bread like to so fluffy you can barely hold them with your hands. 
They are amazing freshly bakes and they are equally good cold (it happend only once that they had time to cool down completely, for I have tripled the amount and demanded my family to leave some for afternoon snack after our weekend nap). 
Kids and grown-ups equally love it and cannot stop at one. 
They are the perfect weekend brunch material, or a lazy morning recipe to bring to bed for your loved ones with some aromatic, freshly brewed coffee, since they are very quick to make and while cooking them they fill the house with a sweet cake smell noone can resist.

Pouring some maple syrup... for pure indulgence. 
I've always loved pancakes but was never the fan of the thick texture. Always preferred crépes.
However these pancakes have an American pancake like quality, but still much lighter in texture and their naturally sweet taste complements any fresh fruit that goes along with it or just the extra sprince of cinnamon.

Not another praise from me, try them now and heart me later. :)





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