I may call my self very old fashioned person. I like to keep up traditions and habits in our family. All kinds of activities, that keep on loosing the meaning these days in the modern world. Baking sweets for X - mass, crafting Eastern eggs, picking grapes in autumn, making own sour cabbage and many more. For me it’s important to show my children the basic, simple and beautiful things in life.
I do live healthy life, eat light and fresh meals with less meat, but on this one special day in year I do forget everything around me. All the childhood memories, tastes, smell come back to me, when I visit my uncle Miloš for the traditional shambles (I hope to use the right word for explanation). Teaching kids to be great full for what the nature gives to us, we all enjoy the tasty home made meals. It’s always a sad day for the poor pigs, but I try not to think about it too much. Well, life must go on!
Every kid loves to play. The funny thing about them is, that even if we think that toys would make them happy, they love to explore the simple things in life at the end. My girls are great example for it. They always love to watch and to help in the kitchen, join me at work, help everyone around them. My friend Barborka told me about the cooking class for kids at Jemine few days ago. Without thinking, I knew right away, what to do on Saturday morning with my kids.
Anet and Janica from Jemine – official ambassadors of Jamie Olivier & Food Revolution Day for Slovak Republic, who I may call my friends, are two great young woman, who put all their energy behind teaching young generation, school kids and even grownups how to eat proper healthy and tasty food. Few months ago they have opened their Cooking school at Stará Tržnica. Great project, beautiful interiors, marvelous kitchen, tasty recipes. As you may see on the pictures, our kids have really enjoyed every minute of their cooking class. Just have look on their web side for more info about their work and coming cooking classes at www.jemine.sk .
Have fun while cooking!
I love to eat healthy and yummy food. The RAW food wave is all around me last months. No matter if I read some articles about healthy food, go trough recipes, surf the Instagram or Pinterest – RAW is everywhere. In cakes, pasta, salads, wraps sushi…. So why not to try it? It want become the center of universe for me, but I should give it a try. Yesterday I’ve made my self my very first raw spaghetti. Here is the recipe:
RAW CARROT SPAGHETTI
what you need for one portion
1 large carrot
½ of tomato
¼ of fennel
¼ of salad cucumber
2 large spoons of virgin olive oil
½ of lemon
Flore de salt
red pepper (whole)
1 spoon of honey
step by step
Use the spiral machine (if you don’t have any, you my use the carrot cleaner to get thin slices – like tagliatelle pasta) to get nice thin carrot spaghetti. Cut tomato and cucumber in to small squares, then fennel in to thin slices. Clean ½ of avocado, leave 3-4 slices for decoration and cut the rest also in to small squares. Place carrots on the plate (like you would do with plane pasta), and then start to top with all the other vegetable (pretend it’s the base of Bolognese sauceJ). Make nice decoration with avocado slices and young fennel leafs at the end.
Then add olive oil, sprinkle of Fore de Salt (I have plane and lemon flavor at home, have used the lemon one this time), grain black pepper and few red pepper seeds. Squeeze ½ of lemon and use the juice for the topping. Add sweet liquid honey which gives the whole dish nice semi sweet taste.
Hope you’ll enjoy!
1,5 kg of fresh pumpkin, you may use Hokkaido – nice sweet taste
1 can of pre cooked chickpeas (or 1 large cup of dry chickpeas - cooked)
½ cup of fresh yogurt
bunch of cherry tomatoes per one person
small spoon of fennel seeds
small spoon of cumin
salt (I have used Flore de salt - lemon taste)
bread – brown, pita, tortilla – depending on you - bio if possible
1 large cup of vegetable stock
½ of lemon
4 large portions
Step by step:
Clean the pumpkin and cut in two similar halves. Cut the first half in small pieces, add butter, pepper, salt, vegetable stock – and then cook in a pot for max 10 minutes, till it gets soft, but still compact in texture.
Pre heat the oven to 185 degree Celsius, cut the second half of pumpkin in to suitable pieces (depending if you wish to serve one big piece or several small pieces on one plate), use baking paper as a base in the pot, then place the pumpkin, cherry tomatoes. Use salt (Flore de salt), pepper, olive oil, and fresh herbs (what you have by hand – basil, rosemary, thymine – they all fit great with this dish). Cover nicely all the vegetable with oil and then bake for aprox 25 – 30 minutes, till they get nice & crispy.
While baking concentrate on the first part of pumpkin – cooked! Drain the cooked water, pour the pumpkin in to a higher bowl (or mixer – Vitamix) and add cooked chickpeas, yogurt, 4-5 spoons of olive oil, grain one garlic clove. Mine while take the fennel seeds, cumin, salt and pinch of brown sugar. Bake them on a pan, till you smell the flavors – 3-4 minutes. Then use a mortar to crush the hot mixture. This is a traditional way, how rise the flavors and taste of the herbs and spices. You will fall in love with this procedure. I always feel like a old witch – hahahahaaaa! Add the spices and lemon juice to the pumpkin / chickpea bowl – and mix till you get nice smooth compact texture. And yes – our pumpkin hummus is ready. Always taste your result. It may happen, that you’ll have to balance the flavors little bit.
The rest is very easy. Just place the hummus on a plate. Add crispy baked pumpkin & tomatoes, sliced bread. Give it the last touch of olive oil, Flore de salt and pepper…..and enjoy!