Although our children have their cherished activities, and as typical representatives of the younger generation they like electronic gadgets, reading books has always been a part of their lives and ours. Until recently we fostered within our son a love of books by reading him books which we chose ourselves. Now he has started to choose for himself and read what is trendy among his friends. After all, we start off with the assumption that there is a moment when children will start to read books which they like, which they chose by themselves, and that a love of reading has been deeply implanted. Then the time will come to suggest things which are worth knowing and reading.


Many books present a good reason for discussion. Even those which are seemingly meant for kids should be worked on. Lately, one such book which encouraged our discussion of especially difficult topics was the book: "Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different" by Ben Brooks'. My son summed it up with one sentence: "It's a book without content, but with adventures" and there is something in it. It isn't a novel. The book contains 100 short notes about different men and their adventures, about overcoming weaknesses and pursuing a set goal. The characters are musicians, scientists, sportsmen, actors, activists, community workers and visionaries. Among them we can find Ludwig van Beethoven, Stephen Hawking, Lionel Messi, Nelson Mandela and many more. Every person named in this book did something special, overcame their own limitations and adversities. Whatever they did, they can be an inspiration for young people.


By introducing the lives of famous and less famous men, the author raises readers' awareness of concepts such as tolerance, protection of the environment, democracy, homosexuality and feminism, and draws attention to the problems of modern life that we can fight against. Exclusion, discrediting, sensitivity and fighting for people's rights; these are topics to think and talk about, which will lead to active efforts in the future.

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18Feb2019

Until recently I have eaten cauliflower in pancakes, as a side dish or in soup. Today, for the first and definitely not the last time I prepared a quick lunch dish with roast cauliflower.


This dish is exactly what I like best: it is quick, easy to prepare and it doesn't have any sophisticated ingredients. You need only rub a cauliflower with seasoning, roast it, sprinkle it with parsley and after 40 minutes you have a delicious, filling dish. The added chickpeas make this an ideal dish for vegetarians.


The recipe for this dish comes from http://www.jadlonomia.com.


Ingredients:
1/2 cauliflower
1 tin of chickpeas
a couple of cherry tomatoes
chopped parsley
sauce:
2 – 3 tablespoons of oil
1 teaspoon of soya sauce
1/2 teaspoon of powdered sweet paprika
1/3 teaspoon of powdered coriander seeds
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper

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When baking cookies and cakes I like the aroma the most. I like the fruity aroma when I make plum cake or apple pie, the caramel aroma when I have cookies in the oven, but most of all I like the chocolatey aroma of brownies. Such an intoxicating aroma filled my home when I recently baked chocolate cookies. The delightful smell even lured my book-loving daughter from her room.


Small and light cookies were the ingredients of home-made cookie sandwiches with chocolate-nut cream and pistachios. I didn't manage to fill all the cookies with cream. Some of them were eaten just after baking. To tell the truth I wasn't surprised – they were really excellent.


Ingredients:
cookies
60g of butter
1 tin of aquafaba
150g of dark chocolate
100g of caster sugar
120g of flour
½ teaspoon of baking powder
50g of chocolate dots
creme
100g of white chocolate
120g of peanut butter
a pinch of salt

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After our last skiing holiday in Italy my son asked me to add ravioli to our menu. These small dumplings are most often served with ricotta cheese and spinach. My son liked them stuffed with meat and served in bouillon or with butter and Parmesan.


Recently I used cooked duck thighs. You can also use roast meat which you have leftover after dinner. My son said this was the best ravioli he had ever eaten. My son is very nice. For the next weekend he ordered meat ravioli in bouillon. I wonder when he will be bored with them.


Ingredients:
dough:
500g of flour
4 tablespoons of olive oil
a pinch of salt
200ml of hot water
stuffing
2 duck thighs (cooked or roasted)
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of butter
salt and pepper
for serving
1 teaspoon of butter
1 tablespoon of Parmesan

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Even though the weather outside doesn't resemble the hot summer at all, I prepared a typical summer soup. It wasn't a dinner dish, but rather a light lunch, and in the summer for sure I will prepare it often. I served the cold soup with natural yoghurt, avocado and lettuce with roast almond flakes and raspberries. It wooed me with its looks and taste. It was the best cold soup I have eaten up to now. The idea for this dish comes from www.jadłonomia.pl but I prepared and served it in my own way.


Ingredients (for 2 people)
400ml of natural yoghurt
200ml of vege milk
1 avocado
6 tablespoons of chopped lettuce
4 tablespoons of chopped chives
4 tablespoons of chopped dill
4 tablespoons of almond flakes
a piece of chili pepper
a few raspberries

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I have made rustic tarts with pears, apples and plums. Every time they were excellent. The combination of the crunchy, vanilla-almond tart with fruit is always a good idea. You have to remember to use hard fruit, or you will have an unappetizing sad layer instead of an attractive cake.


This time instead of Polish fruit I used pineapple slices to make mini rustic tarts. The hot cake with vanilla ice cream was delicious and everybody had their own cake. It prevented an argument about who got the biggest part of the cake.


Ingredients:
1 pineapple
8 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of milk
vanilla ice cream
dough
130g of wheat flour
3 tablespoons of wheat meal
4 tablespoons of minced almonds
2 tablespoons of caster sugar
2 tablespoons of cream
120g of butter

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