In my family home, as well as traditional pasta, groats and rice, my mum sometimes prepared dumplings made with a spoon. She served them often with stew or beef cutlet. Recently, I remembered these dumplings when I was looking for inspiration for a quick lunch. I didn't have time to prepare meat, but I served them with onion and fried bacon. My daughter said that it was delicious and asked for another helping. Fortunately, this dish is really quick and it looks and tastes really wonderful.


Ingredients (for two people)
180g of flour
1 egg
a pinch of salt
100ml of water
150g of smoked bacon
half an onion
2 cloves of garlic
chili pepper
a couple of cherry tomatoes
a couple of capers
1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
pepper

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It is difficult to believe that the carnival is over. I feel like I have only just bought gifts for Christmas, but soon we will be preparing Easter eggs and the Easter basket. Probably the sweetest day of the year is just in front of us. Fat Thursday is usually full of doughnuts and angel wings. This year I decided to break away from the traditions and honour Fat Thursday with a small chocolate-currant cake with pomegranate. I don't know if we will also be tempted to eat some delicious, fresh doughnuts, but we can make this day a cheat day...


Ingredients:
dough
175g of flour
3 tablespoons of cocoa
75g of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of blackcurrant jam
1 tablespoon of vinegar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
75g of melted butter
250ml of water or milk
cream
150ml of 30% sweet cream
200g of mascarpone cheese
100g of chocolate
1 teaspoon of cocoa
4 tablespoons of blackcurrant jam
fruit and chocolate for decoration

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In Poland I don't have a trusted place where I can buy fresh fish and seafood. Sometimes I buy some, but it is always a crapshoot. In Spain, close to our house there was a market with a big fish sector. I was delighted. This market doesn't resemble the bazars which we know from a few years ago in Poland. It was an interesting structure and clean and nice with a family atmosphere inside. During our second visit the salesmen recognised us and said "hola!" You could get vertigo from the wealth of products, and we didn't know what we should buy first. The best thing was the fact that whatever you chose it was fresh and yummy and tomorrow you could come back and buy something new. It was sweet that the salesman always cleaned the fish which we chose. We needed only to fry or bake them. For the first dinner we prepared seafood in the Spanish style. For the next one we chose sole – one of my favourite fish. The salesman advised us not to overcomplicate things with the ingredients, and to fry them only with some butter, parsley and lemon.


I took the advice and served the fish fried with fresh salad, artichokes and a baguette. You can make it in the same way or prepare your own dish. The devil is in only one detail – you need to have really fresh fish.


Ingredients:
2 fillets of sole
2 tablespoons of clarified butter
half a lemon
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
salt and pepper

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Valentine's Day - some people like it, but others hate it. However you feel, every day is a good day to eat something yummy in nice company. So why not do this on Valentines day?


Today I would like to share with you a recipe for an easy but excellent dessert for two. The light, sweet mousse with white chocolate made with aquafaba goes well with currant confiture. You can use something different, but I recommend something that is not too sweet.


Ingredients (for 2 people)
100ml of aquafaba
100g of white chocolate
200g of red currants
1 teaspoon of caster sugar

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Among all types of seafood, in my opinion octopus tentacles look the most intriguing on a plate. I buy octopus tentacles in a small fish shop where they are constantly on sale. They are boiled and chilled and actually ready to eat. We like them grilled with fresh French bread prepared "at once" just after shopping. This time I served them in a more decorative way. I served grilled parsley-garlic octopus tentacles with fresh lettuce and French toast. The salad was excellent and looked beautiful. I recommend it for a special occasion. Maybe it is a great idea for a light dinner on Valentine's Day.


Ingredients (for 2 people)
4 small octopus tentacles
4 fistfuls of mixed lettuce
a few cherry tomatoes
a few black olives
2 tablespoons of small capers or a few big capers
a lemon
marinade
4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
1 teaspoon of chopped chili pepper
2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
salt and pepper

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I like busy days. Even if I'm very tired, I feel that I use this time to the max. I'm glad especially when everything goes as planned and I manage to do everything. On such days it is worth having a few recipes for swift dishes to make a nice homemade lunch.


Pastas with homemade pesto or sauces are excellent for such situations. Most often I make my favourite green basil pesto or red pesto with dried tomatoes. I sometimes use tomato sauce. Today I chose creamy curry sauce with Parma ham. I also added black olives and chopped parsley. It was so yummy!


Ingredients (for 2 people)
150g of pasta
150g of Parma ham
1 clove of garlic
1 shallot
chili pepper
1 tablespoon of butter
150 ml of 30% sweet cream
1 teaspoon of curry powder
10 black olives
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
salt and pepper

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