Quick orange cake is an ideal proposal when you want your home to smell nice and warm and you don't have enough time for sophisticated shopping and for long preparation. Needless to say, nobody needs to know how easy it is to make this cake. Let it be your secret and take advantage of the saved time as you like.

Sweet-and-sour icing from caster sugar and citrus fruit juice is an excellent addition to the orange cake.

370g of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
a pinch of salt
3 eggs
200g of sugar
125ml of oil
125ml of orange juice
orange peel grated from one orange


Today's recipe is for an amazing salad. In this dish everyone may find something for himself. This salad is equally soft and crunchy, juicy and mealy. Every bit brings a different expressive taste. Does it sound strange? Try it and see that it is possible.

The only obstacle you may face during the preparation of this salad is hulling the pomegranate stones. The biggest treasure of this fruit is the easily assimilable polyphenols belonging to antioxidants. A pomegranate has three times more of them than you may find in green tea or red wine. Additionally, due to the phytohormones content, the pomegranate softens the signs of PMS and menopause. Pomegranate, reckoned to be an aphrodisiac, has stones hidden under its hard skin and between its white membrane. We should roll the pomegranate on the table, slightly grinding it. Cut it into halves and rap with a wooden spoon on the skin so the stones fall out, or turn the halves inside out and delicately take the stones out.

The recipe comes from an online cookery book of Lidl.

250g green lentils
2 medium sticks of celery
1 small chili pepper
1 orange
1 grapefruit
1 pomegranate
200g of feta cheese


I have already written about the cookery book by Kevin Aiston. Today, coaxed by my children, I used one of the recipes. "Toad in the hole" has been known in the United Kingdom since the year dot. The oldest recipe dates back to 1747 when it was made with pigeon, whereas now we add sausages. Sicilians copied toad in the hole and serve their own version called frittola.


To tell the truth I don't know why this dish is called "toad in the hole" and I approached it with great caution. To my surprise it was delicious! The dish is simple to prepare and remarkable because most children like sausages. According to the original recipe, you should add rosemary to the dough. I didn't have any so I added some minced basil and cherry tomatoes. It was a good choice. I baked 4 sausages; you can use as many as you need and as many as you can fit in your casserole dish.



4 sausages

3 tablespoons of oil

2 onions

150g of flour

2 eggs

150ml of milk

1 fistful of basil


Movies dealing with disability, handicap or sickness are usually difficult and depressing. It is difficult to face somebody's suffering and total dependence on others. This difficult subject is handled well by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the screenwriters and moviemakers of "Untouchables".


This movie is based on true events and describes the story of paralysed millionaire Philippe (François Cluzet), who employs a caretaker called Driss (Omar Sy), a young boy from suburbia. It is difficult to imagine this feisty, easy-going former prisoner playing the role of caretaker for an invalid. Why is he employed? It seems that, bored with the daily monotony of his life and tired with his infirmity, the man discovers in Driss the promise of change, or maybe he simply decides to give a chance to a boy "with a past". At the same time, Driss proves that he is able not only to drink beer and smoke joints in dubious company. Predictably, both men will form a unique friendship.


They are different in almost every aspect: different social groups, upbringing, approach to life - even the music they listen to. Reportedly, opposites attract and this relationship is proof of that. A sense of humour is what brings them together. Looking at Driss, it is visible in his every smile, in his easy-going approach to life and in the jokes he tells. To begin with, Philippe hides everything inside, his sense of humour dimmed by his sickness; but, influenced by the young caregiver, it shows up in the least expected moments. Both men benefit from this relationship. They complement each other's lives and learn how to look at life from a different perspective.


Today I have another idea for a dish which you can prepare in your own way. You can fill stuffed baked apples with the ingredients you have in the kitchen or with whatever you like. These apples may be a dessert, but you should remember that regardless of filling it isn't a small dish. It is best to serve it after a less copious dinner or as afternoon tea. Otherwise the overfed feaster will not appreciate the taste of your dish.



4 apples

1 fistful of raisins

5 dried apricots

1 fistful of walnuts

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of honey

half a teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of butter

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