Dental and medical appointments are rarely nice, especially for children. I also know adults who keep away from white aprons for as long as they can. I also know that for he-men even the sight of needles or syringes is difficult and causes anxiety. A visit to the clinic is sometimes tougher than a knight's duel, and a sticking plaster signifies more than the scar that's left behind.

A reward is necessary after such an ordeal. Today, after an especially brave meeting with a nurse, I prepared some cheesecake muffins for my son. I used silicon pastry cases. The muffins look beautiful and the fresh strawberries and peppermint leaves make them even more special, so every gourmand will be delighted with them. I will tell you in secret that it is difficult to eat only one cheesecake.

Ingredients (6 muffins)
1 lemon jelly
10 big strawberries
200g of vanilla fromage frais
grated skin from half a lemon


All year long I wait impatiently for two summer treasures. The first are strawberries and the second are broad beans. I know that I can buy both of them frozen, but the flavour of fresh products is incomparable.

We like cooked broad beans. Regardless of how many we cook, we are able to eat them all. My daughter also loves broad beans, but she used to eat a good deal more. Many times I have used broad beans in salads. Today I would like to share with you a recipe for shortbread mini tarts with broad beans and slices of sausages. The dish smells of rosemary and thyme and it is excellent as a not so substantial dinner or a slightly richer supper.

Ingredients (for 3 people)
150g of flour
1 egg
75g of butter
1 tablespoon of minced rosemary
1 tablespoon of minced thyme
a pinch of salt
100g of sausage
3 fistfuls of broad beans
10cm piece of leek
1 tablespoon of minced rosemary


The crazy and fragrant summer strawberry season is in full bloom. This year I like strawberry cocktails the most. I add other fruit, and the strawberries are so sweet that I don't need to add any sugar. My favourite is a combination of strawberries with melon, or pear and apple juice with peppermint leaves.

As usual during the weekend I prepared a cake. This time it was a strawberry shortbread cake with blancmange and crumble topping. Everything fit together nicely. I think that this cake could be excellent with more sour fruit. Cherries, redcurrants or plums come to mind. I have to realize this idea.

The idea for this cake comes from

0.5 kg of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
200g of sugar
200g of butter
1 egg
1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons of cream

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