Whenever I have looked for ideas for a cake with pears, many times I saw interesting tarts with rolled edges called rustic tarts. I decided to prepare my rustic tart with pears. The thin crunchy almond cake, pithy pears and vanilla-fruit fragrance, which drew even my daughter from her room –is quite simply a dessert which you have to prepare. It has only one fault: it disappears too fast. But I tell you my solution. You just have to quickly make another one.

130g wheat flour
3 tablespoons of wheatmeal
4 tablespoons of minced almonds
2 tablespoons of caster sugar
2 tablespoons of cream
120g of butter
3 pears
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 teaspoon of wheat flour
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of apricot jam


Nobody has any doubts about the fact that children shouldn't get ill. Unfortunately, illnesses don't discriminate and they affect even the most innocent. Currently, for the most part new children's hospitals have an appearance which makes it easier for little patients to stay in a place which is associated with pain and illnesses. Soft toys, pictures on the wall, stickers on the windows, common rooms with toys, everything to draw their attention from the reason they are there. For many years, parents have been able to stay in hospitals along with their children. I admit that I shudder when I remind myself of what hospitals used to look like a few years ago. Staying in such establishments caused trauma not just connected with disease, but with separation from parents and the fact that it was not a friendly place.

This problem is raised by the brilliant David Walliams in the book: "The Midnight Gang". The main character, a twelve-year-old boy called Tom, goes to a hospital which looks like something from the worst horror film: A huge building, creaky elevator, frightening service and a nurse who wants nothing more than to brutally torment sick children. Apparently, in this horrible hospital there isn't anything that could brighten up the children's stay and draw attention from being ill. Fortunately, Tom quickly convinces himself that the companions of his plight have a fascinating secret. The scheme in which they take part, the titular Midnight Gang, puts their dreams into action. By any means, often the most incredible, the kids try to make their dreams come true. It turns out that dreams, good intentions and imagination mean that nothing is impossible.

Typical of Walliam's writing, The Midnight Gang is also a book that raises the problem of longing and exclusion in a subtle and witty way. The children miss their parents, with love, friendship and longing for freedom and health. They dream about health and a normal life together, without drips, needles, and hospital reality. As in every David Walliams book, we meet some colourful and amazing characters. We will see that appearances are deceptive and it's not worth judging a book by its cover. The surface may be misleading. A gross appearance may hide a golden heart, and a slick appearance may hide brutality and venom.


We like potato pancakes with sugar or sour cream, smoked salmon and dill. I recently saw them served with a chanterelles sauce. I decided to prepare and try them. Admittedly, I prepared the pancakes with sweet potatoes, but the dish was still excellent. My son wasn't convinced and ate the pancakes with sugar, but the rest of the family said that the meal was yummy. Try it!

500g of sweet potatoes
2-3 tablespoons of flour
1 egg
half an onion
salt and pepper
oil for frying
chanterelles sauce
300g of chanterelles
1 tablespoon of butter
150ml of vegetable stock
2 tablespoons of cream
salt and pepper
a fistful of chopped parsley


Today I freshened up one of my family recipes. Making the most of the fruit season, I prepared fruit dumplings with plums for my children. To my wonder they told me that they had never eaten fruit dumplings before. I don't know how it happened, but better late than never.

Potatoes are the secret of good fruit dumplings. The best are type C potatoes – they are mealy, contain more starch, and have bright, loose skin. Boil the potatoes for fruit dumplings the day before. Dumplings with freshly boiled potatoes could fall to pieces in the hot water.

500g of potatoes
250g of flour
1 egg
a pinch of salt
500g of plum
3 tablespoons of brown sugar


I don't know anybody who doesn't like chocolate. Maybe except for those who like sausages more than sweets. Chocolate with nuts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, muffins, cakes – I and my family like everything with chocolate. Some of us have to be careful with the amount of chocolate, but everyone sometimes allows themselves something mega chocolatey. Today I would like to share with you the recipe for an excellent chocolate dessert. It is similar to soufflé, but we don't need to worry that the cake will collapse, and the chocolate inside comes out nicely after slicing. You must be careful. The chocolate is extremely hot like lava, so it is excellent with cool fruit sauce and Vanilla ice cream. Do you know anybody who could resist this temptation?

Ingredients (for 4 people)
1 banana
50g of flour
50g of butter
100g of dark chocolate + 8 pieces of chocolate
100g of brown sugar
100ml of milk

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