Backyard decorating

Spring has arrived suddenly this year. On a weekend. Clothed in heavy, almost humid air. The cat darted outside to inspect backyard planters for even smallest leaves of grass, anything chewable, really, would do.  No such luck yet, but we both started pottering around, turning wooden crates upside down, sweeping winter-worth of compacted leaves, pulling…

Red Velvet Cake and winter mood

My cake turned out to be like those late winter season snow storms. Messy, slushy, part exhilarating, part frustrating, part sentimental.  Both bring memories of happy and carefree childhood moments: the anticipation, the ‘free’ feeling, like you want to scream into the howling wind on the top of your lungs, and grab a slice of…

Baking for carnival

Carnival, or Mardi Gras, is a perfect occasion to test  a recipe for a “Yellow Birthday Cake” from Flour cookbook.  Just like the festivities, it is rich, exuberant, and a little bit on the showy side.  No less then 12 oz of chocolate go into the light, fluffy frosting.  These are the days to indulge, at…

Bittersweet melted chocolate and raspberries cake

This Valentines’s day is all about chocolate and fresh raspberries, both rather rare in this household. Never been much into chocolate, with the exception maybe of a good Polish milk and whole hazelnuts chocolate from Wedel. Also, I never buy fruit out of season, raspberries usually make appearance in mid July, we stuff  ourselves with…

New England winter story

January in New England could be a month of long shadows, dreaded ‘winter’mix’, or white, crunchy snow punctuated by sparkly sunshine, when you instantly start searching for sunglasses. The contradictions can be good for you, you don’t linger in one of these moods too, too long…It allows for rest and recharging, but also for planning…

Wanderlust: cafes in Kraków

2016 has brought me to places that I dreamed of since childhood, like English country (albeit no heather covered hills – yet), places I should have visited long time ago, like Rome, and (twice!) place that can pull strings I did not know existed. After all those years…It is all in one home away from…

Merry Christmas 2016

Some quiet moments captured this season…Wishing everyone peaceful, joyous, and wonder filled Christmas.

Christmas sugar cookies from family archives

As much as anything “sugar” seems to be falling out of favor these days, and mostly for a good reason, I cannot let go into oblivion handful of my most cherished recipes. This particular one comes from my Grandmother Felicja. Simple sugar cookies, perfect combination of crunchy on the outside and flaky on the inside….

Handmade gift – fragrant sachet with basil

The season is upon us. I have been reading and admiring some wonderful gift guides on the blogs (and making note of any ceramics for myself), but really yearning for a different type of gift giving experience. Something small, something handmade, something with a story…I tend to walk around the city these days looking for…

Tea and a cake break – for the holidays

This is for any of the weary souls during the holiday season, tea and cake is good for you. If you light a candle because the days are already oh-so-short, and if you bake the cake yourself, it becomes this slow living ritual that unlocks the creativity, connect you with the person next to you,…