chocolate coconut peanut granola bars

I’m eating the last granola bar of the second batch made in the past 2 weeks as I write this. Two batches in two weeks sounds a lot but it’s really not. Granola bars are a great snack and both Rok and I love them, so we always have them on hand. And if you’re wondering whether I’ll make another batch soon, the answer is hell yes (!), I will.

Granola bars and me go way, way back. When I was in primary school my mom often tucked one in my bag whenever we went on school trips, and when I was older I lived off them. They were often my only snack at work or breakfast at college and they are still my snack of choice. Speaking of snacks, years ago I bought those round plastic containers that protect your apple/orange/other fruit when you carry them around in a bag. Have you ever tried them out? Totally great and useful, but when compared to a granola bar, they still take up more space and as good as a Golden Delicious is, it’s just not a granola bar. That’s why the plastic containers are now collecting dust in one of the kitchen drawers.

coconut peanut granola bars CONTINUE TO THE RECIPE…

spinach and leek flatbread

I always seem to go back to spinach. Whatever I cook, spinach is bound to pop up soon enough. And for the past few days I’ve been really thinking about my love for it and where does it come from? I don’t remember a specific time, I just know I’ve always loved it. My immediate association is always Popeye, I used to watch that, but as much as kids can be influenced by stuff on TV, I don’t think I ever liked spinach because of him.

I do remember my mom’s creamed spinach and so I guess that was what made me love it so much; along with Swiss chard and I thought for a long time (as a kid) that spinach and Swiss chard were one and the same. My mom’s aunt had a garden and for years she grew insane amounts of Swiss chard, so we always got bags of that in the summer. I still remember sitting behind the kitchen table with my mom, with bags of Swiss chard on the floor and bowls on the table, watching TV while ripping the stems out of the chard. Once everything was trimmed, my mom rinsed it and bagged it for later use.

spinach and leek flatbread CONTINUE TO THE RECIPE…

cabbage and potato salad

It’s starting to look and smell a lot like Spring around here and I love it. The days are longer, trees are full of tiny buds, the birds are chirping again and it’s getting warmer; so warm I’ll have to start wearing my spring coat soon. I wish it could stay like this all year. I spoke to Oma (my grandmother) a few days ago right when she was in the garden putting her flowers in and it really made me wish I had a garden. I hope I do get to have one some day. I have some indoor plants right now and I want to plant some herbs too, but there’s only so much I can do. But I love the idea of having your own garden and watching everything grow. My grandparents have been doing it all their lives, they grow their own vegetables, have a few fruit trees, even grapevines, and their little house and yard are completely decked out in lovely flowers.
colorful cabbage and potato salad with beans
Although I just shared a perfect Spring salad, I thought I’d share a more wintry too. This cabbage and potato salad is colorful, but uses produce that has been in season (at least here) for months, so everything is easy to get and very, very affordable. You can’t really beat something that is good yet cheap, right? I picked up the habit of adding potatoes to salads from my mom. She always did that, especially during the colder months, to add some bulk and flavor to her greens.

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basic-pizza-dough-015

I talk so much about pizza around here (and everywhere else), I thought it was about time I shared a proper pizza dough recipe. Although I did share one ages ago, before starting this blog last year, but I have since removed it because it was just an archived post from my previous let-me-see-if-I-can-blog blog. A few of you may remember it, but if you don’t, don’t feel bad about it. I don’t.

Anyway, this is one of my Basics posts I want to do. Because if you’re like me and you like to cook, chances are you have a few basic recipes you always use, for making pizza dough, perfect crepes or basic pasta. If you don’t have the recipes, I hope you find mine helpful. There are many pizza dough recipes out there, which is wonderful and that’s what I find fascinating about cooking. How so many people can make the same thing but it’s still unique to them, everyone has their own version or way of doing it, and here’s mine.

best easy pizza dough recipe

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