Hi everyone! While one of the busiest month of the year has just started I want to help some of you who is still deciding on your Christmas dinner menu. I will share my variations for side dishes along with the tips about cooking for the festive dinner, time saving and some secrets from my personal experience.
Today I want to share with you this easy to make but wholesome and beautiful salad which goes good with red meat as well as with chicken and look good on the festive table.
Parsnips are not so popular as carrots, but I love them for their delicate flavour and sweetness. Roasted with coriander they have earthy flavour which goes great with the lentils! Crispy apples add texture and halloumi make it work all together good. You can try to use oranges instead lemons for the dressing as well.

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A few weeks before the most important holiday in a year my mum always made a list of what to cook. She was planning a holiday menu and I loved to take part in it. I remember that every year our table was so beautiful. We had different dinnerware sets, most of them were classic and simple, but we also had a special one – white porcelain with silver ornament. Every year my mum served our table with it. She put a beautiful tablecloth, napkins. And I remember how important it was, as much as the food she cooked. It was an important part of celebration Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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Here we are – a little bit more until the magic begins. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, I have no doubts about it. I already am listening to all the Christmas songs on repeat and thinking on the festive dinner menu.

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As you all know I do put quality of food on the first place when it comes to cooking. I think using seasonal produce makes your food twice tastier automatically.
When Waitrose invited me to visit their farm I was very exited because to be honest I didn’t know how much of Waitrose produce is grown just 1 hour away from London in Hampshire.

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If you haven’t got Nina Olsson’s book “Bowls of Goodness” yet this post is the answer why you should have! I was very exited when Nina sent me a copy of her brand new book and couldn’t wait until I could try one of her recipes. Right after I started turning the pages, I stumbled upon one of the very first recipes. Buckwheat porridge with pear and rhubarb compote!

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Autumn season is good not the only for it’s seasonal produce but also for holidays! And as Halloween and Bonfire Night are over this means that we can start to think about Christmas entirely.
I will not surprise you if I’ll say that winter holidays are my favourite! First of all Christmas means a chance for me to see family and friends. Everyone loves Christmas for it’s parties, and for me there is no better party then to spend time with the family. It means a cozy atmosphere, homemade food, family secrets and jokes. That’s why I was absolutely happy when Waitrose contacted me and asked to tell about hosting a Christmas party, making food for my guests and preparing my #HomeForChristmas. My thoughts and advices how to host your perfect Christmas party you can find out by checking my article in this week’s Waitrose Weekend magazine.
One of the meals which reflect my attitude towards good food are pies. I think it’s an excellent option for any party as you can make different filling, serve it either warm or cold, cut into many bites so everyone can try it.
Today I wanted to share one of my favourite pies with you – Onion pie, which I made with red onions and added a handful of dried cranberries which made this pie perfect for any Christmas party!

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Here are some interesting thoughts about food. I am fond of homemade toothsome food, but I don’t like when it takes a lot of time to make it. Especially now, when I have a baby. In the matter of this I have some simple breakfast/lunch ideas which I just change every time by adding some new fruits or vegetables or chocolate!
One of those ideas is Scones. Simple. No a lot of products needed. And sure a timesaver!

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I’m in the process of choosing which recipes to do and share on the blog. Any ideas? This post I’ve made about a month ago but didn’t have a chance to posting it. So here it is! The simplest basic recipe of granola.

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These days I tried to remake one of my favourite pancakes with squash but adding sweet potato instead. It tasted similar but more delicate and I like it!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, friends!
Hope you are having a great time with your loved ones and family! I wanted to make some new delicious recipes for holidays, but have absolutely no time for that. Sorry, friends! Every minute I have I want to spend with my family. So I decided to share with you my best winter recipes from the 2015th.
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