Grand Marnier Apple Raisins Cake

The apple harvest upon us and we are searching for interesting recipes with apples. On a rainy day when leaves start changing colors having a cup of hot herbal tea with apple dessert is like having a perfect piece of happiness.

This cake is a must, any good housewife should have this recipe in her collection. Grand Marnier Apple Cake with Raisins is amazing. It has rough, earthy but lemony pastry bottom made from spelt flour and moist sweet apple filling with dried berries and pistachios covered by soft top melting in your mouth.


Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice & Mushrooms

Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice and Mushrooms makes a pleasant lunch dish or an attractive accompaniment to main dishes.


Avocado Coffee Smoothie - Drink or Dessert

Sinh To Bo (Vietnamese avocado smoothie) - Luxuriously rich and creamy, sweet avocado shakes are a favorite Vietnamese dessert or mid-afternoon snack. Avocados, known as “butter fruit” in Vietnam, are used as a dessert ingredient throughout southeast Asia. The Indonesian version of the avocado shake, jus alpukat, adds coffee or chocolate syrup. Brazilians enjoy creme de abacate. These smoothies may pack a lot of calories, but the fat in avocados is the kind that’s good for you. So don’t feel so guilty -- indulge!


Apple, Lemon Cake with Hazelnuts

This is a simple cake: moist, lemony and delicious for breakfast.


Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with Honey Glaze

A good, quick dessert cake for a family supper. Hazelnuts add an unusual nutty texture to this moist and delicious cake. Honey makes sweet and smooth glaze. Can you resist the temptation?


Millet Fritters with Spiced Red Wine Plum Sauce

Warm dishes with spices are coming back in style with the changing season. Millet Fritters with Spiced Red Wine Plum Sauce is a lovely way to start.


Apple Dumplings with Maple Syrup & Pistachios - The End of Summer Lunch

Aromatic sweet apple dumplings are packed with dried fruit and drizzled with maple syrup. Perfect for the end of summer lunch or dessert.


Russian Monday: "Kasha" - Millet Porridge with Butternut Squash & Golden Raisins

Kasha is a special dish in Russian cuisine - very common and unremarkable, nevertheless having its own special worldwide reputation in line with borsch, Russian cabbage soup, kvass and vodka. Kasha is a subject of national pride, but first of all - the peak of ancient Russian culinary arts.


Oat Breakfast Cakes with Three Different Seeds, Cashew Nuts & Dried Berries

These nutty, golden oat breakfast cakes are filling, not too sweet and very healthy. I just love them with my coffee in the morning. Experiment with whatever seeds, nuts and dried berries you have on your shelf.


Apricot-Ginger Bites with Cocoa Nibs

I don't recall when we had such beautiful August. Nice weather, zero humidity, it feels like September is touching us already, but it's only beginning of the last month of summer. We spend our evenings outside. When sky darkens you can see bats flying around. Squirrels come out to eat wild walnuts on a big tree next to our deck. There is so much harmony, peace and quiet... After dinner we always have a tea or coffee. And of course my family usually asks for some sweet bites. Today I would like to introduce you to unbelievably delicious apricot-ginger cookies, that I baked purposefully for such cool summer evening. They are full of flavors and perfect with tea. I made them extra small, just one perfect bite, but I have to warn you, they are extremely addictive-) Enjoy!


Russian Monday: Salted Cucumbers

Pickled Cucumbers 3

Even though the word “pickles” most often is used to refer to pickled cucumbers, this is collective term. It applies to pickled, leavened or marinated vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, greens and even berries – just any fruits of the earth.


Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Figs, Honey and Pistachios - Appetizer or Dessert

There is something inherently gratifying about a cheese course, one that combines soft brie cheese with sweet fruit and crunchy, toasted nuts. This elegant dish hides a mouthwatering mixture of flavors, and makes a delicious appetizer or lunch, or wholly satisfying and truly unique dessert.

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