• DAY 1. Polish potato pancakes – ‘Placki’

    Welcome to Veganuary, everyone! I’m Polish so I can’t think of a better way to start 2020 than cooking something traditional. Placki, which are (sort of) Polish potato pancakes seem to be the perfect choice: easy to make and super duper tasty. I made them vegan style for the first time today and I can assure you: they taste DELICIOUS! You need: 8 medium sized potatoes (circa 1 potato gives you 1 medium sized placek) 2 red onions 2 spoons of egg replacer 1 spoon of semolina half cup of oats half cup of any vegan milk some chopped chive salt and pepper to taste Neutral flavour coconut oil (for…

  • Pickled maple samaras

    If you haven’t tried pickled “fruit” of maple trees, you’ve got to do it next year. It’s perfect for sauces, canapés and simply ideal as an early autumn comfort food. You need: a handful of maple samaras glass or two of mineral water (depending on a jar size) bay leaf three slices of lemon teaspoon of sea salt (foto credit: Krzysztof Ziarnek) They taste like pickles mushrooms but are a little bit more spicy. Boil water with salt. Cool it down to room temperature. Place samaras at the bottom of the jar, add lemon, bay leaf and fill with water (not to the full, 3/4 will absolutely do it). Jeśli…

  • Fermented barszcz for anaemia

    I cured my anaemia with drinking  1/3 of a glass of fermented beetroot juice (barszcz) on empty stomach each morning for 3 months. I tried molasses with lemon juice (also a great remedy) but barszcz seemed to work much faster. Its garlicky taste is heavenly, although for many it may be way too strong. My husband finds it too challenging:-) All you need is: 4 beetroots (washed and chopped into pieces) 3 garlic cloves (peeled) boiled water, cold a handful of mixed fresh vegetables: carrots, parsley and celeriac root crust of brown bread (cut it off one slice) a few straws of thyme, basil and dill pinch of salt bigger…

  • Onion syrup for cold

    I have a very low immune system – I’m also low on iron and haemoglobin.  I catch almost everything – from colds to flus, from skin infection, sinusitis and tonsillitis to nasty and very painful coldsores which take weeks to heal. Enough to say – I am ill most of the time. Well..enough. I feel like going to doctors is pointless as I’m gonna get mainly antibiotics or something chemical to suppress the symptoms but not to address the cause. I decided to take matters in my own hands, do research and simply heal myself.  To get rid of my nasty cold that has been making me feel really unwell…

  • Sweet potato and red lentil curry

    Absolutely delicious and cleansing! Very warming, especially in those April/ May rainy days when the weather is unsure if it’s winter or spring. Warms the belly, heals the soul. Feeds 6, so if it’s too much, you can always freeze it. 500 grams of red lentils, rinsed 2 handfuls of spinach 1 big sweet potato, chopped 2 heap spoons of mild curry powder 1 heap spoon of hot curry powder 1 tub of tomato puree salt and pepper to taste half cup of oat milk Mix everything together, let it boil and simmer for about 1.5 hrs. You can serve it with basmati rise or on its own. Enjoy! Bardzo…

  • Fermented health

    White cabbage with dill, cumin and parsley; red cabbage with daikon and last but not least carrots with fresh ginger – done! I allowed it to ferment only for 4 days reaching crispy and mild taste. Beautiful! It is a massive immune booster and my essential every day snack. I used sea salt- a handful for one medium (shredded) cabbage, waited until the cabbage starts to “bleed” added a glass of boiled, lukewarm water (one glass per cabbage) mixed it well and put into jars, cover with a piece of cabbage leaf before putting the lid on. Remember not to close the jars as the fermented cabbage will expand –…