Last May food post.

It’s almost June, which means it’s almost summer. I’m so looking forward to long, warm days which I hope with all my heart will come. And I’ve got plans for a rather wonderful trip at the beginning of July and I can hardly believe it’s only a month away now. Time to start planning, I think!

Anyway, here’s some weekend food inspiration that I found worthy of photographing.

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This was breakfast on Sunday: eggs, ham, Red Leicester and some veggies. A much simpler one than those asparagus pancakes I had last week but it was delicious nonetheless.

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A smoothie made out of blueberries, vanilla extract, one date, one tbsp chia seeds and 200 ml oatmilk. It was such a treat!

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I had been craving spaghetti bolognese forever so this really hit the spot.

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Sometimes it’s good to go simple.

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Our Sunday treat was Eton mess in vintage Ikea glasses. (I’m using vintage very loosely here on purpose. :P)

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I bought first local strawberries at the farmer’s market last week. I pretty much now don’t want to eat or drink anything else.

What did you guys eat over the weekend?

Asparagus pancakes and the best brownies you’ve ever had.

Yesterday I did something I hadn’t done or a long time: I didn’t set an alarm clock. I woke up at about 9 am because the birds were singing loudly, the sun was shining and it was shaping up to be the most beautiful day. It was truly perfect. And to make it even more so, I’ve decided to try and make a recipe from the BBC Good Food calendar. As you are probably aware, the asparagus season is now well under way and I’ve had asparagus every week at least once for the last month or so. Yesterday, I made asparagus pancakes with smoked salmon and sour cream — and it was food heaven. And before I finished it, it was actually warm enough to eat it outside on the balcony. I can hardly imagine a more perfect morning.
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Ingredients:

200 g rye flour (the original recipe had 100 g buckwheat & 100 g plain flour)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
284 ml pot buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
50 g butter, meted
2 tsp rapeseed or vegetable oil
18 asparagus spears, halved to make 36 shorter spears
140 g smoked salmon
150 ml soured cream
a few lemon wedges

Pre-heat your oven to 120C/fan. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and 1/2 tsp salt together in a bowl. Whisk the buttermilk, egg and 3 tbsp melted butter together in another bowl, then gradually whisk into the dry ingredients to make a smooth batter.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the remaining butter and the oil and fry your asparagus for about 3-4 minutes until almost tender.

Now, the original recipe says that you should put in the asparagus first and pour the batter over it. I tried that at first but it didn’t work so well so I switched it around, poured in the batter first and put the asparagus on top of it. It was also easier to flip the pancakes afterwards. I cooked them for about 3 minutes on one side and about 2 on the other. Keep your pancakes warm in the oven while you cook the rest of them.

Then just add the smoked salmon, sour cream and some lemon wedges for squeezing over and you’re done.

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The sun was a bit too bright but I’m not going to complain.

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I had some leftover batter so I whipped up a couple more pancakes to have with my coffee afterwards. I put some white yoghurt on it, a dash of strawberry jam and blueberries.

Speaking of puddings: two weeks ago we found a recipe for brownies with raspberries and sea salt. The combination of sweet and salty is my favourite so we immediately decided to try it — and it was incredible. I’ve never had such good brownies in my life and you should definitely try it.

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Pure bliss.

The recipe is from Kitchenette – it’s in Czech but I ran it through the google translator just to check if it doesn’t spit out some complete and utter nonsense (as it often does) and it’s fine! I used walnuts because I didn’t have pecan nuts and I used gluten free flour.

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I wish the lilac season lasted longer.😉

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So this is where I leave you for today. But before that I’d like to ask: have you cooked or baked anything interesting lately? I’m always looking for new recipes and fresh ideas!

Arriving in Geneva.

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We flew to Geneva on a cold but bright Thursday morning.

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We stayed in a hotel right next to the railway station. It was a great choice because the hotel was really good, there was no noise and it was super close to everything, especially all the transport links. And they have the biggest mechanical clock in the world there!

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Our room and the breakfast room were on the same floor. Score!

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We had the best view from our room.

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We quickly unpacked and set off for a walk. It wasn’t sunny but it was warm – so warm in fact that we soon doffed the cardigans we were wearing, for the first time this year.

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As you can see, we were really happy to be there.

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Everything was much greener than back home at that time and I appreciated every single green leaf.

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We first headed down to the lake.

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The flower clock was stunning. We saw it last winter but as that was in February, it looked nothing like it.

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It makes for a nice background, doesn’t it?

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I know it doesn’t look like it from the photo but it was really warm.

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I’m always be fascinated by how gorgeous and clean the water is.

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There were people having picnics there by the lake.

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Lac Léman. Be still my heart.

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One thing I noticed this time is how gorgeous the flowershops in Switzerland are. So much choice and such beautiful flowers.

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I loved this area.

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We then had a coffee in Boreal Coffee Shop. It’s a nice, cosy place and they make wonderful coffee and incredible brownies.

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After our coffee we headed back to the hotel to have a good night’s sleep because Friday was a super important day I’d been looking forward to for a very long time. More on that in my next Switzerland post.😉

A May weekend in Prague.

Last weekend was one of those warm, spring weekends that make you excited about the upcoming summer days and fill your soul with happiness, excitement and positive energy.

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We arrived in Prague on Friday afternoon.

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It was warm, sunny and everything was blindingly green.

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We had tickets to the theatre for Friday night.

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Sandwiches were consumed during the interval.😛

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Afterwards we went to After that we went to NEB.O and I had the best yellow curry ever.and I had the best yellow curry ever.

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On Saturday morning we went for brunch to Cukrkavalimonada.

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We had eggs, salmon, ham, cheese and some veggies. Delicious!

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After our brunch we went for a walk around Kampa.

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I even managed to snap a photo of my family. It’s a rare occasion as they all hate having their picture taken. I don’t know why, they’re precious!

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The weather was perfect.

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And the lilacs are finally blooming! I can’t get enough of them.

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We popped over to Angelato for some ice cream. We tried rhubarb, mango, coconut, hazelnut and chocolate between ourselves and they were all delicious. I always have such a difficult time choosing!

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Then we headed to Střelecký ostrov.

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There were people having picnics everywhere.

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I was bare-legged all weekend, for the first time this year!

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These people got stuck and could not get unstuck. I’d hoped one of them would have to actually get into the water and push the paddleboat away from the spot but then these other guys came along and helped them. Shame!😛

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Prague.❤

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Then we picked up Eda and set off for a trip to Divoká Šárka.

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Divoká Šárka is a nature reserve in Prague and none of us had been there before.

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I have to say, we were utterly charmed.

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Eda drank from a local brook. *hearts in my eyes*

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I managed not to fall in. Are you as surprised as I am?

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This is called The Jug and apparently you can have a swim there if you don’t mind the freezing water.

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My sister thought Eda needed a proper look, too.

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Afterwards, we went for dinner to Café Záhorský. I had a delicious salmon tartare.

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Eda really wanted some.

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Sunday morning was gorgeous as well.

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It was Mother’s day so I took mum for breakfast. We went to PAUL and had some amazing croissants and mint tea. Then we did some minor shopping and headed home.

Such flawless weekends should happen more often. What were you up to last weekend?

What I ate in April.

Making good food and making it look nice is one of my favourite things to do at the weekend. It’s actually become a tradition for me. I have to say one thing, though: I’m really looking forward to having even more light in the evenings because sometimes when I get around to making supper, it’s dark outside and the photos are rubbish. The long summer evenings can’t come soon enough. And not only because of the extra light for photogaphy.:) Are you as excited about the impending summer as I am?
Here’s some of the things I ate over the past few weekends, excluding the one in Geneva.

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Brunch #1: leftover potatoes, veal & garlic ausages, eggs, peas, tomato salsa and some rye bread.

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Rhubarb crumble with sour cream. The problem with crumble is that it looks so ordinary but it’s so incredibly delicious! I substituted almost all flour for oats and added some extra nuts and it’s just to die for.
By the way, the tablecloth is Zara. We bought it in Geneva and I am utterly in love with it. It’s so summery and I love that it’s off-white.

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Brunch #2 is a simple one but it did the trick. A tomato & avocado salsa, a slice of rye bread with wild garlic spread and white yoghurt with raspberries, granola and some mint leaves.

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Brunch #3: guacamole, some ham & cheese, rocket salad, rye bread and white yoghurt with strawberries, granola and some mint leaves.

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Brunch #3 consisted of crambled eggs, veal & garlic sausages and sliced avocado. (Are you seeing the pattern here? I’m such an avocado fiend!)

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We tried Yorkshire pudding for the first time on Friday. We served it with smoked salmon and a dill, horse radish and yoghurt dip. It was out of this world. What do you lot usually eat Yorkshire pudding with? I think I’m going to have it every week now.😛

Switzerland 2016: the Instagram edition.

I’ve just come back from a wonderful trip in Switzerland. I’m back at work now but my mind still wanders back to those amazing 5 days. Especially to last Friday night, which was one of the most magical and emotional nights in my life.

Here’s a summary of the trip in a couple of Instagram photos. I hope they give you at least some idea of how utterly amazing those 5 days were.

Spring has sprung.

Last weekend was an unexpectedly busy one but I feel so good about it because I think I’ve managed a lot of stuff and I still feel somewhat rested, so overall it was a well-spent weekend. Most importantly, I’ve not only put together but also finalised my summer plans! I couldn’t be more excited. I thought that last year was, as far as holidays were concerned, almost unbeatable. But, barring any unforeseeable circumstances, this year’s holidays might just be right up there with last year’s. I’ll keep you posted.:)

Regarding last weekend, I ‘m very glad that I managed to nip to the park on Sunday to check up on the cherry trees and that one magnolia that’s there. It was high time for the cherry trees because I think that they’re going to turn all green in a couple of days.

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I spotted this tree near the train tracks when I was heading to the park to check up on my lone magnolia.

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She’s taking her time. (And it’s definitely a she, right? :P)

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Every single tree is greener every day and I love it.

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What would this blog be without a photo of my favourite linden tree.

It really looks like spring is finally well underway!

Healthy Friday treats.

I start teaching at 6 am on Friday so I try to prepare my breakfast a day or two in advance so I can just grab it and eat. On Wednesday I made these blueberry & vanilla overnight oats for this morning and they are fantastic! And really easy to make, as it usually is with overnight oats.

For 2 portions I used:
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
hazelnut milk (you can use any kind of milk you like, of course, but I think that the hazelnut milk made it especially good)
1 tsp vanilla extract
blueberries (as many as I could fit into the jars


Don’t skimp on the blueberries!


And because I needed to use up the rest of my strawberries from the day before, I made a chocolate & banana chia pudding.

For 2 portions I used:
2 tbsp chia seeds
hazelnut milk
1 overripe banana (if your banana isn’t overripe, you may need to sweeten it a bit)
2 tsp organic cocoa powder
topping: chopped strawberries and sliced almonds


The plan for tonight is to eat this while watching the Titanic.:)


Whatever your plans are for tonight, I hope you have fun!

Strawberries for breakfast + 2 spring outfits.

This was the second half of next week.:)

Thursday breakfast.


I was very pleasantly surprised by the taste of those strawberries. I hadn’t expected them to taste so good when they’re still out of season.


I wore this on Monday. I bought this dress the Friday before and I’m completely and utterly in love with it. (It’s Orsay, I love their dresses!) I was so happy it was warm enough last week and I could wear it to work. It reminds me of our blue onion crockery and it fits like a dream.


This pink tulle skirt is new(ish) as well but I’ve only worn it once so far. I’ve had the shoes forever and they appear to be the same shade of pink as the skirt!


I love the colour of these tulips but I’ve just bought new ones at the farmer’s market and they’re wild tulips and they’re beautiful. I threw in some daffodils, too, and it’s just a a perfect spring bouquet. I’ve got to take pictures to show you.:)


My Friday treat was this a superb lemon cake. It looks so ordinary but it was fantastic. I have a new madeleine mould so I hope to try to bake some madeleines next weekend. I haven’t had them forever!

First spring days.

We’re finally having a couple of days of spring-like weather and I can’t get enough of it. I’ve been trying to spend as much time outside as I can possibly can. Here’s what this week has been like so far.


The tulips at the florist’s are getting more beautiful every week. I absolutely can’t wait for peonies to start popping up (or at least I hope they do… last year we had to ask for them specifically.)


This was our fantastic Sunday brunch.


Eda always needs a nap before and after her walk.😛


This is quickly becoming one of my favourite puddings.


I think I’ve finally found a way to start eating beetroot. We made it into a salad with quinoa, fennel, oranges, nuts and goat’s cheese and it was excellent. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a photo of the finished product because figure skating was on and I forgot all about it.:P Next time, I promise.


Eda’s finally started loving being outside again. She kind of hated it in winter.😛


This was a self-timer photo. It took forever to take a decent one. She kept running about and wouldn’t stand still for 5 seconds. Then when I tried to pick her up she thought I wanted to play and she just kept running away. So the rest of the photos is me standing and calling her back and on some of them there’s a white smudge. Yeah, that’s how we take photos.:)


I plan on checking up on this magnolia tree this weekend to see if things are on the move.


I had my lunch on the terrace on Tuesday and it was perfect. Never underestimate the power of fresh air!


And I just love my new mason jar. Everything looks so pretty in it!

How’s your week so far?