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Zucchini Parmesan Fritters

I have a thing for fried foods. Fried chicken is one of my most favorite foods of all time! I love it so much that when I was a devoted vegetarian I happily sinned in the sake for a bite of fried chicken :) So when I see a recipe that involves something frying in oil I can't help but get excited! I know it's ridiculously unhealthy and bad for your heart, as well as for your body but once in a while it can't be that bad... So these fritters are not really considered as fried zucchini but still they are kinda fried. It has zucchini, such an amazing vegetable, and a massive amount of parmesan. You really can't go wrong with this match. It's 100% vegetarian and with a hint of lime juice on top it tastes fresh, cheesy and fried. I got the inspiration for this recipe from Nigella Lawson's cook book. She uses feta cheese in it but since I didn't have any I just substituted it to parmesan and it's as lovely as it should be! Hope you'll find it as delicious as…

Spinach Farfalle

Today I was in need of a quick and delicious lunch. You see, Thursday is the day I picked as my "study day". Because basically, this is the only day I actually sit down and start working on my thesis. I have to finish it by middle of April and I'm nowhere I'd like to be at by now. So I didn't want to spend all my time on cooking so I figured a nice pasta dish will do! And oh it did!  It is very filling and tastes so creamy and summer-y. And I do love these aspects on my plate :) I was ready with this lunch in 30 minutes!
Spinach Farfalle serves 6 people (or even more)
500 gram Farfalle (bow pasta) 12 balls of frozen spinach 1/2 cup frozen peas 1 cup ham, diced 1 small container (200 ml) heavy cream, I used Hulala (non-deary cream)  1 cup vegetable broth or water  salt, pepper basil shredded cheese
Bring water to a boil in a big pot. After that, add the pasta and 2 teaspoons of salt. Cook it until al dente, about 8 minutes. 
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bigger skillet. Add …

Easy Tarte Tatin

Today I set a goal for myself. Write my thesis. I had this goal in my mind all night long...Then I woke up and I was so tired because I didn't sleep but plan my day. So now that I should be reading and writing about serious topics, like economy, politics and international relations... I feel like diving myself into blogs! Of course... But to make this time just a bit more effective, I thought I might as well post about this amazingly heavenly apple tarte. It is so much better than apple pie! And I do love apple pie :P
So...This dessert is so easy and quick to make it's ridiculous! I've kept this recipe under my sleeve as a go-to dessert that will please and even impress anyone. Now, I don't usually work with pre-made stuffs like flour, cookie, brownie mixes but I do like the pre-made puff-pastry. Making puff-pastry is just kind of a pain-in-the-butt so when it's not about making something that the pastry is prominent in like croissants then I tend to use the pre-mad…

Chicken Tikka Masala with Buttered Naan

I was in India this past summer. It was only a few days but it was as intense as if I spent 2 weeks there. Spending a month in Nepal prior to my travel to India might have had to do something with why I felt I got a bit bigger glimpse of India than I actually did. I can't say I had only good experiences there ( I was alone. I am a European young girl with blonde hair. You can imagine...) but I did gain several amazing memories. I made some new friends so after all I wasn't all that alone. :) Indian people are extremely nice, I can only speak of one other nationality that is nicer than Indians. Nepalese people. They are incredible, so genuine... But back to my point.  What I loved most about India? Fooooooooood, of course! I am in love with the Indian cuisine. I'm not exaggerating when I say I could eat Indian food every single day :) I really would! Even though it's not hard to create an Indian meal but I just don't have the motivation to actually cook something spe…

Cinnamon-Walnut Rolls with Mascarpone Frosting

I have some extremely happy news! Today my number of views hit over a 100 000!! This is crazy for me. It makes me exuberant and inspired and gives me a feeling that yessssss I should keep doing this! I don't blog in the sake of getting popular. I am doing it because I LOVE it. I love baking, cooking, sharing my successful recipes and taking pictures of them :) I am doing it for sheer joy. But getting positive feedback definitely gives me a boost of happiness and confidence at the same time. I mean, what's the point of sharing if nobody gets their share, right? So, I want to say thank you for reading my thoughts on cooking and baking. It means a lot to me, I still shriek in excitement if I get a comment :) Let alone how  super happy it makes me when someone tries my recipe... I will be trying to post unique recipes, recipes I create because these are always so interesting! Right now, there are some recipes that were copycats (I tell you when I do that) but I also have many that…

Grocery Store Haul! (Special Items)

I know, this post might seem silly and even weird... I've been super into youtube videos lately and one of my favorite ones include hauls. Beauty hauls but then I thought, why can't I make my own grocery store style of haul? 
So when I bought my share of "special items" yesterday on our spontaneous mini trip to Austria I thought I'd let you know what exciting things I got! Of course, I will not go into details of buying the regular items such as bread and veggies. Oh, and not everything is from Austria, some of the chocolates are from Switzerland ( the BEST chocolate provider) and some of the stuffs were bought in Hungary.
Lindt baking chocolate. 150 gram. Cacao: 51% min. Now, this is probably my favorite chocolate ever. Not only perfect for baking, but its taste is sooo delicious raw, as well. When I get a serious chocolate craving, and I have some of this on my hand, I like to munch on a square. Highly recommend it!
Lindt Wafer chocolate bar. It is filled with haze…