salad4There are days when I need something light for dinner that doesn’t involve much preparation work. This is my idea for summer salad that is tasty and satisfying with lean protein.  I always have a pack of frozen raw shrimp in my freezer and when my husband travels I spoil myself with unlimited seafood dishes.  I really like arugula and I had some leftover from the tomato tart I made a few days ago. I used one large tomato that I bought at the farmers market but you can replace it with cherry tomatoes if you like them better.  It makes a perfect light dinner or lunch the following day but you have to refrain yourself from pouring the orange vinaigrette all over the whole bowl. More »

tart16 There are days when I just want to make something simple, with less mess in the kitchen. This tart couldn’t be simpler because it’s using thawed puff pastry and tomatoes. It doesn’t require any precooking except defrosting the puff pastry. It almost looks like pizza! At first I wanted to go very simple and add some mozzarella and basil on top. But during the baking process I decided to add some prosciutto and arugula instead. I still added grated mozzarella cheese and I would strongly recommend to use the shredded mozzarella because if you go ahead with regular mozzarella it will have too much water and will make the dough soggy. You can also add more colors if you mix some yellow and red tomato together. More »

I love this season when all the farmers markets start to pop out in weird corners or parking lots. It reminds me a little bit of Poland where fresh veggies markets are everywhere.  I love to wander around all those little stands, have a little chat with the owners and smell and pick all the fruit and vegetables before I buy them.  I always try to get something new or some ingredient that I haven’t cooked before, but not this time. I picked my old good friend, the beetroot :) Did I say that I really like beetroots before?

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I’ve seen some similar recipes when I was back in Poland so let it be a tribute to that. But this one is a little pimped out because that what salads are about! Have fun with it; don’t use iceberg lettuce all the time. Make your salad enjoyable.
This recipe involves a little planning ahead, but you know what, it’s worth it. The rest of it is pretty simple and fast so it’s perfect for a late dinner after a long day spent behind the desk. More »