Easy & Tasty – Best Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake with Ganache and Strawberries

I’ll start with a little expat-whining. Sometimes it is so damn hard to be a foreigner in your new ‘home’ country which is neither “home” nor truly “your”, if you know what I mean. Little things become difficult, especially when you don’t speak the language. For instance, going to the dentist becomes a whole tragedy (like it wasn’t hard enough before when you were simply frightened of pain). No, now you don’t fear pain anymore, because you’ve learnt how to say “I’m neurotic and I’m really scared and I need a double dose of whatever anesthesia shot that you have” in your new language but now you have to always bring a company for translation, because there are so many things you can not explain. You can not explain the degree of pain that you feel or your dental history, or your allergies, or anything important for that matter. This covers going to any other doctor. And when they prescribe you pills that you don’t know, you come home and search the ingredients and different brand names to find an english leaflet and make sure everything is in order. It is uncomfortable and time-consuming.

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Homemade Crunchy Honey Granola

Hey, I have some news:

1. I am a little ashamed of my inconstancy – I changed my blog’s design again and I can’t be sure whether this time it would be for good :) But it looks very cute now!

2. I will be running a translated version on my recipes for my Russian-speaking crowd and hopefully for new audience. Exciting! The Russian Edition blog can be found at TastyTravelingRu. I will continue to cherish an idea of having enough time to combine the two under one name and create a multiblog one day :)

3. Today I want to share one of my favourite recipes – it’s Honey Granola and I’m sure you’ll love the simplicity and the taste of this recipe too.

Crunchy Honey Granola

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Pear Tarte Tatin or Upside Down Pie

Days are getting shorter and nights are getting colder. It’s middle of October and middle of autumn for that matter, summer is long gone and it’s time for new recipes! Maybe that is why I woke up yesterday surprised with the cold air outside of my cozy blanket and right away I knew I wanted to make a warm fruity and comfort pie to balance out this unstoppable season change… well, and also to complement our dinner with a French dessert! So I decided to make a Pear Tarte Tatin that I tasted once in a French restaurant in Geneva :)

Pear Tarte TatinPear Tarte Tatin

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Oh My Pie! Classic Peach Pie

It is time to bake a pie in our new home and what would be better than a sweet, juicy peach pie with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla and flaky pie crust? Driving from the south of the country we stopped on the road to buy some fresh fruits for home and my eyes fell on juicy ripe peaches and I though “Peach Pie!”

My summer this year has been unusual – 2 months spent in a rather cold climate of Canada with temperature dropping at nights in July (!) down to 13 degrees and further 1 month in beautiful but nevertheless cold mountains in Uludag, Turkey. When I say cold, I mean a very comfortable day temperature around 18-20 degrees and occasional rain, which urban citizens of Turkish cities are dying for during extremely hot and dry days here in summer but… you know, it is supposed to be HOT in summer :) Anyway, I’m trying to keep summer alive for couple more weeks and doing everything I can! Homemade melon ice-tea, berry galettes, ice-cream, fresh detoxing water with cucumbers, lemons, cinnamon and mint, etc. And what says summer more if not the ultimate classic peach pie? So I decided to give it a try and the result was yummy-yummy-yummy!

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Easy & Tasty: Sugar-free Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins Sugar-free

Hi there, I’m back with my banana-nut obsession this summer. These gorgeous sugar-free banana muffins will go very well with your cup of coffee in the morning! And as usual the recipe is easy to make and low in sugar :)

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Very Berry Summer Galette: Raspberries & Blueberries

Berry Galette

Do you want to bake something fresh, easy, with berries and something that doesn’t taste too sweet? First time I saw pictures of different galettes on the cooking websites, I thought, wow, it looks so easy to make but surely there must be a trick. How do berries stick together? How do you fold the dough? What fruits can I bake it with?

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Basic Graham Cracker crust for any cheesecake

Banana Cheesecake with Graham Cracker crust

Use this crust for most cheesecakes – for example Banana Yogurt Cheesecake – or pies and you will be surprised how easy it is to prepare and bake! Due to its crispy texture your cheesecake will have an amazing taste combination of crunchy bottom and creamy filling.

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