Breakfast in bed

It would be rather cheeky to call this a recipe.A croissant with a few salad leaves,a handful of chestnut mushrooms sautéed with a small knob of butter,some garlic,a pinch of thyme and a fried egg.No extraordinary ingredients,no innovative methods of preparation…Naaaah!It’s not a real recipe,is it?But trust me it tastes freaking amazing!

So let’s say it’s something different…Let’s say…it’s not a recipe but….an inspiration.An INSPIRATION to learn to relax,cook something simple,because simplicity can be amazing too and to have breakfast in bed from time to time!We live in such a mad world,why not slow down and spoil ourselves sometimes?

I’m an inspiration hunter.My whole life is based on the inspirations I take from what surrounds me,what I see,what I hear and what I taste.I look around,have my eyes wide open and pay attention,because you never know when it’s going to hit you.But when it does,you’ll know straight away!Your heart will beat like crazy.And the best thing is that the same thing or situation can inspire everyone differently.


Ever since I remember, I’ve had a problem to stick to the recipes.Not being disrespectful to chefs and recipe authors,I’ll be forever grateful to them for inspiring me so immensely,but we are all different,and we all like different things, and we all have different experience….and we not always have all the needed ingredients to hand,do we? 🙂

So,I let these recipes to inspire me.I twist them.Let them run trough me.I experiment and improvise a lot.Sometime it works, sometimes it doesn’t.But I always learn something,and that’s to me more important than ‘playing safe’.

Cooking is one of the most awesome things on the planet(just after taking pictures!).It can be so much fun(if we let it be) and it shouldn’t be taken too seriously.And most importantly,it should suit ‘YOUR’ taste buds.So please,take my ideas,my recipes and my photography too, go and do some great things with them,something ‘yours’ and don’t forget to SHARE it with the world.

Because that’s the thing about inspiration…you take it,shape it into something yours and give it back so others(and me!) can draw inspiration from it.It’s like a circle.Isn’t it great?! 😉



Inspiration for a breakfast in bed.

You’ll need:

Comfy bed
Cup of tea
Great book


salad leaves,rocket salad and baby beetroot leaves
handful of chestnut mushrooms
small knob of butter
few pinches of fresh thyme
little oil
two eggs with the brightest yolk in town 🙂

To do: Preheat the oven to 180C.Melt butter in a pan,add mushrooms and thyme,sautee for few minutes. Cut croissant into two halves and place in the oven for couple of minutes to warm up.
Fry the eggs sunny side up on a little oil.Assemble by placing salad leaves on a warmed croissant halves,top with mushroom and eggs.SLOW DOWN,RELAX AND ENJOY x

Sauerkraut and mushroom TARTS


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The most magical time of the year is just round the corner.With 14 sleeps and 10 working days to go I can’t stop jumping with the excitement.How not to love Christmas?There is sooooo much awesome food(and drink) involved,all in the atmosphere of the best tunes of the year.Morning breakfasts with Michael Buble’s carols,lunches with”Rockin around the Christmas tree” and peaceful evenings in a company of Frank Sinatra.Life is goood!To make it even more beautiful,the aromas of home made mulled wine fill the house from top to bottom and there is lots of amazing food around which never tastes as good as in December.It’s a real feast for the senses.One of the great things about blogging is that you celebrate Christmas at least tree time before it comes  🙂 🙂 🙂 All this recipe sampling,cooking and shooting allow to experience Christmas for much longer.

Let me tell you a little bit about Polish Christmas.We might be living in England for over 8 years but Christmas in our house is always 99% Polish.1% goes to English crackers we have on our festive table 🙂 It might surprise some of you but we sit down to our main Christmas meal on the 24th of December 🙂 And we open our presents on Christmas Eve too!I know!We are a very eager nation 🙂 There is 12 dishes on the table.(Apparently because there was 12 Jesus’s Apostoles) We don’t eat any meat except for fish.Carp is traditional fish we eat during Christmas but since it’s a royal fish in the UK and it CAN’T be eaten here we swap it for salmon or cod.It suits me fine as carp is full of bones anyway.Polish Christmas is all about sauerkraut and wild mushrooms with some poppy seeds and dry fruits in between. 🙂

I think those tarts reflect exactly the taste of Polish Christmas but they might as well be eaten all year round.That’s what I do!They are served with home made borscht and there is nothing like this duet.Sauerkraut is pretty awesome,super tasty and full of goodness by the way.And here I have to admit that I’m the luckiest girl in the world as there is always some home made sauerkraut in my pantry 🙂 (Thank you the best mother-in-law in the world!)

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for 4 smaller tarts or 1 big



250 g plain flour(I used organic)
150 g  salted cold butter
1 egg + 1 egg for brushing
3 tablespoons cold water

Sauerkraut filling:

2-3 tablespoons butter
2 medium brown onions,chopped
2-3 garlic cloves,chopped
450g sauerkraut with carrots,rinsed,chopped if necessary
1/2 cup(125 ml) water
5og dry wild mushrooms(soaked overnight) or 200g chestnut mushrooms,sliced or chopped
small bunch of fresh parley leaves,chopped
salt and pepper


1.If you use dry wild mushroom,soak them overnight,then rinse, cover with water,bring to boil and simmer for around 1 hour until soft.

2.Make the pastry.Sift the flour into a medium bowl,add butter and egg.Rub the butter and egg into the flour with your fingertips.Add cold water and combine together using your (or someone’s else’s :)hands.If the mixture feels too crumbly add some more water.Cut out 1/3 of the pastry(it’s going to be the top layer),flatten both parts of pastry into discs,wrap with cling film and put in the fridge for 1 hour.

3.Prepare the sauerkraut filling.Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan,add the onions and garlic,fry until golden.Rinse the sauerkraut generously with water and add to the saucepan(You might want to chop it first).If you use dry mushroom,place them in a saucepan now(cooked and chopped).Season with salt and pepper,add parsley and cook covered for around 1/2 hour,stirring it from time to time and adding couple of tablespoons of water if necessary.If you use fresh chestnut mushrooms,melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium pan,add mushrooms,cook until soft and mix with sauerkraut just before taking it off the hob.Let the filling to cool down.

4.Preheat the oven to 190C/374F.

5.Take the pastry(bigger part)out the fridge and roll out on a lightly floured surface in a size of 4 small baking dishes or 1 bigger.Place the pastry over the dishes or dish and run a rolling pin on the rims of each one to get a perfectly lined tarts.Prick each one with a fork,cover with baking paper and baking(or dry) beans.Bake for 20 minutes.

6.Take the tarts from the oven,remove the beans and paper,put back in the oven for extra 10 minutes until the pastry turns golden.Remove from the oven.

7.Spoon the filling(cold) over the tarts.Take out the remaining pastry from the fridge.Roll it out quite thin(about 5 mm) and cut into stripes.Woven the stripes over the tops of the tarts.Brush with beaten egg,put in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

8.Serve warm.


In a traditional recipe sauerkraut and mushroom filling is always made with dry wild mushrooms.But I understand that they might not be available everywhere or they are ridiculously expensive  so here come fresh chestnut mushroom to help.Mind that the taste will be different  to traditional sauerkraut and mushroom filling if you use fresh ones.

Some sauerkrauts are already chopped in a jar.If it’s still in form of quite long strings I would advise you to chop it(not too finely tho).

Enjoy xxx