Super Easy Egg Swaps in Baking

Christ is in our midst! During fasting days, especially many strict fasts, such as Great Lent, Nativity, Dormition of the Theotokos and the Sts. Peter and Paul, these times translates to intense prayer and reflection of oneself, connecting to God in addition to dietary restrictions that help purify us. These foods include no eating of…

Hot Chocolate / from Lakanto

Christ is in our midst! Fasting from foods is what majority of people think of when fasting during Great Lent. Speaking humbly, as someone who lives a plant based lifestyle, it is much easier to fast from food than from our passions. We each have our own demons to battle with, be it despair, envy,…

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Christ is in our midst! Today is the second day of Great Lent. I thought this dish would be too tempting for Clean Monday. This is not the recipe I had intended to share during Great Lent because it is quite indulgent and mouth watering but I have many people in mind who came to…

A Very Green Breakfast: Kale Pesto Toast with Steamed Brussels sprouts

Christ is Risen! Instead of “Anastasia’s Peaceful Kitchen”, I sometimes wonder if I should rename the blog “The Picky Eater”. I have been a very picky eater since I was a young girl. I have a strong distaste for tomatoes, pickles, fish, and some fermented things. Tomatoes, however, I don’t mind having as ketchup or…

Springtime Minestrone

Christ is Risen! This has become a recent favorite soup go-to of mine! Summer time is not usually a time one thinks of having a bowl of hot soup but this is simply delicious and not something to miss! It is very easy to make and the ingredients are in season that after making a…

Lettuces, In General

Season: spring – autumn Function: cooling Weight: light – medium Volume: moderate – loud  

Meyer Lemons

Season: autumn – spring Taste: sour – sweet Weight: light volume : moderate – loud Tips: add to your dishes to brighten them up; add at the end of your salad; make ’em as yummy candies!  


Season: autumn – spring Taste: sweet Botanical relatives: chives, garlic, onions, shallots Weight: light – medium Volume: quiet Techniques: boil, braise, fry, grill, roast, steam Tips: add early in cooking process I have a fond memory of leeks. The last time I visited my homeland, Poland,  I was about 6 years old. I have vague…

Fiddlehead Ferns

Season: spring Taste: bitter Weight: medium Volume: moderate loud techniques/tips: always serve cooked: blanch, boil, saute, steam  

Dandelion Greens

Season: late spring – early autumn Taste: bitter Weight: medium Volume: moderate Techniques: raw, saute, steam