Poppy seed swirl buns

 

Poppy seed swirl buns-2

In Croatia, poppy seed cakes are a staple for Christmas holidays. The traditional poppy seed roll cake called makovnjaca (mak means poppy) is baked all winter and especially for the Christmas table. The relationship people have with poppy is rather clear – you either love it or you don’t.

When I was a child, we used to celebrate Christmas at my grandparent’s house where we would have a family lunch.Read More

Autumn chocolate pavlova with poached pears and chocolate tonka sauce

Autumn chocolate pavlova with poached pears and chocolate tonka sauce-1

More than anything I’m a summer’s child. Having been born in summer might have something to do with it, or the fact that summer has always been – and still is – the most joyful period of the year for me. But alas, all things come to an end. The good ones seem to end even faster and all of a sudden I can feel the days are starting to change. I can feel the longer shadows and chiller nights of late August, then September. I can feel the sun rays getting weaker with every passing day and before long, autumn has arrived making piles of dry leaves at the doorstep.Read More