Hi, everyone! After 5-months-following (and I believe cooking) my recipes, you’ve probably grasped not a couple of new words, especially those related to the topic of cooking. So, let’s check how well you know them – or finally learn them!

to boil – to reach the temperature at which a liquid starts to turn into a gas (100 C with water), or to cook food by putting it in boiling liquid
to steam – to cook food over steam (the hot gas that is produced when water boils)
to stir-fry – to fry small pieces of meat, vegetables, etc. quickly while mixing them around
to grate – to rub food against a grater in order to cut it into a lot of small pieces
to stir – to mix a liquid or other substance by moving an object such as a spoon in a circular pattern
to chop – to cut something into pieces with a sharp tool, such as a knife
to dice – to cut food into small squares
to slice – to cut something into thin, flat pieces
to stew – to cook meat, fish, vegetables, or fruit slowly and gently in a little liquid
to strain – to separate liquid food from solid food, especially by pouring it through a utensil with small holes in it
to douse – to make something wet by throwing a lot of liquid over it
to mince – to cut food, especially meat, into very small pieces, often using a special machine
to season – to improve the flavour of savoury food by adding salt, herbs , or spices when cooking or preparing it
to soak – to make something very wet
to sprinkle – to drop a few pieces or drops of something over a surface
dressing – a liquid mixture, often containing oil, vinegar, and herbs, added to food, especially salads
broth – a thin soup, usually made with the liquid in which meat bones have been boiled
homogeneity – the state of being all the same or all of the same kind
delectable – looking or tasting extremely good, and giving great pleasure

So, which of these do you do every day? How many can you find in the picture? Write your answers below!

Tex-Mex Rainbow salad

It’s time for a rainbow! This pretty simple and tasty salad is extremely nutritious and can make for a perfect lunch or dinner. It’s also an ideal side dish for meat or fish. Although there are not all rainbow colours, it’s still very bright and colourful, and it will certainly improve your winter mood. So, give it a try and add some new colours to your life!

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Mexican rice

This Mexican rice is a traditional Mexican dish that’ll make you look at rice from completely different angle even if you’ve hated it for all your life! It’s blissfully aromatic and fluffy (no much-hated clumps!) and just a bit spicy. To make it more like main dish, you can add canned corn, chili pepper, bell pepper or anything that comes to your mind. Otherwise, it’s one of my favourite side dishes, so give it a try!

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Cheesy ‘mandarins’

These delicious, cheesy and spicy ‘mandarins’ – with a hint of carrot sweetness or delicate nutty flavor – make for a perfect winter appetizer. They’re so bright, colourful and tasty they’ll disappear from your table the quickest! An incredible idea to surprise your guests or family!

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Buckwheat-bryndza bake with seeds

This is an ideal fitness dish; the dish that makes you jump, run, create, and not just take a nap. It’s really delicious and nourishing, full of protein, and a perfect alternative to mundane boiled buckwheat: with spicy bryndza and crunchy sesame and linseeds it turns into something really exquisite! By the way, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to ‘recycle’ yesterday-old buckwheat that no one is willing to eat. So, give it a try!

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Brussel sprouts salad

Do you still believe that Brussel sprouts are bitter, difficult to cook and generally unpalatable? Forget this. Sour-sweet dressing of this salad, along with creamy Feta cheese, sweet pomegranate seeds and honey-coated walnuts, will turn the Brussel sprouts, stir-fried and baked in their turn, into something really delectable, tender and aromatic. Dare to try and you’ll be genuinely impressed by this winter and yet so colourful a salad!

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Spicy tomato-bean soup

Winter is a perfect time for hearty, filling and nourishing dishes and this soup is just like that. It’s really delicious and a healthy alternative for all soup-haters (as I am): there’s not much water, no potatoes, lots of tomatoes, aromatic spices and cheeeese! My first thought when I was cooking this soup was that it smells like pizza. Just give it a try and add more color to these winter days!

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Chickpeas-basil salad

This incredible salad harmoniously combines everything: fresh vegetables, creamy nourishing chickpeas, fragrant basil and soft Feta cheese: a true reminiscence of summer! It’s very easy to cook, filling and healthy. In these cold, almost winter days, just try this salad and surrender to nostalgia!

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Beans cream soup

Could you imagine beans being one of the key ingredients in an exquisite delectable cream soup? Yet, this seemingly rustic filling vegetable when combined with white wine, sweet stewed onion and the freshness of lemon zest creates something really unforgettable, while garlic croutons add a  finishing stroke and balance the creaminess of the soup. Just give it a try and you’ll be genuinely surprised!

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Salad with beet and chickpeas

This is a perfect winter salad: dietary, healthy, light and extremely nourishing. It doesn’t require any main course to go with and can doubtlessly replace your lunch or dinner. By the way, it’s really delicious (even if you hate beet as I do!): creamy chickpeas, sweet baked beet, crunchy walnuts and salty Feta cheese with marinated onion under sour-sweet dressing. It’s certainly worth giving it a try!

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