Marinated steak and its Polish beet accompaniment:

I share with you a long slice of life but if you are only interested in the recipe, you will easily find it in the middle of the text.

Théo and I were doing our shopping, bickering about a story of cereals… in short, he grabbed me in his arms and kissed me to retrieve his precious box when a lady appeared at the other end of the ray, her eyes were round like saucers. A little embarrassed, I moved away, pointing out to Theo that we were being watched.

Theo looked surprised as he turned around. I was surprised when the lady approached and took Theo in her arms.

It was Jenna, his mom. Normally she lives on the other side of town. She wanted to surprise him but seeing his apartment empty, she assumed he was at work. She had therefore wanted to do some shopping to make him eat for his return when she surprised us.

I offered to step aside so they could spend some time together but Jenna said “out of the question!”. That now that she had the reason why her son had been smiling stupidly for weeks, I wasn’t going to get away with it and then that it was time for me to taste Georgian hospitality by showing me her shopping, there had enough for a regiment. (Theo and Jenna are Georgian. They arrived in Denmark when Theo was 13).
Theo was embarrassed in turn, he, who always looks confident, I admit that it made me laugh to see him in this uncomfortable position.

In sign language he told me behind his mom’s back that he was sorry for what I was going to suffer… When Jenna surprised him gesticulating.

She asked me to tell her what he said behind her back. I could have lied and told her that he had just translated her speech for me, but I found it funnier to tell the truth. And then it’s not nice to lie!

Theo was horrified to see my little betrayal.

Jenna burst out laughing, saying:

“I really like her!”

I finally suggested that we go to my house, my kitchen being much better equipped than Theo’s, which was only composed of a microwave and a rusty gas stove.

Arrived at home Theo rushed to close the door of my room to hide the particularly unmade bed following our night… (this is another story that we will keep private!)

For the rest Jenna was obsessed with my kitchen. At first glance, she understood that I was a big fan of cooking a point that, I would quickly understand, we had in common.

We prepared prime ribs. I took care of marinating it and Jenna made us a side dish with beets.

Steak marinade:


  • 125ml balsamic vinegar
  • 60ml soy sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ts. onion powder
  • 1 ts Worcestershire sauce


Let them marinate for at least 2 hours (ideally they should be marinated for 24 hours.)

Buraczki zasmażane (I have no idea how it’s said, it’s Polish):


  • 500g cooked beets
  • 2 tbs of butter
  • 2 tbs of flour
  • 1 tbs lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 tbs of sugar
  • 125ml single cream (Jenna used heavy cream)
  • some dill


  1. Peel the beets and grate them with a small-hole grater.
  2. In a skillet, prepare the roux by melting the butter and sprinkling it with flour. Stir. Lightly brown. Add a glass of water and cook over low heat, stirring, until the preparation becomes thick and smooth.
  3. Then add the beets, lemon juice and sugar. Mix well and simmer for ten minutes.
  4. Just before serving, add the cream and mix well.
  5. a bit of dill to finish

According to Jenna, this Polish recipe is perfect with beef, lamb and game. Personally, I think I will serve it cold with summer barbecues.

We talked a lot, I had the right to lots of crisp anecdotes about Theo’s childhood and their life in Georgia.

She made us donuts at tea time and we drank jasmine tea all afternoon, it was so good! (I’ve never been to the toilet as much as that night >.<).

I think I clearly fell in love with Theo’s mother. I felt like she was reading me like an open book. She understood I’ve lost a parent just seeing me touching my neckless when she talk about Theo’s dad (it is a gift of my mom), she must be a wizard. I now know where her son’s generosity and kindness comes from.

The day was wonderful with Jenna but now I have a little pressure, I will now have to introduce Theo to dad so that we are even. Hope it goes well!

Daddy drop your shotgun!

Take care of yourself and your loved ones! see you soon!

Easy cooking with Nilsa and her Gandma: Paprikache!

I spent my Sunday with my Grandma and her friends, helping them organize a puppet show for the school fair where she was a teacher before she retired.
The aim being to try to adapt Kejserens nye Klæder, of Andersen, The new clothes of the emperor? (I do not know the English name). A story of an emperor being scammed thinking to buy a magical garment that would be invisible to idiots but that in fact does not exist.
We had a lot of fun making the sets, and we rack our’s brains to find a way to represent a naked emperor, without shocking our future young public.

In the evening, my grandmother and I went to the kitchen to prepare something to eat for our guests. Grandma, being of Polish origin, had decided to prepare a Paprikache. And my god, how good it is!

I know it’s still a chicken recipe (promised, I sometimes eat something else!) But the previous recipe had some success, I wanted to share this one.

Yeah, we forgot the parsley! >.<

For all this, we will need (for 4 persons):

  • 1 kg of chicken or turkey fillet
  • 1 can of 400 g peeled tomatoes
  • 3 peppers
  • 2 onions
  • 250 ml of fresh cream
  • 7 cloves of garlic
  • 3 c. to s. powdered paprika
  • 1 C. to s. of flour
  • 3 branches of parsley
  • 3 c. to s. olive oil
  • 25 g of butter
  • 125 ml of water
  • salt
  • some drops of tabasco (optional)

For the preparation:

Let’s start by detailing the chicken in cubes of 2 to 3 cm. Mix the butter with the crushed garlic and then add the mixture with the chicken and marinate for 15 minutes.

The onion is minced and cooked for 3 to 4 minutes, then the pepper cut in small cubes is added and the cooking is continued for 5 minutes. Add paprika, salt, pepper and crushed cloves of garlic, mix well and store all off the heat.

In the same pan, brown the chicken. We crush the tomatoes peeled with a fork with their juice. They are added to chicken with peppers and 125 ml of water. We cover and go for 30 minutes of cooking. Time to enjoy a good beer with your guests. (the best part of the recipe, let’s face it)

In a bowl the cream is mixed with the flour, it is added to the chicken and it starts again for 10 min. at this stage we can add some tabasco to spice up our dish.

Finally it remains only to serve with finely chopped parsley.

Smacznego! (I can’t pronounce it but it means good appetite!)