Tanya Athannassova - Posts




Ten-minute Homemade Cake

All you need is a box of sweet crackers and 2-3 Jello Instant Pudding boxes. It takes just 10 minutes and your kids are going to love it.


A box of sweet crackers (like the Animal Crackers type or shortbread cookies, or Vanilla/Ginger Snaps just any kind you like the taste of)

2 or 3 boxes of Jell-o Instant Pudding or Pie Filling - it tastes good if you mix vanilla and chocolate - two boxes are enough for a smaller pan (  


My way to cure my children's diarrhea and stomach flu

 It is so nice to cook and prepare dishes, isn't it? But when kids get sick and start discharging everything eaten in the last few hours, then parents have hard times.

When my kids have diarrhea, especially the one accompanied with profuse vomiting, I do my best (but do not always succeed, to be honest) to act rationally and fast enough and not to panic or get angry. The right diet is essential...

We had our Easter yesterday - colored eggs and sweet bread

The Holy Week in the Easter Orthodox tradition is marked by the preparation of a large number of high-carb sweet pastry items - Easter sweet buscuits, Easter sweet bread with raisins, and many more...

It is time for family gatherings. Kids love the Easter egg-fights. It is so good for the soul but quite not ok for the waist. The high-carb eating definitely took its toll...


Homemade spinach-filled pastry (Spinacopita; also Spanakopita)

This is an easy pastry to do - the only tricky thing here is again the "good old stirring". If you ever try this spinacopita once, you will get back baking it over and over as it is really delicious.

Cream-Filled Pastry

This is an amazing pastry prepared with Phyllo dough and a custard-like-tasting milk-egg-sugary mixture.  It also makes a great dessert.

And the best part of all is that it is prepared in about 15 min., cooked for another 30-35 min, and you can spend that time while working on your computer or just reading to your kids.  
Well, the worst part is that you have to wait for a while until it is cold enough to have a slice of it.

Tea Cake (easy and fast to prepare)

This is a very tasty tea cake. It is very easy to do, too. I usually bake it in a square pan as it is easier to get out of pan and cut, rather than the regular cake pan – but it is up to your individual preference, after all.

Teenager's Homemade Pizza

The funniest thing about this recipe is that there is no recipe at all. That “laziest and easiest of all dishes ever” was actually invented by our son when he was almost 13. He loves easy dishes – preferably ones that can come out of the fridge and pop into the microwave.

But in hard times, like when he is babysitting for his sister, he needs to be more resourceful and this is how he invented the “Teenage Pizza”. It is  time-saving...

Stuffed bell peppers

That amazing dish takes a bit longer to prepare the filling and to actually fill each of the peppers – but if you try it once, the chance to cook it again is very high…

Creamed Chicken Thighs

The rich version (low-carb) is to add 2 tbsp of whipping cream to the water; the healthier one (low-calorie but higher in carbs) is adding some beer.

Both are incredibly delicious, though...