Breakfast Series: Russian Syrniki

Syrniki is a traditional Russian breakfast meal (you can surely eat it anytime) and normally served with sour cream or some sort of jam or both.

Definitely one of my favourite effortless breakfasts!




1 pack of cottage cheese/ creamy quark

4 tbsp flour + 1 extra cup

1 egg

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp sunflower oil

fresh strawberry

100 ml sour cream


How To


In a large bowl place quark, sugar, salt, flour and egg and mix well. 

Put a plate with flour near you and start forming small balls out the mixture dipping it in the flour to make it non-sticky, eventually turning them into small little pancakes.

In a large frying pan heat 2 tbsp of oil on a medium heat and cook your syrniki on each side until cooked and golden (normally about a couple of min. on each side).

Repeat with the rest of the mixture. 

Serve immediately with sour cream, berry of your jam and/or jam.

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courtesy of New York Cult Recipes Book


Serves 2




300 g good sandwich bread

4 eggs

70 ml milk

70 ml thin (pouring) cream

3 drops natural vanilla extract

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 pinch salt

2 tsp sugar

40 g butter or 2 tbsp neutral cooking oil

maple syrup/butter/berry of your choice to serve




Cut the loaf into 2-3 cm slices. The loaf can be fresh, but slightly stale is even better.

Mix all of the other ingredients, except the butter or oil, with  a fork or a whisk until combined.

Soak the bread in this mixture for a few minutes on each side until the slices are fully saturated.




Brown the soaked slices in a frying pan over medium heat in the butter or oil for 2-3 min each side.

The slices should be golden on the outside but still moist on the inside.

Serve with maple syrup, butter and some berry.

Beauty, Lifestyle

Diaries of a Graphic Designer



I`m 23, I am a graphic designer and illustrator. Some may consider it quite a broad specialisation but for the time being I happen to do both. I am constantly experimenting, trying to broaden my horizons and combine the skills I have. I`m from Russia but I live in the UK and love both countries.

Where do you find your daily inspiration?

I believe that inspiration mustn`t be sought in only one thing. Every project needs its own style and a unique idea. But I will say one thing: look for inspiration in people. Everything that has ever been made by artists or desingers – all of it is for the people. If you are desinging a chair, take note of how people use it, draw it – think about what people actually miss.


What are your daily work & lifestyle essentials?


Designers are profound for their love of things like the iPAD or a Moleskin but I have neither. However, I have a number of fetishes which are must haves for me:

  • A4 sketchbook with a monochrome cover and blank ivory coloured sheets 
  • A set of waterproof calligraphy pens (0.2, 0.3, 0.7). I never normally add aqua colours on top of my artwork, nevertheless all pens must fit this criteria just in case I burst into tears and ruin my drawing for not reaching the level I had intended with my work. 🙂
  • Cateye glasses for working on the computer
  • Silver pen I sign my business cards with
  • Classic design watch with a modest face telling the exact time

What does your normal workday look like?

I live on British time no matter where I am. I always start my day with cereal and reading e-mails. I then work on my current projets till about lunchtime. For lunch I either make RAF coffee (a Moscow recipe for whisked coffee) or have a proper traditional English tea. This is the time I like to devote to reading specialised printed media and books. I finish my workday around 6 – 7 pm provided I don`t have any urgent projects. Occasionally I can be so consumed with a project I end up working till 4 am.

The Go-To List

5 cosmetic items you cannot live without

1. I cannot live without the perfume I created myself at It`s called Bitch by Marina Babitchova. It`s rather strong and more masculine than feminine.

2. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Balm

3. Clinique Bronzer

4. Black or Navy Liquid Eyeliner with a soft tip

5. Burgundy Lipstick (the shade means so much more than the brand)

Must Have Book

Manifestos and theoretical essays by Kazimir Malevich

Must See Film


3 places to go in MOSCOW


More Vnutri Cafe (because you don`t get told off for crumbs in bed)

Eliseevskiy Store (I go for modest shopping)

Russian State Library – Former Lenin Library (I`d really like to visit it)

 3 places to go in LONDON


Who was your biggest influence? 

My biggest influence was Van Goth. His art inspires me with its vibrant colour combinations and I think his way of drawing is simply perfect. I am also inspired by Russian native culture. As of now I am not quite sure what I`m going to do with this inspiration. I`m not currently using any Russian ornaments in my artwork but I`m planning on producing a Russia inspired art project. It would be ideal for showing my love to my culture. 




You can find out more about Marina and her work at





Veg Series: Fried Zucchini with Seaweed and Nutty Dressing

This is one of those recipes that literally take around 5 mins to make yet tastes fantastic!

1 big zucchini
1 bottle nutty dressing
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 pack of seaweed in sesame oil

* Slice zucchini into round slices, salt every slice and leave aside for a bit
* Heat up a large frying pan with a 1 tbsp sesame oil and fry zucchini slices on each side for 3 mins on a medium heat *Mix cooked zucchini with seaweed and season with nutty sauce

*you can get the nutty sauce in your local supermarket`s oriental section along with the seaweed
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Pasta Series: Black Pasta with Golden Chiken & Creamy Garlic Parmesan Sauce



1 pack black pasta
2 crushed garlic cloves
130 ml double cream
60 g parmesan grated/shaved
2 chicken breasts

1. In a medium saucepan heat double cream adding crushed garlic cloves and 40 g parmesan, bring up to boil, then simmer until you get a unified mixture
2. Defrost chicken breasts. On a sheet of greaseproof paper, toss the chicken with salt and pepper, then fold the paper over and bash and flatten the breasts to 1.5 cm thick with a rolling pin
3. In a large frying pan heat 1 tbsp oil, add the chicken, turning after 3-4 min until golden and cooked through
4. Cook black pasta in a large saucepan, adding a dash of oil and salt
5. Cut the chicken into small chunks and add to the sauce.
6. Serve the pasta with sauce and top up with a bit of shaved parmesan



GQ`s Buttermilk Pancakes




250g raspberry

25ml water

50 g caster sugar 


125g plain flour

10g baking powder

pinch of salt

15g caster sugar

250ml milk

1 egg

25g butter, melted

To Serve

maple syrup

icing sugar


  • To make the compote, place all ingredients in a pan and simmer slowly until the mixture has a jam-like consistency
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and stir in the sugar
  • In a separate bowl, lightly whisk together the milk with the egg, then whisk in the melted butter
  • Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, then using electric whisk beat until it forms a smooth batter. Leave to stand for 15 mins before using
  • Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat and spray a little oil. Ladle a spoonful of batter into the pan and cook for 2-3 mins on each side or until golden brown. Stack on a warmed plate while you cook the remaining pancakes
  • Serve 3-4 pancakes per person. Drizzle with maple syrup and top with raspberry compote. Dust with icing sugar and decorate with 3-5 leftover raspberries

Essentials NO. 1 RED LIPSTICKS


TOM FORD 10 Cherry Lush

36 GBP at Selfridges 


At first sight is a Classic True Red but when applied it appears to be Pinky Red hence the name Cherry Lush with a Mousturising Formula


YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01 Le Rouge

25 GBP at Selfridges


Bright Red with a Mousturising Formula



MAC Russian Red 

15 GBP at Selfridges


Classic Matte Dark Red Shade 



REVLON Really Red

7.50 GBP at Boots


Dark Deep Classic Red with a Matte Finish (great value for money)


An Ultimate Essential that goes with all of the above mentioned lipsticks


MAC Lip Pencil in Brick 

12 GBP at Selfridges