Fish Pie

July 26th, 2014 in Fish, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

This is not hard recipe to do, but pretty nice one. My mom used to cook it all the time when we were kids: it can be served right away while it is still warm, or later warmed up or cold.

You can use any fish for this recipe (excluding the one with tons of bones), but red and fatty kind will work the best here. I used salmon.

Recipe for portion of unsweetened yeast dough I used can be found here.

Bay leaves here are optional, I like to use them, but they need to be removed before eating, so if you don’t want to do that, just skip them altogether.

Shrimps in Sour Cream Sauce

July 19th, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks, Fish, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Fast recipe to fix shrimps: simmer them for few minutes in sour cream and butter sauce.

I used raw cleaned shrimps for the recipe. But boiled ones will work as well, just reduce cooking time and temperature (no need for boiling).

Shrimps prepared this way can be a dish on its own, an appetizer or a snack, or it can be served over a bed of rice or pasta.

Chicken, Prunes and Cucumber Salad

July 12th, 2014 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

This salad has unusual ingredients combination: prunes, eggs, cucumber, walnuts and chicken, as the title says.

There is no onions or garlic, so it can be served early in the day as well later.

It is also one of few salads in my recipe inventory which does not call for mayo.

Chicken and Buckwheat Casserole

July 5th, 2014 in Chicken, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

I know that buckwheat isn’t something people in this part of the world eat. But I like it, and it is very nutritious to say the least.

I also was so pleased to find roasted version of it in stock of local Whole Foods (which I either didn’t pay attention to before, or they kind of decided to be adventures and try it), so I decided to publish an interesting recipe using buckwheat this week.

Cooking buckwheat in the same pan with chicken, onions, garlics and sour cream gives it nice taste (and makes one pot less to clean, yay!). You can serve casserole as soon as it is ready, storing it leftovers in fridge and then reheating them makes a nice lunch too.

I used boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe, but any boneless chicken meat will work just fine.

How to Make Quark from Milk

June 28th, 2014 in Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina

This is a bit more time consuming way to prepare quark (fresh cheese) than the one from kefir, it it is also a bit cheaper.

Usually you would just leave unpasteurized milk in warm place for a day or two to sour. But since all milk sold here is pasteurized, it needs some help to get sour, this is why we will also use kefir or cultured buttermilk.

Whole milk will produce tastier cheese, so I suggest using whole milk. I use Snowville Creamery milk for my recipes and it works great every time.

This amount of ingredients will produce about 1.5lb of fresh cheese.

Shrimps, Mushroom and Rice Salad

June 21st, 2014 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

This isn’t one of the recipes I usually cook, but it kind of puzzled me when I saw a recipe, so I had to try it.

It turned out pretty nice, somewhat unusual taste but quite interesting.

I used shrimps, presented in last week recipe this recipe, but I think store purchased pre-cooked shrimps will work well for it as well.

Boiled Shrimps

June 14th, 2014 in Fish, Main Dish Recipes, Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina

Store sold ready to use cooked shrimps can be used for recipes which call for boiled shrimps (salads, soups, stir fries, etc). Or you can boil raw shrimps and get more tender, tasty and less expensive version of store sold cooked shrimps.

Shrimps cooked this way also work great as a meal on its own, snack for beer or an appetizer.

Use fresh or frozen shrimps, shell-on or fully cleaned ones, or even whole shrimps (these will require more cleaning after though). You can also use this recipe to “unfreeze” cooked shrimps and infuse them with spices (just reduce cooking time to not overcook them).

Usually package instructions say to thaw frozen shrimps before cooking, but I don’t do it. Cooking frozen raw shrimps this way works for me just as good not frozen ones and it also saves time.

Cooking time will depend on size of shrimps: the smaller shrimps are, the less time for cooking they require – turn heat off as soon as shrimps float to the surface (this means they are cooked enough).

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