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Rice, Milk and Raisins Porridge

April 12th, 2014 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

This is a breakfast food of my childhood: soft rice porridge cooked with milk and sweet raisins.

Round kinds of rice will probably work better for it, but any white rice will do.

Cook porridge on slow simmer. Don’t forget to stir while cooking, to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burn.

Amount of milk to use for this recipe will vary depending on kind of rice and how liquid you like your porridge to be. I used exactly 2 cups.

Summer Squash Omelette

February 15th, 2014 in Eggs, Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

Perfect recipe for breakfast or brunch, especially on a weekend.

Summer squashes or zucchinis or a combination of these will work for this recipe. One or two, depending on their size and size of skillet you use. You will need just enough to form a single layer.

I used italian blend of cheeses, it worked perfectly. Other cheese or combination of cheese to your liking will work as well.

Vegetables with Cream

December 14th, 2013 in No-meat, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Vegetables with cream are pretty easy to cook and they make a great side dish for meat or poultry. It can also be served as a no-meat course.

I used carrots, broccoli and cauliflower florets with peas for this recipe, but it will also work good with green beans, zucchini, brussels sprouts, whatever you have on your hands.

The same, you can use either fresh vegetables or frozen ones, or a combination of these. For example, for this recipe I used fresh broccoli and cauliflower with frozen sliced carrots and frozen peas.

Ricotta Cheese Stuffed Pasta

November 30th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat, Pasta by Julia Volhina

This is my first take on stuffed jumbo pasta shells, but I will must say it will not not be last: there are so many stuffings these may work nicely with.

In this recipe pasta is stuffed with five cheeses (ricotta, provolone, mozzarella and romano), fresh parsley and egg mix.

For sauce I tried something new too: that is canned crushed tomatoes, usually I avoid using canned vegetables, but these worked well for sauce and saved me quite some time too.

Pumpkin and Millet Porridge

October 19th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

I think pumpkin porridge (“garbuzova kasha” or “tykvennaja kasha”) is somewhat unusual dish in this part of the globe.

But it is quite popular in slavic world. My grandma always cooked it at fall, with milk and millet and, of course, pumpkin.

Raisins are nice addition to the recipe, all though they are optional, so are walnuts or dried apricots.

Cooking millet may take some time (and liquid). If you need to speed things up a bit, rinse millet seeds in couple of changes of warm water, or even let them soak in water for some time before cooking.

Seared Summer Squash

April 6th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Easy and quick to make dish for summer squashes or zucchini. I actually used both to make this dish looking more festive.

I believe it is also light, especially if amount of oil used is reduced to minimum, squashes are actually being cooked in their own juices.

Seared squashes can be served as a dish on its own or as a side dish for a meat main course.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

March 16th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

This is my attempt to adjust russian fresh pancake recipe to use domestic ingredients. Main ingredient – russian fresh white cheese – has much thicker consistency than cottage cheese which you can usually buy in the store.

By the advice of one of this blog readers, I tried cottage cheese produced by Friendship brand and the result turned out pretty good. Main challenge was to find a proper amount of flour, with about half of cup pancakes turned out very tender, but not too hard to handle.

If pancakes break when you try to flip them, make them smaller, these will be easier to handle. Enjoy for breakfast of brunch!

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