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!

Potato and Mushroom Stuffed Dumplings

March 9th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

I am maybe getting old: firstly I was putting off this recipe for far too long, secondly after I finished up with assembling these dumplings, I could feel my back.

Nevertheless here is recipe: ukrainian handmade dumplings stuffed with potato and mushroom mix.

You can boil them as soon as they are assembled, or you can freeze them up and boil right before serving. No thawing in necessary.

Already boiled dumplings can be warmed up on a skillet with a bit of butter.

Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber Salad

March 2nd, 2013 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

In anticipation of the spring in early March, here goes fresh tomato, cucumber and lettuce salad recipe.

These fresh vegetables taste so good in the Spring.

Prepare the salad soon before serving, cut fresh vegetables don’t like to wait.

If you want to make dressing lighter, use light mayo and low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream.

Chicken and Celery Salad Sandwich

February 23rd, 2013 in Chicken, Main Dish Recipes, Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

This is a base chicken and celery salad recipe for sandwich to be served for breakfast or lunch.

The salad can be prepared in advance and used when needed, just store leftovers in fridge.

You can also use grilled chicken leftovers for this recipe or cook chicken breasts from scratch.

Fried Chicken Liver with Onions

February 16th, 2013 in Chicken, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Dusting chicken liver with flour and frying it with onions is perhaps easiest way to cook it.

Step of soaking live in milk can be skipped; it is optional, but it helps to reduce bitter taste liver may have.

The best side dish for this one, to my opinion, is plain boiled potato or potato puree.

Mussels Steamed with Shallots in Wine and Butter Sauce

February 9th, 2013 in Fish, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

This is a recipe for tender mussels steamed with shallots, garlic and fresh greens in dry white wine and butter sauce. It will work great for a romantic dinner.

Use good white wine you would drink yourself for this recipe to achieve best results. And serve remaining of the wine along with mussels later.

Steamed mussels go great with toast garlic bread or a baguette with garlic.

Brussel Sprouts with Mushrooms and Onions

February 2nd, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Brussels sprouts cooked in mushroom and onion sauce can be served as a dish on its own, or as a side dish for a meat main course.

You can use fresh or frozen brussels sprouts for this recipe, frozen ones don’t require thawing, but may need a bit less time for cooking.

Vary amount of water (or broth) and flour while cooking to reach desired thickness of the sauce (more flour and less water will make it for thicker sauce).

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