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Basil Pesto SauceSeptember 10th, 2016 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
There are so many ways to enjoy basil pesto sauce. It is perfect for dipping bread, works great as salad dressing, pasta or pizza sauce, or pesto butter. Toss some cooked chicken with it to give a salad or a wrap some extra kick. Sky is a limit.
Already pre-made pesto sauces from the store are an option too, however nothing beats freshly homemade one.
And it is pretty easy to do too: just plug all ingredients into a blender, chop until smooth and then mix cheese in.
Pecorino cheese may be hard to find, using shredded parmesan should work as well.
Zucchini CrepesAugust 27th, 2016 in Main Dishes, No-meat by Julia Volhina
Savory crepes with no sugar added and lower amount of flour than in traditional crepes due to usage of zucchini pulp – yes, count me in!
Amount of flour specified in the recipe is somewhat approximate. You may end up using more or less depending on how liquid the kefir is.
Generally you don’t want to get batter to thick for crepes to become too thick, but you also don’t want to make it too thin either because it will be hard to turn a crepe over when frying (it may tear).
So if crepe tears when you try to flip it, add a bit flour in before frying next one, or if it turns out too thick – add a bit of kefir to the batter.
Kefir makes crepes very tender, and may be somewhat hard to flip in general, so use smaller frying pan to make the process easier.
Omelette with BroccoliAugust 13th, 2016 in Eggs, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
If you like quiches for breakfast or brunch but don’t want to mess with puff pastry (or trying to cut off some carbs and fat) try this recipe for an omelette with broccoli.
I used fresh broccoli crowns (they are pretty inexpensive and taste great being in season and such), however frozen ones will probably work as well.
Cooking time for the omelette will depend on the size of the pan and amount of ingredients you use. Start testing readiness at 20 mins mark with a wooden toothpick. When omelette is ready, the toothpick should come out clean when stuck into the middle of the omelette.
Amount of ingredients from this recipe will produce 2 portions.
Fresh Peach PieJuly 30th, 2016 in Desserts by Julia Volhina
In continuation of a peach topic (remember, I got a whole box of juicy tender sweet Georgia peaches?) I present to you the fresh peach pie recipe.
Almost hassle free (especially if you use ready to bake pie shell as I did) and very tasty (if ripe sweet tasty peaches are used). Peaches remain uncooked (only shell is baked) and taste as fresh as they can be.
I used leftover peach kompot to prepare gelatin topping for this pie. Peach juice can be used instead (if it doesn’t contain pineapple in it). A bit of peach preserves mixed with some water to get needed amount and consistency will work as well.
Peach KompotJuly 16th, 2016 in Beverages, Non-alcoholic by Julia Volhina
It is a peach season and I managed to acquire big box of Georgia peaches which are very sweet and tasty and don’t have long shelf life.
So a portion of these peaches made their way into this Peach Kompot (in Russian “kompot” stands for a boiled fruit drink).
As any kompot, Peach kompot is pretty easy to make: just boil peaches with a bit of sugar and cool it down to infuse.
Removing skin from peaches makes them nice to consume, but you don’t have to do it if it seem like a hassle: just slice peaches in halves and remove pits, skin will get separated during boiling process by itself.
How to Blanch PeachesJuly 2nd, 2016 in Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina
Whatever you may need skinless peaches for: a pie, a dessert or a salad, or anything else, here is step-by-step instructions how to skin them.
Ripe but somewhat firm peaches are easiest to blanch, so pick these if you have some choice.
It is important to not overcook peaches during blanching, especially if they are on the soft side, or peaches will get mushy and somewhat hard to work with after blanching.
Boiled Beef TongueJune 18th, 2016 in Appetizers & Snacks, Beef, Main Dishes, Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina
Boiled beef tongue is one of foods I love from the childhood, I love the taste, and it also is nutritious and easily digestible and is a good source of protein.
Boiled beef tongue is a perfect dish on its own, that is you can serve it with a side. But it can be also used for sandwiches, or be sliced into a salad, or be used in further cooking.
Now, cooking time for beef tongue will vary greatly depending on it size and age. It will be anywhere between 2 and 4 hours. So start testing readiness at about 2 hours mark of boiling.
Broth prepared from cooking beef tongue with vegetables tastes great as well, you can use it for a soup or some other cooking, just discard roots and use fresh ones at that point if needed.