Ham, Pineapple and Peas Salad

April 5th, 2014 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

This salad has interesting combination of ingredients: sweet peas with pineapples and ham (or canadian bacon) mixed with lettuce.

Freshly boiled peas can be substituted for canned peas on this one, but canned ones are some what easier to find.

Assemble salad right before you plan to serve it, lettuce will not keep freshness and crispness for long after slicing.

Carrots and Ginger Soup-Puree

March 29th, 2014 in Hot Soups, Soup Recipes by Julia Volhina

So I discovered carrots and ginger combination while working on last week recipe. And I decided to take it one step further: today with carrots and ginger soup-puree.

It is spicy, unusual and absolutely delicious. To my surprise even my better half liked it (and he is not too thrilled with either carrots or ginger).

You can use cup blender instead of hand one, if blender cup isn’t big enough to hold whole pot, just work in batches. But I must say hand blender is much easier to use here.

Carrots, Raisins and Ginger Salad

March 22nd, 2014 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

This is refreshing and somewhat spicy salad made with carrots, raisins and ginger.

It tastes great by itself, or with meat or poultry.

You can make salad more or less spicy by adjusting amount of ginger you use: more ginger will make more spicy salad.

Veal Rolls with Pear

March 15th, 2014 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

I saw veal rolls with pear meal in some TV show once and wanted to try it ever since.

The combination of ingredients in this recipe is unusual, veal is pretty expensive and somewhat hard to find here in US. This is probably the reason why I got to this recipe only now.

I used veal scallopini here, because they are already sliced, and it is easier to pick meat pieces of right amount and size. But you can also use whole piece of veal meat and slice it yourself. As for the pear, use ripe fragrant pear for better results.

Salad with Chicken and Fresh Vegetables

March 8th, 2014 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

Spring is right around the corner. And even though nowadays you can buy fresh vegetables all year around, in spring they taste somehow special. Maybe this is a way how body let’s you know it needs to be replenished with vitamins.

This is why I am publishing this recipe for salad made of fresh bell peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes with boiled white chicken meat and a bit of cheese.

By the way, mayo in the dressing can be mixed with sour cream for skinnier version.

Elephant Ear Cookies

March 1st, 2014 in Desserts by Julia Volhina

This is pretty easy recipe for sugar sprinkled puff pastry cookies which can be made from either ready-to-use puff pastry dough, or homemade one. Either way the recipe isn’t too complicated to follow.

I used whole sheet of puff pastry dough prepared for last week recipe (that was made from 2 cups of flour, 8 oz of margarine and 2/3 cups of water). That yielded me 2 full cookie sheets (2 batches) of 36 cookies each.

You can adjust size of the cookies by playing with the dough: thinner dough rolled into smaller rolls will produce smaller cookies, thicker dough or/and bigger rolls will produce bigger ones.

If you like cookies to be more sweet, roll dough slices in sugar before putting them to the cookie sheet (but for me it is a bit too sweet, so I usually skip this part).

No Yeast Puff Pastry Dough (Faster Variant)

February 22nd, 2014 in Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina

Real puff pastry dough is taking a lot of time to make from scratch, most of the times it is easier to just buy it instead. Another alternative could be to try this easier and much faster variant.

Disclaimer first: this dough will probably not be a best choice for some fancy croissants or so, but it will work great for layered cakes, pies, sugar cookies, and such.

Either butter or margarine will work for this recipe, I used margarine. Make sure you don’t let ingredients and dough itself warm up, if you need to pause while making the dough, put it to the fridge to cool down.

Prepared dough can be used right away, or can be frozen for later use, make sure to use freezer bag.