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.
February 15th, 2014 in Eggs, Main Dishes, 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.
February 8th, 2014 in Salads by Julia Volhina
This salad is often referred to as “Shrimps Under Fur Coat” salad, here two shrimp layers are dressed in layer of grated potatoes, eggs, mayo and topped with red caviar.
I know red caviar is not something people here buy and eat all that often, but if you decide to try this salad I suggest to get caviar from the local european or russian store.
This salad need some time to settle down after assembling, so prepare it at least 6 hours prior to serving.
February 1st, 2014 in Beverages, Non-alcoholic by Julia Volhina
This recipe gives me another chance to advertise the benefit of homemade drinks over store sold soda full of sugar and god knows what else: making drink for yourself gives you control over how much sugar it has exactly.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries are nice choice for this kompot, strawberries are nice addition too. I used frozen berry mix – it is cheaper and easier to get, however fresh berries will work the same well.
Fruit and berry kompot taste great warm, or cooled down to room temperature, or iced, whatever you prefer more. Fruits from the kompot taste great too, you can serve them with or without kompot.
January 18th, 2014 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
This is interesting recipe for a holiday or romantic dinner: tender chicken rolls stuffed with oranges.
Small orange segments are easier to wrap, so try to find small oranges. It is also important that oranges are not bitter and don’t have seeds.
Chicken rolls stuffed with oranges taste great when paired with potato side(s), for example with mashed potatoes.
January 11th, 2014 in Salads by Julia Volhina
One more salad for holiday table: lighter salad with crab sticks, red beans, tomatoes, bell pepper and cheese. It is pretty fast to make because doesn’t require any prep work: nothing to boil or cook prior to assembling.
I used italian blend of shredded cheese, but any hard cheese you like will work. If you have whole piece of cheese, you can dice it instead of shredding.
Adjust amount of garlic to your liking, if whole clove seems a bit too much use only half of it.
January 4th, 2014 in Salads by Julia Volhina
This unusual combination of ingredients yields pretty interesting salad. And it tastes best then prepared right before serving.
Original recipe calls for 10 quail eggs, but I find them somehow hard to find here, so I used 2 chicken eggs as replacement.
Pineapples themselves are optional ingredient, you can skip on them if you wish so, but with them salad tastes more interesting.