October 5th, 2013 in Hot Soups, Soup Recipes by Julia Volhina
It is a pumpkin harvest time. That said, it is a time for pumpkin vegetable soup-puree: bright in color and rich in nutrients meat-free soup.
You can use canned vegetable broth for this one, or prepare your own from scratch by following these easy step by step instructions like I did. Just remember that canned broths usually are pretty salty, so you may need reduce amount of salt you add to the soup.
Equal amount of sour cream can be substituted for heavy cream if you feel like it.
September 28th, 2013 in Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina
Making vegetable broth isn’t such a hard thing to do: get bunch of roots and vegetables, stick them all in a pot and in about 1-1.5h you will get a vegetable broth to use for a soup or another dish which you know what it is made of (unlike a canned one).
Good thing about making vegetable broth yourself is that you can use vegetables left over from other dishes: stems from greens (parsley or dill), stem from white cabbage or stem and leaves from cauliflower, greens from leeks, etc – bits and pieces that you wouldn’t have any use for otherwise.
You can boil fresh vegetables just fine, however the method with roasting vegetables first produce more tasting and colorful broth. If you are looking to get more colorful broth keep inner clean brown layer of onion shell on, using more carrot will help too.
September 21st, 2013 in Food Decoration by Julia Volhina
Many stores started moving their Halloween products to prime spots in preparation to the holiday.
It seems a bit early to me, but hey, at least these are not Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas decorations yet (even though some shops are probably thinking about dusting off some of these too).
So I decided to get on this train as well, and this week post will be not really a recipe (even though it has big deal to do with food), but rather a food decoration how-to.
This is a first one for me, so I hope you like it. Any kind of deviled eggs will look good with these spiders on, however choose these which also taste good with olives you are going to use.
September 14th, 2013 in Appetizers & Snacks, Eggs by Julia Volhina
Blue cheese and boiled egg yolks seasoned with fresh parsley, tobasco sauce and mayo tastes a bit unusual and a bit spicy. But if you are true lover of blue cheese this recipe is definitely for you.
By the way if you like it to be more spice – use a bit more tobasco sauce, or you can skip the sauce all together otherwise.
If you would like eggs to look a bit more festive, use pastry bag with a star tip on it to arrange stuffing mix into egg halves, simple ziplock can be used too (just staff mix into it, seal it and cut one of tips off), or just a tea spoon.
September 7th, 2013 in Salads by Julia Volhina
Shrimps and asparagus with dill and cream is quite unusual combination for me, but I must say it tastes delicious. I ate something similar when we lived in Austria and wanted to reproduce the recipe ever since.
It tastes especially good if asparagus is young and you manage to not overcook it to keep crunchy texture. Lemon juice helps to brings the best taste out of asparagus.
By the way, if you use frozen shrimps, thaw completely them before adding to salad.
August 31st, 2013 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
This is one of recipes of ukrainian cuisine, after all it is named after capital of Ukraine – Kiev / Kyiv, but it is pretty popular through rest of former USSR countries.
Chicken Kiev is no ordinary recipe, but definitely one worth time spent: tender chicken meat folded around herb butter, covered in breadcrumbs and egg batter and cooked.
The trick is to fold meat and coat cutlets in batter in a way that herb butter doesn’t leak through holes while deep frying.
August 24th, 2013 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Herb or herbed butter is not only a good way to dress plain butter for further use, but also a good way to preserve fresh dill if you have too much on your hands and no other use for it.
For some reasons stores here choose to sell dill in such big bunches that it is sometimes too hard to put it all to use before dill spoils. By the way, you can mix other fresh herbs to prepare herb butter.
Herb butter is essential ingredient of Chicken Kiev recipe (which goes out next week), but it can be also used on steaks, fish, potato or other vegetables.