My soft food recipes



Rice, Milk and Raisins Porridge

April 12th, 2014 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

This is a breakfast food of my childhood: soft rice porridge cooked with milk and sweet raisins.

Round kinds of rice will probably work better for it, but any white rice will do.

Cook porridge on slow simmer. Don’t forget to stir while cooking, to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burn.

Amount of milk to use for this recipe will vary depending on kind of rice and how liquid you like your porridge to be. I used exactly 2 cups.

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.

Pumpkin and Rice Soup-Puree

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.

Chicken Soup-Puree with Eggs

April 7th, 2012 in Hot Soups, Soup Recipes by Julia Volhina

If you have hand blender this is a soup recipe to try for you: pureed chicken in vegetable broth thickened with flour and beaten eggs.

Hand blender works great to mince chicken meat as well as to break any knots in flour feeling (if needed).

Stand blender or meat mincer will work as well, just mince meat with a bit of broth before adding it to the pot.

Vegetable Soup-Puree with Mushrooms

December 31st, 2011 in Hot Soups, Soup Recipes by Julia Volhina

If you are looking for easy to cook recipe for soft pureed soup with vegetables, mushrooms and cream this is it.

Boil vegetables, add fried onions and mushrooms and blend it all together with heavy cream. By the way, using hand blender makes cooking of this soup much easier.

If you want soup-puree to be more liquid, keep water left from boiling vegetables and add it to the soup at the end to receive desired thickness.

Semolina Porridge (Mannaya Kasha)

December 17th, 2011 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

Mannaya Kasha is one of foods associated for russian people with their childhood. When I was little I was always told it is rich on nutrients and required for healthy kid growth – every kid knew that to grow strong and healthy they need to finish up their plate with semolina porridge.

Just as a note: while researching for proper translation for this recipe, I stumbled on information that semolina porridge isn’t recommended for kids younger than 3 years (which was new to me) as it contains high amount of gluten and also phytin. But because it also has a lot of proteins and high content of vitamins E and B1 it is very good for kids after 3 year old who have no gluten intolerance.

While cooking it is important to stir mannaya kasha all the time (I use whisk for this and it helps a lot), or you will get clots and no kid likes them in their mannaya kasha.

Strawberry Cream Dessert

July 24th, 2010 in Desserts by Julia Volhina

Even though here I can buy strawberries almost any time of year, they are especially tasteful at summer. So yes, it is a strawberry time!

So if you looking for a nice recipe for strawberries – here it is: sweet whipped cream with puree of fresh sweet tasty strawberries and a bit of jelly. Easy to prepare, and even easier to eat :)

Of course, whipped cream is a bit heavy for the figure especially if it is mixed with sugar, but it is also totally delicious – so I allow myself to enjoy it every once in a while. But if you are trying to follow low calories / low fat diet this recipe is probably not for you.