My spicy recipes

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Zucchini “Fries” with Parmesan and Spices

November 7th, 2015 in Appetizers & Snacks, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Zucchini “fries” cooked with this recipe are much healthier alternative to potato ones: much less oil and less starchy zucchini instead of potato.

I love zucchini, so these taste great for me. It is easy to improvise with spices and their amounts to create new unique taste every time I want it.

Please note, more mature zucchinis will require more cooking time, so probe with a fork to see readiness.

Zucchini with Parmesan and Spices can be served as snack, or an appetizer or a side dish.

Spicy Chicken Skewers

August 15th, 2015 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina

Nice recipe for summer cookout – spicy (and somewhat sweet because of paprika) tender chicken meat skewers. Easy to prepare, yet it is very delicious.

All the heavy lifting for marinating meat is done in advance and then skewers are cooked right before serving. One more positive side of this recipe.

We usually cook these on metal skewers over open hot charcoals. If you plan to use wooden sticks – make sure to soak them in water well in advance to prevent burning.

Alternatively, these can be cooked in the oven, using broil at the end for color is a plus.

Fried Meat with Mustard and Eggs

May 9th, 2015 in Beef, Chicken, Main Dishes, Pork by Julia Volhina

The magic of this recipe is in the fact that you can prepare everything for it a day before and then just fry the meat when the time is right.

You can actually store marinated meat in fridge for longer and just fry a portion you need every time you need it, which may save time eventually.

Results may vary depending on the taste of mustard you use. So use the one you like :).

The same goes for peppers – I used a mixture I had on hands: red pepper, black pepper, white pepper, coriander, etc, but you can use whatever you like the most.

Choose softer cut of beef for this recipe, pork or chicken may work too.

Hot Camomile Tea with Rum

January 3rd, 2015 in Beverages, With Alcohol by Julia Volhina

If you are looking for comfort beverage to get warm during cold winter, try spiced hot camomile tea with rum.

Cinnamon and cloves spice the tea up, lemon juice flavors it and rum adds a bit of twist to the taste just enough to help with warming process, serve it hot.

I usually drink my tea unsweetened, but if you need some sweetness use honey (preferably) or sugar to taste.

Pineapple Stuffed Pork Pockets

October 10th, 2014 in Main Dishes, Pork by Julia Volhina

Pork tastes great with pineapple. These pork pockets rubbed with mix of spices and stuffed with pineapple chunks are perfect fit for romantic or celebration dinner.

Other cuts of pork can be cooked like this, but tenderloin works the best due to shape and tenderness.

I used fresh pineapples, but canned ones may work good too.

Chicken Salad with Cucumbers and Korean Style Carrots

August 16th, 2014 in Salads by Julia Volhina

Yet another one chicken salad to be added to my list of recipes: tender chicken meat, boiled eggs, tasty cucumbers and spicy carrots prepare in korean style.

This salad will work great as a side or appetizer, or as a lunch meal itself, especially if you need something to take with you. It can be served plain, in a sandwich or in a wrap.

Salad can be dressed with a mix of mayo and sour cream instead of the mayo alone, if you are looking for healthier option.

Korean Style Carrots

August 9th, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks, Salads, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Korean style carrots (“morkovka po-korejski”) is a popular in post-USSR countries dish which is usually served as salad, side dish or relish.

Often it is also served on hot dogs along with sausage inside the bun.

These pretty spicy carrots are great side for meats or poultry. They can also be used as one of ingredients for salads and other dishes.

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