My ukrainian recipes



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How to Make Quark from Milk

June 28th, 2014 in Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina

This is a bit more time consuming way to prepare quark (fresh cheese) than the one from kefir, it it is also a bit cheaper.

Usually you would just leave unpasteurized milk in warm place for a day or two to sour. But since all milk sold here is pasteurized, it needs some help to get sour, this is why we will also use kefir or cultured buttermilk.

Whole milk will produce tastier cheese, so I suggest using whole milk. I use Snowville Creamery milk for my recipes and it works great every time.

This amount of ingredients will produce about 1.5lb of fresh cheese.

Sour Cherry Kompot

June 7th, 2014 in Beverage Recipes, Non-alcoholic by Julia Volhina

I was hunting for fresh sour cherries to prepare this one for few years. Then I discovered a package of frozen pie cherries (tart cherries, sour cherries) in a store (yea, I know, should have checked freezer section long ago).

Anyway, now there is no need to wait for fresh ones anymore, since these will work the same good for the kompot, they are a lot cheaper and are much easier to find.

Disclaimer: usually sour cherry kompot is made of fresh sour cherries (if you have access to them by a sane price) with pits in.

Removing pits (or using pitless ones) makes it easier to consume cherries from the kompot (even though I kind of like when pits are in, maybe it reminds me of the sour cherry kompots imported from Bulgaria which we were getting occasionally for winter holidays are kids).

Tortilla Rolls with Crab Sticks and Cheese

May 24th, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina

I had some tortillas left from the pack I used on recipe earlier this month. So I decided to post another recipe for tortilla rolls, this time with crab stick, cheese, garlic and greens stuffing.

The same as the first one, these rolls will work perfectly as a snack or an appetizer, and they go great together with beer.

So if you are looking for some unusual snack recipe, here it is.

Sweet “Potato” Dessert

May 10th, 2014 in Desserts by Julia Volhina

This is a no bake dessert from my childhood: one of the easiest to do (you can do it with you child together) with ingredients which were easily available at that time. I think I grew up with condensed milk, cookies and butter.

We called these “sweet potatoes”, I guess mostly because of the color and form. I think the closest equivalent to this recipe in English would be “rum balls” if you make them with rum and form balls instead of “potato” shapes.

Of course, if you make this dessert for kids, skip alcohol.

Tortilla Rolls with Fresh Cheese and Garlic

May 3rd, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina

Flour tortilla rolls with fresh cheese, dill and garlic will pair perfectly with beer as a snack. Or an appetizer, or both.

You can prepare them in advance and slice right before serving, just allow them to sit in fridge for at least 30 mins before serving, so tortillas can soak moisture a bit.

At home we made these with lavash bread, but it is a bit hard to find here, so I used ready to go flour tortillas and it worked good too.

As for the cheese you can use any fresh cheese which can be easily crumbled to your taste: fresh white cheese (quark), feta or queso fresco.

Fruit and Berry Kompot

February 1st, 2014 in Beverage Recipes, 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.

Pumpkin and Millet Porridge

October 19th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

I think pumpkin porridge (“garbuzova kasha” or “tykvennaja kasha”) is somewhat unusual dish in this part of the globe.

But it is quite popular in slavic world. My grandma always cooked it at fall, with milk and millet and, of course, pumpkin.

Raisins are nice addition to the recipe, all though they are optional, so are walnuts or dried apricots.

Cooking millet may take some time (and liquid). If you need to speed things up a bit, rinse millet seeds in couple of changes of warm water, or even let them soak in water for some time before cooking.

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