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Cilantro Lime Shrimps

March 24th, 2018 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
Cilantro Lime Shrimps

Discovered this simple way to dress boiled shrimps while trying to recreate a similar one from Costco: marinate boiled shrimps in lime juice, spices and cilantro.

Of course the taste is not exactly the same as of Costco ones, but the list of ingredients is also much shorter.

These shrimps can be served on their own as appetizer or added to salads or tacos.

Using already cooked, peeled and deveined shrimps like I did will save a lot of time, if you want to cook and/or clean shrimps yourself, factor the time in for it.

Jellied Beef Tongue

December 30th, 2017 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
Jellied Beef Tongue

This recipe will probably excite these few who either grow up in USSR or have relatives from that country/time.

I am both, and this dish brings a lot of childhood memories of New Year celebrations and other family gatherings.

For the rest of you jellied beef tongue (zalivnoj jazyk, zalivnoe) may be more of an exotic something you may never try, here are some pictures to a look at in case you don’t feel that adventurous to cook it.

Few notes to the recipe. I’ve ended up using more gelatin than the ingredients picture shows, that is because I’ve decided to do more than one plate. Rule of the thumb 1 pack (1/4oz) for about 1 cup of broth.

Second note is about execution: I’ve realized that it may be easier to arrange the decoration pieces when gelatin starts to settle a bit, and not before pouring the broth in (as I did), because broth moves them around :).

Boiled Beef Tongue

June 18th, 2016 in Appetizers & Snacks, Beef, Main Dishes, Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina
Boiled Beef Tongue

Boiled beef tongue is one of foods I love from the childhood, I love the taste, and it also is nutritious and easily digestible and is a good source of protein.

Boiled beef tongue is a perfect dish on its own, that is you can serve it with a side. But it can be also used for sandwiches, or be sliced into a salad, or be used in further cooking.

Now, cooking time for beef tongue will vary greatly depending on it size and age. It will be anywhere between 2 and 4 hours. So start testing readiness at about 2 hours mark of boiling.

Broth prepared from cooking beef tongue with vegetables tastes great as well, you can use it for a soup or some other cooking, just discard roots and use fresh ones at that point if needed.

Zucchini “Fries” with Parmesan and Spices

November 7th, 2015 in Appetizers & Snacks, Sides by Julia Volhina
Zucchini “Fries” with Parmesan and Spices

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.

Simple Fried Shrimps

April 11th, 2015 in Appetizers & Snacks, Fish, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Simple Fried Shrimps

Simple recipe to fry shrimps. I cooked shrimps in shell, but cleaned ones will work for this recipe as well.

Make sure you don’t overcook shrimps (turn them over as soon as meat becomes white), or meat will turn hard and shrimps will be hard to clean.

You can also use garlic oil instead of cooking garlic with oil, if you have it on hand.

Korean Style Carrots

August 9th, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks, Salads, Sides by Julia Volhina
Korean Style Carrots

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.

Shrimps in Sour Cream Sauce

July 19th, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks, Fish, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Shrimps in Sour Cream Sauce

Fast recipe to fix shrimps: simmer them for few minutes in sour cream and butter sauce.

I used raw cleaned shrimps for the recipe. But boiled ones will work as well, just reduce cooking time and temperature (no need for boiling).

Shrimps prepared this way can be a dish on its own, an appetizer or a snack, or it can be served over a bed of rice or pasta.

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