Tag: kefir (Page 1 of 2)
Zucchini CrepesAugust 27th, 2016 in Main Dishes, No-meat by Julia Volhina
Savory crepes with no sugar added and lower amount of flour than in traditional crepes due to usage of zucchini pulp – yes, count me in!
Amount of flour specified in the recipe is somewhat approximate. You may end up using more or less depending on how liquid the kefir is.
Generally you don’t want to get batter to thick for crepes to become too thick, but you also don’t want to make it too thin either because it will be hard to turn a crepe over when frying (it may tear).
So if crepe tears when you try to flip it, add a bit flour in before frying next one, or if it turns out too thick – add a bit of kefir to the batter.
Kefir makes crepes very tender, and may be somewhat hard to flip in general, so use smaller frying pan to make the process easier.
Spicy Chicken SkewersAugust 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.
Cabbage PancakesJuly 4th, 2015 in Main Dishes, No-meat by Julia Volhina
If you have some cabbage sitting in the fridge and you don’t know what to do with it, here is your way out: make cabbage pancakes. They are much like Ukrainian “deruny” but made from cabbage and onions.
My better half is not a big fan of cabbage in general, but he loves these and always asks for seconds.
Cabbage pancakes work great for breakfast or lunch as a dish on its own. But they are not sweet, so I suppose can be served as a side dish as well.
Listed amount of ingredients will produce about 15 pancakes.
Flaky Kefir BiscuitsNovember 23rd, 2013 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
It was a bit unusual for me to learn that name for this kind of flaky breakfast breads is “biscuits”, at least this is what they are called here in US.
There are variations of biscuits prepared with milk, or buttermilk, my recipe uses kefir. Kefir consistency may vary, for more thick kefir you may need to use more than a cup. For better results, use butter and kefir cooled down directly from fridge.
Flaky kefir biscuits taste perfect when served warm with a slice of butter, for breakfast or brunch.
Baked Apple DumplingsOctober 12th, 2013 in Desserts by Julia Volhina
Fall is season not only for pumpkins but apples too. And I love baked apples.
Sticking apple into an oven is probably an easiest way to cook them. Baking apples in a dough as dumplings is a bit more sophisticated, but not whole a lot more complicated.
You can play a bit with taste: add cinnamon, or stuff apple with some raisins or nuts to your taste.
Baked apple dumplings taste the best when served warm.
How to Make Quark (Fresh Cheese) from KefirJune 29th, 2013 in Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina
This is somewhat easier way to get quark (fresh cheese): it requires less time since you don’t need to sour milk and such, since kefir is used instead.
There is a trade off to that of course, the taste of quark will depend greatly on taste of kefir itself, as well as its fat content. So use good quality kefir to prepare quark.
Note: 2 quarts of low fat kefir will make you about a pound of quark.
Chicken Curry KebabsJune 1st, 2013 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
It is BBQ season again. And these curry chicken kebabs are good fit for one of these.
Chicken meat turns out very tender and juicy, especially if you use boneless chicken thighs (but breasts will do too).
If you don’t want to bother with grill (even though it is pretty fun), you can roast skewers in the oven over the baking pan.