may 08, 2012
Health Nut's Raw Vegetable Relish
appetizer • healthy
Consuming sinful Parisian pastries on my latest trip drew my mind to healthier things - fresh vegetables, spring herbs, vitamins, the stuff of life. Today's recipe is for an ultra healthy relish of carrots, tomatoes, peppers and rhubarb marinated cold in the juice of one whole lemon and a few other flavors. This spicy, zesty and crunchy concoction is chock full of vitamins that will ward off any lurking cold.
apr 03, 2012
appetizer • vegetarian
There are people who don't like cooked carrots, my beloved husband included. But even he absolutely loves this carrot relish. He loves it so much that he always offers his muscle power to grate carrots which I hate to do myself, just to convince me to cook it.
mar 29, 2012
Russian traditional • appetizer • baking • breakfast
Loved by many as a common weekend breakfast, blini are also a ritual food in Russia. They symbolize sun and are the main food during Pancake Week (Maslenitsa) , a celebration of upcoming spring. They are also served during mercy meals and memorial dinners, where they also carry a symbolism: the connection between lower and upper worlds and eternity of life.
jan 06, 2012
Zesty Fried Shrimp
quick • appetizer • easy
Shrimp are a delight of a lazy cook, and this recipe is no exception. Spicy, zesty and quick, these shrimp call for second helpings. The recipe was born on our last night on Kauai, when we decided to be frugal and use up everything left over in the fridge.
aug 29, 2011
Open Fish Pie
Russian traditional • appetizer • baking • fish • main course • breakfast
Since we had plenty of fabulous fish of different kinds ( pike , sturgeon , sterlet to name a few), mama made various fish dishes - ukha (fish soup), fish jelly, and certainly fish pies. The fish pie was the winner among all. After eagerly waiting as the wonderful aroma of the baking pie spread from the kitchen, - what joy it was to finally land at the table and indulge in this winter treat!
aug 07, 2011
Stuffed Tarragon Mushrooms
meat • appetizer • mushrooms • easy
Summer calls for salads, frosty drinks and fruit, but sometimes the body craves grilled cheese and protein, no matter the heat outside. These are easy-to-make, delicious stuffed mushrooms, with a couple of unique touches and the intense flavor of tarragon. Craving melted cheese?
jun 19, 2011
Czech Cucumbers Stuffed with Meat
meat • appetizer • international
This is the final, and probably the most peculiar dish in our Czech series: thoroughly cooked stuffed cucumbers. I found this in several cookbooks on Czech cuisine, so it most likely is traditionally Czech. As usual, I make a few additions to the recipe, but nothing drastic to detract much from its classic taste.
jan 12, 2011
Russian traditional • salad • appetizer • fish • holiday
Since herring makes just the first layer of the dish, its taste is masked , or better put - mixed, with other ingredients, the result is a textured rich taste, teasing and pleasing for any palate. Notes: To simplify the process you can coarsely grate ingredients, except herring and onion. A rare person is satisfied with one helping of cloaked herring.
nov 18, 2010
Fresh Stuffed Peppers
quick • appetizer • fish
Once they served us with hors d'oeuvre: fresh peppers stuffed with canned salmon paste. It was spicy, but refreshing and unexpected. Today I tried to reproduce it and did something similar, but used freshly salted salmon instead.
nov 17, 2010
Kholodets - Meat Jelly
Russian traditional • meat • appetizer • chicken
You can make a chicken meat jelly, if you boil a good whole chicken for a few hours. It is very tasty, too, but I prefer a combination of meats. The boiled meat pieces could be minced.
nov 11, 2010
Beef Liver Patties
meat • appetizer • main course • healthy
As much as I liked pea soup, I hated liver in my early years. Oh God, I remember so vividly how I was sitting over my plate in desperation, unable to get this hateful piece of fried liver down. I was a rather sickly child, and mama fed me with half-done liver for anemia.
oct 23, 2010
Russian traditional • appetizer • mushrooms • vegetarian
During long and frosty winter, boiled potatoes and salted mushrooms with sour cream made a decent supper. During winter holiday season pickled and salted mushrooms could be found in many festive dishes. Emetic Russula In today's recipe I used Short-stalked White Russula(sukhoy gruzhd') that I pre-soaked in cold water for a few hours, and some Emetic Russula (syroezhka, the red one ) varieties of wild mushrooms, and the way they are prepared is called hot method for salted mushrooms (there is also a method to salt raw mushrooms).
sep 30, 2010
Quick Pickled Cucumbers
quick • Russian traditional • appetizer • easy • vegetarian
Am I not right? Quick pickled cucumbers are one of my summer cravings. The smell of freshly pickled cucumbers reminds me of a Siberian village, with roosters diligently crowing at dawn, with cows mooing on their way to pasture, with kind babushkas and their endless hooked rugs.
sep 08, 2010
quick • appetizer • easy • vegetarian
Those from Europe are a little scornful of those from South America, but both are very friendly and hard working people. They keep bakeries, restaurants, and little shops with Brazilian specialty foods. A few years ago I saw jilo in one of those shops.
sep 07, 2010
Chicken Livers Pate
Russian traditional • meat • appetizer
Strangely enough, but I like it now. Sometimes I even have sudden cravings for liver and hurry to my favourite dairy and meat farm to fetch some beef livers. Today's recipe however offers chicken livers pate that is lighter than beef and equally, if not more, tasty.
aug 26, 2010
Poor Man's Caprese
quick • salad • appetizer • international • easy • healthy • vegetarian
Most people who've paid a few visits to Italian restaurants know caprese, a traditional Italian salad composed of just 5 ingredients: tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It is lovely, satisfying, complete, but as a history of restaurant-going has proved, caprese is not the surest item on the menu. It leaves nothing to be desired, when the fresh mozzarella is tender and high-quality, preferably mozzarella di bufala, tomatoes are vine-ripened, and balsamic vinegar is of the authentic artisanal kind.
aug 23, 2010
appetizer • main course • breakfast • vegetarian
I cooked squash pancakes at our friend's dacha (a small country hut) where we had a very romantic weekend. Since then Alex ate squash only in this form (now I can proudly add my recent Zucchini with Wasabi Cream recipe to the list). The best squash for this recipe is less watery type, like Russian white squash that has light green peel and rather dense pulp.
aug 02, 2010
Zucchini with Wasabi Cream
quick • appetizer • international • Asian • vegetarian
Among squashes like pumpkin or butternut squash zucchini has a rather bland taste when used alone. So very often it is mixed with other vegetables in stir fries or used as a side dish. Zucchini of a bigger size has better more distinctive taste, but for some reason growers do not allow this vegetable to mature and end its life in the beginning.
jul 28, 2010
quick • appetizer • international • Asian • vegetarian
Those who know me also know that eggplant is one of my favourite vegetables. Unlike many people, including my other half, I absolutely adore this nature's creation. Eggplant (also aubergine) comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, and today I experimented with different types of this fruit.
jun 22, 2010
Gigantic Potato Pancake
appetizer • main course • vegetarian
Simply put, this is a big (the size of a frying pan) Jewish latke(s), also Belarusian dranik(i), Ukranian derun(i), German Kartoffelpuffer, and Swiss Roesti. I looked this recipe up on one of cooking shows and decided to give it a try. Alex was wandering around kitchen and whining that it would not work out.