Sunday, March 26, 2006

Quick-pickled cabbage

Quick-pickled cabbage

1 cabbage head
5 carrots
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp salt
Greens on taste

Method:
Separate the cabbage head into leaves. Put them in boiling water for 3-4 minutes.
Drain cabbage.
Peel and grate carrots (or make julienne cut).
Cut greens and grate garlic.
Mix carrots, greens, and garlic.
Cover 1 tbsp of this mix in cabbage leaf, put in a glass or enameled dish.
Continue until you are used up all the leaves and mix.
Boil 1 L (1/4 g) of water with 1 tbsp salt.
Pour over the cabbage rolls. Cool and place in a refrigerator.
It will be ready in 2 days.

Note:
Some naxt weeks are fast ones, so I will give you Russian fast recipes.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Quick-pickled tomatoes

Ingredients:

Tomatoes
3 cups water
4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4-5 ml 70% vinegar
4 bay leaves
12 black peppers
5 spicy peppers
1 small hot pepper

Method:

Put salt, sugar, all the peppers, and bay leaves, in a wide saucepan salt, sugar, all the peppers, and bay leaves, and pour water and vinegar.
Mix and bring to boil.
Stick tomatoes through the fruit-stem with a thin sharp knife.
Put tomatoes in 1 layer in the saucepan for 3 minutes to boil, turn carefully after 1,5 minutes.
After 3 minutes, take the tomatoes off the saucepan and put them in a glass can.
Put the next portion of tomatoes in the saucepan with boiling brine for 3 minutes.
Continue, until the can is full.
Then, pour hot brine in the can, cover, and set in any place at room temperature overnight.

Note:

Do not worry that the tomato skin will crack; it does not exert influence on the pickled tomatoes’ taste.
Pickled vegetables, fruit, and mushrooms are extremely popular in Russian cuisine.
They are used to make various garnishes for meat, or to fish, or just to grains or potatoes on a fast day.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Turnip puree

Ingredients:

1 lb small turnip
1 large shallot onion
2-3 tbsp red wine (Port or Cherry)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt, pepper, nutmeg on taste

Method:
Peel onion and cut into small cubes.
Fry with vegetable oil until gold color.
Peel turnip, cut into 4 parts, and boil over boiling water until ready.
Mix onions, turnip, and wine, and blend until even consistency.

Before serving, you have to mix the puree with salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and warm in pre-heated to 400º F over boiling water.

Note:

You can prepare the puree without salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and keep in a refrigerator for 1-2 days, then heat with spices.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Monastery bread

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/3 cup boiled vegetables (carrots, beets, pumpkin, etc.)
Sparkling mineral water (or water with baking soda)

Method:

Mix all ingredients, knead dough. Shape into a round bread.
Sprinkle the baking sheet with 1 tbsp flour.
Place bread in an oven pre-heated to 390-400º F and bake for about 35 minutes.

Note:

You can use grated and pressed vegetables instead of boiled ones.
This bread does not contain yeast, so it is good up to 10 days.
Do not put too much water, or your bread will feel like chewing gum.
Sometimes, this bread is called "Long-life bread", because it helps maintain the stomach’s health.