Saturday, April 29, 2006

Meat-egg salad

Ingredients for 2:

3 eggs
1 large shallot onion
0.5 lb beef
2 tbsp vegetable oil
½ tsp salt
Pepper, mayonnaise on taste

Method:

Whip 3 eggs with 1/3 tsp salt.
Cook thin crepes from whipped eggs on a preheated skillet.
Roll them tightly and set them aside.
Make a julienne cut of beef, fry it for 3-4 minutes on a pre-heated skillet with vegetable oil, stirring occasionally.
Peel and cut onions into half-rings, fry them on a pre-heated skillet until gold color.
Slice crepe rolls into thin cuts.
You have to get same volume of cut egg crepes as beef and onions together.
Mix them.
Add salt, pepper, and mayonnaise on taste. This is the filling salad for cold weather. Serve warm.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Monastery Pie

Ingredients:

200 g (1 cup) strong warm tea
8 full tbsp flour
3 tbsp vegetable oil (refined)
100 g (0.25 lb) sugar
3 tbsp thick fruit preserves, preferably sour
1 tsp baking soda + 1 tbsp vinegar, or baking powder
Spices: Vanilla, cinnamon, a little cardamom and ginger
Optional: Raisins, crushed nuts, dried fruits

Method:

Mix tea, flour, sugar, oil. Pour vinegar over baking soda, and allow "foam" to fall into the dough, add spices, nuts, raisins, preserves, and cut fruits, then make the dough.
It has to have thick sour cream’s consistency.
Pre-heat an oven to 390º F.
Put the dough in round-shape oven-safe dish, and bake for 20 minutes.
Check if the pie is ready with wooden stick.

Note:
This pie is fast.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Potato "galuschki"

Ingredients for 4:

5 large potatoes
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 medium shallot onions
Greens, salt, and red pepper on taste
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method:

Peel onions, cut into small cubes, and fry with oil until gold color.
Boil and peel 2 potatoes, and make puree with them and flour, pepper, and fried onions.
Peel 3 potatoes, grate them, and add to the dough. Continue kneading the dough until even and elastic consistency.
Boil ½ g water (or vegetable broth). Using 2 dessertspoons, separate half-sphere galuschki, and put them into water.
Boil for 4-5 minutes, and remove from the sauce-pan with a skimmer
Put them on a serving dish, sprinkle with vegetable oil and cut greens.

Note:
Galuschki is mainly an Ukrainian dish, but it is so tasty that all Slavic home makers cook them sometimes.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Borscht with whitebaits a la Pskov

Pskov is one of the most ancient and beautiful Russian North-West cities, included in "The Gold Ring of Russia". The city started on the junction of the Great River and Pskova River, and it is known in chronicles since 860-s years AD. The chronicles tell that the famous duchess Olga was born in 893 AD in Izborsk stronghold, near Pskov.

Ingredients for 4:

2 medium beets
¾ lb sauerkraut
1/3 lb dried whitebaits (young fish)
1 carrot
2 shallot onion
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp butter
1,5 tsp 3% apple vinegar
4 tbsp sour cream
Dill and parsley on taste

Method:

Put whitebaits in boiling water, boil on low heating for 40 minutes.
Take out the fish.
Cook borscht with sauerkraut by traditional recipe.
Cut greens.
To serve, put the whitebaits in serving plates, add borscht, put 1 tbsp sour cream, and sprinkle with the greens.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Basket with potatoes

Basket with potatoes

Ingredients for 4:
8 medium potatoes
0.5 lb mushrooms
2 large onions
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt, pepper on taste

Method:
Peel potatoes. Cut out the center.
Boil the potatoes.
Peel onions, clean mushrooms.
Cut mushrooms and 1 shallot onion into small cubes.
Fry with 1 tbsp oil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Make puree from the boiled potato centers, and mix well with fried onions and mushrooms. Put this stuffing into the boiled potato baskets, and place in a wide, low saucepan.
Fry second shallot onion with 1 tbsp oil.
Pour boiling water into the saucepan to cover potatoes until 1/3 of their height.
Put fried onions over the potatoes.
Place the saucepan (or other oven-safe dish) with potatoes into an oven pre-heated to 390º F.
Bake for about 30 minutes.
Serve hot with marinated vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, etc.).