Saturday, August 26, 2006

Zucchini (squash) cake

Ingredients:

4 lb zucchini
3 eggs
1 cup pancake flour
0.5 tsp baking soda
Garlic, salt, pepper on taste
0.5 bunch Italian parsley
0.5 bunch dill
0.5 lb mayonnaise

Method:

Peel and grate zucchini and garlic, add flour, salt, pepper, and baking soda, and make dough.
Cook like usual blinis (look at blinis recipe). Cut dill and parsley.
Put the first blin on a flat plate, smear with mayonnaise, and sprinkle with greens, and then cover with a next blin.
Continue until the blinis run out.
Press slightly, smear upper blin with mayonnaise, decorate with greens, and (optionally) tomatoes.
Cut like a usual cake, and serve.

Note:
You can make this kind of cake with other grated vegetables.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Okroshka with meat

Okroshka is an extremely popular cold soup for hot summer days.
Its base is "kvass" – a national Russian non-alcoholic drink.
Every housewife has her own recipe of kvass, and there are some patented kvass recipes.

Ingredients:

0.5 lb boiled beef, or 0.5 lb boiled veal, or 0.5 lb ham
0.5 lb boiled and peeled potatoes
1.5 l kvass (about 0.5 G)
2 hard-boiled eggs
1 tsp mustard (optional)
1 tsp sugar
2 medium cucumbers
1 bunch green onion
1 bunch dill
Horseradish, salt on taste
1 tbsp sour cream for every serving

Method:

Blend egg yolks with mustard, sugar, salt, and horseradish, and mix with 0.5 cup kvass.
Pour this mix in a large and deep bowl.
Cut meat, potatoes, cucumbers, green onions, and egg whites into small pieces. The soup's name, "Okroshka" is from the Russian word meaning, "to chop".
Put these ingredients into the bowl, pour 2 cups of kvass over it, and mix very well.
Then, cover the bowl with a lid, and place the bowl into a refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

Before serving, add the remainder of kvass to the bowl, and mix.
To serve, put 1 tbsp of sour cream, sprinkle with 1 tbsp of dill cuts, and pour soup in a serving plate, then mix in the serving plate.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Liver in sour cream

This is one of the classic Russian dishes – "Liver in sour cream"

Ingredients for 4:

1 lb liver (pork, veal, beef)
1 lb sour cream
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp flour
Salt, ground pepper – on your taste

Method:

Wash liver; remove all membranes
Slice into wide thin cuts.
Mix flour, salt, and pepper, and crumb slices in this mix.
Pre-heat a skillet with vegetable oil with high heating.
Put liver slices on the skillet, and fry until a light crust forms.
Turn, and fry other side, then remove slices from the skillet.
Set heating to low.
Add sour cream to the skillet, mix well, and when it starts to boil, put liver slices into the sour cream for 1-2 minutes.
Serve liver slices with any of your favorite garnish (boiled vegetables, rice, buckwheat, pasta), and pour sauce from the skillet over it.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Appetizer from zucchini

Ingredients for 4:

1 lb young zucchini
1 cup grated cheese (any)
1 garlic clove
4 tbsp Italian parsley greens
2 tbsp olive oil
Salad leaves to cover serving dish (or for every portion)
Black pepper on taste
4 dried rye bread slices

Method:

Wash and dry zucchini, slice into medium rings.
Cook them with olive oil for 2 minutes per side, and then pour grated cheese, grated garlic, cut parsley greens, and ground black pepper over each zucchini slice.
Cook until cheese melts.
Serve on a dish covered with any green salad leaves.
Serve with rye bread.