Saturday, December 29, 2007

Goose Leg Cookies

Ingredients:

2.5 cup flour
250 g margarine
1 cup warm milk
2 eggs
1 tsp yeast
Salt, sugar, vanilla on taste

Method:

Grate margarine in a deep dish, add milk, yeast, salt, sugar, vanilla, sift all flour into the same dish, make a dough, and place in a refrigerator for 2 hours.
Pre-heat an oven to 200 - 220 C (400 – 420 F).
Divide the dough into 1/8 lb pieces, roll every piece into a circle shape, sprinkle with sugar in the middle, and fold twice.
Press this side with a fork, dip this piece into the egg white, then roll it in sugar, and place on a baking dish.
Place the baking dish in the oven, and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
The cookies have to be layered like turnover pastry.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Classic Calamari Salad

Ingredients:

1 lb calamari steaks
1 hardboiled egg
2/4 lb potatoes
0.5 lb carrots
1 cup boiled (or canned) green peas
1 medium brined (or fresh) cucumber
1 green apple
0.5 cup sour cream (or Mayo)
Salt, pepper, dill on taste

Method:

Bring water to boil, add 1 tsp salt, and boil the calamari steaks for 3 minutes, then place them in cold water for 1 minute, and de-skin.
Boil potatoes and carrots to readiness, then cool, peel, and cut into small cubes.
Cut the calamari steaks, cucumber, and peeled apple into small cubes.
Mix all ingredients well, and decorate with greens.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Chicken - Cheese Pie

Ingredients for 4:

1 pack puff pastry dough
4 chicken breasts
0.5 lb Feta cheese
Greens on taste

Method:

Roll dough, and cut into 4 rectangles.
Tenderize chicken breasts very well, sprinkle with salt and peppers.
Cut greens into very small pieces, and grind greens and Feta cheese together.
Cover every breast with this mix, and roll every breast tightly.
Place the roll on a corner of a dough rectangle, and flip the sides like an envelope, to avoid the cheese leaking.
Pre-heat an oven to 180 C (320 F), and bake for about 25 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Peas-Mushrooms Soup

Ingredients:

0.75 lb split peas
3 oz (50 g) dried porcini
3 tbsp margarine
1 shallot onion
1 large carrot
1 g water
Parsley, salt, and pepper on taste

Method:

Soak peas for 10-12 hours in warm water, and then place into a large saucepan.
Soak dried mushrooms for 3 hours in warm water, then cut them in small pieces, soak 20 minutes in same water, and pour all together into the saucepan.
Grate onions and carrots, cut parsley thinly, and fry onions, carrots, and parsley until color changing. Then, place them into the saucepan.
Pour boiling water into the saucepan, add salt and pepper on taste (optional), and boil with small heating until readiness (for about 1 hour).

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Butter cakes with nuts

Ingredients:

0.25 lb butter
0.25 lb sugar powder
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
0.5 lb flour
1 egg white
Nuts in taste

Method:

Whip butter and sugar powder together.
Add vanilla, egg, and flour, and make dough fast. Do not over make, just make it for 2-3 minutes.
Roll the dough in 1/2” layer, and cut into rings (round without middles). Cover the upper side of the rings with whipped egg white, then cover that with grated nuts (on your taste), and bake in an oven pre-heated to 340 F(170 C) until they turn light golden.
These rings were very popular as school lunch cakes in the Soviet Union.