Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ground Beef Steaks


1 lb ground beef
½ lb feta cheese (or other feta-like cheese) optional
1 large onion
Coriander greens on taste (optional)
2 eggs
Salt and pepper on taste


Put a piece of foil on the table.
Cut onions into small cubes.
Mix ground beef, eggs, onions, salt, pepper, and coriander greens (optional) together.
Divide into 4 parts.

Cut cheese into 8 same-size pieces.

Place 1 part of the ground beef mix on the foil, make a flat round patty (note: the Russian name for these patties is cutlets), place 2 cheese pieces in the center, and fold the patty into a half-circle using the foil.

Press the edges of the circular part of the patty half-circle, Set aside.

Repeat until you run out of the ingredients.

Cook on a skillet or in an oven pre-heated to 380 F (180 C) for 30 minutes, or until the patties are ready (they give off a transparent juice when poked).

Serve with cooked rice, with boiled potatoes, or with other boiled vegetables.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Milk Soup with Vegetables


1 l milk
3-4 potatoes
2 medium carrots
3 tbsp butter
Salt and spices on your taste


Peel potatoes and carrots, wash, and cut into small stripes.
Put the potatoes in the hot milk, add pinch of salt, and bring to boil with medium-low heating.

Stir-fry the carrots with butter, until the carrots change color.

Then, add the carrots into the soup, and boil until the vegetables are ready.

Sprinkle with spices on your taste, and serve.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Smoked Chicken and Bean Salad

Ingredients for 4:

1 lb cooked (boiled or canned) beans
½ lb smoked chicken breast, de-boned and de-skinned
3 hard-boiled eggs
1 medium sweet onion
3 tbsp sour cream
Salt and greens on taste


Drain the beans, place in a salad bowl.

Cut chicken breast into small cubes, and put them in a salad bowl.

Peel onions, and cut into small cubes. Put them in the salad bowl.

Peel eggs, and cut them into small cubes, or grate them. Put them in the salad bowl.

Put sour cream, spices and greens on your taste in the salad bowl.

Stir very well, let sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes, and serve.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ground Cutlets with Cheese


1 lb ground meat (beef, pork, lamb, veal, or a mix of them)
1 large onion
3-4 medium potatoes or ¾ lb angel-hair-cut cabbage
0.5 lb cheese
Spices on taste


Peel potatoes and grate.
Peel onions, and cut into small cubes.
Cut cheese into small cubes.
Mix the ground meat, ground potatoes (or cabbage), onions, and spices together.

Then, add the cheese, and stir one more time.
Shape hand-sized patties, and cook them.

You can use different cooking methods: you can fry them on a skillet (10 minutes), bake them in an oven (15-20 minutes), or cook them under boiling water with spices under a lid, i.e. steam(40 minutes). The third way is the most popular one.

Serve with boiled vegetables, green salad, and cooked grains (rice, beans, millet, barley, etc).

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Zapekanka with Vermicelli


½ lb vermicelli
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cup fruit preserves (cherry, black currants, blueberries)
1 cup melted margarine or butter + 2 tbsp margarine or butter for baking dish greasing


Boil the vermicelli until it’s ready, as per instructions.
Then, drain, stir with butter or margarine, and let cool a little.

During that time, whip eggs, sugar, and fruit preserves.

Pre-heat an oven to 400 F (200 C).

Mix vermicelli and whipped eggs with preserves together.

Grease baking dish with margarine or butter, place the mix in the dish, and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top of the dish turns gold colored.

Let cool a little, cut into portions, and serve.