Okroshka (Cold Slavic Soup)

Okroshka is a soup, mostly served in summer and always served cold. The ingredients are diced and then mixed with kvass. The ratio of chopped vegetables to kvass is similar to that of cereal to milk. There are tons of different okroshka recipes, but every okroshka must contain green onion, radishes, cucumber, potatoes, boiled eggs and dill.

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Okroshka (Cold Slavic Soup)
The word "okroshka" come from Russian word "kroshka" (crumbs) and means "made of crumbs". All ingredients must be finely diced.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
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Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Chop all ingredients.
  2. Now is the time to turn the salad into a soup. Pour the kvass over the chopped vegetables and mix gently. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
  3. Let the veggies soak all the flavors for about 2-3 hours in the refrigerator before serving. Serve cold with sour cream. Okroshka will taste even better the following day.

Ice Cream Cake Iceberg

I don’t mean to brag, but as far as homemade ice cream cake recipes go, this one is the winner. The red berry coulis topping is the perfect balance between sweet and sour. This No-Bake Ice Cream Cake Iceberg is the ideal dessert to serve at your next party on a hot summer day.

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Ice Cream Cake Iceberg
My suggestion is to pick red sour berries for rich color and a sour taste. Drain the sour cream to avoid liquid.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
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Instructions
  1. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Whisk egg yolks with sugar.
  2. When the sugar is dissolved add vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. In a mixer bowl, whisk together very cold sour cream and heavy cream together until fluffy. Add sugar and continue whisking until firm (don't over whip).
  4. Using a spatula, combine egg yolks with whipped cream together.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff.
  6. With a spatula, carefully combine egg whites with whipped cream.
  7. You should get a nice fluffy cream.
  8. Spread the cream evenly into a silicone pan or salad bowl.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  10. Rinse and drain fresh berries and puree until smooth. If you are using a frozen berries, place them in a leak-proof container and set the container in cold water for 10-15 minutes, then puree them.
  11. Pass the puree through a fine sieve to remove all tiny seeds. Coulis is ready.
  12. Remove it from the silicone pan and return it back to freezer until serving. (If you used a salad bowl, place it into hot water for a couple seconds). Prepare fresh berries for garnish.
  13. Right before serving, pour the coulis over the ice cream cake and garnish with fresh berries.

Potato Pancakes (Draniki)

One of my husband’s favorite food is draniki. Russian style potato pancakes. Perfect for breakfast or branch. I’ve seen draniki  recipes that use mashed potato also, but I personally prefer my potato to be coarsely  grated, because then you have more crispy ends. Traditionally draniki are served with sour cream, but you can also serve them with ketchup or cottage cheese.

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Potato Pancakes (Draniki)
You will need some extra olive oil, draniki absorb oil very fast.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Peel and grate potatoes. Squeeze grated potatoes with hands, extracting as much liquid as possible.
  2. In a large bowl beet eggs, baking soda and buttermilk, add grated potatoes, salt, pepper and flour, mix well.
  3. In a large iron skillet heat the olive oil until hot. Place the tablespoons of batter in the pan and flatten with spoon.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the bottom is golden brown.Turn over and cook on the other side.
  5. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve them hot with sour cream.

Cucumber Tomato & Green Onion Salad

Looking for a “quick” salad  to make? This cucumber and tomato salad is not just fast and easy salad to make, it is also a great summer side dish that goes perfectly with fish, potato, rice, omelet or just by itself.

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Cucumber tomato & green onion salad
Adding any other vegetables to this salad is not prohibited! Use olive oil instead of sour cream if you don't like sour cream.
Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
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  1. In the bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, green onion, salt and pepper. Add the sour cream and gently toss. Serve right away.

Puree of Pea Soup

Pureed soups are wonderful way to enjoy vegetables. Plus you don’t have to go grocery shopping in order to make this soup. You can find all the ingredients that you’ll need in your pantry. Use any meat you have in your fridge. And same with peas, use any peas you have, it can be frozen, canned or fresh.

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Puree Of Pea Soup
It takes a lot less time to make this soup, compare to regular soups. All you have to do is chop up the vegetables into chunks, and don't worry about cutting them perfectly, soup will be blended anyway.
Course Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Course Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into small pieces. Peel and chop onion(half-moon). Peel and cut the potatoes in quarters.
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil, add chicken and cook until beginning to golden brown. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring.
  3. Add the potatoes and cover with water. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add frozen or canned peas(drained). Bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for another 20 minutes.
  5. Puree the soup with blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some water.
  6. Divide soup into bowls and top it with sour cream.
  7. If you have some extra time, you can make a design on your soup. For this you will need to transfer the sour cream into the small ziplock, cut the tiny hole in the corner(1-2 mm) and use your imagination . 😉

Puff Pastry Swirls With Smoked Salmon

What could be better with puff pastry than sour cream and smoked salmon? This savory small appetizers will be really appreciated by kids and adults. The best part is, they are very simple to make. All it takes is spreading the filling onto the puff pastry, rolling it up, cutting it into rolls and bake.

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Puff Pastry Swirls With Smoked Salmon
You can cut the puff pastry sheet in half and make two rolls, but this is only if you want to make them super tiny.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Roll the puff pastry out with rolling pin into 1/2 inch thick square. Spread the sour cream on the top. Leave about 1cm around the edges. Sprinkle with tiny chopped dill.
  2. Arrange the smoked salmon evenly on top of the puff pastry sheet.
  3. Starting at one end, roll the pastry up as tightly as possible.
  4. Tightly cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. It will be much easier to cut cold roll.
  5. Preheat the oven to 380 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With a very sharp knife, cut the roll into 1 cm slices.
  6. Remove the plastic wrap and transfer them to the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for about 15 -20 minutes until the "snails" are puffed and golden.

Turkey and cheese quiche

Turkey and cheese quiche, this french recipe originally comes with a tuna. Since my kids don’t like tuna I substituted it with turkey, but if you don’t have either of those you can make it with chicken. Combination of cheese, eggs and sour cream always turns out tasty.

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Turkey and cheese quiche
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lay the puff pastry out on a baking sheet. Prick all over with fork.
  3. Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove the pastry from the oven, pressing the center down with a fork, as it will have puffed up a bit.
  4. Meanwhile, using a fork mix turkey meat with mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread the mustard across center.
  6. Spoon the turkey mix on top.
  7. Combine eggs with sour cream and mix together. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Pour over turkey.
  9. Sprinkle with cheese.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes or until quiche is golden brown.

Tomato And Tuna Quiche

This French open-faced pie with canned tuna, egg & cream filling seems completely simple, but it is so delicious. Don’t forget to add mustard to this Tomato Tuna Quiche, it will give a charm to it.

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Tomato and tuna quiche
I usually serve it with green salad. Aragula works the best.
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay the puff pastry out on a baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork.
  2. Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the crust starts to turn light gold. Remove the pastry from the oven, pressing the center down with a fork, if it puffed up a bit.
  3. Meanwhile mix tuna and mayonnaise with fork. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the mustard across centre. (I use mustard "a l'ancienne).
  5. Spoon the tuna mix on top.
  6. Combine eggs with sour cream and mix together. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour over tuna.
  8. Slice tomato and arrange them on top of your quiche. Sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until quiche is golden brown.

Turkey Potato Casserole

“Without the potato, the balance of European power might never tilted north”. (Michael Pollan)

Turkey Potato Casserole is very personal, everyone makes theirs differently. I make my Turkey Potato Casserole with shredded potato.

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Turkey Potato Casserole
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Dice onion as finely as you can.
  3. Mix together ground turkey with onion, add salt ant pepper to taste.
  4. Place the turkey mix in an even layer on the bottom of a 9x13 inches baking dish.
  5. Peel and shred potatoes.
  6. Spread the shredded potatoes evenly over turkey.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream, eggs and water. Add 1/2 tsp of salt.
  8. Evenly pour the egg mixture over casserole and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  9. Bake uncovered for 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  10. Serve it hot with sour cream and cilantro.

Normandy Apple Pie

My version of Normandy Apple Pie, with calvados and sour cream, of course.

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Normandy Apple Pie
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Thaw one sheet of puff pastry until room temperature. Roll the pastry dough into circle and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Prick with a fork.
  2. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  3. Peel the apples and cut them in half through the stem. Remove the stems and slice the apples cross wide in very thin slices. Add lemon juice.
  4. Arrange the apples slices in an overlapping spiral pattern.
  5. In a medium bowl beat the eggs with sugar. Add calvados, sour cream and almond powder, mix well.
  6. Pour the mixture over the apples.
  7. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and keep baking for 30 more minutes until golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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