Pickled Cabbage

For my version of pickled cabbage, cabbage and carrots are marinated with vinegar. This is an easy recipe and ready to eat the next day!

 

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Pickled Cabbage
Course Salads
Cook Time 3 minutes
Passive Time 12 hours
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Course Salads
Cook Time 3 minutes
Passive Time 12 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut, core and shred cabbage finely.
  2. Peel the carrots and grate.
  3. Peel the garlic and cut each clove into 4 pieces.
  4. Place vegetables in a mason jar.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large pot, boil water with salt, sugar and olive oil. Remove from the heat and add vinegar.
  6. Pour hot marinade over the cabbage and let it cool completely.
  7. Cover with tight lid and store it in the refrigerator. Cabbage will be ready in 12 hours.

Pâte brisée Pie shell

Shortbread dough is very popular when making quiche, pie, tart and tartelettes. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make this unsweetened pie shell. It turns out light, crumbly, crunchy and deliciously buttery. After trying making this recipe you will never go back to store-bought crust again.

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Pâte brisée Pie shell
Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap, then freeze. It can last up to 3 months.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl or on the clean table surface combine salt and flour together. Add chunks of softened butter.
  2. Use finger to combine until crumbly.
  3. Add egg yolks and start to knead the dough, only add as much water as dough needs. Do not over-knead.
  4. Shape into a ball.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 380°F. Unwrap dough and roll into a thin circle between two pieces of parchment paper.
  7. Fit dough into a tart pan, press firmly on bottom and sides. Trim any extra dough. Pick all over with a fork.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until pie shell is lightly golden.

Buckwheat Crepes

The “Galettes de Sarrasin” – traditional french buckwheat crepes that can be served with savory filing: cheese, veggies, eggs, ham, mushrooms, salmon, caviar…  The filing option is endless. My Breton husband loves them so much, he eats them plain with butter or with jam.

This recipe is gluten free!

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Buckwheat Crepes
One of the most common tips you're likely to encounter for this buckwheat pancakes is to let the batter rest for at least 2 hours. If overnight, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
crepes
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
crepes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine buckwheat flour with salt, milk and water together.
  2. Add eggs.
  3. Add melted butter and whisk until smooth.
  4. Cover with plastic and and let rest for 2 hours.
  5. Heat a lightly buttered nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add 1/4 cupful batter to skillet and immediately tilt to cover the bottom of the pan. Cook until edges start to dry and center is set, for about 30 seconds, lift with spatula and cook the other side for couple more seconds, move them to the cutting board.
  6. Always keep your eyes on the pan.
  7. Brush each crepe with butter and serve while they are still hot.

Profiteroles With Vanilla Ice Cream And Chocolate Sauce

Profiteroles – French cream puffs filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce. Chocolate sauce on this profiteroles is the “live jazz”. Don’t let the long recipe scare you, it is very easy and worth all the time involved. It is a great dessert you can impress your family and friends with.

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Profiteroles With Vanilla Ice Cream And Chocolate Sauce
For chocolate lovers, use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
mini puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Chocolate sauce
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
mini puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Chocolate sauce
Instructions
The dough
  1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  3. Add sifted flour and mix well.
  4. Mix until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
  5. Add the eggs, one by one and mix well. (If the eggs are large, use only 3 eggs.)
  6. The dough should become smooth and shiny. Return saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
  7. Transfer the dough to a piping bag to pipe specific shapes (size of the walnut is the best). Space the puffs slightly apart on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let it cool completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.
Filling
  1. Cut puffs in half. Place one small scoop of ice cream ball on the bottom of each puff.
  2. Replace the top. As soon as you done, place them in the freezer, until they are ready to be served.
Chocolate souce
  1. In a small, saucepan bring milk to boil, remove from the heat and pour the liquid over the chocolate. Allow it to sit for 1 minute.
  2. Mix it until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove the profiteroles from the freezer. Arrange 3 puffs per plate. Drizzle each serving with chocolate sauce and Voilà! 😉 Bon appetite.

Creamy Vanilla And Chocolate Jelly

Creamy Vanilla And Chocolate Jelly is a very light and airy dessert, with a touch of sweetness. Who wouldn’t love chocolate and vanilla goodness in a cup? I always try to limit myself. This dessert is so simple to make and a great way to end a special dinner. It can be done the day before.

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Creamy Vanilla And Chocolate Jelly
You can also make it in one big baking pan and cut it into small squares.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 5-6 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Vanilla layer
Chocolate layer
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 5-6 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Vanilla layer
Chocolate layer
Instructions
Vanilla layer
  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup of cold water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring milk, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and sugar to a simmer, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add gelatin mixture and stir until dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let it cool for 5 minutes, strain through a fine sieve.
  4. Divide the mixture between 12 small glasses and place them in the fridge until firm (2-3 hours).
Chocolate layer
  1. In a small saucepan, add milk and water. Sprinkle gelatin on top and set aside for 3 minutes. Add cacao powder and sugar, mix well.
  2. Place over medium heat and heat until barely boiling, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine sieve. Let the mix cool down.
  4. Remove the glasses from the refrigerator and pour the chocolate mixture on top of the vanilla jelly.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 more hours.

Beef Rice Pilaf With Dry Barberry Berries

This is very delicious and flavorful rice. Perfect for special dinner with friends or just for your family. It may seem a little time consuming, but it’s worth it.

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Beef Rice Pilaf With Dry Barberry Berries
It is very important to put the raw garlic on top of the rice before covering everything with water.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak and rinse the rice, at least 2-3 times, then drain.
  2. Cut beef into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Peel and cut the carrots into thick matchsticks.
  4. Peel and dice onion.
  5. Heat the olive oil in an enameled cast iron dutch oven over a medium heat, add beef.
  6. Cook beef for one hour on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  7. When the beef is fully cooked add onion and soften, stirring regularly for about 3 minutes.
  8. Add carrots, spices, salt, pepper, bay leaf and dry berries. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring regularly.
  9. Layer the soaked rice over the top of the beef and vegetables. Peel some of the skin off the garlic head and slice the top off, exposing the garlic cloves. Put raw garlic head on top of the rice.
  10. Carefully pour hot water over wooden spoon to ensure even distribution over rice. Do not stir.
  11. Cover with lid. When it starts boiling, remove the lid to let the water almost evaporate.
  12. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the rice is tender and the rest of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  13. Mix the ingredients as you serve the pilaf on a platter. Garnish with garlic head.

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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servings
Ingredients
Course Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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 . 😉

Fried Cabbage With Sausage

Fried cabbage with sausage is so simple but tasty, and the leftovers are tastier than it was the first day. When it comes to sausage, you can’t go wrong with this one. You can use any sausage you like: it can be Italian sausage, Polska kielbasa, smoked sausage, lamb, turkey or chicken sausages. Any of them will give a great taste to cabbage. My favorite is Frankfurter sausage.

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Fried cabbage with sausage
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the cabbage into thick slices.
  2. Dice onion into the small squares, shred the carrots.
  3. Slice the sausages.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until lightly brown.
  5. Add shredded carrots and continue cooking for couple more minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Add cabbage and stir well.
  7. In a few minutes add sausage. Bury the sausages under the cabbage, to get the brown color.
  8. When the sausages are lightly brown, add salt and pepper, bay leaf, and some water (about 100 ml), mix well. Reduce heat to low, cover the skillet with lid and simmer for about 10 minutes. Mix every 2-3 minutes.
  9. Once cooked, add fresh herbs and serve.

Beets and beef borscht

Borscht is a traditional Russian and Ukrainian hot soup that is made with beef, beets and cabbage. It is popular in many Eastern European countries, and each country has its own recipe. The recipe for borscht is usually passed on from generation to generation. This one is how my grandma used to cook.

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Beets and beef borscht
Traditionally, Russian borscht is prepared with beef, but you can make it with any meat you like.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 70 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 70 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In the large pot, add the beef, one bay leaf, 2 teaspoons of salt and cold water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Carefully remove the scum with a slotted spoon, or you can strain it and then start fresh with clean meat and clean water. Bring it to a boil one more time, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 50 minutes.
  3. While your meat is cooking, get your veggies ready.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add grated carrots along with onion and sauté until nice and golden.
  5. Add beets and cook for 4 minutes stirring. Then stir in the tomato paste and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Once the meat is ready, add potatoes. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add sliced cabbage into the stock and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in the sautéed vegetables and cook for 5 more minutes.
  9. Stir in parsley and sugar.
  10. Taste the borscht for flavor. Feel free to add more salt and pepper.
  11. Serve hot, with sour cream and bread.

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
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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.
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