Easy Apple Cake

Delicate and full of apples easy to make cake. Recipe is very similar to famous Russian Apple Sharlotka but with a little of olive oil and baking powder.  Must try!

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Easy Apple Cake

Take sour apples for this recipe.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g sugar
  • 150 g sifted flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 big apples Granny Smith
  • 1 tsp confectioner's sugar (facultatif)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Grease and flour a round cake pan or line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar. Add flour and baking powder. Mix well, then add oil and mix last time.
  • Peel and dice apples into small pieces. Lay out the apples on the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the batter over the apples.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until а knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool then transfer to plate.
  • Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

Peach Melba

This is my version of a classical dessert “Peach Melba”. You just need roasted peaches, a red berry sauce and an exquisite whipped cream.

Peach Melba

Natalija
If you’re in a hurry or you don’t have fresh peaches, just use canned peaches.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 peaches
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar (or sugar)
  • 250 g berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries)…)
  • 200 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%) very cold
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 l vanilla ice cream
  • Some dark chocolate
  • Some sliced almonds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the peaches in half, and remove the stones. Place the peach halves on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Bake in the oven about 35 minutes until the peaches are tender. Remove from the oven, let them cool down completely, then carefully peel the skin.
  • Rinse and drain fresh berries and puree them until smooth. Pass the puree through a fine sieve to remove all tiny seeds.
  • Whip the heavy cream with the sugar until fluffy. Don’t over beat.
  • In each glass, put one half of peach and one ball of vanilla ice cream.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of berries puree.
  • Add the whipped cream and finish with chocolate crumbs and sliced almonds. Serve right away.
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Cucumber Bites With Boursin Cheese and Salmon

The freshness of the cucumber and the bite of Boursin cheese in this smoked salmon roll will hit all of your taste buds.

Cucumber Bites With Boursin Cheese And Salmon

Natalija
If you are not familiar with Boursin™ cheese or you don’t have any, don’t worry. A good substitute for Boursin is Philadelphia cream cheese or farmer cheese with some garlic and fresh herbs.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 persons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 english cucumber
  • 8 thin smoked salmon slices
  • 90 g Boursin cheese
  • some fresh dill (optional)
  • 2 pinches paprika (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cut the cucumber into slices (1/2 cm). Cut each slice of smoked salmon in half lengthwise (smaller than your cucumber slice).
  • Spread 1tsp of Boursin™ cheese on each salmon strip and roll it up.
  • Top each cucumber slice with a salmon roll. Insert a wooden stick down the center to keep everything together. Garnish with finely chopped fresh dill and paprika. Serve at once or keep refrigerated until needed.
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Tomato Tart

Who said that tarts are only for dessert? Fill a square of puff pastry with colorful mosaic of tomatoes, cheese, Dijon mustard, herbs de Provence. Then surprise your friends or family with this savory piece of artwork.

Tomato Tart

Natalija
This mediterranean tart is a must make. You can make it with tomatoes of the same or different size, of different colors and different varieties. The most important thing is that they are ripe and flavorful. Perfect dish for small crowds.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 8 persons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet all butter puff pastry
  • 1-2 Tblsp Dijion mustard
  • 5-6 tomatoes
  • 30 g shreaded cheese (parmesan)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • herbs de provence (optional)
  • couple basil leaf (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cut tomatoes into thin (0.5 cm) slices. Put them in a single layer on paper towel. Pat dry with paper towel.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. On the floured piece of parchment paper roll out the puff pastry and poke all over with a fork, to release the steam while baking.
  • Evenly spread with dijon mustard.
  • Arrange the tomatoes on top. Fold the edges of dough.
  • Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with cheese and herbs.
  • Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for about 25-30 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked through and the cheese is softening and colouring at the edges.
  • Cut the tart into quarters, garnish with fresh basil and serve.
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Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimps

The reason I love making Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimp so much is the simple ingredients. And because I almost always have frozen shrimp and puff pastry left in my freezer!

Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimps

Natalija
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 20 medium peeled shrimps
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 sheet all butter puff pastry
  • 1 egg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Season shrimp with salt, pepper and seasoning.
  • Roll out the pastry dough and cut into 1 cm wide strips.
  • Starting at the top, wind one pastry strip around one shrimp, slightly overlapping the pastry and ending just before the tail. Repeat with each shrimp.
  • Place shrimp onto the baking sheet. Beat the egg in a small bowl with a fork, to make egg wash. Brush the shrimp pastry with egg wash.
  • Bake for about 12 min, or until golden brown. Do not overcook.
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Puff Pastry Swirls With Smoked Salmon

What could be better with puff pastry than sour cream and smoked salmon? Kids and adults will really appreciate these savory small appetizers. 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.

Puff Pastry Swirls With Smoked Salmon

Natalija
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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 15 pieces

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet all butter puff pastry
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • A bit of dill fresh or dried
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 200 g smoked salmon slices

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • Arrange the smoked salmon evenly on top of the puff pastry sheet.
  • Starting at one end, roll the pastry up as tightly as possible.
  • Tightly cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. It will be much easier to cut cold roll.
  • 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.
  • Remove the plastic wrap and transfer them to the baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 15 -20 minutes until the “snails” are puffed and golden.
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Hachis Parmentier

Hachis Parmentier is a delicious French casserole made with layers of mashed potatoes and ground beef.

The dish is named after Antoine Parmentier (1737-1813). He was a French pharmacist who made potatoes popular in Paris and northern France.

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Hachis Parmentier

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1 kg large potatoes
  • 100 g butter (50+30+20)
  • 50 ml milk (heated)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 500 g ground beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 30 g grated cheese
  • Some seasonings or minced parsley (optional)

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes and chop them into cubes. Boil in salted water until easily pricked with fork, about 20 minutes. Then drain water.
  • Add 50 g of butter and mash. Add warmed milk and mash together to smooth consistency. Taste the puree, add more salt if needed.
  • Peel and chop the onion and garlic.
  • Melt 30 g of butter in a large pan and saute onion and garlic until soft.
  • Add ground beef and cook until browned. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Take the pan off the fire and let cool down a little. Add a row egg.
  • Process to finer texture by using a food processor, if desired.
  • Preheat oven to 380F/190C. Grease baking dish.
  • Add 1/2 of mashed potatoes in thin layer to the prepared dish. Then layer beef preparation on top of potatoes. You can also add your favorite seasonings at this point or some chopped parsley. (This time, I added paprika).
  • Top with remaining potatoes. You can make some shapes on the top using the fork. Add remaining butter and dot on the potatoes. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for about 25 minutes until the top is golden.

Creamy Zucchini Soup

This deliciuos Creamy Zucchini Soup is extremely easy to cook. Only three main ingredients: zucchinis, onions and milk.

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Creamy Zucchini Soup

If you like Maggi broth cubes, add one to the soup while it is being boiled. By doing so, it is no longer needed to add salt, pepper, or herbs.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 5 zucchinis
  • 3 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and ground pepper
  • 300 ml water
  • 300 ml milk (2%)
  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • 1 tsp mix of herbs de Provence
  • Few pinches of paprika for serving

Instructions

  • Peel and chop onions.
  • Peel and chop garlic.
  • Cut the zucchinis.
  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil, add onions and garlic. Cook until golden, while stirring constantly.
  • Add zucchinis, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  • Add water, milk and heavy cream. The level of liquid should just cover the veggies. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the herbs of Provence and simmer about 20 minutes.
  • Puree the soup with blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some milk or heavy cream. Bring to a boil once again and remove the pan from the heat. Taste the soup, and add salt and pepper accordingly.
  • Serve the creamy soup and don't forget to sprinkle with paprika or decorate with fresh herbs.

French Buckwheat Crepes with Mushrooms

Prepare buckwheat crepes and garnish them with this delicious, simple mushroom and sour cream combination. A French favorite!

Find other recipes on this site: the buckwheat crepes or the version with ham and cheese.

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French Buckwheat Crepes with Mushrooms

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4 galettes
Author Natalija

Ingredients

Buckwheat Crepes (for 12 galettes)

  • 250 g buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 350 ml water
  • 350 ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g melted butter

Filling (4 servings)

  • 1 onion peeled and minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 400 g mushrooms cleaned and sliced or 2 jars of canned sliced mushrooms
  • 150 ml sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Mix buckwheat flour with salt, milk, water, and eggs together. Add melted butter and whisk until you get a smooth batter. Cover with plastic and and let rest for at least 2 hours. When you are ready to cook the crepes, stir the batter before frying each crepe.
  • In a medium skillet, heat the oil add onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the sour cream, mix well, and cook for another few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  • Heat a lightly buttered nonstick skillet. Add 1/4 cupful batter to skillet and immediately tilt to fully cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer. Cook for a few seconds until the surface isn't liquid.
  • Without flipping the crepe, place 2-3 Tbsps of mushroom's filling in the center. A 10-15 seconds later, as the crepe seems to be ready, carefully lift the sides with a spatula and fold them to form a square, or triangle.
  • Carrefully transfer the crepe from the pan to tha plate, and serve quickly.

Green Tomatoes Jam

Don’t know what to do with the left-over green tomatoes from your summer harvest? Jam, of course! This recipe is extremely easy. Try it for breakfast, on top of bread, or as an appetizer with some cheese.

Green Tomatoes Jam

Natalija
For this recipe, I like to use green cherries tomatoes, so that they don’t need to be peeled. However, if your tomatoes are big and have thick skin, you may need to peel them.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 10 hrs 50 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg green tomatoes
  • 3/4 inch ginger (optional)
  • 2 lemons
  • 650 g sugar

Instructions
 

  • Cut the tomatoes into wedges. Peel and grate the ginger, and press the lemon.
  • In a pot, combine the tomatoes, sugar, ginger, and lemon juice. Cover and let sit all night.
  • The next day, remove the cover and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and simmer for about 35 minutes, stirring frequently. Skim if needed. The cooking time depends of how much water is in the tomatoes. Don’t over cook. When the jam is cooled down, it will be less liquid.
  • Pour the jam into a clean jar and cover it with its lid.
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