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 minute
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice Uncle Ben's Long Grain White Rice
  • 2 lb beef boneless stew beef
  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 onion
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 5 Tbsp barberry dry berries
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 4 cups water hot

Instructions

  • Soak and rinse the rice, at least 2-3 times, then drain.
  • Cut beef into 1 inch pieces.
  • Peel and cut the carrots into thick matchsticks.
  • Peel and dice onion.
  • Heat the olive oil in an enameled cast iron dutch oven over a medium heat, add beef.
  • Cook beef for one hour on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • When the beef is fully cooked add onion and soften, stirring regularly for about 3 minutes.
  • Add carrots, spices, salt, pepper, bay leaf and dry berries. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • 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.
  • Carefully pour hot water over wooden spoon to ensure even distribution over rice. Do not stir.
  • Cover with lid. When it starts boiling, remove the lid to let the water almost evaporate.
  • 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.
  • 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
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 200 g chicken fillet
  • 1 onion
  • 5 potatoes
  • 400 g frozen peas (or canned)
  • 1,5 L water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • some sour cream

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into small pieces. Peel and chop onion(half-moon). Peel and cut the potatoes in quarters.
  • 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.
  • Add the potatoes and cover with water. Bring to a boil.
  • Add frozen or canned peas(drained). Bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for another 20 minutes.
  • Puree the soup with blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some water.
  • Divide soup into bowls and top it with sour cream.
  • 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 . 😉

Pork Schnitzel

Schnitzel is the German word for “cutlet”, which is usually made with veal and is thinly pounded, breaded and fried in oil. I make my Schnitzel with pork and it tastes just amazing, soft inside and crispy outside.

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Pork Schnitzel

The trick to a tender, juicy schnitzel is not cutting the meat super thin, but rather using a meat tenderizer to pound the meat down to a 1/4 inch thickness.
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Cut the meat into 6 equal pieces. Place each piece between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with the flat side of meat tenderizer, until about 1/4 inch thick.
  • You will need four large dinner plates: In the first plate, combine together flour, salt and pepper. Whisk eggs and milk in the second plate. In your third plate stir together paprika with bread crumbs. And one empty plate.
  • Dip each piece of meat one by one into the egg mixture.
  • Then dip into flour.
  • And again into egg mixture.
  • Then into bread crumbs.
  • Place your coated schnitzel on the plate number four.
  • Pour oil into a large skillet about 1/2 inch. Heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, carefully lay in each prepared schnitzel, cooking one at a time. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes. Turn it over to brown the other side.
  • Transfer to paper towel. Repeat with remaining pork slices.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.

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. This recipe is how my grandma used to cook.

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Beets and beef borscht

Irina
Traditionally, Russian borscht is prepared with beef, but you can make it with any meat you like.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 10 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pound slice of bone-in beef shank (with a lot of meat)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 cups water cold
  • 3 medium potatoes peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and shredded
  • 3 medium beets peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 300 gr cabbage (about 1/2 small cabbage) shredded
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • In the large pot, add the beef, one bay leaf, 2 teaspoons of salt and cold water. Bring to a boil.
  • 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.
  • While your meat is cooking, get your veggies ready.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add grated carrots along with onion and sauté until nice and golden.
  • Add beets and cook for 4 minutes stirring. Then stir in the tomato paste and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Once the meat is ready, add potatoes. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add sliced cabbage into the stock and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the sautéed vegetables and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Stir in parsley and sugar.
  • Taste the borscht for flavor. Feel free to add more salt and pepper.
  • Serve hot, with sour cream and bread.
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Meatballs Soup

This meatballs soup is one of the first soups I made right after I moved out from my parents house. I got this recipe from my mom over the phone. This meatball soup is very easy to make and will take no more than 30 minutes.

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Meatballs Soup

I like to make meatballs and cut all the vegetables before boiling the water for soup.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • salt to taste

Soup

  • 10 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp chicken bouillon paste (optional)
  • 5 medium potatoes cubed
  • 1/2 medium onion finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp rice (any)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill and parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place ground turkey and beef into a bowl. Add 1/2 chopped onion and salt. Mix well. Form a ball from the meat by rolling it in your hands.
  • Add 10 cups of water to a medium pot over high heat. Add chopped potatoes (and chicken bouillon paste) to the soup pot.
  • Bring to a boil. Toss the 1/2 onion and rice into the soup.
  • Add one by one meatballs into the pot. Cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are floating at the top.
  • Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp of olive oil and shredded carrot. Saute for about 2 minutes and add it to the pot.
  • Boil for 3 more minutes. Add fresh dill or parsley at the end.
  • Serve it with sour cream if desire.

Mouth Watering Venison Roast

This mouth watering venison roast recipe has become our family favorite. We all trying to eat healthy, and this deer meat is naturally low in fat and has no harmful hormones. It is not easy to shop for a deer meat, unless you know a good butcher shop near you, or your husband is a hunter like mine is.

Mouth Watering Venison Roast

Irina
Marinade is optional, but I always like my meat to be marinated before cooking.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 1 d 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings 6 persons

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 lb venison cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 large onion diced
  • 2 lemons sliced in quarters
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mix together 2 gallons of water and 6 Tbsp of salt in a large pot or any food container and place the deer meat in it, add some ice on top and cover with lid. Place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F.
  • Heat the oil in the roasting pan over medium heat. Add diced onion and sauté until nice and golden.
  • Add lemon and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Place the venison into the roasting pan, add white wine and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from the heat. Add paprika, bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper, and mix well with spatula.
  • Place the roasting pan into preheated oven and cook for 2 1/2 hours.
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