Homemade sweet potato bread rolls !

Einer neuen Wahrheit ist nichts schädlicher als ein alter Irrtum.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ingredients (for 10 bread rolls):
– 600g all-purpose flour
– 150ml water
– 21g fresh yeast
– 1tsp sugar
– 1tsp salt
– 3 small sweet potatoes

Beautifying ingredients:
– sesame seeds
– 1tbsp milk

Method:
1 Dough
1.1 Boil sweet potatoes and mash until smooth
1.2 Warm up water to 35C, add crushed fresh yeast & sugar: whisk until smooth and leave in a warm place for 15 min
1.3 Add flour, salt, mashed potatoes and knead a dough: leave in a warm place under cloth for 50 min
2 Bread rolls
2.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
2.2 Separate dough into 10 equal parts
2.3 Form a ball from each dough part and put on the baking paper
2.4 Brush the top each ball with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds
2.5 Leave in a warm place for 20 min
2.6 Bake the bread rolls at 200C for 25-30min
3 Enjoy the bread rolls (best warm) – they are perfect for sandwiches !

Warm soup in the pot with red bell peppers, carrots, beef and pearl barley !

花より団子

Japanese saying

Ingredients (6 pots):
– 400g minced beef
– 3 red bell peppers
– 5-6 carrots
– one large red onion
– 1 glass (250ml) pearl barley
– 2 tsp salt
– 5-6tbsp tomato puree (pure tomatoes, not salted)
– 300-350ml water in each pot

Method:
1 Grate carrots; chop bell peppers & onion
2 Combine vegetables, 1 glass not boiled pearl barley, tomato puree, salt: mix well
3 Preheat the oven to 190C
4 Distribute minced beef equally in the pots
5 Distribute vegetables & pearl barley mixture in the pots equally, over the minced beef
6 Add 300-350ml water in each pot
7 Cover the pots with lids and put in the oven for 60 minutes at 190C
8 Enjoy delicious soup!

Warm Tuna Toast with Carrot !

For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away,
And the shadows eaten the moon.

W. B. Yeats 
Warm Tuna Toast with Carrot

This is a quick and healthy snack – just what one needs for a working break along with a cup of strong black coffee and inspiring thoughts! But what I am talking about – Love is all we need! 🙂

Ingredients (4 toasts):
– 4 slices of wholegrain bread
– 2 boiled carrots
– 140g canned tuna
– 3 eggs
– 2-3 tsp mayonnaise
– chopped dill
– 2 tsp butter

Directions:
1 Boil carrots and eggs until ready
2 Tuna salad: combine grated boiled carrot & eggs, canned tuna, mayonnaise, chopped dill: mix well
3 Put the tun salad on the bread slices
4 Melt butter in the frying pan and toast bread slices one-side for 2-3 minutes
5 Serve warm with a cup of black coffee and enjoy your day !

Pelmeni: Dumplings with Beef and Pork !

Patsuk opened his mouth, stared at the vareniki, and opened his mouth wider still. At that moment, a varenik jumped out of the bowl, splashed into the cream, flipped over and leapt straight up into his mouth. Patsuk opened his mouth again, and another varenik went through the same performance. The only trouble he took was to munch it up and swallow it.

Nikolai Gogol, Christmas Eve

We used to make Pelmeni on Christmas Eve, all the family was gathered together. One of Pelmeni was “lucky one”, made with a different filling from the others – the person who will get the “lucky” Pelemen’ is supposed to be lucky throughout the year!

Dough ingredients (~70 Pelmeni = 4-6 portions):
– 3 cups (1 cup = 250ml) wheat flour
– 170ml warm water
– 1 tbsp 9% vinegar
– 2 and 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
– 1/2 tsp salt

Filling ingredients (~70 Pelmeni = 4-6 portions):
– 250g minced beef
– 250g minced pork
– 1 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– 2-3 tsp grated butter

Serving ingredients (for 2 portions):
– 200g sour cream

Method:

1 Dough:
1.1 combine dough ingredients and knead the dough for 5-7 min
1.2 leave the dough under the cloth while making the filling
2 Filling: combine minced meat, spices, grated butter: mix well until smooth
3 Pelmeni
3.1 separate dough into 6 equal parts and form a 1.5cm diameter sausage from each part
3.2 cut each sausage into 1cm width pieces
3.3 roll out each piece into a ~7cm diameter round
3.4 put 1 tsp filling into each round
3.5 fold the round into a half-moon, pinch all the edges together strongly with fingers; then pull together two corners and pinch strongly with fingers
3.6 boil Pelmeni for 5 min after boiling and serve with sour cream
4 Enjoy !

Les éclairs !

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Viktor E. Frankl
éclairs

My mom once made very tasty éclairs when I was a child. For some time I am searching for a recipe to reproduce that taste, but in vain… Yet hope is not lost 🙂

Dough ingredients:
– 80g all-purpose flour
– 2 eggs
– 70g butter
– 140g water
– 10g sugar
– pinch of salt

Filling ingredients:

– 240g milk
– 2 eggs
– 70g sugar
– 20g corn starch
– 20g butter

Directions:
1 Filling

1.1 Combine milk, eggs, sugar, corn starch: mix well until smooth
1.2 Pour the mixture in a non-sticking pan, medium heat: cook until thickened constantly stirring
1.3 Add butter and mix until butter is melted, set the filling aside and let it cool down
1.4 Move the filling in the fridge while making dough
2 Dough

2.1 Combine butter, sugar, water and salt in a pan, put on medium heat: keep until butter is melted constantly stirring
2.2 Add flour: continue mixing until smooth, then remove from the heat
2.3 Add whisked eggs, mix well
3 Eclairs

3.1 Preheat the oven to 180C
3.2 Form 1.5cm width x 5cm length stripes out of the dough (I used decorating tube for that) and make stripes with a fork on the surface
3.3 Bake 40 minutes at 180C and let them cool down
3.4 Fill the eclairs making a small hole on the side and using a decorating tube
3.5 Enjoy with a cup of coffee !

Christmas Walnuts Cookies !

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Dough ingredients (for 18 cookies):
– 200g all-purpose flour
– 110g butter
– 75g cane sugar
– 5g vanilla sugar
– 90g sour cream
– 1 egg
– lemon zest of half a lemon
– pinch of salt
– 100g grated walnuts

Method:

1 Preheat oven to 200C
2 Bake walnuts for 10 minutes at 200C to make them easy to chop, set aside
3 Combine flour, sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon zest, salt and grate butter to dry ingredients, mix well
4 Add sour cream, egg and chopped walnuts: knead a dough
5 Form with hands 2cm diameter balls out of dough, dipping them in flour
6 Bake the cookies at 190C for 25-30 minutes
7 Enjoy the cookies with Christmas fruits punch and Merry Christmas !

Sweet potato chips – quick and healthy snack !

Ah, Nothing is too late, till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sweet potato chips

Sweet potato chips ingredients (for 2 servings):
– 3 large sweet potatoes
– 0.5 tbsp olive oil
– dash of salt

Sauce ingredients:
– 100g sour cream
– 80g blue cheese
– chopped dill

Method:

1 Sweet potato chips
1.1 Preheat the oven to 190C
1.2 Pill and cut sweet potatoes into strips
1.3 Mix potato strips with salt and olive oil and transfer on the baking paper
1.4 Bake for 30 minutes at 190C
2 Sauce: combine sour cream, blue cheese and chopped dill – mix until smooth and put the sauce in the fridge until the chips are ready
3 Serve hot sweet potato chips with a sauce from the fridge !

Cherry Scones !

There is the great lesson of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.

 Chesterton, G. K.
Cherry scones

Ingredients:
– 250g flour
– 50g butter
– 1 egg
– 100ml milk
– 8g Vanilla sugar
– 25g cane sugar
– 1 dash of salt
– 1/2tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp vinegar
– 30g dry cherries

Method:

1 Preheat the oven to 220C
2 Combine flour, sugar, salt and grated butter: mix until smooth
3 Add an egg, milk, then add baking soda and vinegar in the same tsp: mix until smooth
4 Mix in dry cherries
5 Roll out the dough to 1cm height
6 Cut the scones-to-be in triangles and transfer to the baking paper
7 Bake for 15 minutes at 220C or until golden
8 Enjoy with a cup of black tea !

Lemon Cookies with Walnuts !

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.

James Boswell
Lemon cookies with walnuts

Dough ingredients (for 18 cookies):
– 200g all-purpose flour
– 125g butter
– 90g sour cream
– 1 egg yolk
– lemon zest from half a lemon
– 5g vanilla sugar
– pinch of salt

Filling ingredients:
– 100g grated walnuts
– 1 egg white
– 75g cane sugar

Serving ingredients:
– some sugar powder for serving

Method:

1 Dough: combine all dough ingredients, mix until smooth and knead a dough
2 Filling: whisk egg white with sugar for 3-4 minutes, mix in grated walnuts
3 Cookies
3.1 Preheat the oven to 180C
3.2 Roll out the dough to 3mm width
3.3 Cut 10cm diameter rounds with a cookie cutter
3.4 Put 3/4 tsp filling in each round
3.5 Enclose each round with fingers into the half-moon
3.6 Put the half-moons on the baking paper and bake for 20-25 minutes at 180C
3.7 Serve the cookies sprinkles with sugar powder and with a cup of strong black tea ! Enjoy !

Apple Envelops !

“Well, now that we have seen each other,” said the unicorn, “if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Apple envelopes


Dough ingredients:
– 1 cup (1 cup = 250ml) flour
– 150g cottage cheese
– 75g sugar
– 4 tbsp sunflower oil
– 1 egg
– 1 pinch salt

Filling ingredients:
– 2 medium apples, sliced

Beautifying ingredients:
– 1 egg yolk

Method:
1 Dough
1.1 Combine all dough ingredients and knead the dough
1.2 Let the dough rest for 20 min in the fridge
2 Envelopes preparation
2.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
2.2 Peel and deseed 2-3 apples, cut them into 48 slices – yes, adults enjoy the numbers 😉
2.3 Divide the dough into 2 equal parts
2.4 Repeat with each dough piece:
2.4.1 Roll out into ~24cm round and separate with a knife into 4 segments
2.4.2 Make 3 diagonal cuts like on the leaf going diagonally from the side to the center line
2.4.3 Put 6 apple slices on the center line and enclose the apple slices from the left and from the right side with a dough
2.5 Put envelopes on the baling paper and brush them with egg yolk
2.6 Bake the envelopes for 25-30 minutes at 200C
3 Enjoy the envelopes with a cup of strong black tea ! … and the sun will be shining tomorrow too 😉

Prunes and Walnuts cake: taste from childhood !

Well, now that we have seen each other,” said the unicorn, “if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Prunes and Walnuts cake: taste from childhood

Sponge cake ingredients:
– 3 eggs
– 80g sugar
– 8g Vanilla sugar
– 1 cup flour
– 1tsp baking soda + 1tsp vinegar

Filling ingredients:
– 100g unsalted butter
– 100g sugar
– 200g sour cream

– 1 cup chopped prunes
– 3/4 chopped walnuts

Directions:

1 Sponge cake
1.1 Preheat the oven to 190C
1.2 Combine eggs with sugar and vanilla sugar: whisk well for 3-4 minutes
1.3 Add flour and mix well until smooth, then add baking soda with vinegar in the same teaspoon and mix in
1.4 Pour the batter in the buttered baking form and bake for 20-30 minutes at 190C (test with a wooden stick for readiness) and let it cool down
2 Filling (while cake is being baked)
2.1 Whisk melted butter with sour cream and sugar: put the cream in the fridge for 30 minutes
2.2 Chop walnuts and prunes
3 Final steps
3.1 Spread the filling on the top of sponge cake
3.2 Decorate with chopped walnuts and prunes
3.3 Put the cake in the fridge overnight (or at least 2-3 hours) to let the filling saturate the sponge cake
3.4 Enjoy the cake in the sunny morning with a cup of strong black tea !

Fluffy Apple Pie !

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Ingredients:
– 300g all purpose flour
– 80g cane sugar
– 1 egg
– 50g butter
– 0.5 cup milk
– 21g fresh yeast
– pinch of salt
– 1 kg apples (weight unpeeled) = ~6 medium apples

Directions:
1 Warm milk to ~35C (95F) and add crushed fresh yeast, salt and 1tbsp sugar: whisk until smooth and set aside for 15 minutes
2 Add egg, butter and remaining sugar: whisk well until smooth
3 Add flour: whisk well until smooth and set aside under cloth for 2 hours to let the batter rise
4 Preheat the oven to 190C
5 Pour the batter into the battered baking form (I used 25x25cm)
6 Cut each apple into ~12 lobules and cover the batter with apple lobules
7 Bake the pie for 45-50 minutes at 190C (374F), let the pie cool down before serving!

Simple and wholesome lunch: potatoes, parsnip and carrot baked in cream with salmon !

О чем я думаю? О падающих звёздах.

Vladimir Nabokov

Ingredients (4 servings):
– 6 medium potatoes
– 4 medium parsnips
– 6 medium carrots
– 360g salmon
– 300ml 33% cream
– 120ml water
– 125g grated Grana Padano
– 1/2 tsp salt
– bunch of fresh dill

Directions:

1 Preheat the oven to 190C (374F)
2 Wash, peel and slice vegetables
3 Cut salmon in 1.5cm cubes
4 Combine salmon and vegetables in the baking form (~25cmx25cm), add salt, 33% cream, water and mix well: make sure that all vegetables and salmon pieces are covered with liquid
5 Bake for 40-45 minutes at 190C (374F) and serve with fresh dill!

Quick and healthy lunch: pasta with gorgonzola, zucchini and dill !

Bien sûr je te ferai mal. Bien sûr tu me feras mal. Bien sûr nous aurons mal. Mais ça c’est la condition de l’existence. Se faire printemps, c’est prendre le risque de l’hiver. Se faire présent, c’est prendre le risque de l’absence. C’est à mon risque de peine, que je connais ma joie.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 250g full grain penne
– 200g gorgonzola
– 100ml 33% cream
– 1 small zucchini
– bunch of dill for serving

Method:

1 Start simultaneously boiling penne (2) and making sauce (3)
2 Boil penne al dente in salted water
3 Pour cream in the skillet, add gorgonzola cut in 2cm cubes and cook at medium heat for 5 minutes, then add grated zucchini and cook for another 5 minutes
4 Drain water from penne and add penne to the sauce: mix well and cook for another minute
5 Serve penne with fresh chopped dill and enjoy !

Simple and Cosy Morning Muffins with Cocoa !

“. . . gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force.”

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Ingredients (for 6 muffins):
– 1 egg
– 42g sugar
– 8g Vanilla sugar
– 60g milk
– 50g sunflower oil
– 100g all purpose flour
– 2 tbsp cocoa powder
– 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp vinegar

Method:

1 Preheat the oven to 190C
2 Butter muffin form cups
3 Combine an egg with sugar and vanilla sugar: whisk for 3-4 minutes
4 Add milk, oil, flour: mix well until smooth
5 Add baking soda and vinegar in the same teaspoon: mix well
6 Put 2 tbsp batter in a separate cup and add there 2 tbsp coca powder and 1 tsp milk
7 Pour the main part of batter in 6 muffin forms, decorate tops with cocoa batter
8 Bake for 20 minutes at 190C and serve with a cup of cocoa! Great morning is awaiting you 😉

Quarkkäulchen – Potato and Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Homemade Cherry Compote !

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.

Hermann Hesse
Quarkkäulchen recipe

Quarkkäulchen ingredients (for 10 Quarkkäulchen):
– 300g boiled potatoes
– 300g cottage cheese
– 1 small egg
– 100g all purpose flour
– 2-3 tbsp flour for forming Quarkkäulchen
– 1 tbsp olive oil for frying

Cherry compote ingredients:
– 300g frozen cherries without stones
– 50ml water
– 1 tbsp cornstarch
– 1 tbsp brown sugar

Method:

1 Quarkkäulchen
1.1 Mix boiled potatoes, cottage cheese, egg and flour until smooth
1.2 Put some flour on a separate bowl
1.3 Form 1cm width 6-7cm diameter Quarkkäulchen with your hands using the flour from the plate
1.4 Preheat olive oil in the skillet
1.5 Fry each Quarkkäulchen until golden each side for 3-4 minutes at medium heat
2 Cherry compote: transfer in the skillet washed cherries, water, cornstarch and sugar: mix well and cook for 7-10 minutes at medium heat
3 Serve Quarkkäulchen with warm cherry compote !

Cottage Cheese and Cocoa Cake !

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”

A.A. Milne


Notes: this a very gentle morning cake, not too sweet and perfect for cosy breakfast with a cup cocoa and in a nice company – you will enjoy it! 😉

Dough ingredients:
– 80g butter
– 160g flour
– 1 egg
– 1tbsp cane sugar
– 1/2 tsp soda + 1/2 tsp vinegar

Filling ingredients:

– 400g cottage cheese
– 70g 33% cream
– 4tbsp cane sugar
– 2 eggs
– 1tbsp cornstarch

Serving ingredients:

– some blueberries
– fresh mint leaves
– 1/2 tsp powdered sugar

Method:

1 Dough
1.1 Whisk egg with sugar
1.2 Grate butter, mix with flour and add to the egg and sugar
1.3 Add soda and vinegar in the same teaspoon: mix well
2 Filling
2.1 Whisk eggs with sugar
2.2 Add cottage cheese, cream and cornstarch: mix well until smooth
3 Cake
3.1 Preheat the oven to 180C
3.2 Transfer the dough to the buttered baling form (I used 30cm diameter resulting in a thin layer of filling)
3.3 Bake for 30-40 minutes at 180C
3.4 Leave the cake in the oven for 1 hour after switching off the heat – do not open the oven door!
3.5 Put the cake in the fridge overnight – it will become very gentle in the morning!)
3.6 Serve cold with a cup of cocoa and enjoy ! 🙂

Healthy Breakfast – Cottage Cheese Zapekanka with Homemade Cherry Compote !

The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals; everything will pass, but my happiness, dear, my happiness will remain, in the moist reflection of a street lamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal’s black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human loneliness.

Vladimir Nabokov, Selected Letters
Cottage Cheese Zapekanka with Homemade Cherry Compote

Zapekanka ingredients (4 servings):
– 500g cottage cheese
– 2 eggs
– 2 tbsp flour
– 2 tbsp semolina
– 2 tbsp sugar
– 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp vinegar in the same teaspoon

Cherry compote ingredients (4 servings):

– 300g frozen cherries without stone
– 1 tbsp cornstarch
– 50-70ml water

Serving ingredients (4 servings):

– 200g sour cream
– fresh mint leaves

Method:

1 Zapekanka
1.1 Preheat the oven to 190C
1.2 Batter: combine cottage cheese, eggs, flour, semolina, sugar, baking soda and vinegar: mix well with a fork until smooth
1.3 Transfer batter to the buttered baking form and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden at 190C
2 Cherry compote
2.1 Transfer in the skillet washed cherries, water and cornstarch: mix well and cook for 5-7 minutes at medium heat
3 Serve Zapekanka with warm cherry compote and cold sour cream ! Enjoy ! 🙂

Homemade Trdlo or Trdelník !

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

Bing Crosby

I always tried Trdlo when being in Prague! Today I ventured to cook it myself – Christmas aroma filled up my kitchen and brought back some nice memories, flavour of frozen snowy morning and sparkling garlands. I can’t wait for Christmas eve to come to enjoy Trdlo again with a cup of cocoa.

Ingredients (for ~10 Trdlo):
– 190ml milk
– 430g flour
– 60g grated butter
– 21g fresh yeast
– 1tbsp brown sugar
– 2 egg whites and 1 egg yolk
– 1/2 tsp salt

Filling ingredients:
– 20-40g grated butter for buttering carton rolls
– 60g brown sugar
– 1tbsp grated nuts or walnuts
– 1tbsp cinnamon

Method:

1 Filling
1.1 mix in a cup sugar, cinnamon and grated nuts
1.2 grate butter and keep it in a bowl at room temperature while the dough is being prepared
2 Dough
2.1 Warm up milk to 35C and add crushed fresh yeast and 1tbsp sugar: whisk until smooth and leave in a warm place for 15 min
2.2 Add grated butter, 2 egg whites, 1 egg yolk, salt: whisk well
2.3 Add flour constantly mixing, knead a dough and leave in a warm place under cloth for 30 min
3 Trdlo
3.1 Preheat the oven to 190C
3.2 Knead dough with a stretch and fold technique for 2-3 min and separate into 10 equal pieces
3.3 Form a long 0.8cm diameter rope out of each dough piece 🙂
3.4 Wrap paper towel carton rolls with a baking paper: butter baking paper with fingers
3.5 Wind up a dough rope around a buttered paper towel carton roll
3.6 Butter Trdlo surface with fingers before rolling in nuts-cinnamon-sugar mixture
3.7 Roll well each Trdlo in nuts-cinnamon-sugar mixture
3.8 Bake Trdlos for 15 minutes at 190C: serve hot! Jingle bells-jingle bells

My first Chepalgash – flatbread with cottage cheese and scallion !

A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth, the seed-cakes were gone, and the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came a loud knock

J.R.R. Tolkien
Chepalgash - flatbread with cottage cheese and scallion !

Dough ingredients (for 4 flatbreads 25cm diameter):
– 300g flour
– 250ml Kefir
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 3/4 tsp salt

Filling ingredients:
– 50g scallion
– 250g cottage cheese

Method:

1 Dough:
1.1 Combine kefir with baking soda and salt: mix and leave for 15 minutes
1.2 Add flour to kefir and knead a gentle dough: leave under the cloth for 15 minutes
2 Filling: combine cottage cheese with chopped scallion and mix well
3 Chepalgash:
3.1 Separate dough into 4 equal parts and form a 10cm diameter disk with hands out of each piece
3.2 Put 1/4 filling in the middle of each disk
3.3 Gather the sides up sealing the edges with the fingers in the center altogether
3.4 Turn over the disk with filling and gently roll into a ~25 cm diameter disk
3.5 Preheat butter in the skillet
3.6 Fry each flatbread for 3-4 minutes each side until golden
4 Serve with a cup of sweet black tea with lemon !

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