Syrnyky for the perfect breakfast !

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.

Lao Tzu
Syrnyky (Syrniki)

Batter ingredients (10-12 Syrniki):
– 500g cottage cheese
– 2 tbsp sugar
– 2 tsp Vanilla sugar
– 1 egg
– 4 tbsp flour

Additional ingredients:
– 3-4 tbsp flour for dipping Syrniki
– sunflower oil for frying
– honey for serving

Method:

1 Mix batter ingredients until smooth
2 For each Syrnik, dip 1 tbsp batter in flour, form a round with fingers and put it on the wooden board
3 Pre-heat sunflower oil in the skillet: fry Syrniki 2-4 min each side until golden: transfer them on paper towels to absorb extra oil
4 Serve warm with honey ! Have a nice day !

Quick warming lunch for a working day: pasta with beef and onion

Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.

Bram Stoker, Dracula

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 250g pasta
– 2 small red onions
– (already boiled) beef, chopped
– butter for frying
– salt, papper
– tomatoes for serving

Method:

1 Chop onion and fry it in butter until golden
2 Add chopped (already boiled) beef: fry for 5 minutes
3 Boil pasta al dente, drain water and mix pasta with beef and onion
4 Serve with fresh tomatoes!

Hungarian Paprika-Potato Pancakes with garlic sauce !

I had for breakfast more paprika, and a sort of porridge of maize flour which they said was “mamaliga”, and egg-plant stuffed with forcemeat, a very excellent dish, which they call “impletata”.

Bram Stoker, Dracula

Pancakes ingredients (15-16 pancakes):
– 500g boiled potatoes (weight boiled)
– 1 red onion
– 2 eggs
– 3 tbsp flour
– 2 tsp paprika powder
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 100g breadcrumbs
– sunflower oil for frying

Garlic sauce ingredients:
– 200g sour cream
– 3 tsp mayonnaise
– 3 garlic cloves
– parsley

Method:

1 Boil potatoes
2 Potatoes-batter: combine boiled potatoes, chopped onion, eggs, flour, paprika powder and salt – mix well until smooth
3 Preheat the skillet with some sunflower oil
4 For each pancake drop 1 tsp of potatoes-batter in bread crumbs and fry for 2-3 minutes each side, medium heat until golden
5 Garlic sauce: mix sour cream, grated garlic, mayonnaise and chopped parsley
5 Serve pancakes hot with garlic sauce and chopped parsley !

Veggie chips with blue cheese sauce !

You must remain. I must depart.
Two autumns falling in the heart

Yosa Buson

Veggie chips ingredients (for 2-3 servings):
– 6-8 medium potatoes
– 4 large carrots
– 2 beetroots
– 1 tbsp sunflower oil
– Herbes de Provence to taste
– salt to taste

Blue Sauce ingredients:
– 200g sour cream
– 125g blue cheese (Saint Agur blue)
– chopped dill and parsley

Method:

1 Preheat the oven to 190C
2 Pill and cut veggies into thin strips
3 Mix veggie strips with Herbes de Provence, salt and sunflower oil: transfer to the baking paper
4 Bake for 50-60 min at 190C
5 Blue cheese sauce: combine sour cream, blue cheese, chopped dill & parsley: mix until smooth. Put the sauce in the fridge until the chips are ready
6 Serve veggie chips with a blue cheese sauce !

Salmon-Kohlrabi soup: simple and healthy

When I am not reading Kafka I am thinking about Kafka. When I am not thinking about Kafka I miss thinking about him. Having missed thinking about him for a while, I take him out and read him again. That’s how it works.

László Krasznahorkai
Salmon-Kohlrabi soup

Ingredients:
– 200g salmon
– 1 Kohlrabi
– 4 medium potatoes
– 4 medium carrots
– 1 red onion
– dill for serving
– 1 tsp salt

Method:

1 Pill vegetables, chop vegetables and salmon into 1-2 cm cubes
2 Put vegetables and salmon in a pan, add water to cover + 1cm more, add salt: cook at medium heat 18 minutes after boiling
3 Serve with chopped dill !

Morning Cottage Cheese and Almond Cookies !

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

Hans Christian Andersen
Cottage Cheese and Almond Cookies

Dough ingredients (for 9-10 triangles):
– 100g flour
– 100g cottage cheese
– 100g butter
– 1 egg yolk

Filling ingredients:
– 3 tbsp brown sugar
– 3 tbsp grated almond

Method:
1 Filling: mix sugar and almond
2 Dough and cookies
2.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
2.2 Grate butter into the flour
2.3 Add cottage cheese, egg yolk: mix until smooth and knead the dough
2.4 Roll our the dough until 4-5mm height
2.5 Distribute 2/3 the filling evenly on the dough
2.6 Cut the dough into 5×5 cm squares, fold them into triangles
2.7 Transfer the triangles on the baking paper and distribute on them the remaining filling
2.8 Bake the cookies 20-25 minutes until golden !
2.9 Serve with black tea in the morning and do something kind.

Simple Cinnamon-Snail-Cookies !

If You Hurry You’ll Miss the Miracles

Lewis Carroll
Snail Cookies

Dough ingredients:
– 100g flour
– 100g cottage cheese
– 100g butter
– 1 egg yolk
– dash of salt

Filling ingredients:
– 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
– 1.5 tsp cinnamon

Method:
1 Filling: mix sugar and cinnamon 😉
2 Dough and cookies
2.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
2.2 Grate butter into the flour
2.3 Add cottage cheese, salt, egg yolk: mix until smooth and knead the dough
2.4 Roll our the dough until 4-5mm height
2.5 Distribute the filling evenly on the dough
2.6 Roll the dough into a pipe
2.7 Cut the pipe into cookies-to-be, about 7mm width
2.8 Transfer the cookies-to-be on the baking paper and bake 20-25 minutes until golden at 200C !
2.9 Serve with black coffee. Enjoy. Life is wonderful. 😀

Cheesy Potato Pancakes !

I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Cheesy Potato Pancakes

Pancakes ingredients (16 pancakes):
– 700g potatoes
– 100g cheese
– 1 big red onion
– 2 tbsp flour
– 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
– salt and pepper to taste
– sunflower oil for frying

Garlic sauce ingredients:
– 200g sour cream
– 1 tbsp mayonnaise
– 2-3 minced garlic cloves

Method:

1 Combine grated raw potatoes, grated cheese, chopped onion, flour, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper: mix until smooth
2 Preheat the skillet with sunflower oil
3 One tbsp batter for one pancake: fry 3-4 minutes each side until golden, medium heat, transfer on paper towels to absorb extra oil
4 Garlic sauce: mix sour cream, mayonnaise and minced garlic
5 Serve warm pancakes with the sauce and enjoy !

Plum Galette by Jacques Pepin recipe

It grew cooler and even a little darker (but not much) with the coming of the night. The sky was cloudless; it was still early in July, and pretty far north; in the darkest part of that night, you would have needed pretty good eyes to read, but for all that, I have often seen it darker in a winter mid-day.

R.L.S.
Plum Galette by Jacque Pepin recipe

Dough ingredients:
– 1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
-170g butter
-1/4 tsp salt
– 1/3 cup cold water
Filling ingredients (I changed a little original recipe):
-1/4+1/3 cup sugar
-3 tbsp grated almonds
-3 tbsp all-purpose flour
– 500g prune plums+200g peaches (weight with stones)
-3 tbsp butter

Directions:
1 Dough
1.1 Grate butter in flour, add salt and mix well
1.2 Add cold water, mix well and knead the dough
1.3 Roll out the dough into an oval 0.5cm width and transfer it in the baking paper to rest, make a filling meanwhile
2 Filling
2.1 Cut in stripes plums and peaches
2.2 Mix in a bowl 1/4 cup sugar + grated almonds + flour
3 Galette
3.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
3.2 Spread the sugar-almonds-flour mixture in the dough within 4 cm from the edge
3.3 Put the plums/peaches stripes on the sugar-almonds-flour mixture, top with remaining 1/3 cup sugar and chopped 3 tbsp butter
3.4 Bake galette for 50-60 minutes at 200C
3.5 Let the galette cool down and enjoy !

Healthy Banana-Oatmeal Pancakes: quick and delicious breakfast !

Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?

J.R.R. Tolkien
Healthy Banana-Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients:
– 180ml Kefir
– 1 large ripe banana
– 1 cup (200ml) oatmeal
– 1 egg
– dash of salt
– 1/3 tsp cinnamon
– sunflower oil for frying

Method:

1 Preheat a skillet, add some sunflower oil
2 Combine grated banana with Kefir, oatmeal, an egg, salt and cinnamon: mix well until smooth
3 Pour 1 tbsp of batter for 1 pancake, fry until golden both sides, medium heat
4 Serve with fresh fruits and enjoy !

Fresh Corn Pancakes with Basil-Mayonnaise sauce !

We must go on, because we can’t turn back.

R.L.S.
Fresh Corn Pancakes with Basil-Mayonnaise sauce

Pancakes ingredients:
– 4 fresh corn cobs
– 2 eggs
– 3-4 tbsp all-purpose flour
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/4 tsp black pepper
– sunflower oil for frying

Basil sauce ingredients:
– 1/2 bunch fresh basil chopped
– 4 tsp mayonnaise
– 1-2 cloves garlic chopped

Method:

1 Wash corn cobs, cut corn kernels off cobs with a knife
2 Combine corn kernels with eggs, flour, salt, black pepper, mix well until smooth
3 Preheat 2 skillets, add sunflower oil, keep medium heat
4 Add 1 full tbsp of corn-batter for 1 corn-pancake: fry 2-3 minutes each side until golden
5 Transfer ready pancakes on the paper towels to absorb extra oil
6 Basil sauce: combine chopped basil, mayonnaise and chopped garlic and mix
7 Serve warm corn pancakes with the basil sauce and enjoy !

Creamy Spinach-Gorgonzola Tagliatelle !

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 Frankl
Creamy Spinach-Gorgonzola Tagliatelle

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 250g Tagliatelle
– 100ml 33% cream
– 125g baby spinach
– 2 small red onions
– 180g Gorgonzola
– sunflower oil for frying onion
– black pepper for serving

Method:

1 Tagliatelle: cook Al Dente
2 Spinach-Gorgonzola sauce:
2.1 Chop onions
2.2 Chop spinach
2.3 Fry onion on sunflower oil until soft, add spinach and cook at medium heat for 2-4 min
2.4 Add cream and Gorgonzola – cook at medium heat until Gorgonzola melted
3 Serving: put Tagliatelle in the plates, pour sauce on the Tagliatelle, sprinkle with black pepper and enjoy!

Simple Homemade Tiramisu !

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Homemade Tiramisu

Ingredients (4 servings):
– 250g Mascarpone
– 100ml 33% cream
– 2 tbsp cane sugar
– 12 Savoiardi biscuits
– 200ml fresh-brewed black coffee (3-3.5 tsp coffee)
– 1 tsp cocoa for serving

Method:
1 Cream: mix mascarpone with sugar and 33% cream until smooth
2 Brew black coffee (I use French press) and let it cool down
3 Put in the glass casserole dish (mine is 10cmx20cm) layer by layer:
– six Savoiardi biscuits dipped one side for 2 sec in coffee
– Mascarpone cream
4 Decorate with cocoa on top and put Tiramisu in a fridge overnight
5 Enjoy next morning !

Simple and healthy sweet potato and cauliflower soup with beef !

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
Sweet potato and cauliflower soup with beef

Ingredients:
– 400g minced beef
– 3-4 large sweet potatoes
– half a head cauliflower
– 1 tsp salt
– pumpkin seeds for serving

Method:

1 Boil minced beef for 25 minutes in 2-2.5l salted water
2 Wash and peel sweet potatoes and cauliflower
3 Add finely chopped sweet potatoes and cauliflower to the broth with beef and boil another 15 minutes
4 Mash the soup with a blender until smooth
5 Serve the soup with toasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy !

Pancakes with Beef and Tomatoes filling !

Il y a des fleurs partout pour qui veut bien les voir.

Henry Matisse
pancakes with beef

Pancakes ingredients (14-16 pancakes):
– 5/4 cup wheat floor
– 1/2 cup buckwheat flour (it gives to pancakes a wonderful color and taste)
– 0.5l Kefir
– 0.3l milk (combination of milk & Kefir gives a special taste to the pancakes)
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp sugar
– dash of salt
– 1 tbsp sunflower oil 
– 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil onto the skillet for the first pancake

Filling ingredients:
– 500g minced beef
– 2 small red onions
– 300g tomato purée
– 2 tomatoes
– 1 zucchini

Serving ingredients:
– 200g sour cream
– 2 cloves garlic

Method:
1 Pancakes
1.1 Whisk 2 eggs with salt & sugar
1.2 Pour Kefir and milk in the whisked eggs
1.3 Gradually add wheat and buckwheat flour continuously stirring
1.4 Mix in 1 tbsp sunflower oil
1.5 Preheat the skillet with 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
1.6 Pour 1 soup ladle of batter into the skillet for one pancake
1.7 Cook each pancake until golden ~2 min each side
1.8 Keep the pancakes warm covered with a lid
2 Filling
2.1 Fry chopped onion in sunflower oil 2-3 min, add minced meat and fry another 10 min, medium heat
2.2 Add chopped zucchini, tomatoes, tomato purée and stew for 10-15 min
3 Serving
3.1 Put the 1-2tbsp filling on one half of each pancake and roll the pancakes out
3.2 Serve with sour cream with grated garlic and enjoy!

Sweet Omelette with Wholegrain Bread: quick and delicious breakfast !

If it rubs off, it means I’m in love.

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 2 eggs
– 4 wholegrain bread slices
– 2 tbsp milk
– 2 tbsp cane sugar
– 1 tbsp butter

Method:

1 Whisk eggs with milk and sugar
2 Melt butter on the frying pan and toast bread slices on one side
3 Turn bread slices and pour in eggs mixture, continuously tossing until ready (1-2 minutes)
4 Serve with fresh berries!

Rhubarb Muffins with Walnuts and Cinnamon!

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.

R.L.S.

Ingredients (for 12 delicious muffins):
– 1 and 1/4 cup flour (1 cup=200ml)
– 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp vinegar
– dash of salt
– 1 egg
– 2/3 cup cane sugar
– 8g vanilla sugar
– 1/4 cup sunflower oil
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
– 1 cup diced rhubarb

Topping ingredients:
– 1/2 tbsp butter
-2-3 tbsp cane sugar
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method:

1 Preheat oven to 180C
2 Butter muffin form
3 Bowl 1: mix flour+salt+baking soda+vinegar
4 Bowl 2: whisk egg with sugar and vanilla sugar, then add oil and milk and whisk until smooth
5 Combine dry ingredients from Bowl 1 with ingredients from Bowl 2 and mix well until smooth
6 Add chopped walnuts and diced rhubarb: mix well
7 Pour the batter into 12 muffin forms
8 Bowl 3: mix melted butter with sugar and cinnamon and put this mixture on top of each muffin to be
9 Bake muffins for 25 minutes at 180 C, let them cool down and enjoy with a cup of coffee !

Le vrais Käsekuchen !

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweizer

Dough ingredients:
– 200g all purpose flour
– 75g buter
– 75g cane sugar
– 1 egg

Filling ingredients:

– 500g quark
– 125g butter
– 225g cane sugar
– 200g 33% whipping cream
– 200g sour cream
– 3 eggs

Method:

1 Dough: mix all dough ingredients (it is easy to grate butter dropping it in flour) and knead the dough, set it alone
2 Filling
2.1 Whisk eggs with sugar & butter (it is easy to first grate butter dropping it in sugar)
2.2 Add quark and sour cream: mix until smooth
2.3 Add whisked separately whipping cream and carefully mix
3 Cake
3.1 Preheat the oven to 180C
3.2 Distribute the dough evenly on the buttered baking form
3.3 Add filling
3.4 Bake for 60 minutes at 180C
4 Serve it cold with black coffee and let wonderful thing hurry into your life! We all need it and let it be so.

Simple and Healthy Oatmeal-Banana Cookies !

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays
Healthy Oatmeal-Banana Cookies

Ingredients:
– 150g ripe banana
– 100g oat flakes
– 50g all-purpose flour
– 30g butter
– [optional] 1 tbsp sugar
– [optional] 30g almond flour – almond adds a special flavour to the cookies!

Method:
1 Preheat the oven to 180C
2 Grate butter and bananas (it’s easy to grate butter when roll it in flour)
3 Combine oat flakes, flour, sugar, almond flour with grated butter and bananas: mix all until smooth
4 Form rounds from dough (1 cookie from 1 tbsp dough) and out them on the baking paper
5 Bake the cookies at 180C for 16 minutes and serve with black tea with milk 🙂

Homemade Flatbread with Potato, Feta and Dried Tomatoes !

To wisely live your life, you don’t need to know much
Just remember two main rules for the beginning:
You better starve, than eat whatever
And better be alone, than with whoever.

Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat
Homemade Flatbread with Potato Feta and Dried Tomatoes

Dough ingredients:
– 300g all-purpose flour
– 1 tbsp sugar
– 20g fresh yeast
– 150ml warm water
– 1 tsp salt

Filling ingredients:
– 250g potatoes (weighed boiled)
– 150g Feta cheese
– 4-8 dried tomatoes
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– 1 tbsp olive oil for brushing the flatbreads before baking
– sesame seeds

Method:

1 Dough
1.1 Crush yeast into ~35C water, add 1 tbsp sugar: mix well and leave the mixture for 15 min
1.2 Add flour and salt: knead the dough and leave it under cloth for 30 min
2 Filling
2.1 Peel potatoes and boil until ready: drain extra water
2.2 Combine potatoes, feta, chopped dried tomatoes and black pepper: mash until smooth
3 Flatbread
3.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
3.2 Separate the dough into 4 equal parts: roll out each part into 16-20cm round
3.3 Put 2tbsp filling in the middle of each round
3.4 Lift up ends of each round to the centre and seal them tight with the fingers. Then accurately flatten into 15cm round.
3.5 Brush each flatbread both sides with olive oil and put on the baking paper
3.6 Sprinkle each flatbread with sesame seeds
3.7 Bake for 15-20 minutes at 200C until golden and serve warm!
4 Enjoy with a cup of black tea 🙂

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