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 !

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 !

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 !

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 ! 🙂

Quick and healthy Banana Chocolate Mousse !

Glück gibt es nur, wenn wir vom Morgen nichts verlangen und vom Heute dankbar annehmen, was es bringt – die Zauberstunde kommt doch immer wieder.

Hermann Hesse
Quick and healthy Banana Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 2 ripe bananas
– 2 full tsp cocoa powder
– 300g natural 3.5% yoghurt
– 100g fresh raspberries
– fresh mint leaves

Method:

1 Combine and mash with blender: bananas+cocoa+yoghurt
2 Transfer banana mousse in glasses
3 Serve with fresh raspberries and fresh mint leaves!

Cannelloni baked with Chanterelles and Leek !

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu
Cannelloni baked with Chanterelles and Leek


Notes: inspired by Jamie Oliver Mushroom Cannelloni

Cannelloni & filling ingredients (4 servings):
– 200g cannelloni
– 250g leek
– 250g chanterelles
– 1 onion
– 1 tbsp butter
– 3/4 tsp salt

White sauce:
– 500ml milk
– 100g cheese
– 3tbsp flour
– 1 tbsp olive oil

Method:
1 Filling:
1.1 Wash, peel and chop chanterelles, onion and leek
1.2 Pre-heat the skillet with butter and fry onion 3-4 min, add chanterelles and cook for 10 min
1.3 Add chopped leek, salt and cook for another 10 min
2 White sauce:
2.1 preheat olive oil in the skillet, add 3 tbsp flour: mix well
2.2 Pour milk to flour & oil: cook 2-3 min until smooth constantly stirring, add grated cheese and cook for another 2-3 min: sauce is ready!
3 Cannelloni:
3.1 Preheat the oven to 190C
3.2 Fill cannelloni with filling (I used chopsticks for that)
3.3 Transfer filled cannelloni in the baking form and pour the white sauce over them
3.4 Bake cannelloni for 30-35 min at 190C until golden & serve with fresh greens!

Baked Meatballs with Italian Herbs served with Red & White Sauces !

Easy, take it easy! Is there anything to eat? A few meatballs, perhaps? Or a little cream cake?

Astrid Lindgren, Karlson Flies Again
Baked Meatballs with Italian Herbs

Meatballs ingredients (4 servings or 24 meatballs):
– 400g minced beef
– 2 eggs
– 4 tbsps flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp Italian herbs

Red sauce:
– 100g cranberry jam

White sauce:
– 200g 10% sour cream
– 3 grated garlic cloves

Method:
1 Preheat the oven to 200C
2 Combine minced beef with salt, eggs, Italian herbs and flour: mix well until smooth
3 Form meatballs with your hands and put them in the baking form (no oil needed!)
4 Bake meatballs for 40-45 minutes at 190-200C
5 White sauce: mix grated garlic with sour cream
6 Serve meatballs with red & white sauces and enjoy ! 🙂

Quick and Simple Fresh Corn-Potato Soup !

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

Lewis Carroll

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 3 fresh corn cobs
– 9 middle (~6cm length) potatoes
– 1 tsp salt
– 400-500 ml water
– bunch of green onions for serving

Method:

1 Wash corn cobs and wash & peel potatoes
2 Cut corn kernels off cobs with a knife
3 Cut potatoes in 2-3cm pieces
4 Cook potatoes & corn kernels for 15-20 minutes in salted water
5 Evacuate 3-4 tbsp corn kernels for serving on a separate plate
6 Mash the rest of soup with an immersive blender
7 Serve the soup with chopped green onions and boiled corn kernels!

Healthy Cold Summer Soup with Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Garlic and Feta !

Многоточие – это следы на цыпочках ушедших слов

Vladimir Nabokov
Cold Summer Soup with Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Garlic and Feta

Ingredients (3-4 portions):
– 3 cucumbers (270g)
– 1 small red bell pepper (200g)
– 1 small yellow bell pepper (120g)
– 700ml tomato juice unsalted
– 2 garlic cloves (10g)
– 100g wholegrain rye bread pulp
– 20ml virgin olive oil
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 100g Feta for serving

Method:

1 Wash and chop cucumbers and bell peppers
2 Peel, wash and grate garlic
3 Mash with a blender 2/3 chopped cucumbers and bell peppers+bread pulp+olive oil+tomato juice+grated garlic cloves+salt until smooth
4 Serve the soup with the remaining chopped cucumbers & bell peppers and with crushed Feta cheese
5 Enjoy – it’s a perfect soup for a hot summer day !

Summer time – time for early breakfasts in the balcony: yoghurt, blueberries, toasted oats and almonds !

I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes

V. Nabokov

Ingredients (for 2 persons):
– 400ml natural yoghurt
– 400g fresh blueberries
– 100g oats
– 40g chopped almonds

Directions:
1 Toast oats and chopped almonds ~2-4 minutes until golden at medium heat (no oil, no butter)
2 Sprinkle washed blueberries over the yoghurt
3 Sprinkle warm toasted oats and almonds over the yoghurt
4 Enjoy and have a great day !

Notes: it was 6 AM in the morning and the day seemed to be starting wonderfully

Turkey with Apricots, Tomatoes and Cinnamon in Moldovan Style !

O, soare balcanic, revărsat peste văile şi dealurile moldave, o, acele iubiriscurte, scînteietoare, istovitoare, cît de mult aduceţi voi în scurta noastră trecere pe acest pămînt, şi cît de mult luaţi cu voi pentru a nu le mai întoarce niciodată…

Ion Druță, Frunze de dor
Turkey with Apricots, Tomato and Cinnamon in Moldovan Style

Ingredients (4 servings):
– 750g turkey breast
– 12 apricots
– 6 tomatoes
– 2 red onions
– 1 tsp paprika
– 0.5 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp sugar
– 1 tsp vinegar
– 0.5 cup water
– 2 tbsp water
– 250g golden millet

Method:
1 Cut turkey in 1-2cm cubes
2 Peel and chop onion
3 Wash and slice tomatoes and apricots
3 Preheat two skillets and melt 1 tbsp butter in each: put turkey cubes on one skillet and chopped onion on another, cook for 5 minutes
4 Add to onion: chopped tomatoes, sugar, paprika and cinnamon – stew for 5 minutes at medium heat slightly stirring
5 Add to turkey: onion-tomatoes-spices mixture – stew for 10 minutes at medium heat
6 Add to turkey & Co: apricot slices, vinegar, water and salt: stew for 10 minutes at medium heat – done!
7 Serve turkey with cooked golden millet and enjoy!

Spring Salad with Chicken, Prunes, Walnuts and Cucumbers !

No one’s serious at seventeen 
When lindens line the promenade.

Arthur Rimbaud
Chicken Salad with Prunes, Walnuts and Cucumbers

Ingredients (4 servings):
– 300g chicken breasts
– 2 eggs
– 3 cucumbers
– 70g walnuts
– 14 prunes
– 2 tbsp mayonnaise
– 1/2 tsp salt

Method:

1 Boil chicken breasts until ready and chop
2 Boil eggs until ready and chop
3 Wash and chop cucumbers, prunes and walnuts
4 Combine chicken, eggs, cucumbers, prunes, walnuts and season with salt & mayonnaise: serve !

Simple and Healthy Lunch: Asparagus, Salmon and Mustard Sauce !

Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 500g white asparagus
– 200g salmon

Mustard sauce ingredients:
– 1 tsp Dijon mustard
– 2 boiled eggs (or 2 boiled eggs)
– 3 tsp mayonnaise
– 2 tbsp lemon juice
– 2 tsp olive oil

Serving ingredients:
– fresh parsley

Method:

1 Mustard sauce: combine sauce ingredients and mix
2 Asparagus with salmon
2.1 Wash and peel white asparagus
2.2 Boil asparagus in the pan with salmon for 14 minutes in salted water
3 Serve boiled asparagus and salmon with mustard sauce and chopped fresh parsley !

Warm rice salad with mushrooms and green peas: quick and healthy lunch!

If it rubs off, it means I’m in love

Ray Bradbury
Warm rice salad with mushrooms and green peas

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 120g boiled basmati rice
– 400-600g unpeeled green peas
– 10-12 medium button mushrooms
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– salt and pepper
– dill for serving

Method:
1 Boil basmati rice until ready and drain water
2 Peel and wash green peas
3 Peel and wash (remove dirt with a paper towel) button mushrooms , then slice them
4 Wash and chop dill
5 Preheat the skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil and add sliced mushrooms and green peas: cook for 10 minutes, constantly stirring
6 Add to vegetables: boiled rice, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper: cook for another 5 minutes
7 Serve with chopped dill and enjoy!

Cabbage Rolls with Minced Beef: tasty and healthy lunch

…nothing could be more pleasant than to live in solitude, enjoy the spectacle of nature, and occasionally read some book…

Nikolai Gogol

Ingredients (for 12 cabbage rolls):
– 1 pointed head cabbage (it is more tender for this recipe than white cabbage)
– 4oog minced beef
– 120g rice
– 1 red onion
– 250g mashed tomatoes (tomato passata) 🍅
– 1.5 tsp salt
– 0.5 tsp black pepper
– 200g sour cream for serving

Directions:

1 Boil rice until ready
2 Carefully separate cabbage leaves and boil them for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a plate to cool down
3 Chop onion
4 Mix minced beef with boiled rice, chopped onion, salt and black pepper
5 Put 1-2 tbsp beef mixture on one cabbage leave and pack into a roll 🙂
6 Put cabbage rolls side to side in the saucepan and cover with water 1-2 cm above, then add mashed tomatoes: I cooked in 2 saucepans with 125g mashed tomatoes in each
7 Boil cabbage rolls for 30-35 minutes covered with a lid
8 Serve cabbage rolls with cooking broth, sour cream and chopped parsley!

Creamy Salmon and Rice: quick and delicious lunch !

No one’s serious at seventeen,
When lindens line the promenades

A. Rimbaud
Creamy Salmon and Rice

Ingredients (for 2 servings):
– 180g salmon
– 100ml 33% cream
– 180g Basmati rice
– salt for boiling rice
– 1/2 tbsp olive oil for frying

Serving ingredients:
– 60g Parmesan
– 2-3 scallion sprigs
– 1/2 tsp black pepper

Method:
1 Grate Parmesan into a bowl and put in the fridge
2 Wash and cut scallion into thin rings, put in a separate bowl
3 Boil rice in salted water until ready and keep it warm while cooking salmon
4 Wash salmon and cut into 1-1.5cm cubes
5 Fry salmon for 5 min in olive oil at middle heat, add 33% cream and stew for another 5 min
6 Transfer the rice into the serving bowls and put the salmon over the rice
7 Sprinkle the dish with grated Parmesan, chopped scallion and black pepper
8 Serve !

Warm Avocado-Potato Salad with Dijon Mustard !

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter

John Keats

Ingredients (2 large servings):
– 8-10 medium potatoes
– 2 avocados
– 1 red onion
– 1 tsp Dijon mustard
– 2-3 tsp mayonnaise
– salt and black pepper

Method:

1 Peel and wash potatoes and avocados
2 Cut potatoes into 0.3 cm slices and boil in salted water for 10-12 minutes, then drain water
3 Peel and cut avocados
4 Peel and chop red onion
5 Combine boiled potatoes, avocados, chopped onion, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard: carefully mix
6 Spice with salt and pepper, serve warm !

Simple Broccoli Cream Soup with Beef Meatballs !

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Confucius
Broccoli Cream Soup with Beef Meatballs

Soup ingredients:
– 1 head broccoli (400g)
– 200g carrots
– 250g new potatoes
– 400ml broth from the meatballs
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 50ml 33% cream

Meatballs ingredients:

– 200-300g minced beef
– 1 bunch dill
– 1 tsp salt
– 1/3 tsp black pepper

Method:
1 Meatballs
1.1 Mix minced beef with chopped dill, salt & black pepper
1.2 Form with hands meatballs and boil them in 400 ml water for 40 minutes
1.3 Transfer the meatballs on the plate (cover with a lid to keep them warm) and keep the broth for the soup
2 Soup

2.1 Wash and peel carrots and potatoes
2.2 Wash broccoli; cut 1cm off the bottom of the broccoli stalk and peel the broccoli stalk
2.3 Cut carrots and potatoes into 1cm cubes
2.4 Cut broccoli into small pieces (both stalk and florets!)
2.5 Boil the vegetables in 400ml beef broth (add 1/2 tsp salt) for 12 minutes
2.6 Mash the soup with an immersive blender until smooth
2.7 Add 33% cream to the soup and mix well
3 Serve the soup with meatballs, sprinkle with chopped dill and enjoy ! 🙂

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