Serving ingredients: – 1/2 bunch of chopped chives – 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Directions: 1 Prepare the dough: 1.1 Pour warm (35C) water into the large bowl, add crusted fresh yeast and stir well with a whisk until smooth, let it rest for 15 minutes 1.2 Add salt+olive oil+150g wheat flour into the bowl: stir well with a whisk until smooth 1.3 Add remaining 150g flour into the bowl and knead the dough. It will be slightly sticky (add a bit more flour when needed): let the dough peacefully rest and rise for 1 hour in a warm place under a cloth 🙂 2 Prepare the filling meanwhile: 2.1 Wash and de-seed the beautiful Cubanelle peppers 🌶 Then cut them … in rings 🙂 2.2 Grate goat cheese 2.3 Wash leek well, trim the root of, slice the leek into rings 3 Cook the pizza: 3.1 Pre-heat the oven to 220C 3.2 Roll out the dough into the circle of baking form diameter (and a bit more if you want to make edges) 3.3 Transfer the dough to the oiled baking form 3.4 Distribute evenly sour cream over the dough 3.5 Distribute peppers and leek rings. Do it beautifully in an artistic manner. 3.5 Spread the grated goat cheese over the vegetables 🌶🌶🌶 3.6 Put the baking form in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 220C 3.7 Serve ! …with chopped chives & black pepper 4 Enjoy with a classic black & white detective movie !
Ingredients (for 4 stuffed peppers): – 4 red bell peppers – 450g minced beef – 90g pearl barley – 7 small tomatoes 🍅 – 1/3 bunch dill – 1 small onion (to adda flavour to the broth!) – 1 teaspoon salt – 1/2 teaspoon black pepper – 100g sour cream for serving
Directions: 1 Pre-cook pearl barley: boil for 12 minutes, then drain extra water 2 Mix minced beef with chopped dill & pre-cooked pearl barley & salt and black pepper 3 Wash red bell peppers, carefully remove the top part and de-seed 4 Stuff well red bell peppers with the meat mixture 🙂 5 Wash and cut tomatoes into 1cm cubes, peel small onion: put cut tomatoes and an onion into a large pot 6 Carefully put the stuffed peppers to the same large pot with the tops from bell peppers One can put them either horizontally or vertically, the main point is to be able to cover them with the water afterwards. 7 Add to the pot water to cover all the peppers: cook at medium heat for 40 minutes, but evacuate the onion from the pot after 10 minutes of cooking 🙂 8 Serve with sour cream and half a soup ladle of broth !
Strange fits of passion have I known: And I will dare to tell, But in the Lover’s ear alone, What once to me befell.
Ingredients (for 4 open sandwiches): – 4 slices Ciabatta (yes, Italian bread is essential, otherwise all is lost!) – 3-4 fresh tomatoes – 125g Mozarella – 10g pine nuts – fresh basil leaves
Directions: 1 Rinse and dry basil leaves 2 Toast a little Ciabatta slices 3 Toast pine nuts until golden (no oil! no butter!) 4 Wash and slice tomatoes 5 Lay on the Ciabatta pieces: basil leaves, mozzarella slices, tomato slices, pine nuts 5 Sprinkle with a few drops of olive oil 6 Enjoy !
… everything I felt a connection with a rectangle of framed sunlight was dominated by a single passion. If my first glance of the morning was for the sun, my first thought was for the butterflies it would engender.
Sour cream sauce ingredients: – 1/2 bunch dill – 200ml sour cream Directions: 1 Peel zucchini, grate them, place grated zucchini in the colander, cover with a plate to let them drain for 1 hour 2 Chop parsley and dill 3 Prepare a batter: combine milk+flour+sugar+salt+🌻 oil+eggs: mix well and whisk until batter is fully combined 4 Mix in the batter chopped parsley together with grated zucchini 5 Preheat a non-sticking skillet with a little bit of 🌻 oil (no more oil will be needed!) 6 For each pancake pour 1 soup ladle of batter into the skillet 7 Cook pancakes until golden ~2 minutes on each side 8 Make sour cream sauce: combine sour cream with chopped dill 9 Serve !
OkroshkaIngredients (2 servings): – 400ml Kefir – 200ml water – 100g chicken breast meat – 4 baby potatoes – 2 small eggs – 150-200g cucumbers – 150-200g radish – 1/2 bunch dill – 1 teaspoon salt – 1 tablespoon sugar
Directions: 1 Boil chicken breast meat; let it cool down; dice the meat into 1cm cubes 2 Peel baby potatoes; cut into 1cm cubes; boil until ready; drain well and let them cool down 3 Boil 2 eggs, let them cool down, peel and dice into 0.5cm cubes 3 Chop dill 4 Cut radish and cucumber into strips 5 Mix in a large bowl cold (from the fridge) Kefir with water, salt, sugar, chopped dill 6 Add to the bowl eggs, radish, cucumbers, potatoes, chicken and carefully mix 7 Serve immediately !
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 220C 2 Combine flour+salt+warm water in a bowl: knead the dough well for 5-6 minutes 3 Make a filling: 3.1 combine chopped spinach & salt: mix well with the hands for 3-4 minutes to get juice from spinach 3.2 add feta & walnuts & oil & pepper to the spinach & salt, mix well 4 Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and form a ball out of each of them 5 Roll out each ball into a 8-10cm diameter circle: put 1 teaspoon of a filling in the centre of each circle 6 Lift up ends of each circle to the centre to form Fatayers with your fingers 7 Put the Fatayers on the baking paper: bake for 15 minutes at 220C 8 Serve with black coffee and lemon slices !
Marinade ingredients: – juice of 1/3 lemon – 1 teaspoon salt – 1/3 teaspoon black pepper – 3 cloves grated garlic
Method: 1 Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix them well 2 Chop chicken in 1cm pieces, put them to the marinade & keep in the fridge for 2 hours 3 Preheat the oven to 200C 4 Peel rhubarb and chop into 0.5cm width pieces 5 Put rhubarb and chicken pieces one by one on the tooth sticks 6 Transfer tooth sticks into the baking form: bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180C 7 Serve with mashed potato and fresh chopped parsley !
When the first fine spring days come, and the earth awakes and assumes its garment of verdure, when the perfumed warmth of the air blows on our faces and fills our lungs, and even appears to penetrate to our heart, we feel vague longings for undefined happiness, a wish to run, to walk at random, to inhale the spring.
Guy de Maupassant
Batter ingredients (for 5-6 pancakes): – 1/3-1/2 cup buckwheat flour – 2 tablespoons wheat flour – 1/2 egg – 1 cup water (might be less or more, depends on buckwheat flour) – 1 pinch salt – 40g butter for frying
Filling ingredients (for filling 5-6 galettes): – 5-6 eggs – 80g ham – 100g grated Gruyère cheese – a few sprigs of green onions
Method: 1 Combine batter ingredients, mix them well and whisk until the batter is uniform 2 Grate Gruyère cheese, slice ham and put them in a fridge for a while in 2 bowls 3 Cook the pancakes 3.1 Melt butter in the skillet and pour ~1/2 cup of batter in it 3.2 Cook 2-3 minutes on one side and 1-2 minutes on another side 3.3 Repeat 2.1-2.2 for the remaining pancakes 🥞 4 Cook 5-6 eggs (as many as a number of pancakes you made) in a separate skillet with the melted butter, put them on a plate covered with a lid to keep them warm 😉 5 Warm up the pancakes in a frying pan with some melted butter and add in the middle of them the following levels: 5.1 Sliced ham 5.2 Grated Gruyère cheese 5.3 Cooked egg 6 Put the cooked galettes on the plates, and fold over their four edges 7 Garnish with chopped green onions & black pepper 8 Serve immediately and enjoy ! Hint: Do not try to replace water by milk or butter by oil otherwise all the charm will be lost! 🙂
Method: 1 Wash a cauliflower head and separate into florets 2 Boil the cauliflower florets in salty water for 10 minutes, then drain water 3 Mash the cauliflower florets with eggs, flour, species, finally mix in chopped green onions 4 Line a plate with paper towels to put there pancakes afterwards to get rid of extra oil 5 Put some olive oil on a skillet and set the medium-low heat 6 Put 1 tablespoon of cauliflower batter for 1 pancake on a skillet and flatten with a spatula (my 29cm diameter skillet allows cooking 3-4 pancakes simultaneously) 7 Cook pancakes for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden, then transfer them onto the paper towels 8 While cooking pancakes, make a Roquefort-garlic sauce: mash grated garlic with sour cream, Roquefort cheese and chopped parsley 9 Serve cauliflower pancakes hot with fresh baby spinach, chopped green onions and Roquefort-garlic sauce !
You would not enjoy Nietzsche, sir. He is fundamentally unsound.
Spinach Fatayer Dough ingredients: – 1 cup (1 cup=250ml) wheat flour – 1/4 cup warm water – 3 tbsp olive oil – 1/2 tsp salt
Spinach Fatayer filling ingredients: – 120g fresh baby spinach – 1/2 small chopped onion – 1/4 cup chopped walnuts – 2 tbsp lemon juice – 2 tsp olive oil – 1/2 tsp salt – 1/4 tsp black pepper
Method: 1 Preheat the oven at 220C ! 2 Combine flour+salt+warm water in a bowl: knead the dough well for 5-6 minutes 3 Make a filling: combine chopped spinach & onion & walnuts & oil & salt & pepper 4 Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and form balls out of them 5 Roll out each ball into a 8-10cm diameter circle: put 2 teaspoons of a filling in the centre of each circle 6 Lift up ends of each circle to the centre to form with your fingers rhombuses-like Fatayers 🙂 7 Put the Fatayers on a baking paper: bake for 15 minutes at 220C 8 Serve with a vegetable soup (see Leek-potato soup recipe here) or black coffee !
Method: 1 Peel and wash potatoes, cut them into 1cm cubes 2 Boil potatoes cubes for 10 minutes, drain the water and let them cool down 3 Knead a dough from the dough ingredients and divide it into 4 equal parts 4 Make a 1.5cm diameter sausage out of each piece of dough 5 Cut each sausage into 0.7cm-width gnocchi and put them on a floured plate 6 Gorgonzola sauce: 6.1 Toast the pine nuts without oil until golden, put them in a bowl aside 6.2 Wash baby spinach and let it dry 6.3 Melt Gorgonzola in 33% cream on a frying pan 6.4 When Gorgonzola is melted, add spinach to the frying pan: simmer for 4 minutes 7 Put gnocchi in a boiling salted water, cook for 4 minutes 8 Drain the water and carefully mix the gnocchi in the Gorgonzola sauce: gnocchi are ready ! 9 Decorate gnocchi with toasted pine nuts and green onions !
As for the ball, it is quite a settled thing; and as soon as Nicholls has made white soup enough, I shall send round my cards.
Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
Ingredients (2 servings): – 2 large red bell peppers – 6 baby potatoes – 1 small onion – optional: 60ml 33% cream – 400ml water or chicken broth – 0.5 tsp salt – 25g green unsalted raw pistachios – green onions for serving
Method: 1 Roughly chop peeled potato, de-seeded bell peppers & onion 2 Finely grate pistachios 3 Boil potato in a broth for 5 minutes 4 Add bell peppers & onion, simmer for another 10 minutes 5 Add (optional!) 33% cream to the soup-to-be, transfer to the blender, puree until smooth 6 Garnish with chopped green onions & grated pistachios
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Ingredients (for 2 servings): – 2 large sweet potatoes – 1 onion – 400ml water or chicken broth – 60ml cream 33% – 10 leaves fresh baby spinach for serving – 30g almond petals for serving – 1/2 tsp salt – 1/2 tsp pepper
Method: 1 Cut sweet potatoes into ~2x2x2cm pieces 2 Cut onion into ~0.5×0.5×0.5cm pieces 3 Boil sweet potatoes in chicken broth for 10 minutes (add as much chicken broth as required to cover the sweet potatoes pieces) 4 Add onion to the broth and boil for another 5 minutes, then remove the saucepan from the oven 5 Blender the soup, add salt and pepper 6 Stir in cream and serve with fresh baby spinach, almond petals and black pepper !
“…Absorbed in the new scents, the sounds, and the sunlight…”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Absorbed in the new scents, the sounds, and the sunlight…
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Dough ingredients: – 1 cup (1cup=250ml) wheat flour – 1/4 cup warm water – 3 tbsp olive oil – 1/2 tsp salt
Filling ingredients: – 200g fresh baby spinach – 1 small onion – 1/4 cup walnuts – 3 tbsp lemon juice – 2 tsp olive oil – 1/2 tsp salt – 1/4 tsp pepper
Method: 1 Preheat the oven at 220C 2 Combine flour+salt+warm water in a bowl: knead a dough for 3-5 minutes 3 Make a filling: combine finely chopped spinach + onion + walnuts + oil + salt +pepper 4 Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and form balls out of them 5 Roll out each ball into a 8-10cm diameter circle: put 2 teaspoons of a filling in the middle of each circle 6 Lift up ends of each circle to the center to form with your fingers rhombuses-like Fatayers, like on the photo 😉 7 Put the Fatayers on a baking paper: bake for 15 minutes at 220C 8 Serve with a vegetable soup or black coffee !
“La parole humaine est comme un chaudron fêlé où nous battons des mélodies à faire danser les ours, quand on voudrait attendrir les étoiles”
– Gustav Flaubert
Soup ingredients (for 2 large servings): – 600g parsnips – 250g potatoes – 1 small onion – 200ml milk or 33% cream – 1 tsp salt Beetroot chips ingredients: – 1 large beetroot
Method: 1 Let’s first make beetroot chips: 1.1 Preheat the oven to 160C 1.2 Peel one beet root and cut 1mm width slices of it 1.3 Put beet root slices on a baking paper and bake them 30 minutes at 180C 2 Peel vegetables for soup, cut them at ~2cm cubes and boil 15 minutes in salty water 3 Leave 100-200ml vegetable broth with vegetables, add milk/cream and puree vegetables with milk/cream in a blender 4 Garnish the soup with root beet chips and black pepper 5 Enjoy !
Tradition: one Varenik called “Happy” is made with a filling different from others (sweet if others are salty and salty if others are sweet). According to the tradition, the one who finds in his/her plate the “Happy Varenik” and eats it will be happy in love!
Vareniki filling ingredients (for 2 servings): – 200g cottage cheese (you can also use Feta for salty Vareniki) – 2 tablespoons sugar (for sweet Vareniki) / 1 teaspoon salt (for salty Vareniki) – 1 small egg
Serving ingredients (for 2 persons): – 200g sour cream – 50g raspberry jam (only for sweet Vareniki) – 10g orange zest (only for sweet Vareniki)
Method: 1 Add olive oil in the middle of flour heap and mix oil with flour 2 Stir in boiled water into the oily flour and knead the dough 3 Let the dough rest for 15 minutes 4 Mix filling ingredients (if you use cottage cheese, try to remove extra liquid from it) 5 Roll out the dough to ~2mm and make round circles out of it with a cup or a glass 5.1 repeat 5 with the rest dough until no dough is left 🙂 6 Put 0.5-1 teaspoon of filling in the middle of each circle 7 Fold the circles half in half and lock the ends of circles tightly with finger tips (I did it twice through the whole length), see result below
8 Carefully put Vareniki into boiling water, boil for 4-5 minutes and serve !
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 180C 2 Mix dough ingredients (soda+vinegar are added at the last step and are mixed with other ingredients) and knead the dough 3 Split the dough into 2 equal pieces to form 2 boats 4 Put the formed boats on baking paper and bake 20 minutes at 180C in the oven (without filling) 5 While boats are being baked, cut spinach and boil it in a pan with some water for 2 minutes, then remove excessive water 6 mix yogurt+spinach+grated-garlic+grated-cheese in a bowl 7 take the boats from the oven (after 20 minutes baking) and 7.1 put the mixture from 5 into both boats 7.2 put 1 egg over the mixture from 5 in each of the boats 8 bake the filled boats another 10-15 minutes 9 Serve with fresh baby spinach !
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
Vareniki dough ingredients: – 260g wheat flour – 130ml water – 30ml olive oil – 1/2 tsp salt
Vareniki filling ingredients: – 250g potato – 1 large onion – 1/2 tsp salt
Method: 1 Add olive oil in the middle of flour heap and mix 2 Stir in boiled water into the oily flour 3 Let the dough rest for 15 minutes 4 Peel potatoes, cut into ~2x2x2cm pieces, boil for 20 minutes, and make a potatoes puree with one teaspoon salt 5 Fry chopped onion till gold and add to potatoes-puree 6 Boil whole peeled beet roots in 1l salted water for 20 minutes, remove the beet roots from the broth 7 Roll out the dough to ~2mm and make round circles out of it with a cup or a glass 7.1 repeat 7 with the rest dough until no dough is left 🙂 8 Put 1 teaspoon of potatoes-puree with onion in the middle of each circle 9 Fold the circles half in half and lock the ends of circles tightly with finger tips (I usually do it twice through the whole length) 10 Carefully put Vareniki into boiling salted water, boil for 4-5 minutes 11 Serve Vareniki in the beetroot broth with a vinegar (1 teaspoon vinegar per serving) 12 Enjoy Vareniki avec Bortsch comme a la table du Bon Roi Stanislas !
Method: 1 Wash aubergine, dry it and cut into 1cm width strips 2 Bake aubergine strips on a backing paper for 20 minutes at 180C 3 Mix in a bowl chopped garlic+chopped walnuts+cheese+chopped parsley+salt+pepper 4 Put a teaspoon of walnuts-cheese-etc. mixture on each aubergine strip and roll it [optionally in sesame] 5 Serve with cherry tomatoes and fresh parsley !