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Friday, July 27, 2012

"Birds Milk Cake"

Russian Ptichye Moloko Cake Recipe!!!

 <<Торт Птичье Mолоко>> 
This is my 100 post! Woohoo!!!  It's been really fun 3 months since I started this blog. I made Birds Milk Cake to celebrate:) It's traditional Russian cake; my favorite since I can remember. It can be made in birds milk candy bars covered in chocolate. Bird's Milk Cake it's like out of this world. It's a VERY moist milky-white bundt cake with a thin biscuit-like base. The rest of it is milky, not quite custardy, soft almost souffle-like....  Your tastebuds will dance as it melt in your mouth.

Ingredients for cake (biskvit) batter:
5 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder (optional)
1 tsp vanilla

   Syrup for  biskvit: 
Mix 4 oz milk with 1 tbs  sweetened condensed milk

Ingredients for birds milk: 
( It's like zefir with added butter and sgushenka)
1 cup egg whites ( I used 7 extra large eggs) 
1 cup water
3 tsp Agar-Agar ( You can order it here or win my giveaway)
4 cups Sugar

1 stick butter ( softened at room temp)
1/4 can sweetened condensed milk 
1 large Lemon juiced

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sweet Crepes Filled with Ricotta "Блины с творогом"

 Sweet blini is one of my favorite childhood dessert.  They’re simple to make and the taste is rewarding. 

  Ingredients for crepes:

½ cup warm water
1 cup warmed milk
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup flour (I used Canadian flour)
2 tbs sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cranberry Muffins

 Muffins are what we call a "quick" bread and you can see why when you make these Cranberry Muffins. These are delicious muffins either warm from the oven or at room temperature. Your kids will love them in their lunchboxes or as an after school snack with a tall glass of milk. I am going out to lots of places this summer like parks, swimming pools etc. These are so great to bring with you as  snacks. My friend Oksana gave me this recipe. When we were flying on the plane she brought these muffins and shared with us. I asked her for recipe and now I can share with everybody. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Savory Crepes Filled with Meat (Блины с мясом)

 My mom used to make these  blini with meat and eggs for us when we were young and I remembered we all loved it very much.  We simply grew up with these. This is one of my favorite childhood food.  They're simple to make,  little bit of batter goes a long way. The best thing is they can be kept in the refrigerator and warmed up later. 
Today I've got a guest post over at Grabandgo Recipes!!! 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Grilled Pork Kebabs (Shashlik) Шашлыки

These are Russian tradition, every time we make a party shashlik is a must. Everybody loves em. This recipe is perfect tender and juicy shashlik.

7 lbs pork shoulder 
7-8 large onions
4 cups pineapple juice
1 tbs sea salt
1 tbs vegeta sesoning  
1/2 tsp ground coriander
Few dashes of ground cumin
Black pepper 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The best Vanilla Bean Cupcakes Ever

Cupcakes  are scrumptious delights.  I found the perfect palate pleasing cupcake recipe!  These are moist and absolutely delicious. My sister in law made these for her party. I couldn't get enough of em. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Creamy Lasagna Rolls

This is the perfect lasagna recipe that pleases even the pickiest eaters time after time. The reason why it’s so popular has to do with the use of cheese, ricotta and mozzarella. You can hide vegetables in there and kids enjoy it. I really love to make lasagna rolls it's so  easy to make and much easier to transfer to the plate. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Soft Trubochki with Cream "Pizzele"

This is Russian style "cream horn" trubochki. The cream recipe is great to fill cream puffs or eclairs.

    Ingredients for batter:
2 sticks margarine
4 oz sugar
7 eggs
1/4 tsp baking soda pour 1 tsp vinegar on top
1 1/4 cup flour (I use Canadian flour) 
1 tsp vanilla

Another recipe for crunchy pizzele:

5 eggs** 1 cup of sugar** 1 cup of melted butter**2 teaspoons vanilla** 1 cup flour** 1 tablespoon corn starch**
( For chocolate flavor add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder)

1 stick butter
1/2 cup powder sugar
8 oz cream cheese
8 oz cool whip
1 can condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Best Romaine Salad

Simple ingredients, magical salad:) This is a very scrumptious  recipe for romaine lettuce. And this salad will stay crunchy for a while. My mother in law made it for her party, I couldn't stop eating it.  

  • Romaine lettuce 
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet onion

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Vegetable Stir Fry Rice Noodles

Making a "original stir fry" is simple. What you add in it makes a big difference.This was a delightful meal we enjoyed loaded with vegetables.    

I received One Lovely Blog Award few days ago:)

What makes me happy is hearing from my readers, I feel so excited and blessed when I read your kind words. Shari from TheSaucyGourmet  nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much Shari!!! I really love your recipe post of Fresh Herb Crusty Steak:)  So I guess I just wanted to say thank you to all of you out there who stop by and follow along with me each post, you inspire me, motivate me and keep me wanting to post more recipes.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Spring Salad «Vesenniy»

What a nice alternative to an ordinary green salad. This colorful vegetable salad needs to marinade overnight. Keep refrigerated as long as you need. I love making this salad for parties. I make it a day ahead.  

4 cups boiled water
1 cup oil
1 cup vinegar
1 cup sugar
3 tbs salt

Saturday, July 7, 2012

"The Best Raw Flax Seeds Crackers Recipe"

 I started about 2 years ago learning about raw foods. These became my favorite snack crackers. I made with my favorite seeds and spices.
Flax seed is high in most of the B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese, but this little seed is just getting started. There are three additional nutrient groups which flax seed has in abundance, and each has many benefits.
Flax Seed is Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are a key force against inflammation in our bodies.
Flax Seed is High in Fiber: You’d be hard-pressed to find a food higher in fiber -- both soluble and insoluble -- than flax. This fiber is probably mainly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effects of flax. Fiber in the diet also helps stabilize blood sugar, and, of course, promotes proper functioning of the intestines. 
Flax Seed is High in Phytochemicals: Flax seed is high in phytochemicals, including many antioxidants. It is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Broccoli Chicken Soup

If you're looking for a healthy soothing recipe this is it. This is a recipe for a very yummy broccoli soup that is perfect for anyone who loves broccoli. It is very easy to make and an ideal starter recipe for a beginner cook.

3 quarts Water 
1 lb Chicken
5 large Potatoes
1 med Onion
2 Carrots
1 large bunch of Broccoli 
Parsley flakes, Dill, (Green onion for garnish)
Salt, Pepper, Vegeta or Better than bouillon, Bay leaf

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Crusty Bread

Homemade bread is one of the great treats of cooking. Making your own bread allows you to control your ingredients, avoiding excess salt, preservatives and artificial colors and dough conditioners. But none of these advantages comes close to the basic truth that home-baked bread is a glorious treat. Tastes like expensive restaurant artisan bread, but literally takes 5 minutes of work. Chewy and soft on the inside, crisp and crunchy on the outside.

1.5 cups warm water
1 tsp salt
2 tbs sugar (optional)
1/8 tsp dry yeast (If you put more yeast is will have strong yeast taste) 
3 cups flour (I use Canadian flour)

You will need a baking dish with a cover.

Fun Fruit Pizza

Sugar cookie dough makes a fun foundation for this fantastic fruit pizza. The tender crust complements the sweetened cream cheese and colorful toppings. This was a fun dessert to make.

              Cookie dough:
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Fruits and cream

Monday, July 2, 2012

Creamy Meat Gravy "Podliva"

This delicious gravy you can eat with any side dish. Gravy and meat is cooked very quickly and easy, especially if you are accompanied step by step recipe.

2 lbs pork or any meat of your choice
1 onion
3 carrots
1-2 cups heavy whipping cream 
1-2 tbs Better than Bullion
3 tbs flour (If you like it very thick add 3tbs corn starch too)
Dill, parsley flakes
Salt, pepper, bay leaf
Water enough to cover the meat
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