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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Asparagus and ham

Ingredients for 4:

3/4 lb trimmed thin asparagus
4 slices boiled ham
1 cup grated cheese
1 1/4 light cream
1 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 lemon
1 tsp sugar
salt and peper on taste

Method:

Bring to boil 2 cups water, add salt, sugar, and lemin juice, put asparagus, and cook for 15 minutes, ot until asparagus is tender but still firm.
Mix in small saucepan chicken broth and cream and cook until reduced by half.
Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg, mix, and remove saucepan from the heat.
Drain asparagus, divide into 4 bundles, and roll each one in a slice of ham.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Grease with butter ovenproof dish, put bundles in it.
Pour sauce from saucepan over the top, then sprinkle with grated cheese, and bake asparagus with ham for 20 minutes, or until bubbling and golden brown.
Serve immediately.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Goulash in the pot

Ingredients:
2 lb beef (no bones)
2 lb potato
5 tbsp oil
1 large onion
1 large sweet pepper
½ lb tomatoes
1 tbsp wheat floor
1 tbsp red pepper
½ tsp marjoram
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt

Method:
Slice the onions thinly. Fry them in oil until they turn golden. Turn off
heat, and mix onions and red pepper.
Cut meat by cubes 1" x 1" x 1", and add it to onions. Sprinkle with marjoram and
black pepper, mix well, and then add 2 tbsp water and cook on low heating, stirring
every minute. When juices start to evaporate, add 2 tbsp of water or dry
wine.
Peel, wash, and cut potatoes into medium cubes. Remove seeds from sweet
pepper, wash, and slice into thin stripes.
When meat is mild, add the potatoes and sweet pepper.
Cover, and let it simmer.
After 10 minutes, add cut tomatoes and salt.
Pour goulash in pots; add water, cover, and place in cold oven.
Heat oven to 380° F and cook for 1 hour, or until meat and vegetables are ready.
When it is done it should be bright red, and spicy.

Note: Traditional Hungarian cuisine, where goulash is most popular,
add dumplings or noodles.
In Russian cuisine, goulash was and is a popular dish, and
is very appropriate when you have to feed a big number of people.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Dessert Pavlova

This recipe was created in 1929 in New Zealand or in 1934 in Australia (these two countries are now trying to prove in a court whose recipe this originally is: Australia’s or New-Zealand’s.
This dessert was created in honor of the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, after her tour in 1926 in Australia and New Zealand. Note that this dessert is one of the national symbols of New Zealand, and one of the national symbols of Australia.

About Anna Pavlova, the most celebrated dancer of her time:
born Jan. 31, 1881, St. Petersburg, Russia
died Jan. 23, 1931, The Hague, Netherlands.
Pavlova studied at the Imperial School of Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre from 1891, joined the Imperial Ballet in 1899, and became a prima ballerina in 1906. In 1909 she went to Paris on the historic tour of the Ballets Russes. After 1913 she danced independently with her own company throughout the world, and in 1926 she went on tour to Australia and New Zealand.

In the "Good Food Guide" to British Isles restaurants in 1977, a glossary of food terms referred to the Pavlova as a New Zealand offering, which changed next year to say Australian. Hilary Fawcett, who compiled the glossary, wrote about the change: "There does seem to be some controversy as to whether the wretched thing originated in New Zealand or Australia and I was reduced to doing a straw-vote count."
This recipe has comparatively low calories, and is appropriate for people who are on a diet.

The main idea of this dessert is a combination of meringue, cream, and fresh fruit and berries.
The difference between its and a usual meringue’s crust is its mildness compared to meringues, and, hence, it being less crumbly and crispy.
Like every great recipe, it gives you the freedom to create your own versions.
What you can vary:
You can vary the temperature and length of time you bake the meringue crust (If you like a milder meringue crust, bake the crust for 1.5 hour on 285 F, and if you like a more dry and crispy crust, bake for 3 hours on 230 F.)

You can make 1 crust or 1 crust and small round meringues, and place meringues on its border.
You can use your favorite creams that gives you a possibility to create many different desserts.
You can place a layer of ice cream before the layer of cream on the crust.
You can use different berries and fruit for different cases. Traditional fruit-berry layers contain pieces of kiwi and strawberry.



Ingredients:

4 egg whites
16 tbsp sugar or sugar powder
1 tsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp corn starch
vanilla extract on taste
Whipped cream ½ lb
Fruit and berries on taste (traditionally, 3 kiwi and 10 strawberries)

Method:

This is the version that takes less time.
Place very cold egg whites into a very clean, dry dish.
Whip 4 cold egg whites to strong foam, until tall peaks.
Add 16 tbsp sugar or sugar powder into small portions (1/2 tbsp), continuing whipping.
When you use all sugar, add 1 tsp white wine vinegar, continuing whipping.
Add 2 tsp corn starch and some drops of vanilla extract, then stop whipping and blend all on low speed.
Preheat oven to 370 F.
Draw a ring the size of a large plate on baking paper. Cover a baking sheet with this paper.
Pour the mix over the ring, and make an even, round layer of the mix.
Place baking sheet in the oven, reduce heating to 330 F.
Bake for 1 hour (do not open the oven’s door!)
Turn heating off and let the crust cool in the oven (do not open the oven’s door!)
Place the crust upside-down on a plate.
Put your favorite cream, or just whipped cream on the crust.
Put fruit pieces and berries (traditionally, kiwi and strawberries) over the whipped cream, and serve immediately.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Fish salad with fried onions

Ingredients:

1 can any fish in own juice or in oil
3 hard-boiled eggs
2 large onions
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp mayonnaise
Crushed black pepper on taste

Method:

Take egg yolks and crush them.
Shred egg whites.
Add oil in a large skillet, heat and add thin onion rings to the skillet, pour sugar over it and fry until the onion rings are golden. Cool the onions.
Put the fish in a dish; press it with forks until you have small pieces of fish about same size.
Pour egg yolks over it.
The next salad layer is the onion rings, and then a layer of whites mixed with mayonnaise.
Pour with black pepper (no salt!)
Let sit 30 minutes, and serve.

Note:

Optionally, you can add two more layers to this salad:
shredded cheese and very cold shredded butter or margarine.
And, of course, you can use thin pieces of boiled or smoked fish.
Generally, layered salads, or salads-cocktails are very popular in the Nobility's cuisine.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Tender Salmon

Time required: 15 minutes

Russian Nobility Cuisine: Tender Salmon

The original recipe is somewhat involved, so I am giving you a simpler version that still tastes great. That includes using ingredients available in your nearest grocery store (although I usually buy them in Costco.)

The advantage of this recipe is that the salmon gets real tender. As an additional advantage, the essential natural Omega-3 oils critical for cardiovascular and neurological health are kept intact so you get the full benefit of eating salmon.

I normally serve it on a large flat plate, one or two pieces per person. A variety of garnishes goes well with it. On a traditional high calorie side it really tastes well with mashed or skillet fried (not French fried!) potatoes. Men love it. Or you can prefer a low-carb low-GI detox way with small fresh tomatoes instead, which has lately been my favorite. Or make your own pick: pasta with parmesan, tomato salad, radish salad, or even coleslaw! If you are ok with alcohol, a glass of wine completes the picture very nicely. Pick dry wine; sweet and semi-sweet wines don’t go well with salmon and fish overall.

Ingredients for two

  • Frozen salmon fillets (I usually buy those at Costco), 1 piece per person (2 upon request)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions, either fresh or dried.
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped parsley, either fresh of dried.
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (flax seed oil is used in the original recipe).
  • Montreal steak seasoning liberally by taste, extra salt to balance pepper and salt from seasoning.
  • (Optional) Lemon juice.

Method


Add water to a skillet to cover the bottom, put on high heat, add onions, parsley, mix. Add oil, mix. While the skillet heats, unwrap fillets and rinse them with cold water. Do not unfreeze.

When the mixture on the skillet starts to boil, put fillets on, reduce the heat to medium or low-medium. Cover. Simmer for four minutes. Turn fillets, keep covered. Simmer for four minutes more. Turn again. Simmer covered for four minutes again. Check if the fillets are ready; they should be. Serve immediately.

Don’t let the water evaporate completely in the process, when it’s done there should be a little broth at the bottom.

Variant: If you think that salmon tastes too oily, sprinkle with lemon juice in the beginning and when turning it over.