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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

“Boyarin” Salad

The name was given because this layered salad, after decorating, looks like an ancient "boyarin" cup. "Boyarin" means a most powerful duke or other highest noble, who decided, together with the Russian Tsar, most important political and economical tasks.
Traditionally, they sat in the a "Duma", the place where they congregated at and discoursed with the Tsar.

Ingredients for 4:

2 lb potatoes
1 lb boiled beef or chicken fillet
2-3 large shallot onions
1 can (about 1 lb) salt mushrooms
5 hard-boiled eggs
Mayonnaise or mix of mayonnaise and sour cream on taste

Method:

Wash and boil potatoes. Peel and cool.
Boil meat (beef or chicken) with spices. Cool and cut into small pieces.
Peel onions, cut into small cubes, and fry until gold color (not brown!).
Clean and grate eggs.
Cut potatoes into thin slices (or into small pieces).

Put 1/5th of the potatoes in a salad bowl (or in a serving dish).
Sprinkle with mayonnaise.
Pour 1/5th of the meat pieces over potatoes evenly.
Cut salt mushrooms into small pieces.
Pour 1/5th of the mushrooms evenly, over the meat layer.
Pour 1/5th of the onion pieces evenly over the mushroom layer.
Wash with mayonnaise, and put the next layers: potatoes, mayo, meat, mushrooms, onions, eggs, and mayo.
Repeat 5 times. The top layer has to be potatoes.
Cover the dish with a lid, and place it in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
To serve, cut to round section of the salad (1/3, 1/4/ 1/6 , for example – it depends your guests appetite).

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Trout with a pomegranate sauce

Ingredients:

2.5 lb trout
0.25 lb butter
2 eggs
0.25lb lemon
Salt and pepper on taste
For sauce:
0.5 lb pomegranate juice
1 garlic glove
Tarragon, coriander, and parsley on taste

Method:

Clean fish, remove skeleton (do not breake skin, if possible).
Hard boil eggs, cool, clean, and cut into small cubes.
Cut lemon into small cubes. Cut tarragon.
Mix lemon, eggs, tarragon, salt, and pepper.
Stuff the trout with this mix.
Cook with butter until gold crust appears.
Place fish in an oven pre-heated to 370º F for 7-10 minutes.
To make pomegranate sauce, mix pomegranate juice, cut parsley and coriander, grated garlic, and salt. Blend it.
Serve hot fish with sauce and decorate it with greens and lemon slices.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Tartlets with mushrooms

Ingredients for 4:

1 ¼ lb mushrooms
2 tbsp butter
¼ tsp salt
1 pinch ground caraway seeds
1 2 stalks shallot onions
½ bunch of parsley
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp vine vinegar
2 tbsp whipping cream
2 tbsp mayonnaise
½ cup vine jelly for decorating
Dough for 4 tartlets
¼ tsp salt
1 pinch ground black pepper

Method:

Roll out the dough. Divide into 4 parts.
Put dough in shapes for the tartlet, and shape the dough.
Bake in an oven pre-heated to 410-420º F for about 10-15 minutes (it depends on the oven).
Let cool in shapes for a while, then take tartlets from shapes, and cool.
Cut mushrooms into small pieces, and fry them with butter for 10 minutes.
Add salt and ground caraway seeds, mix, and fry for 3-5 minutes more.
Let cool.
Peel and cut onions and parsley into small pieces.
Mix vinegar, vegetable oil, salt, ground pepper; add onions and parsley to the mix.
Add mushrooms, and mix well.
Whip cream, and mix with mayonnaise.
Put mushroom mix into the tartlet, decorate with whipped cream-mayo mix, and pour small cuts of wine jelly over whipped cream.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Sturgeon a la Marshal

Ingredients:

1 lb sturgeon
1 shallot onion
1 carrot
5 black peppers
1 bay leaf
2 eggs
½ dry French bread
¼ lb butter
Salt on taste
For sauce "Horseradish":
5 tbsp mayonnaise
1 oz horseradish
1 tbsp sugar
Salt on taste

Method:

Put sturgeon in very hot, but not boiling water for 5 minutes.
Clean fish skin off bone plates.
Peel and cut carrot into medium cuts.
Peel and cut onions into rings.
Boil water with spices, salt, carrot, and onions. Boil for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
Put sturgeon in a broth, bring to boil, ant turn heating to low.
Boil until ready (12-20 minutes).
Cool sturgeon in broth.
Then, take it out of the saucepan, dry, and cut into serving pieces.
Whip eggs with salt.
Grate dry bread (or use breadcrumbs).
Melt butter.
Dip every portion in whipped eggs, then roll in breadcrumbs, then dip in melted butter, then roll in breadcrumbs.
Put fish in an oven pre-heated to 400º F, and bake for about 16-18 minutes.
Serve hot with any fresh vegetable salad, and with “Horseradish” sauce.
To make sauce, grate horseradish, and mix it with sugar. Let it sit in a room (do not close with a lid!) for 40 minutes. Then, mix well with mayonnaise, and serve.

Note:
This way to cook fish was popular for noble dinners in Russia in 18-19 centuries.