August 31, 2015

Sugar Free honey cake

I'm a fan of "Cook's Country" magazine. Last issue has a pretty decent honey cake recipe.  I'm trying to make a new recipe each year. So, this year I went for sugar-free honey cake from such good cooking magazine. The internal textture of the cake is absolutely perfect.

Serves 12

2 & 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I took 3 cups. Initially I used 2 & 1/2 cups and later added 1/2 cup more because the batter looked thin for me.)
1 & 1/4 teaspooon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup water
4 large eggs
1/4 cups + 2 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 3/4 cups honey

Adjust oven to middle position and heat oven to 325 F. Heavenly spray 1-cup Bundt pan with baking spay with flour. Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda in large bowl. Whisk water, eggs, applesauce, oil, orange juice, and vanilla extract in separate bowl until combined. Whisk honey into egg mixture until fully combined.

Whisk honey mixture into flour mixture until combined. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake until skewer inserted into middle of cake comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.
Let cake cool in pan for 30 minutes, loosen cake from sides of pan and invert onto rack. let cool completely, about 2 hours. cooled cake can be wrapped at room temperature for up to 3 days.

My collections of Honey cakes.

1. Honey Cake from Marcy Goldman
2. Banana-Honey cake with Vodka glaze
3. Honey Yorgut Loaf
4. Classic Honey cake from "Joy of Cooking"
5. Honey Carrot Raisin Loaf
6. Walnut, dry fruits & honey cake
7. Applesauce Honey Cake from Martha Stewart

August 19, 2015

Ina Garten's zucchini pancakes

Ina Garten's zucchini pancakes

My zucchini pancakes became very popular among my readers. So I decided to try something similar. I think, I found another good recipe.

2 medium zucchini (about 3/4 pound)
2 tablespoons grated red onions
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
6 to 8 tablespoons all-puspose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

vegetable oil for frying

Grate the zucchini into a bowl using large grating side of a box grater. Immediately stir in onions and eggs, Stir in 6 tablespoons of the flour, the baking powder, salt, and pepper.(if the batter gets too thin, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour.

Heat a large saute pan over the medium heat. Add oil. Drop heaping soup spoons of batter into pan. Cook the pancakes about 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Serve warm.

Оладьи из зеленых кабачков

2 средних кабачка (300 грамм)
2 столовые ложки натертого красного лука
2 больших яйца
6-8 столовых ложек муки
1 чайная ложка разрыхлителя
1 чайная ложка соли
1/2 чайной ложки порошка черного перца

подсолнечное масло для жарки

Натереть кабачки на крупной терке. Добавить лук, яйца, 6 столовых ложек муки, ражрыхлитель, соль и перец. Все хорошо перемешать. Если тесто водянистое, добавьте еще 2 столовые ложки муки.

Нагреть большую сковороду. Добавить подсолнечное масло.  Выложить столовой ложкой оладьи и жарить на каждой стороне по 2 минуты. Подаватч теплыми.

Recipe come from book "Barefoot contessa at home"

August 10, 2015

Banana-Walnut Muffins with Cream cheese filling

Banana-Walnut Muffins with Cream cheese filling.

Make 12 muffins.

This recipe easy to make, because all ingredients usually on hand at home. Here they are:

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, blend 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened, with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 large egg, beaten. Refrigerate filling.

In a large bowl, whisk together 1 & 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 & 1/2 ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In separate bowl, mash 4 bananas. Stir in 1 cup light brown sugar. 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1 large egg, beaten. Fold banana mixture into flour mixture along with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Fill cups halway with batter. Spoon 2 tablespoons chilled filling into each cup. Top with remaining batter, just covering filling, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Bake until a cake tester comes out mostly dry with a few moist crumbs, about 25 minutes. Serve warm or qt room temperature.

Recipe comes from Oprah magazine

August 02, 2015

Avocado and Egg Salad

Avocado and Egg Salad

Makes 2 servings

I love experimenting with avocado. While ago I made Avocado egg salad This time I decided to so something slightly different. Believe me, mix of avocado, lemon juice, and mayo gives unbelievable richness to the salad. Personally I think, this salad is better than previous one.

1 large avocado
1 hard-boiled egg, grated
2 tablespoоns chopped green onions or red onion
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
3 teaspoons mayonaise

Halve the avocado and remove pit by hitting it forcefully with hell of heavy knife, so knife stocks in pit. Remove avocado flesh and mash with fork. Add egg, onions, and parsley.  Pour lemon juice and mayo. Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste.

Салат из авокадо и яиц

На 2 порции

1 большое авокадо
1 круто-сваренное яйцо, натертое на крупной терке
2 столовых ложки мелко нарезанного зеленого лука или красного
1 столовая ложка мелко нарезанной петрушки
1 чайноая ложка лимонного сока
соль и жгучик перец по вкусу
3 чайные ложка майонеза.

Разрезать ножом авокадо на две равные части. Удалить косточку и выложить в тарелку. Помять вилкой. Добавить яйцо, лук и петрушку. влить лимонный сок и майонез. Добавить соль и перец по вкусу.

July 24, 2015

Red hummus with smoked paprika

Red hummus with smoked paprika

Serves 4

2 garlic cloves (1 is enough)
1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, drained
1/2 (12oz) jar whole sweet red peppers, drained
1 teaspoon honey
Tabasco to taste (I used cayenne pepper)
1/4-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
coarsely ground black pepper

Put garlic cloves into a food processor and process until chopped, then add the chickpeas, red pepper, and honey and process again. Stir in Tabasco and smoked paprika to taste.

Serve with toasted pita bread.

Recipe comes from "the best of Rose Elliott. The ultimate vegetable collection".

June 28, 2015

Vegetable cream cheese spread

Vegetable cream cheese spread

8 oz. Neufschel cheese or your favourite cream cheese
1 tablespoon minced parsley or basil pesto
2 tablespoons chopped pecans,
2 baby carrots, shredded
1 garlic glove
1 teaspoon minced red onion
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt, cayenne pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in food processor and process for 15-20 seconds. Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste.

Овощная помазка со сливочным сыром

250 грамм сливочного сыра
1 столовая ложка мелко нарезанной петрушки или персто из базилика
2 столовые ложки мелко нарезанных орех пекан
2 моркови, натертой на крупной терке
1 зубец чеснока
1 столовая ложка мелко нарезанного красного сладкого лука
1 столовая лоххка бальзамического уксуса
1 столовая ложка оливкового масла
Соль и острый красный перец по вкусу

Положить все составляющие в кухонный комбайн и провернуть в течении 15-20 секунд. Добавить соль и красный острый перец по вкусу.

June 15, 2015

Mediterranean chunky bean & vegetable soup

Mediterranean chunky bean & vegetable soup

Comfort food is good any time of year! I love this soup. Combination of vegetables and beans absolutely delicious. 

Serves 4 ( I would say 6)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
3 leeks, sliced ( I took 2)
3 cups slice green cabbage (I took 2 cups)
a few thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
1 (15-ounce) can canellini beans, drained
5 cups vegetable stock
salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste
grated cheese and sour cream to garnish

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onions, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Add carrots, parsnips, leeks, cabbage, thyme, and bay leaves and stir to lightly coat them all with oil. Cover and cook gently for another 10 minutes.

Add beans and stock, bring to boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer over gentle heat for 30 minutes. Season with salt, black and cayenne pepper, then ladle into warmed bowls, and top each with cheese and sour cream. Serve with whole-wheat bread.

Recipe from wonderful book  "The best of Rose Elliot. The Ultimate vegetable collection".

June 08, 2015

Pareve Mango-Ginger Banana Bread

Pareve Mango-Ginger Banana Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (4 to 5 medium)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped fresh mango
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch pan; set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ginger. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

In a medium bowl stir together eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Meanwhile, toss chopped mango in 1 Tbsp. flour. Fold dates and mango into batter. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Bake for about 70 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover loosely with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

Банановый кекс с манго и финиками

2 чашки муки
1 1/2 чайной ложки разрыхлителя
1/2 чайной ложки соды
1/4 чайной ложки соли
1 чайная ложка порошка имбиря
2 яйца, взбить немного
1 1/2 чашки бананового пюре (4-5 средней величины бананов)
1 чашка сахара
1/2 чашки подсолнечного масла
1/4 чашка мелко нарезанных фиников
1/2 чашки мелко нарезанного плода манго (1 средней величины плод)
1 столовая ложка муки

Нагреть духовку до 350Ф (180Ц). Приготовить формочку для выпечки хлеба (9ж5ж3 дюймов). в большой посуде смешать муку, разрыхлитель, соду, соль и имбирь.

В средней посудине взбить немного яйца, банановое пюре, сахар и подсолнечное масло. Добавить эту смесь к мучной. Перемешаьт манго с мукой и аккуратно вмешать в жидкое тесто. Добавить финики.

Поставить в духовку и печь 70 минут. Последние 15 минут накрыть алюминиевой фольгой. вынуть из духовки, остудить 10 минут. Вынуть из формочки и дать полностью остыть. Завернуть в пергаментную бумагу на ночь и нарезать утром.

Recipe comes from