December 10, 2018

Green Monster Salad


1 head of lettuce
1/3 cup fresh herbs, such as mint
1 cucumber
1 cup green grapes
1/2 cup crumbled feta
croutons (store-bought or homemade)

Dressing

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons honey

Prep the lettuce, herbs, cucumbers, and grapes. Place all but the grapes in a large bowl.

Put the salt, mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and honey in a Mason jar, screw on the lid, and shake until well blended. Taste and adjust, if needed.
Pour half the dressing on the salad and toss. Taste, and if needed, add more dressing. Top with the grapes, feta, and croutons.


Очень зеленый салат с виноградом

1 головка салата
1/3 чашки свежей зелени, например, мяты, петрушки
1 средней величины огурец
1 чашка зеленого винограда
1/2 чашка раскрошенного сыра фета
сухарики (купленные в магазине или домашние)

Соус
1/2 чайной ложки соли
1 чайная ложка дижонской горчицы
2 столовые ложки бальзамического уксуса
4 столовые ложки оливкового масла
 2 чайные ложки меда

Для салата смешать зелень, огурцы и виноград в большой миске.

В небольшой стеклянной баночке смешать все ингридиенты для соуса: соль, горчицу, бальзамический уксус, оливковое масло и мед. Плотно закрутить крышкой и встряхнуть до полного смешения. Попробуйте соус и если нухно добайте соль и перец.

Вылить половину соуса на салат и перемешать. На вверх выложить фету и хлебные сухарики. Полить второй половиной соуса.


Recipe comes from Family Fun

December 08, 2018

Beet Tapenade


Makes 1 & 1/2 cups

1/4 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon
2/3 cup pitted green olives (I used canned ones. I also rinsed and drained them)
1/4 cup packed basil (I used 1 & 1/2 tablespoons minced basil from tube)
1 clove garlic
4 oz beets, cooked, peeled, and chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

I also added a dash of sugar to intensify beet flavor

If you serve on bread or crostini, sprinkle with pine nuts, pomegranate seeds or feta cheese.

Put zest and juice from lemon, green olives, basil and garlic to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add beets, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pulse until just chopped. Refrigerate up to 1 day.


Тапенада из красной свеклы

На 1 & 1/2 чашки

1/4 чайной ложки свежей цедры и 2 столовые ложки сока из 1 лимона
2/3 чашки зеленых маслин (я использовала консервированные маслины. Я также промыла их холодной водой и отцедила хорошо)
1/4 чашки листьев базилика, плотно утрамбованных (я использовала 1 и 1/2 столовые ложки измельченного базилика из тюбика)
1 зубчик чеснока
120 грамм красной свеклы, отваренной или испеченной в духовке, очищенной и нарезанной на средние куски
1/4 чашек оливкового масла
1/8 чайной ложки соли
1/4 чайной ложки молотого черного перца

Я также добавила щепотку сахара.

Выложить лимонную цедру и сок, зеленые маслины, базилик и чеснок в кухонный комбайн и пропульсуровать до мелких кусочков. Добавить свеклы, оливковое масло, соль и перец.

Пропульсировать до получения мелких кусочков. Поставить в холодильник на 1 день.

При подачи посыпать гранатовыми зернами, брынзой или поджаренными кедровыми орехами.


Recipe comes from Red Book Magazine

December 03, 2018

Cinnamon Ginger Spiced Pumpkin Seeds


Set a bowl of these delectable spiced pumpkin seeds on your bar or hors d’oeuvres table and watch as they magically disappear.

2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tsp olive, avocado or coconut oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground black pepper more or less to taste
2 tbsp maple syrup, agave or honey (if not vegan)

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and toss well

Transfer the spiced pumpkin seeds to a medium nonstick pan and cook over medium-low heat for about 7-10 minutes or until golden. Watch carefully and stir often to prevent them from burning

Spread the spiced pumpkin seeds on a piece of parchment paper and let them cool (do not touch spiced pumpkin seeds with bare hands while hot, they can really burn!)


Our cinnamon-ginger spiced pumpkin seeds are also a great topping for:

  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Oatmeal
  • Overnight Oats
  • Ice Cream
  • Smoothie Bowl
  • Yogurt Parfaits


You may want to try experimenting with other spice combinations like:

  • Cumin, Coriander, and Cinnamon
  • Sweet Paprika, Turmeric, Cumin, and Coriander
  • Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Thyme and Rosemary
  • Cinnamon, Cloves, and Ginger
  • Oregano, Garlic, and Hot Pepper Flakes
  • Sumac and Zaatar



Recipe comes from May I have that recipe

November 30, 2018

Cheese roulade with chicken filling


It's not very Jewish dish, because of mixture of cheese and poultry, but for those, who don't keep kosher, it's going to be a very tasty and quite presentable delicatessen. Initially, the recipe was posted by Russian lady and I had to add some spices to Americanize this recipe.

Make 1 roulade enough for 8-10 servings

Cough

300 g cheese, grated on large holes of grater (I used 2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers + 1/2 cup sharp cheddar)
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling

1 pound chicken breast meat, cut into medium chunks
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon dry parsley
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
salt, pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Place a parchment paper on 15 by 10 by 1-inch jelly-roll pan, which is a shallow rectangular pan with one-inch-deep sides. Coat the parchment paper with cooking spray.

To make filling, coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Heat the pan on medium high heat until the oil is shimmering. Add the chopped onion and stir to coat the onions with the oil. Spread the onions out evenly over the pan and let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take onions from the heat and cool for a couple minutes.

Place chicken into food processor and process for 30 seconds. Using slotted spoon, add sauteed onions to chicken and process until smooth. Add dry parsley, paprika, salt and pepper.

To make a dough, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Spread the dough all over the parchment paper and bake 10-12 minutes. Take the pan out of oven and thinly spread filling all over of baked and hot dough. Starting from the one long side, roll the dough with filling into a roulade, using the parchment to help you roll. Place seam down the roulade on the same parchment paper, tightly cover with aluminum foil and bake more 25 minutes. Uncover the roulade and bake more 5 minutes to get golden brown color on a top.

Remove from the oven and give 10-15 minutes to cool off. Cut into 1/2-inch slices and serve. You don't have to cut a whole roulade immediately after baking. Use a couple slices and refrigerate for later. Can be refrigerated in aluminum foil for a couple days and used as an appetizer or even cold lunch.


Russian version: Chicken Roll recipe from Olga Matvey



November 26, 2018

Herring butter with Home-Made Marinated Fish


4 ounces oil-packed smoked herring or sardines, drained (recipe below)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Pinch cayenne pepper

Crushed flaky sea salt, such as Maldon or Jacobsen


Place the fish, butter, shallot, mustard, and cayenne in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer on high speed until the mixture is homogenous, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if needed, 1 to 2 minutes total. Taste and season with salt if needed; set aside. (Different fish have different saltiness levels, so it's important to taste before salting.)

Recipe comes from book "A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories" by Renee Erickson, Jess Thomson, Jim Henkens the Kitchn


Pickled Marinated Fish

10 oz. light salted mackerel cut into 2-3” pieces

For brine

1 cup water
1 ½ tbs kosher or sea salt
½ tbs sugar
3-4 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3-4 allspice seeds
1 tbs olive oil
Cut the fish and set aside

Start by making the brine. In a saucepan combine all ingredients except for the oil Bring to a boil and let it cool down completely

Arrange the fish in a medium plastic or glass jar, pour the brine over to cover the fish completely , add in olive oil and set in the fridge for 24 hours

Ready pickled fish needs to be kept in fridge .


Recipe comes from Heghineh.com

November 23, 2018

Quick Pear Salad Mediterranean style


Yield: serves 4

2 ripe but firm pears
juice of 1/2 lemon
4 cups arugula, other baby lettuce or spring mix
4 Tbsp walnuts
4-8 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese, Gorgonzola cheese or goat cheese
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Dressing

1 tsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp white wine vinegar (you can use balsamic and white wine vinegars to make 3 tablespoons of liquid)
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/8 teaspoon sumac (Mediterranean spice available in ethnic stores)
1/8 teaspoon sugar (optional)
salt and black pepper to taste

To make the dressing mix together the mustard, olive oil, sumac and vinegar in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Taste and decide if you need sugar.
Slice on mandolin the pear into 1/4 inch slices. Sprinkle the cut slices with the lemon juice to prevent browning, making sure all surfaces are covered.

Arrange arugula on 4 salad plates and top each pear slices. Scatter the nuts and blue cheese over the plates. Drizzle with the dressing and scatter pomegranate seeds all over, and season with fresh cracked black pepper.

Serve immediately.


Быстрый салат из груши по-средиземноморски

На 4 порции

2 спелые, но крепкие груши
сок 1/2 лимона
4 чашки рукколы или другух салатных листьев
4 столовые ложки грецких орехов
4-8 столовые ложки сыра горгонзола или козьего сыра
1/4 чашки семян красного граната

Соус

1 чайная ложка дижонской горчицы
3 столовые ложки белого винного уксуса (Вы можете использовать бальзамический и белый винный уксус вместе. Общее количество должно быть 3 столовые ложки)
1/2 чашки оливкового масла
1/8 чайной ложки сумака (средиземноморская специя)
1/8 чайной ложки сахара (по желанию)
соль и черный перец по вкусу

В маленькой миске смешать горчицу, оливковое масло, сумак и уксус. Добавить соль и перец по вкусу. Попровукте и решите, нужен ли вам сахар.

Нарезать на мандолине грушу на ломтики. Сбрызгнуть их лимонным соком, чтобы предотвратить потепнение груши.

Разложить салатные листья на 4 салатные тарелки и ​​сверху выложить ломтики груши. посыпать орехами и сыром. Полить соусом и посыпать семенами граната. Приправить свежо-натертым черным перцем.

Подавать тут же.


November 22, 2018

Tahini Cookies for Yoga Lovers


Makes 20-25 medium size pastries

2 cups (7 ounces or 200 g) ground almonds (also sometimes labeled almond meal; do not substitute almond flour)
1/2 teaspoon (2 g) fine sea salt
1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
Slightly generous 1/2 cup (7 ounces or 200 g) honey (or substitute maple syrup for vegan)
3/4 cup (7 ounces or 200 g) tahini (sometimes labeled sesame paste)
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons (22 to 30 ml) vanilla extract (yep, tablespoons)
1/4 cup sliced or roughly chopped almonds or pistachios (raw or roasted)


Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) if you prefer chewier, softer cookies or 375º F (191º C) if you prefer slightly crisper, more well-done cookies. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds, salt, and baking powder.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the honey, tahini, and vanilla until everything is completely combined and the mixture has begun to thin a little, 4 to 6 minutes.

Pour the contents of the saucepan into the dry ingredients in the bowl and stir with a spoon or mix with your hands until everything is combined and a dough forms. The dough should come together easily and feel quite warm and soft and squishy. Refrigerate the mixture for 10 minutes so that it firms slightly.

Pinch off about 1 1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll it into a 1-inch (2.5-cm) ball. Place it on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the blobs of dough about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. If a flatter and somewhat crisper cookie is desired, use the tines of a fork to gently flatten the dough. Sprinkle with sliced or chopped almonds or pistachios, gently pressing the nuts into the dough so the don’t fall off during baking.

Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. The cookies will puff a little during baking but will flatten somewhat during cooling. Watch carefully so that the bottoms don’t overbrown. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheets on wire racks. If you can, store the cookies in an airtight container.


Recipe comes from "The Yoga Kitchen: Over 100 Vegetarian Recipes to Energize the Body, Balance the Mind & Make for a Happier You" by Kimberly Parsons  (Author), Lisa Cohen (Photographer) (Leites Culinaria)

November 19, 2018

Mushroom and Farro Soup


Yield 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb mixed mushrooms (such as oyster, shiitake, and cremini), sliced (I use 10oz mushrooms)
¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
¾ cup pearled farro
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus leaves for serving  (I did not use)
½ cup dry white wine
5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion, carrots, and celery and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add mushrooms, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender and browned, 7 to 8 minutes.

Stir in farro and chopped rosemary; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is toasted and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in wine and cook, stirring constantly, until wine has almost evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in broth and remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until farro is tender, 14 to 16 minutes. Serve topped with rosemary leaves.


Грибной суп с крупой Farro

На 4 порции

2 столовые ложки оливкового масла
1 головка лука, мелко нарезанного
3 моркови, нарезанные на искосяк на средние куски
3 стебля сельдерея, нарезанные на искосяк на средние куски
2 зубчика чеснока, меко нарезанного
450 грамм  свежих грибов, нарезанных на средние куски (я использовала 300 грамм грибов)
¾ чайная ложка кошерной соли
½ чайной ложки свежего молотого черного перца
¾ чашки крупы Farro
1 чайная ложка нарезанного свежего розмарина, плюс листья для подач (я не использовала)
½ чашки сухого белого вина
5 чашек овощного бульона

Нагреть масло в большой, с тяжелым дном кастрюле на среднем уровне. Добавить лук, морковь и сельдерей и тушить, часто помешивая, до размягчения, около 5 минут. Добавить чеснок и продолжать тушить, постоянно помешивая, около 1 минуты.

Добавить грибы, ½ чайной ложки соли и ¼ чайной ложки перца; тушить, часто помешивая, пока овощи не станут мягкими и грибы коричневыми, от 7 до 8 минут.

Всыпать крупу Farro и нарезанный розмарин; варить, постоянно помешивая, пока смесь не поджарится и станет ароматной, около 2 минут. Добавить вино и варить, постоянно помешивая, пока алкоголь не испарится, от 1 до 2 минут. Влить бульон и добавить оставшиеся ¼ чайной ложки каждой соли и перца.

Довести суп  до кипения, уменьшить огонь до минимума и варить, периодически помешивая, пока Farro станет мягким, от 14 до 16 минут. Подавать с листьями розмарина.


Recipe comes from Real Simple

November 16, 2018

Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing


Yield: 6 as a meal, 8-10 as a side

For the Salad
1 cup freekeh or other grain (quinoa, bulgur, etc.)
1 head cauliflower
2 sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
a sprinkle of dried spices that you like, or a few sprigs of thyme, rosemary, etc.
1 large apple

For the Lemon Dressing
1 bunch parsley (about 1 cup), minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
2/3 cup olive oil
juice of one lemon (more to taste)
1 teaspoon agave (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste

Rinse the grains and place in a rice cooker with the appropriate amount of broth or water (refer to package directions – it depends on the grain). Set on the white rice setting and prep the other stuff while it cooks.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Chop the cauliflower into small florets. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and add a few sprigs of thyme or other dried spices if you have some that you like. Roast for 20 minutes, stir, and roast for another 10-15 minutes. When they are golden brown and soft, remove from oven and set aside.

While the veggies are roasting, combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight lid and shake to combine. Chop the apple and set aside.

When the grains and vegetables are done, toss everything together. This can be done when everything is hot or when it’s cooled, although the texture will be different (heavier) when hot. Store leftovers separately (salad and dressing) if possible.
If you want some crunch, add a few handfuls of chopped nuts like cashews or pecans.


Осенний салат с лимонным соусом

На 6 порций

Для салата
1 чашка зерновых (кинва, бульгур и т. Д.)
1 средняя цветная капуста
2 сладкие картофелины
1 столовая ложка оливкового масла
сухие специи, которые вам нравятся, или несколько веточек тимьяна, розмарина и т. д.
1 большое яблоко

Для лимонного соуса
1 пучок петрушки (около 1 чашки), очень мелко порезанной
1 маленький чеснок чеснока, очень мелко порезанного
2/3 чашки оливкового масла
сок одного лимона (больше по вкусу)
1 чайная ложка агавы (необязательно)
1/2 чайной ложки соли
перец по вкусу

Промыть холодной водой зерна и поместить в среднюю кастюлю или с соответствующим количеством бульона или воды (см. Указания на упаковке). Довести до кипения, уменьшить огонь и варить до полного приготовления.

Разогреть духовку до 425 Фаренгейтов. Нарезать цветную капусту на небольшие соцветия. Очистить и нарезать сладкий картофель. Выложить на деко и полить оливковым маслом. Посыпать солью, перцем и добавить несколько веточек тимьяна или других высушенных специй. Поставить в нагретую духовку и печь в течение 20 минут, вынуть, перемешать и еще запекать в течении 10-15 минут до золотисто-коричневого цвета.

Пока овощи запекаются приготовить соус. Соединить все ингредиенты в посуде с крышкой и встряхнуть ее, чтобы все перемешалось. Нарезать неочищенное яблоко яблоко.

Когда зерновые и овощи приготовлены, дать им немного остыть и перемешать все вместе. Залить соусом и еще раз перемешать. Если у Вас много овощей, то отложите порцию и храните в холодильнике отдельно от соуса. Перемешаете перед очередной подачей.

Если хотите хрустящий салар, добавьте горстку измельченных орехов. Можно добавить зерна граната.


Recipe comes from Pinch of Yum

November 13, 2018

Scottish oatcakes


Oatcakes are an ancient mainstay of the Scottish diet and were for a long time one of the main sources of carbohydrates for the average Scotsman. These days, Scottish oatcakes are commonly served with jam for breakfast or at afternoon tea topped with delicacies like smoked salmon and creme fraiche.

4 to 6 servings (I made 25-28 2-inch cookies)


2 cups oatmeal, ground in food processor
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons butter

My add-ons

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon rose water

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix the oatmeal, flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Bring the water and butter to a light boil in a small saucepan.

Stir the water-butter mixture into the oat mixture until it forms a mass. Add more water if necessary to bring the ingredients together as a dough. Set aside to rest for at least 10 minutes.

Roll the oatcakes dough out to 1/2 inch thick and cut into 3 to 4-inch rounds (I rolled the dough to 5-7 mm thick and cut into 2-inch rounds). Place the rounds onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden-brown and lightly crispy on the edges.

Serve warm with butter and jam or with syrup.

Scottish Oatcake Variations

Oats: Scottish or Irish-style steelcut oats work best for oatcakes. You can use American-style old-fashioned rolled oats instead, but pulse the oats briefly in a food processor or blender first to break them up a bit.

The wheat flour can be eliminated for a more gluten-free version. But be aware that most oats have trace amounts of gluten.

Add a little sweetness to your oatcakes by stirring about 1/2 cup of brown sugar into the flour mixture.

Use milk instead of water if you like.

Some recipes substitute shortening, lard or even bacon fat for the butter.

Instead of cutting the oatcakes into rounds, simply press out the dough to an even thickness on a baking sheet and bake according to directions above. Cut into squares after removing from the oven.

Crispy Oatcakes: Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness before cutting into rounds. Bake as directed in the recipe above.


Recipe comes from What 4 eats


November 11, 2018

Georgian Salad With Baby Sweet Peppers And Zucchini


Serves: 4-6

1 pack (about 1 pound) baby bell peppers (I used a regular sweet peppers, cut into medium stripes)
2 medium zucchini, sliced diagonally to ¼ inch slices
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
½ bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
½ bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped (I used 10 leaves of mint)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
7 tablespoons grapeseed or olive oil
handful of chopped walnuts
handful of pomegranate seeds
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Make a dressing, mixing together garlic, parsley, cilantro, vinegar, 4 tablespoons of oil, pepper and salt to a small bowl and whisk until all ingredients are incorporated

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large pan and on a medium heat.

Add baby bell peppers and cook stirring frequently until slightly softened and browned on the sides, about 7-10 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the peppers into a medium bowl.
To the same pan, add zucchini and cook for about 5 minutes until softened. Don't overcrowd the pan. You might need to cook in batches.
Transfer cooked zucchini to the bowl with baby bell peppers.
Add dressing. Sprinkle with walnuts and pomegranate seeds.  Serve warm.


Грузинский салат со сладкими перцами и кабачками

На 4-6 порций

1 пакет (около 1 фунта) сладкий сладкий перец (я использовалa обычный сладкий перец, нарезанный на  полоски средней величины)
2 средних цуккини, нарезанных по диагонали на средние кусочки
3 зубчика чеснока, мелко измельченного
½ пучка свежей петрушки, мелко нарезанной
½ пучка свежей кинзы, мелко нарезанной (я использовала 10 листьев мяты)
2 столовые ложки бальзамического уксуса
7 столовых ложек виноградного или оливкового масла
горсть измельченных грецких орехов
горсть семян граната
½ чайной ложки соли
¼ чайной ложки перца

Для соуса смешать чеснок, петрушку, кинзу, уксус, 4 столовые ложки оливкового масла, перец и соль в маленькой посуде и хорошо перемешать.

Нагреть 3 столовые ложки масла в большой сковороде и на среднем огне.

Добавить сладкий сладкий перец и жарить помешивая пока он слегка размягчится, примерно 7-10 минут. Шумовой ложкой переложить перецв отдельную посуду.

В ту же сковороду добавить цуккини и жарить около 5 минут. Возможно придется жарить цуккини партиями. Добавить приготовленные цуккини в посуду с перцем.

Залить приготовленным соусом. Посыпать грецкими орехами и семенами граната. Подавать теплым.


Base recipe comes from Lavender and macarons

November 08, 2018

Roasted Walnuts Coffee Light Bread


Make 1 loaf for 6-8 servings

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking power
2/3 cup chopped walnuts + 10 walnuts halves for decoration
200 ml strongly brewed coffee (3 tablespoons ground coffee + 200 ml water)
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
3 tablespoons molasses (I used 1 tablespoon to make light bread taste like a bread, not a cake)
1 tablespoon malt syrup (I used honey)
1 cup butter, room temperature and cut into medium chunks
3 large eggs


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan.

In a large bowl, mix together flours, baking power, salt and set aside.

Spread nuts walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 5 to 10 minutes, and up to 12, tossing the nuts around occasionally to ensure even cooking. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a 8-10 minutes.
Pour coffee into medium pot. Place on a medium heat, add sugar, molasses, honey, and butter. Heat and stir until all sugar dissolves in wet ingredients. Remove from the heat and leave for a couple minutes to cool.

Using electric mixer, beat eggs for 1-2 minutes, slowly add coffee mixture to eggs and beat more for 1 minute.

Add coffee-egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Fold in walnuts, stir just until blended.

Pour into the pan, and bake for about 50 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the bread from the oven. Set it aside, and let it cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the bread from the pan, and allow it to cool completely before slicing. The bread will keep for 3 days on the counter, covered.


Russian version



Recipe comes from Edim Doma with Yulia Vysotskaya

November 05, 2018

Armenian Roasted Red Pepper Paste


Makes 1 & 1/2 cups

2 lbs fresh red bell peppers (about 5 large ones)
1/4 cup red wine
1 tablespoon chili sauce from Heinz
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon garlic-chili sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Roast, broil or grill peppers. Put hot peppers in plastic bag and give 10-15 minutes to cool. Peel the skin and remove the seeds. Quickly rinse to clean any leftover skin and seeds. Using a food processor process until almost smooth consistency. Some people don't like very smooth paste and in this case, you have to pulse 10-12 times.

Place the peppers in a pot, along with tomato paste, chili and garlic-chili sauces.  Add wine. Bring to boil, lower the temperature and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir constantly until it slightly thickens. Stir in sugar and salt, cook another 5-10 minutes

Store ready pepper paste in glass container and save in fridge.


Паста из запеченых красных сладких перцев по-армянски

На 1 & 1/2 чашки пасты

1кг свежего красного перца (около 5 больших перцев)
1/4 чашки красного вина
1 столовая ложка chili соуса (Heinz)
2 столовые ложки томатной пасты
1/8 чайной ложки garlic-chili соуса
1 столовая ложка коричневого сахара
Соль и перец по вкусу


Запечь перец в духовке или на гриле. Выложить горячий перец в полиэтиленовый пакет и дать 10-15 минут для остывания. Почти остывший перец очистить от кожуры и удалить семена. Быстро промыть под холодной водой. Выложить перец в кухонный комбайн и прокрутить до получения гладкой массы. Тем, кому не нравится консистенция пасты, пропульсировать 10-12 раз до образования очень мелких кусочков.

Выложить перцы на разогретую сковороду, добавить томатную пасту, соусы и вино. Довести до кипения, уменьшить температуру и тушите в течение 15 минут до легкого загустения. Не забывайте помешивать. Добавить сахар, соль и перец, тушить еще 5-10 минут.

Переложить в стеклянную посуду, плотно закрыть, дать остыть и хранить в холодильнике.

Прекрасно подходит для еды с жареным хлебом и как соус к мясу. Можете попробовать добавлять к борщу.


Recipe comes from Heghineh

November 03, 2018

Honey Soy Baked Chicken Thighs


Yield: 4-6 servings

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
5 tablespoons honey
4 cloves of garlic; minced (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 pounds (approximately) chicken thighs (or preferred chicken meat)
salt and pepper to taste

Mix first 6 ingredients together in a large plastic zip-top storage bag. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken to the plastic bag, seal bag and turn chicken to coat each piece, then place in refrigerator to marinate until ready to cook, up to a day ahead.

Preheat oven to 425-degrees F.

When ready to cook, add chicken and marinade to a baking dish in a single layer. Bake chicken in a 425-degrees oven for 25 minutes with the skin side up. Flip the chicken and cook skin side down for another 10 minutes. Then turn the chicken again to skin side up and finish cooking for another 10 minutes to crisp up the skin, for a total of 45 minutes. Cook until internal temperature of chicken reads 165-degrees F.


Курятина, запеченная в медово-соевом соусе

На 4-6 порций

3 столовые ложки оливкового масла
3 столовые ложки соевого соуса
5 столовых ложек меда
4 зубчика чеснока, очень мелко порезанного (можно заменить на 1/2 чайной ложки чесночного порошка)
1/2 чайной ложки молотого имбиря
1/2 чайной ложки свеже-молотого черного перца
3 фунта (приблизительно) куриных бедер с кожурой
 соль и перец по вкусу

Смешать первые 6 ингредиентов вместе в большом пластиковом пакете. Добавить соль и перец по вкусу. Выложить в пакет курятину, перемешать соус с мясом, закрыть пакет и положить в холодильник мариноваться. Мясо в холодильнике может быть до 24 часов.

Разогреть духовку до 425  (220Ц ) градусов по Фаренгейту.

Выложить курятину и маринад в форму для запекания. Запекать в духовке в течение 25 минут кожурой вверху. Перевернуть курицу кожурой вниз и запекать еще на 10 минут. Затем снова перевернуть курятину кожурой вверх и готовить еще 10 минут до образования румяной корочки. В общей сложности 45 минут. Готовность проверить термометром. Внутренняя температура мяса должна быть не менее 165 (74 Ц) градусов по Фаренгейту.


Recipe comes from she wears many hats

October 31, 2018

Gem lettuce with fridge-raid dressing


This dressing came about when I had a load of herbs in the fridge that needed using up. Don’t be too precious about the weight of individual herbs: so long as the total net weight is about the same, you’ll be fine. It’s worth making extra, because it keeps for a day in the fridge and is lovely spooned over all sorts of things, from chicken salad and tuna niçoise to roast root vegetables and tomato and feta salad. Serves four as a side dish.

½ very ripe avocado, flesh scooped out (90 g net weight)
1 1/2-inch (4 cm) piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped (20 g net weight)
1 small garlic clove, peeled and crushed
2 lemons: finely grate the zest of 1 to get 1 tsp, then juice both to get 3 tbsp (please, start to juice first lemon. If you feel you dressing needs more acidity, please juice another lemon)
1 green chilli, roughly chopped (deseeded if you don’t like much heat)
1 tbsp tahini
85 ml (5 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) olive oil
Salt to taste
1/2 cup (10 g) basil leaves (I used mint leaves)
1/2 cup (10 g) tarragon leaves (I used 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup (10 g) dill (I used 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup (10 g) parsley leaves
1/2 cup (10 g) 10g cilantro leaves
4 gem lettuces, trimmed and cut lengthways into eighths (I used a regular lettuce)
2 tsp black sesame seeds, lightly toasted


Put the avocado, ginger, garlic, lemon zest and juice, chilli, tahini and five tablespoons of oil in the small bowl of a food processor. Add a third of a teaspoon of salt, blitz to a smooth paste, then add the herbs. Blitz again and, with the motor running, slowly add 60 ml water until smooth.

Mix the lettuce with two teaspoons of oil and an eighth of a teaspoon of salt, then transfer to a platter. Spoon over the dressing, scatter on the sesame seeds and serve at once.


Recipe comes from "Simple" by Yotam Ottolenghi.

October 29, 2018

Peach, Mozzarella & Smoked Salmon Salad


Serves 6

4 ripe peaches
250 gr mozzarella
150 gr smoked salmon
a handful of fresh basil leaves (I used fresh spring mix)
50 gr pomegranate seeds
50 gr toasted pine nuts(simply heat a small dry frying pan over a medium heat for few minutes and toast pine nuts)


for dressing

2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (I used a regular ones)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cut the peaches in half, remove the stones and cut each half into four segments (I sliced peach).

Arrange on a platter. Tear the mozzarella into bite-sized pieces and cut the smoked salmon into thin strips and arrange amongst the peach slices.

Scatter over the basil leaves, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts.

Whisk the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the top. Serve immediately.


Recipe come from "Cherish" by Anne Shooter