June 27, 2007

Onion and cucumber salad with salmon

Onion and cucumber salad with salmon
Serves 4

1/2 pound of smoked salmon sliced, salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 very thinly sliced red onion, 1/2 thinly sliced seedless cucumber, 1 tablespoons capers (rinsed and drained)

In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Add salmon, onion, cucumber, and capers; toss to combine. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 4 hours.

Салат из коченого лосося, красного лука и огурца.

На 4 порции

200 грамм копченого лосося, соль и перец, 1 столовая ложка винного уксуса, 1 столовая ложка оливкового масла, 1 чайная ложка меда, 1/2 головки красного лука, 1/2 свежего огурца, 1 столовая ложка консервированных каперсов

Нарезать лук тонкими кольцами и огурец на тонкие дольки, разрезать лосось на средние кусочки. В небольшой посудине перемешать уксус, оливковое масло и мед. Добавить лосось, лук, огурец и каперсы. Все перемешать. Подавать немедленно или поставить в холодильник на 4 часа.

Recipe from "Everyday food" Martha Stewart

June 20, 2007

Grilled salmon with Baby Greens, Mango & Marinated Onion

Grilled salmon with Baby Greens, Mango & Marinated Onion
Serves 8.

8 salmon steaks, olive oil, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. ground pepper

Brush salmon fillets with oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Lay salmon on hot grill and cook 5 minutes. Then turn and continue cooking 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

Baby Greens with Mango & Marinated Onion by Joanne Smart ("Fine Cooking")

The marinated onions in this salad are tasty on sandwiches, so make a double batch, if you like; they'll keep for a few days in the refrigerator and will soften a bit.
1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion (about half a small onion), 1/3 cup red-wine vinegar, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, 2 Tbs. canola or grapeseed oil, 8 to 10 oz. (six to eight large handfuls) baby greens or mesclun, well washed and dried, 2 medium-size ripe mangos, peeled, pitted, and finely diced (about 2 cups)

In a small bowl, combine the onion and red-wine vinegar with a little salt and pepper. Set aside for at least 20 minutes or up to 90 minutes. Just before serving, generously season the greens with salt and pepper, whisk olive oil, and toss the greens with just enough of the oil to lightly coat. Divide the salad among six or eight large salad plates. Drain the onion. Arrange the onions and mangos over the greens. Serve immediately.

Лосось на гриле с салатом из манго и маринованного красного лука.

На 8 порций.

8 кусков филе свежего лосося, оливковое масло, 2 столовые ложки лимонныго сока, 1/4 чайной ложки соли и 1/8 чайной ложки молотого перца.

Готовые стейки лосося выложить на решетку гриля. Каждый кусок смазать оливковым маслом и полить лимонным соком. Поджаривать на гриле 5 минут с каждой стороны.

Салат из манго, маринованного красного лука и зелени.

1/2 чашки тонко порезанного свежего красного лука, 1/3 чашки винного уксуса, соль, перец, 2 столовые ложки оливкового масла, 200-250 грамм листьев зеленого салата, 2 среднего размера мелко нарезанного манго.

В небольшой посудине перемешать уксус и мелко нарезанный красный лук, добавив немного соли и перца. Оставить на 20 минут мариноваться. В миске перемешать зеленые листья салата и оливковое мало. Выложить на тарелки, сверху положить манго и маринованный лук.

June 17, 2007

A Bachelor's Kitchen

A Bachelor's Kitchen Guide

Freezer Foods: Ice Cream If you can't tell the difference between your ice cubes and your ice cream, it's time to throw BOTH out.

Frozen Foods Frozen foods that have become an integral part of the defrosting problem in your freezer compartment will probably be spoiled (or wrecked anyway) by the time you pry them out with a kitchen knife.

In the Fridge: Eggs When something starts pecking its way out of the shell, the egg is probably past its prime.

Dairy Products Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yoghurt. Yoghurt is spoiled when it starts to look like cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is spoiled when it starts to look like regular cheese. Regular cheese is nothing but spoiled milk anyway - if you can dig down and still find something non-green, bon appetite!

Meat If opening the refrigerator door causes stray animals from a three-block radius to congregate outside your house, toss the meat.

Unmarked Items You know it is well beyond prime when you're tempted to discard the Tupperware along with the food.

General Rule of Thumb Most food cannot be kept longer than the average life span of a hamster. Keep a hamster in your refrigerator to gauge this.

On the Shelf: Canned Goods Any canned goods that have become the size or shape of a softball should be disposed of... Very carefully.

Potatoes Fresh potatoes do not have roots, branches, or dense, leafy undergrowth.

The Gag Test Anything that makes you gag is spoiled (except for leftovers from what you cooked for yourself last night).

Bread Sesame seeds and Poppy seeds are the only officially acceptable “spots” that should be seen on the surface of any loaf of bread. Fuzzy and hairy looking white or green growth areas are good indications that your bread has turned into a pharmaceutical laboratory experiment. You may wish to discard it at this time, depending on your interest in pharmaceuticals.

Cereal It is generally a good rule of thumb that cereal should be discarded when it is two years or longer beyond the expiration date, or when it will no longer fall out of the box by itself.

Flour Flour is spoiled when it wiggles, or things fly out when you open it.
Pretzels Normally eternal, pretzels may be discarded if they can no longer be picked up without falling apart. Otherwise, there's nothing to stop you from eating a pretzel that the Pharaoh put down only 4000 years ago.

Raisins Raisins should not usually be harder than your teeth.

Salt It never spoils. However, if you can't chip off reasonable amounts from the block, maybe another box is in order, as fresh salt usually pours.

Spices Most spices cannot die, they just fade away. They will be fine on your shelf, forever. Put them in your will.

Vinegar If your grandmother made it, it is probably still good.

Expiration Dates: This is not a marketing ploy to encourage you to throw away perfectly good food so that you'll spend more on groceries. Even dry foods older than you are may be ready to replace. Perhaps you'd benefit by having a calendar in your kitchen.


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June 14, 2007

Tuna Salad with Feta and Nuts

Tuna Salad with Feta and Nuts

6 oz. can of tuna, drained, 1/4 cup plain, thick yogurt, 1 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 1 tablesppons snipped fresh chives (optional), 1 - 2 tablespoons toasted nuts, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, fresh ground black pepper, 4 small to medium leaves of romaine lettuce (or another greens).

In a medium bowl, stir together all the ingredients with a fork. Spoon salad into the middle of the lettuce leaves, garnish with extra chopped herbs if desired.

* If your yogurt is runny, line a strainer with cheesecloth, pour in one cup of yogurt and let drain over a bowl for half an hour or so. Measure out 1/4 C. of the thickened yogurt and proceed with recipe.
** Toast nuts in a small, dry skillet over medium heat. Shake the pan frequently and don’t leave them unattended, they will toast very quickly! When they start to turn a golden brown, remove nuts to a small bowl and let cool.

Салат из консервированного тунца с брынзой и орехами.

1 баночка консервированного тунца (180-200 грамм), 1/4 чашки густого йогурта, 1 столовая ложка майонеза, 1/4 чашки раскрошенной брынзы, 1 столовая ложка мелко нарезанной петрушки, 1-2 столовые ложки слегка поджаренных и мелко нарезанных орех, немного свеже выжатого лимонного сока, 4 больших листа зеленого салата (romaine lettuce), соль и перец по вкусу.

В небольшой посудине смешать все составлящие салата и перемешать используя только вилку. В салатницу выложить листья салата и сверху положить приготовленную массу.

Recipe from Pinch my salt

June 12, 2007

Avocado and crab meat salad

Avocado and crab meat salad

2 Servings:
1 avocado, 4 crab meat sticks, 2 hard boiled eggs, 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, 2 tablespoon mayonnaise, 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper by taste.

Cut avocado in half. Discard the pits. Cut each half into small pices. Pour the lemon juice over them to prevent discoloration. Sprinkle the wedges with a little bit of salt. Chop boiled eggs, crab meat. Mix all ingridients together, add salt and pepper. Spoon the salad on salad greens.

Салат из авокадо и крабового мяса.

На 2 порции:1 авокадо; 4 крабовыe палочки; 2 яйца, отваренных в крутую; 1/4 чашки мелко нарезанного свежего красного луковица, 2 столовые ложки майонеза, 2 чайные ложки свежего лимонного сока, соль, перец по вкусу.

Авокадо очистить от кожицы, вынуть косточку и порезать кубиками.Порезать: крабовые палочки, яйца, сваренные в крутую, луковицу, посолить и заправить майонезом. Выложить на свежие салатные листья.

June 10, 2007

The quickest strawberry tarts

The quickest strawberry tarts

1 Pillsbury Regrigerated Pie Crust (softened as directed on package), 2 1/2 cupls sliced strawberries, 1/2 cup of sugar, whipped light cream

Heat oven to 450F. Remove pie crust from pouch. Unfold crust; Sprinckle crust with sugar; cut 6 rounds of crust with 4-inch round cookie cutter.

Spray back of muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Fit rounds over backs of sprayed muffin cups. Prick eash pastry generously with fork.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Carefully remove from muffin cups. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine strawberries and sugar; stir gently to mix. Refrigirate 15-20 minutes.

Just before serving, spoon 1 tablespoon of macirated strawberries into each shell. Top each with whipped ligh cream.

June 07, 2007

Pumpkin latkes (pancakes)

Pumpkin latkes (pancakes)
Makes 8 to 10.


For a spiced breakfast treat, whisk 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour; 2 tablespoons sugar; 2 teaspoons baking powder; 1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt; 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. In a separate bowl, stir together 1 cup milk, 6 tablespoons canned pumpkin purée, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 egg; fold mixture into dry ingredients. Melt some butter in a skillet over medium heat; pour in 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side; serve with butter and syrup. Makes 8 to 10.

Блинчики из тыквы.

Смешать 1 1/4 чашки муки, 2 столовые ложки сахара, 2 чайные ложки разрыхлителя, 1/2 чайной ложки корицы, 1/2 чайной ложки соли, 1/8 чайной ложки свеже натертого мускатного ореха. В отдельной посуде перемешать 1 чашку молока, 6 столовых ложек тыквенного пюре, 2 столовых ложки растопленного сливочного масла и 1 яйцо. К полученной жидкой смеси добавить смешанные сухие компоненты. Все хорошо перемешать до получения жидкого теста.

Нагреть масло в сковороде с антипригарным покрытием и выкладывать смесь столовой ложкой. Обжарить блинчики с двух сторон. Подавать со сметаной и фруктами.

Recipe from Martha Stewart Living

June 02, 2007

Better Bran Muffins

Better Bran Muffins

Makes 12 muffins
1 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon water, 2 1/4 cups All-Bran Original sereal. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 large egg, 1 large yolk, 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar, 3 tablespoonс molasses, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, 1 3/4 cups plain whole milk yogurt

Heat the oven to 400F. Spray standard-sized muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine raisins and water in small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, cut several steam vents in plastic with paring knife, and microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Let stand, covered, until raisins are softened and plump, about 5 minutes. Transfer raisins to paper towel-lined plate to sool.

Process halp of bran cereal in food processor until finely ground, about 1 minute. Whisk flours, soda, and salt in large bowl to combine: set aside. Whisk egg and yolk together in medium bowl until well-combined. Add sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Add melted butter and whisk to combine; add yogurt and whisk to combine. Stir in processed cereal and unprocessed cereal; let misture sit until cereal is evenly moistened about 5 minutes.

Add wet ingridients to dry ones and gently mix with rubber spatula until batter is combines and evenly moistened. Do not overmix. Gently fold raisins into batter. Using 1/3 cup measure scoop, divide batter evenly among muffin cups, dropping batter to form mounds.

Bake until muffins are dark golden, rotating pan halfway through baking. Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Classic bran muffins rely on unprocessed wheat bran, but our supermarket survey showed that few stores carry this specialized ingredient. We wanted to make a real bran muffin—a moist, hearty muffin redolent of bran's rich, earthy flavor—without tracking down unprocessed bran.

We turned to the cereal aisle of our store. Our first goal was to narrow down the bran cereal choices, which we classified as twigs, flakes, and granules. Twigs (especially Kellogg's All-Bran Original) gave our muffins the most robust bran flavor, but at first they didn't dissolve into the batter, even sticking out of the tops of the baked muffins. To get the chewy, rustic texture we wanted, we pulverized half of the cereal and kept the other half whole—the twigs softened perfectly in only five minutes. The other secrets proved to be relatively easy to unearth. Whole milk yogurt was the tasters' first choice for the moisture component. And replacing the baking powder with baking soda gave a coarser crumb that fit the rustic muffins. Our final challenge was the raisins. We found that to get them soft enough, we needed to plump them in the microwave with a little water before baking.

Recipe from Cook's