July 24, 2012

Cucumber and Israeli Couscous Salad

Cucumber and Israeli Couscous Salad
The search for healthy food is endless. We're looking for healthier ways to cook and eat all the time. I found this recipe on NY Times website and immediately decided to make it. It's quite fresh, easy, healthy, festive-looking, and very good for any occasion. I think, I will make it again for Holiday Season.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup Israeli couscous
6 to 8 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste
3 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (from 3 large bunches)
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 pound ripe tomatoes, very finely chopped
3/4 pound cucumbers (1 European or 4 Persian), seeded if using regular cucumbers, cut in fine dice
1 bunch scallions, finely chopped, or 1/4 cup chopped chives
Salt to taste
1 romaine lettuce heart, leaves separated, washed and dried
Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan and add the couscous. Stir until the couscous begins to color and smell toasty, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water and salt to taste and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes, or until the couscous is tender. Drain if any liquid remains in the pan.
Transfer the couscous to a large bowl and toss with the lemon juice, parsley, mint, tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions or chives and salt to taste. Add the olive oil, toss together, taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with lettuce leaves.

Израильский салат с кускусом и огурцами
На 6-8 порций
1/4 чашка оливкового масла
1 чашка израильского кускуса (крупный)
6-8 столовых ложек свежего лимонного сока (добавлять по вкусу)
3 чашки мелко нереззанной свежей петрушки
1/4 чашки мелко нарезанной мяты
250 грамм мелко нерезанных свежих помидор
350 грамм мелко порезанных свежих огурцов (1 большой или 4 небольших)
1 пучок мелко нарезанного зеленого лука (я взяла немного красного  и немного зеленого)
Соль и перец по вкусу.
1 головка "romaine lettuce", листья отделить, помыть и посушить.
Нагреть 1 столовую ложку оливкового масла в невольшой кастрюле и добавить кускус. Варить 4-5 минут, слегка помешивая. Добавить 2 чашки воды и соль по вкусу, довести до кипения, уменьшить огонь, накрыть крышкой и варить 15 минут. Снять с огня, отцедить оставшуюся жидкость.
Переложить кускус в большую миску, дать немного остыть и перемешать с лимонным соком, петрушкой, мятой, помидорами, огурцами, и луком. Добавить оливкового масла, соли и перца. Подавать на "lettuce" листьях

Recipe from Martha Rose Shulman is the author of  "The Very Best of Recipes for Health" printed in New Times

July 19, 2012

Honey Cake

Rosh Hashanah is coming. In 2 months we will celebrate one of the major Holidays and, of course, we have to have tested recipes for the feast. I began testing earlier. Therefore, my readers and I will have time to experiment at the kitchen. Last several years I tried different recipes for honey cake, and this year I began with recipe from "Joy of cooking". It's easy, healthy and can satisfy 10-12 people. Here its' is.

Honey Cake (Lekach)

Makes 1 big Bundt cake
Preheat the oven to 350F. Combine in a medium saucepan and cook, stirring gently, over low heat until well combined.
1 & 1/2 cups honey (I took 1 cup)
1 cup coffee
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon vanilla
Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Whish together in a large bowl:
3 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 chopped walnuts
Beat in a medium bowl on high speed until thick and pale yellow, 4-5 minutes:
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
Beat the cooled honey mixture into the eggs. Add the dry ingredients and beat until well blended. Scrape the batter into Bundt cake form and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes (I baked 1 hour).
Let cake cool completely in the pan on a rack before cutting.