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cottage cheese pancakes recipe

In Russia we name them “syrniki” which means cheesy pancakes, but the main ingredient – cottage cheese Russians calls “tvorog” which is not a cheese actually. We eat “tvorog” with sour cream or jam on breakfast, it is very healthy and tasty. You can find a million of cottage cheese pancakes recipe with different ingredients but my recipe is the simplest I have ever seen! Russians cook these pancakes as quick breakfast. This recipe as simple as 1-2-3!  Just try to make pancakes by yourself  and you’ll not be disappointed!

cottage cheese pancakes

cottage cheese pancakes

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Russian pelmeni recipe

Pelmeni.

You must be heard from your Russian friends that cooking traditional Russian pelmeni is more pain than a satisfaction.  But that’s not true. Russian pelmeni recipe involves only 2 steps: making the dough and making the filling. Well, assembling pelmeni is also a big step, but very interesting. Do not believe if anyone says that molding pelmeni is a pretty tedious business! It’s all about to having fun! Time-honored tradition of making pelmeni gathers all family members around the table and makes the process cooperative and interesting often accompanied by hours of songs and stories. Pelmeni can be bought pre-made in the freezer section of any Russian supermarket. They are a hearty meal that cooks quickly and easily, but most Russians still prefer the tradition of making them by hand, and Russian housewives consider it a question of honor to do so. Moreover the taste of home-made pelmeni is absolutely different. Anyway pelmeni are tasty and a true taste of Russia.

yummy

yummy

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Blini pancake

Blini pancake also known as Russian blini (bliny). Pancakes but actually not exactly…

Now here’s the recipe of blini pancake or traditional Russian blinchiki or bliny as promised. Blini pancakes or bliny (blini) Russians usually cook for breakfast and eat with sour cream or jam but blinis are also good as an appetizer .  In this case Russians make different fillings for blinis - the most popular fillings are meat, mushrooms, cottage cheese etc. etc. Foreigners know our Russian bliny in their Royal variation – with caviar but telling you the truth Russians are hardly ever eat blini pancakes with caviar, just in case to impress somebody! There are also many blini recipe variations, somebody make blinis batter with yeast but I prefer to cook them without adding yeast. Taste is pretty similar but it’s just about to save time.  Blini pancake recipe as well as ingredients are almost same as pancakes recipe but has some difference in preparation.

blinchiki

blinchiki

Well, to cook blinchiki we need

200 ml kefir

250-300 ml milk

2 eggs

2 tablespoon sugar

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon baking soda slaked in vinegar

2-3 tablespoon vegetable/sunflower oil (refined)

4-5 tablespoon flour

In a medium bowl whisk kefir, eggs, salt and sugar, 1-2 minutes would be enough, just to blend the ingredients.

whisk kefir, eggs, salt and sugar

whisk kefir, eggs, salt and sugar

Add 4-5 tablespoon flour and blend well. Measure a teaspoon of a baking soda (may be a bit less, not a big deal) and pour it into a tablespoon, slake baking soda with a vinegar (about a half teaspoon) and add fizzy mixture to batter. Whisk just a little bit. Mixture should have a sour cream consistence.

add 4-6 tablespoon flour

add 4-6 tablespoon flour

mixture before adding millk

mixture before adding millk

Now add milk and whisk well (2-3 more minutes), pour 2 tablespoon oil, stir by spoon or whisk and the batter is ready. It should be a bit stiffer as milk/kefir consistence (see photo).

batter is ready

batter is ready

Heat the frying pan with 1-2 tablespoon of oil, ladle (usually 1 non full soup ladle per one blinchik) the batter and pour into hot pan. Tilt the pan rapidly to spread the batter out evenly. It’s OK if there are some places here and there on the pan left uncovered , it’s much worse if you ladle more batter. Your blinchik should be VERY thin!

blinchik is frying

blini pancake is frying

blinchik's texture when frying

blinis texture when frying

When the edges are crisp looking (1-1.5 minutes approximately) slide a spatula carefully under the blin or just hook the edge of blin with a knife and flip it over by hands. Cook for about 1 minute on the other side.

flip it over

flip the blin over

Eat the first one by yourself as it usually looks unattractively :)  As the saying goes, you must spoil before you spin!

There is a saying in Russia as the first blin is always poor, the second one you should give to your friends and only the third one is yours.

hot and ready

blinis are hot and ready

When all your blini pancakes (blinchiki) are fried and if any of them are still left uneaten you may serve them with sour cream or your favorite jam!  Enjoy!

p.s. American recipes are my new passion! I invite you to share it with me. I’ve just joined Secret Recipe Forum and bought a really interesting and useful resource – Cook book collection with Restaurants recipes, it’s called America’s Secret Recipes. If you like and enjoy food like i do – you should give it a try. Really nice community to be with!

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PLOV. Unauthentic but delicious!

My Russian interpretation of Uzbek plov recipe.

As you might heard, cooking the Uzbek plov is a complicated and food usually screw up. That is because it has a certain technique to it that must be practiced and mastered. However you can cook plov without any problems and taste will be pretty similar as traditional Uzbek plov.  Indeed authenticity is a notion defined in each family when Plov is concerned! The main problem is Americans or Europeans  do not have the fortune of finding a traditional Uzbek or Central Asian spices. But if you really want to cook traditional plov - cumin/ jeera and saffron is essential.  Spices are the soul of plov, plov without spices we named porridge with meat. Plov is a very delicious and satisfying dish! I know many people who contend for their own “absolutely right” recipe of plov, but I cook it as I think this dish should be as for me, as my family like it. I tasted many plov variations – with mutton, lamb, with chicken, etc. etc. cooked by different techniques but my favorite is still mine. I hope you could cook plov following my recipe without any  problems or hidden dangers and will be absolutely satisfied. I’ll also betray some secrets which should help you to cook the best plov ever! Let’s  go to the kitchen and don’t forget to have fun!!!!

plov as I like it

plov as I like it

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Russian pancakes. Oladi

Absolutely traditional Russian breakfast! Absolutely amazing taste! Cooking oladi will take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time but they worth every single minute! Nothing can be better on breakfast! Hot, just fried, soft inside and a bit crispy edge! It’s a best breakfast for you and your kids! Serve them with a sour cream, honey, jam or fresh berries and enjoy your breakfast! If you were in Russia and haven’t got a chance to taste Russian oladi – well, I consider you have never been in Russia at all.

Russian pancakes. Oladi

Russian pancakes. Oladi

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Just another cherry cake

Do you know any Russian desserts? Or maybe Russian desserts recipe? I bet you know at least one of them! Just another variation on a sponge cake’s theme. It’s not exactly the classic “sponge cake” but still it’s awesome. You might be already know this recipe but we cook it in Russia as well. I love this dessert as it can be done while guests are washing their hands and tea is brewing! In a blink of an eye! This easy cake recipe is light and fluffy and it tastes delicious!

Just another cherry cake

Just another cherry cake

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Sweet rolls with your favorite jam

Sweet rolls with your favorite jam.  I’m not sure if it’s a traditional Russian dessert or not but it doesn’t really matter, this recipe is perfect for just about any occasion and it is so very easy and quick to prepare and cook. They are wonderful warm or cold and can be served with fresh berries or with a little ice cream. Otherwise just let your guests delight the sweet rolls with a cup of tea or coffee – perfect! Amazing dessert if your guests come without notice. You’ll spend no more that 30 min to bake my favorite sweet rolls!

sweet rolls with a cup of coffee

sweet rolls with a cup of coffee

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Hachapuri. Cheesy boats

Hachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish. It’s not really traditional Russian dish however as you know Georgia was a part of a Soviet Union for a long time, our nations, culture and traditions are very closely related. In traditional Russian cuisine you can also find a Belorussian, Armenian, Ukrainian and many other ex-SU courses with their own distinctive features.

There are many hachapuri recipe variations, my favorite is Adzharian hachapuri, but I cook them by my own way. I find that when I have friends over for a games night, including a PartyPoker (http://www.partypoker.com/) tournament, these always go down really well. You will need to spend a less of time to get them done than in a classic receipt, moreover it’s a bit hard to find the ingredients which a traditional receipt requires.

Hachapuri. Cheezy boats

Hachapuri. Cheezy boats

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Take a look! What a lovely piece of pork! Do you know how beautiful porterhouse steak can be with a little salt, pepper and your favorite herbs? Mines are rosemary and thyme! They match perfect – pungent minty thyme with a light-lemon aroma and camphoraceous odour of rosemary! Absolutely delicious, no doubts! I cooked it in a baking sleeve with potato for an hour and that was amazing!

Meat in a baking sleeve

Meat in a baking sleeve

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