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Deli salad with crabmeat or crabmeat imitation

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 12/03/2005 - 09:59.
Ingredients for 3:

¼ lb crabmeat (or crabmeat imitation)
¼ lb celery stalks
3 hard-boiled quail eggs
1 medium shallot onion
For sauce:
1 orange
1 lemon
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Method:

Cut crabmeat into ½ inch strips, and put them in one layer on the salad dish bottom.
Cut celery stalks into thin rings.
Pour them over the crabmeat.
Slice eggs into thin circles, and put them over the celery.
Peel onion, slice it into thin rings, and pour them over the egg circles.
Squeeze orange juice, then press lemon juice, then mix oil and juices together.
Blend them.
Pour the mix over the salad, let sit 1-2 hours in a refrigerator.

Note:

You can decorate it with any green salad, and substitute imitation crabmeat for crabmeat, and chicken eggs for quail ones. Also, you can add salt and pepper.

"Russian Forest" Salad

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 11/26/2005 - 00:19.
Ingredients for 4:

½ lb cold boiled veal or beef, or beef tongue
1/2 lb boiled champignons
2 medium picled cucumbers
Green salad
1 carrot
2 potatoes
Mayonnaise, salt, pepper, other species on taste.

Method:

Cut meat into short strips, boiled champignons into small cuts.
Boil potato and carrots separately, cool.
Peel and cut into small cubes, cut cucumbers into very small cubes.
Mix meat, champignons, potato, carrots, and cucumbers, add salt and pepper, mix very well.
Add mayonnaise, and mix well one more time.
Put salad in serving dish.
Slice green salad into thin slices, and pour over salad.
Note:
You can decorate the salad with boiled or fried mushrooms.

Potato stuffed with mushrooms

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 11/19/2005 - 00:24.
Ingredients for 8:

24 medium potatoes
0.5 lb dried porcini
½ French bread
1 egg
2 leeks
1 cup any meat broth
½ cup mushroom broth (or 1 ½ cups meat-mushroom broth)
2 tbsp butter

Method:

Peel and wash potatoes. Cut off "lids" of them. Peel off the middle of potatoes.
Boil porcinis in 3 cups salt water or meat broth, and then drain them (keep the broth).
Cut them into small cubes.
Cut leeks into small cubes, fry leeks with 1 tbsp butter.
Soak bread in broth, them squeeze out the bread, and mix bread, mushroom, leeks, egg, and 1 tbsp melted butter.
Blend very well, and stuff potatoes with the mix.
Place potatoes in saucepan, cover with "lids", and pour broth in saucepan.
Boil until ready.
Serve with pickles, sauerkraut, marinated mushrooms, or with sour cream-based or yogurt-based sauces.

One of such sauces:
Add crushed garlic salt, and pepper on taste, to plain yogurt, and mix well.

Salmon with pine nut butter

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 11/12/2005 - 22:27.
Ingredients for 4:

4 pieces salmon filets by ½ lb each
¼ cup pine nut oil
¼ cup butter
¼ cup crushed pine nuts
2 tbsp red wine
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp cut chives
1 garlic clove, crushed

Method:

Wash salmon, and put in small saucepan.
Mix pine nut oil, red wine, lemon juice, and chives, pour over salmon, and mix.
Cover saucepan with lid, and place it in refrigerator for 3 hours.
Mix butter and crushed pine nits, and roll out the mix on waxing paper, then put the paper with the butter-nut layer in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
Fry salmon fillets for 5 minutes per side, pouring 1 tbsp marinade over each piece.
Put fish fillets on serving dish, and put thin slices of butter-nut mix over them.
Serve with boiled potatoes.

Blinis with assorted filling (noble variation)

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 11/05/2005 - 21:34.
Ingredients:

1 lb all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
3 eggs
1 tbsp butter
1 pack yeast
1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt

Method:

Warm up 1 cup milk (do not boil!), dissolve yeast in it, then add all the flour and knead the dough. Set in warm place for 1 hour.
Warm up one more cup of the milk. Add salt, sugar, egg yolks.
Blend well, and add the mix into raised dough. Blend all together, and let to stand.
Whip egg whites, and add them to a dough, blend, and cook blinis.
Blinis are not fried in fat like most foods. The purpose of the oil is to prevent sticking.
Heat the pan well, and pour in about 1 tbsp of blinis dough, then swirl about the pan until evenly spread across the bottom. After 1 minute, turn the blin over, cook again until light brown.
A blin has to be thin! If you get thick blinis, add warm milk into the dough, and blend.
Often, the first blin is thorn. Russians have a phrase, "The first blin is like a lump", or "You must spoil before you spin, practice makes perfect".
The next blinis come better after that.
Put the ready blinis on serving dish, stacked (traditionally, 1 serving is 10 blinis).
Serve with any sweet or non-sweet filling or dip.

For filling:

1/2 tsp butter
1 tbsp any caviar
1 tbsp sour cream
1 thin slice smoked steelhead fillet
1 anchovy
1 sprat

Cook simple yeast blinis by the previous recipe.
For the next, I will interpret for you a part of one of the Checkhov’s short tales:
"…At last, a cook with a plate of blinis appeared…
Simeon, with a risk of burning of his fingers, grabbed two of the top, hottest, blinis, and slapped them palatably on his own plate. The blinis were roasted, porous, and pudgy, like a merchant daughter’s shoulder.
Simeon smiled with pleasure, and sprinkled them with hot butter. After that, inflaming his appetite, and enjoying with the idea of their taste, he slowly, in order, greased them with caviar.
The spots, the caviar didn’t ingress, he covered with sour cream…
All that remained was to eat, didn’t? But no!
He looked at his handwork and left unsatisfied.
After short consideration, he put a thin fat slice of steelhead fillet, anchovy, and sprat on blinis, then, rolled up both blinis…"

Asparagus and ham

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 10/29/2005 - 09:53.
Ingredients for 4:

3/4 lb trimmed thin asparagus
4 slices boiled ham
1 cup grated cheese
1 1/4 light cream
1 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 lemon
1 tsp sugar
salt and peper on taste

Method:

Bring to boil 2 cups water, add salt, sugar, and lemin juice, put asparagus, and cook for 15 minutes, ot until asparagus is tender but still firm.
Mix in small saucepan chicken broth and cream and cook until reduced by half.
Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg, mix, and remove saucepan from the heat.
Drain asparagus, divide into 4 bundles, and roll each one in a slice of ham.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Grease with butter ovenproof dish, put bundles in it.
Pour sauce from saucepan over the top, then sprinkle with grated cheese, and bake asparagus with ham for 20 minutes, or until bubbling and golden brown.
Serve immediately.

Goulash in the pot

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 10/22/2005 - 11:11.
Ingredients:
2 lb beef (no bones)
2 lb potato
5 tbsp oil
1 large onion
1 large sweet pepper
½ lb tomatoes
1 tbsp wheat floor
1 tbsp red pepper
½ tsp marjoram
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt

Method:
Slice the onions thinly. Fry them in oil until they turn golden. Turn off
heat, and mix onions and red pepper.
Cut meat by cubes 1" x 1" x 1", and add it to onions. Sprinkle with marjoram and
black pepper, mix well, and then add 2 tbsp water and cook on low heating, stirring
every minute. When juices start to evaporate, add 2 tbsp of water or dry
wine.
Peel, wash, and cut potatoes into medium cubes. Remove seeds from sweet
pepper, wash, and slice into thin stripes.
When meat is mild, add the potatoes and sweet pepper.
Cover, and let it simmer.
After 10 minutes, add cut tomatoes and salt.
Pour goulash in pots; add water, cover, and place in cold oven.
Heat oven to 380° F and cook for 1 hour, or until meat and vegetables are ready.
When it is done it should be bright red, and spicy.

Note: Traditional Hungarian cuisine, where goulash is most popular,
add dumplings or noodles.
In Russian cuisine, goulash was and is a popular dish, and
is very appropriate when you have to feed a big number of people.

Dessert Pavlova

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 10/15/2005 - 22:31.
This recipe was created in 1929 in New Zealand or in 1934 in Australia (these two countries are now trying to prove in a court whose recipe this originally is: Australia’s or New-Zealand’s.
This dessert was created in honor of the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, after her tour in 1926 in Australia and New Zealand. Note that this dessert is one of the national symbols of New Zealand, and one of the national symbols of Australia.

About Anna Pavlova, the most celebrated dancer of her time:
born Jan. 31 (02/12 new style), 1881, St. Petersburg, Russia
died Jan. 23, 1931, The Hague, Netherlands.
Pavlova studied at the Imperial School of Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre from 1891, joined the Imperial Ballet in 1899, and became a prima ballerina in 1906. In 1909 she went to Paris on the historic tour of the Ballets Russes. After 1913 she danced independently with her own company throughout the world, and in 1926 she went on tour to Australia and New Zealand.

In the "Good Food Guide" to British Isles restaurants in 1977, a glossary of food terms referred to the Pavlova as a New Zealand offering, which changed next year to say Australian. Hilary Fawcett, who compiled the glossary, wrote about the change: "There does seem to be some controversy as to whether the wretched thing originated in New Zealand or Australia and I was reduced to doing a straw-vote count."
This recipe has comparatively low calories, and is appropriate for people who are on a diet.

The main idea of this dessert is a combination of meringue, cream, and fresh fruit and berries.
The difference between its and a usual meringue’s crust is its mildness compared to meringues, and, hence, it being less crumbly and crispy.
Like every great recipe, it gives you the freedom to create your own versions.
What you can vary:
You can vary the temperature and length of time you bake the meringue crust (If you like a milder meringue crust, bake the crust for 1.5 hour on 285 F, and if you like a more dry and crispy crust, bake for 3 hours on 230 F.)

You can make 1 crust or 1 crust and small round meringues, and place meringues on its border.
You can use your favorite creams that gives you a possibility to create many different desserts.
You can place a layer of ice cream before the layer of cream on the crust.
You can use different berries and fruit for different cases. Traditional fruit-berry layers contain pieces of kiwi and strawberry.



Ingredients:

4 egg whites
16 tbsp sugar or sugar powder
1 tsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp corn starch
vanilla extract on taste
Whipped cream ½ lb
Fruit and berries on taste (traditionally, 3 kiwi and 10 strawberries)

Method:

This is the version that takes less time.
Place very cold egg whites into a very clean, dry dish.
Whip 4 cold egg whites to strong foam, until tall peaks.
Add 16 tbsp sugar or sugar powder into small portions (1/2 tbsp), continuing whipping.
When you use all sugar, add 1 tsp white wine vinegar, continuing whipping.
Add 2 tsp corn starch and some drops of vanilla extract, then stop whipping and blend all on low speed.
Preheat oven to 370 F.
Draw a ring the size of a large plate on baking paper. Cover a baking sheet with this paper.
Pour the mix over the ring, and make an even, round layer of the mix.
Place baking sheet in the oven, reduce heating to 330 F.
Bake for 1 hour (do not open the oven’s door!)
Turn heating off and let the crust cool in the oven (do not open the oven’s door!)
Place the crust upside-down on a plate.
Put your favorite cream, or just whipped cream on the crust.
Put fruit pieces and berries (traditionally, kiwi and strawberries) over the whipped cream, and serve immediately.

Fish salad with fried onions

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 10/08/2005 - 20:30.
Ingredients:

1 can any fish in own juice or in oil
3 hard-boiled eggs
2 large onions
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp mayonnaise
Crushed black pepper on taste

Method:

Take egg yolks and crush them.
Shred egg whites.
Add oil in a large skillet, heat and add thin onion rings to the skillet, pour sugar over it and fry until the onion rings are golden. Cool the onions.
Put the fish in a dish; press it with forks until you have small pieces of fish about same size.
Pour egg yolks over it.
The next salad layer is the onion rings, and then a layer of whites mixed with mayonnaise.
Pour with black pepper (no salt!)
Let sit 30 minutes, and serve.

Note:

Optionally, you can add two more layers to this salad:
shredded cheese and very cold shredded butter or margarine.
And, of course, you can use thin pieces of boiled or smoked fish.
Generally, layered salads, or salads-cocktails are very popular in the Nobility's cuisine.

Tender Salmon

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 10/01/2005 - 20:06.
Time required: 15 minutes

Russian Nobility Cuisine: Tender Salmon

The original recipe is somewhat involved, so I am giving you a simpler version that still tastes great. That includes using ingredients available in your nearest grocery store (although I usually buy them in Costco.)

The advantage of this recipe is that the salmon gets real tender. As an additional advantage, the essential natural Omega-3 oils critical for cardiovascular and neurological health are kept intact so you get the full benefit of eating salmon.

I normally serve it on a large flat plate, one or two pieces per person. A variety of garnishes goes well with it. On a traditional high calorie side it really tastes well with mashed or skillet fried (not French fried!) potatoes. Men love it. Or you can prefer a low-carb low-GI detox way with small fresh tomatoes instead, which has lately been my favorite. Or make your own pick: pasta with parmesan, tomato salad, radish salad, or even coleslaw! If you are ok with alcohol, a glass of wine completes the picture very nicely. Pick dry wine; sweet and semi-sweet wines don’t go well with salmon and fish overall.

Ingredients for two

  • Frozen salmon fillets (I usually buy those at Costco), 1 piece per person (2 upon request)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions, either fresh or dried.
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped parsley, either fresh of dried.
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (flax seed oil is used in the original recipe).
  • Montreal steak seasoning liberally by taste, extra salt to balance pepper and salt from seasoning.
  • (Optional) Lemon juice.

Method


Add water to a skillet to cover the bottom, put on high heat, add onions, parsley, mix. Add oil, mix. While the skillet heats, unwrap fillets and rinse them with cold water. Do not unfreeze.

When the mixture on the skillet starts to boil, put fillets on, reduce the heat to medium or low-medium. Cover. Simmer for four minutes. Turn fillets, keep covered. Simmer for four minutes more. Turn again. Simmer covered for four minutes again. Check if the fillets are ready; they should be. Serve immediately.

Don’t let the water evaporate completely in the process, when it’s done there should be a little broth at the bottom.

Variant: If you think that salmon tastes too oily, sprinkle with lemon juice in the beginning and when turning it over.