Carrot – Apple Salad with Nuts and Raisins

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 01/21/2006 - 10:29.
Ingredients:

4 medium carrots
4 medium-size apples
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp crushed nuts (walnuts, pine nuts, etc.)
3 tbsp raisins
Lemon juice on taste
Salt on taste

Method:
Soak raisins in hot water for 1 hour.
Peel and grate carrots, add lemon juice, honey, nuts, mix well, and set aside for 15 minutes.
Peel and cut (or grate) apples, sprinkle with lemon juice, add raisins.
Mix everything together, and serve immediately.

Radish Salad

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/21/2006 - 10:20.
Ingredients:

1 radish (or cut ¾ lb – 1 lb)
Honey on taste
Sour cream on taste

Method:

Grate radish.
Mix well with honey and sour cream.
Serve.

Note:

This salad is one of the best anti-flu remedies in Russian cuisine.
Traditionally, Russians use black "margelan" radishes.
But daikon (Japanese radish) is good too.

Cabbage-Egg Salad

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 01/14/2006 - 10:02.
Ingredients for 2:

1/2 lb cabbage
1-2 hard-boiled eggs
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt on taste

Method:

Slice cabbage very thinly (like "angel hairs").
Put it in a deep enameled or glass dish, add a pinch of salt, and wrinkle up by hands, until the cabbage gives off a juice.
Set aside.
Peel and grate eggs, add them to the cabbage.
Pour salad with oil, mix well, and serve immediately.

Blinis with apples

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/14/2006 - 10:02.
Ingredients for 4:

4 servings simple yeast blinis
¼ lb sugar
2/3 stick (75 g) butter or margarine
2 lb "Golden Delicious" apples, or other sweet apples
2 tbsp apple wine

Method:

Peel, clean, and cut apples.
Melt butter or margarine in a medium-heated deep skillet.
Add apples to skillet and sugar, mix, then cover with lid, and let simmer for 10 minutes.
After that, remove lid, and let simmer for 10 minutes more.
Add apple wine, and mix well.
Turn heating off.
Put 1 tbsp cooked apples on the middle of blin, and roll blin into tube.
Grease baking sheet with butter, put rolled blinis on it, grease with butter upper sides of blin rolls, and sprinkle them with sugar.
Preheat oven to 390-400 F.
Place baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes.

Small potato pies

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/07/2006 - 11:25.
Ingredients:

2 lb potato
1 lb cabbage
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp butter
Salt and spices on taste
2 hard-boiled eggs (optional)

Method:

Peel potato, wash, and boil with 1 cup water until ready.
Cut cabbage into thin short pieces, fry until gold color, add water, and simmer until the water evaporates, stirring thoroughly. Cool.
Make puree, cool, and add flour and salt.
Roll out a piece of dough, and put 1 tbsp cabbage in the middle of the dough piece. Pinch the edges, and put them on a baking sheet greased with butter.
Continue until you‘ve used up the dough and cabbage.
Wash the pies' top with melted butter, and bake in an oven pre-heated to 380ºF.

Note:

You can vary the stuffing.
For example, you can add grated eggs, or fried green onions to simmer cabbage.
Or you can make stuffing with boiled and cutmushrooms mixed with spices.

Pie with nuts and apples

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 01/07/2006 - 11:10.
Ingredients:

1 ¼ lb flour
1 pack margarine
1/3 lb sugar powder
3 egg yolks
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sour cream
Vanilla sugar on taste

For apple filling:
4 lb apples
1 cup sugar
Cinnamon on taste

For nut filling:
12 lb peeled walnuts
½ cup milk
1 cup sugar
½ lb butter or margarine
2 tbsp vodka.

For decoration:
¼ lb peeled walnuts
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup water

Method:

Bring 1/3 cup water, mixed with honey and sugar, to boil.
Pour walnuts in boiling water; boil with medium heat for 7 minutes.
Take out walnuts and drain.

Sift flour mixed with baking powder.
Add melted margarine, yolks, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla sugar.
Knead dough. Let sit in a cool place.
Divide the dough into 3 equal parts, and bake 3 sheets for 15 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 380-390ºF. After 7 minutes, cover one of the sheets with walnut decorating, and continue baking.
Peel apples, remove seeds, cut or grate, mix with sugar, and cook until brown color.
Grate walnuts.
Mix milk and sugar, and bring to boil.
Pour hot milk over the walnuts, mix, and cool.
Whip mild butter or margarine.
Continue whipping, and add walnut pasta by tablespoons.
Add vodka, and whip well.

Put 1 sheet put on a kitchen surface.
Put all ready apple paste over it evenly.
Cover with another sheet.
Pour all walnut paste over it evenly.
Cover with the third sheet (with decoration), and press evenly and carefully.

Note:

This pie is tastiest on the day after cooking.

Cheese-potato balls

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sun, 01/01/2006 - 11:32.
Ingredients:

8 medium boiled peeled potatoes
3 sticks (by 50 g), or 6 oz butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
2/3 cup grated cheese, or tvorog
Salt and pepper on taste

Method:

Make potato puree.
Whip mild butter.
Mix all ingredients, and knead dough.
Make 2"-diameter dough balls, and cook them in a deep fryer (or on a heated skillet) until their color is gold. Dry with paper towels.
Serve with sour cream, marinaded cucumbers, sauerkraut, mushrooms, or with fresh vegetables salads.

Appetizer with egg

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sun, 01/01/2006 - 11:31.
Ingredients for 1:

1 hard-boiled egg
2 oz grated cheese
1/2 tsp mayonnaise
Tomatoes, fresh cucumber, garlic, parsley - for decoration, on taste

Method:

Cut egg into 2 halves.
Take out the yolk; mix it with grated cheese, garlic, and mayonnaise until even consistency.
Put the mix into a decorating (confectionary) bag, and fill the egg white halves using any piece.
Cut tomatoes and cucumbers in decorative shapes, cut parsley.
Decorate the serving dish, put stuffed egg over it. Serve immediately.
Note: You can make as many servings as you need just by adding stuffed eggs and decorations.

Smoked Fish - Potato Salad

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 12/24/2005 - 09:45.
Ingredients for 4:

4 medium potatoes
½ lb any smoked fish fillet
1 medium shallot onion
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt and pepper on taste

Method:

Boil potatoes until ready. Cool, peel, and cut into medium or small cubes.
Cut fish into small pieces.
Peel and slice onion into very thin half-rings.
Mix potatoes, fish, and onions. Add salt, pepper, and oil, and mix well.
Note: You can keep this salad in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Tvorog

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 21:30.
Tvorog is one of the most ancient and popular Russian dishes.
It was known in ancient Rome too, and one of philosophers, Columella, said that it is a favorable dish on a rich and poor table.
Tvorog is a well-balanced and useful dish, containing proteins, necessary amino acids, microelements, and vitamins. It is allowed-for-all dish, and it is absolutely necessary for children, because it contains plenty of calcium, and 14%-22% of protein. For a long time, Russians called tvorog "syr", which means "cheese", and even still pancakes with tvorog are named "syrnik".
People in villages, who had cows, eat tvorog and dishes containing tvorog, almost daily.
The sour milk, where proteins have already curdled, was product for preparing of tvorog.
Pour sour milk into an oven-safe dish (in old times – large pot), and place the dish into a not very hot oven (traditionally – in Russian oven).
After a few hours, take the dish off from oven, and pour its contents into fabric bag.
Place fabric bag in a colander, and let buttermilk to stream down.
After that, put press (any clean heavy staff) on the bag.
Tvorog left in the bag.
You can eat it with salt, sugar, and sour cream, or use it in different dishes.
The only disadvantage of this tvorog is that you cannot keep it more than 3 days in a refrigerator, or it will turn sour.
To prolong its storage time, you have to dry it.

The technology of draining tvorog is next:

Place fresh tvorog (after pressing) in an oven-safe dish, and put the dish in a not very hot oven once more, and put under press in a fabric bag once more.
After 2-3 times, you will have very dry, crumbly tvorog.

To keep it for a long time (up to half a year), put it in a clean pot, pour melted butter (Russian style) over it, and keep in a cold dry place under a tight lid. People took such tvorog on long trips.
Peasants traded with such tvorog, and the dryer the tvorog, the more expensive it was.
Modern technologies of tvorog preparation are not far from ancient ones:

Ingredients:

¼ h whole milk
1 cup plain yogurt

Method:

Boil milk in glass or enameled saucepan. Add yogurt, and mix.
Turn off heating, and let sit. After it turns warm and curdles, put any uncolored clean fabric bag in the colander, and pour the semi-finished product into a bag. Let drain. That means let the buttermilk stream down.
To make dryer tvorog, place a press over it.
Tvorog is ready.

Note:

Hundreds of recipes using tvorog are in Russian cuisine.
The most famous dishes from tvorog are "syrnik", "vareniki with tvorog", melted cheese, "zapekanka", "cheese balls with potato", or "cheese-potato cakes", and "Paskha" – Easter cake.
I will give these recipes later.