Blog award! The sunshine award!

I’m so happy and even flattered!  I’m grateful to Francesca from wonderful blog –  Flora’s table  has nominated me for The Sunshine Award.  It’s my first nomination and as newbie at wordpress I’m soooooooooooo happy and excited!!! Thank you a lot!!! It’s really Big Award for my little blog! 🙂 I need to nominated 10 more bloggers for my part, but unfortunately have known less..

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So  if  nominated you must “(i) include a link in your blog to the blog that nominated you; (ii) answer some questions about yourself; (iii) nominate 10 fellow bloggers, linking to their blogs; and (iv) inform them that they have been nominated.”

1. Who is your favorite philosopher? Actually don’t have such. They all had been great people.

2. What is your favorite number? 20

3. What is your favorite animal? Definitely cats! Domestic, wild, I adore them!

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter? www.facebook.com/milkandbun and twitter.com/milkandbun (twi is more personal)

5. What is your favorite time of day? Evening. I’m owl.

6. What is your favorite holiday? New Year holidays –  wonderful time.

7. What is your favorite physical activity? Skiing!!!

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Fresh apple juice

9. What is your passion? I’m so passionate girl, so: cooking passion have started from photography passion, make up, reading, passion for buns and macaroons…

10. What is your favorite flower? Girls like more then only one, don’t they? Lilies of the valley, they have got the first place.

 

And The Award goes to:

Artessano

On top of spaghetti

Frugal feeding

Fashionandbigcity

 

Congratulations!!!!!!!! And have a good night!

 

Breakfast. Russian Salted Salmon.

   What homemade breakfast is enjoyable for you? For me it is a sandwich with homemade salted salmon. Thin slices of salmon on a piece of Russian rye bread. May be some butter, chopped dill.. No words! It sounds so delicious, so amazing! I’m already hungry! 😀
   You can also add a thin slice of lemon or lime. The citrus really comes through, but doesn’t overpower the delicate taste of cured salmon. Such breakfast would be a great start to the day for sure!
   Don’t forget to prepare a cup of fresh coffee or tea. Now you can enjoy the incredibly tasty breakfast!
     
   We do like a red fish in Russia!  But during Imperial times in Russia not only fish with red meat were called “red”. Sturgeon,  beluga (hausen) and sterlet were served for imperial dinners as “red fish”. List of red fishes was named not by the color of the meat or by the breed, but by excellent and tender taste, a certain size, and the prestige! It’s fishing was very difficult and sometimes dangerous. For example, beluga could weight up to 200-300 kg and could easily sinks the fishing boat. In 1827 beluga was fished with weight around 1500 kg!!! Siberian sturgeon got the title “The king fish” for it’s strength and size. So such dainty fishes been expensive, not everybody could buy it. Only for imperial family, noblemen and gourmets. Fishes with red meat (salmon) were more ordinary and often were made salty for long storage.
   Popular and widely-sold types of red fish in Russian are chum salmon and pink or hunchback salmon (they’re not very expensive), salmon and  trout are more expensive species but definitely more tastier fishes. Nowadays, it’s possible to buy already salted salmon in supermarkets but many Russian women prefer to buy a whole fish (often it’s sold frozen) and cure it themselves. The weather in Russian is cold most of the time, so fish’s head, tail and fins go well into soups and chowders, such comforting and nourishing meal can easily warms you up.
 Cured salmon can be eaten as is, or on a slice of your favourite bread. It is a delicious appetizer, which accompanies vodka and other strong drinks. More pure vodka – more salmon should be eaten, it helps to reduce an alcoholic intoxication.
  I’m sure your guests would be glad to taste Russian salted salmon and interested in the recipe. Shall we keep it in a secret? Can’t say for you, but I’ll show you how to prepare it soon (you can find the recipe by clicking here).
  Stay healthy!

Name it!

So the salad which I’ve written about called as “broom” or “brush”, composed of raw vegetables, it evacuates the bowels as a broom (sweeps out all waste products from or digestive system).

 It has the specific flavour which may varies depending on a beetroot – more sweeter or rough. You need to press several times thinly shreded vegetables (raw!) – that’s it! And if you don’t like in a least add some lemon juice. But here of course sense not in a taste –  in a usefulness. Hope this “broom’ will do you good! 😉

And again easy and tasty

   Hi! I’m here again. Busy days, beach and sun. And diet or a sort of that. Was cooking in steamer – chicken, some veggies, have made pasta with mushrooms and cheesy sauce – nothing special. And the salad with fresh and thinly sliced cabbage, carrots and raw beetroot. Guess how do we call such salad in Russia? (answer will be in next post).

   Almost forgot to say – I’ve baked 2 chocolate cakes!! Yahoo! Hope I’ll make them once again and take not only phone’s pics. You can follow me on twitter – twitter.com/milkandbun  and find some others pics there 🙂

 And for a while greet the salad with figs and rucola leaves!
 Rucola has so many names… aragula/arugula, rugula, rocket… 
 
  So take a plate and washed arugula leaves.
Sprinkle arugula with mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, 1-2 tsp dejon mustard.
  Cut figs, radishes and put them over arugula leaves. Add feta cheese, pine nuts and pancetta (it’s Italian bacon and I adore it! It isn’t necessary but of course more tasty). You can substitute it with bacon cutted into pieces. 
Enjoy! 🙂

Red cabbage salad

If you are looking for vegetables that are high in vitamin C and carotene include dishes with red cabbage in your diet.
It’s easy to stay fit with it!
Light salad with red cabbage.
250-300 g red cabbage,  thinly shredded
1/2-1 carrot,  thinly shredded
1 apples or/and 1 cucumber, chopped
olive oil and 1-2 tsps lemon juice for dressing 
salt, pepper
Mix all ingredients together, add dressing and stay aside for 20 mins.
The anti-oxidant salad is ready!