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Penne with basil and parmigiano

Hi guys
Long time didn’t post anything. I had short and unplanned trip to Russia, then had been moving into a new apartment (bigger, lighter, lucky me). But one Russian saying says “moving is worse than a fire”, and I can’t agree. It really drains me. Thank God, almost all stuff already in place.

Since my small basil has been grown I’m trying to use it, it gives wonderful aroma:)

The simplest dish- penne with basil and parmigiano. Serve 1-for yourself 😉

-You can use any ready basil pesto or do it the quickest version: basil, some parmesan and olive oil mix in a blender until smoothly combine or  fresh basil leaves with olive oil.

-Cook 100-200 g of the penne in plenty of boiling salted water around 9 minutes. Drain it, reserve few spoons of cooking water or use cream.

-Toss and stir the hot pasta with pesto, fresh basil leaves and reserving water or cream.

-Spinkle with pistachios and parmesan.

 

Serve and Enjoy:)

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mila

 

Special tea

The cold is going around here this days. Unfortunately,  few days back I woke up with a tickle in my throat and blocked nose.  The good tea to drink to fight  a cold is very easy to make.

You need around 3-5 cm of ginger root (peeled and sliced). Put it in 1 litre of water and let simmer for 10 minutes, then add pinch of cinnamon, 2 cloves, several mint lives, 2 tsps of green tea (optional), juice of one lemon. Strain the tea into a cup and add the honey to taste.

The ginger brings relief from cough and cold and strengthens your immune system!

Enjoy and stay healthy! 😀

Lip-smacking lamb ribs

Happy belated Easter, dear friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful family dinner! 🙂

Lamb ribs. You can find it across the world and gonna fall in love with! 😉

The wonderful combination of marinade ingredients and you end up with lip-smacking dish.

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My marinade recipe call for using brandy, but you can skip it or replace with lemon juice (or add a little vinegar).

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

0.5 kg lamb ribs

1 to 3 small red chillies, depends on your taste

1 garlic clove, chopped

2 tbsp brandy (or rum or 3 tbsp of lemon juice)

1 tbsp of lemon juice

1-1.5 tbsp mustard (Dijon or plain is ok too)

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp soy sauce (or Westchester sauce)

1/2 tbsp sugar

dash of black pepper

Let’s start!

Mix all ingredients together, stir to combine.

How to dice chillies you can have a look here, I do exactly the same.

Pour the marinate over lamb ribs, rub to coat and leave for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Fry on preheated pan for 4-5 minutes each side.

Serve with fresh lettuce and tomatoes and/or baked carrots.

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I should to mention how delicious baked carrots are and fast-cooking (what’s more healthy).

Cut 300 gr of carrots (cleaned and peeled) into sticks. Put them on a baking tray, pour over 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp honey and season with white pepper, paprika and cumin. You can drizzle with 1-2 tsp of soy sauce (optionally). Bake until softy around 20 minutes (190C/400F).

Bon appetite! 🙂

Red Peppers

Forgiveness Sunday

 Today is the last day of Butterweek, which is called Forgiveness Sunday, when people ask each other for forgiveness.

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Farewell to Butterweek is a traditional folk gathering, along with theatrical performances, sleighs’ sliding, games and amusements.

 A culmination of the festival is burning of an Idol made from straw and dressed as a woman, which is called Winter scarecrow and symbolized farewell to the winter and greeting the spring. 

масленица2  A straw-woman was burned in a field, beyond villages. Old stuff, clothes were burned also in fires, besides straw and firewoods. Nowadays it takes place in city/town squares, where all citizens are able to come.

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Have a lovely weekend, guys! 😀

 

*painted pics I took from the net