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Figs baked in ricotta cream

¬†If you follow me on Instagram, then you know it was +40C a couple of days ago in Dubai. Add 80% the humidity and it feels like +60C. Now you can imagine, that when I went out to meet up with a friend I felt like I’d been in a steamer room. Generally over the half of summer lasts in this way; don’t know what has happened this year but I remember only few humid days.. What was I talking about? Ahhh, I got fresh figs! I remember the very fist time when I have tried them. ūüėÄ Figs aren’t often sold here, especially for affordable price, so I prefer to consume them as is or in a simple salad: figs-prosciutto-nuts-arugula. But you know what? I¬†wanted a pie or tart. It’s a normal thing for me, I¬†always have a craving for pies! ūüėÄ Desire and¬†lack of butter did the job: you can see my sweet creation!
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¬†Sweet figs baked in a smooth and¬†delicate¬†ricotta cream, topped with chopped¬†pistachios&almonds and drizzled with honey! That’s what we have here.FigsRicottaCream

Figs baked in ricotta cream

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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*I used dry-fried nuts.
Ingredients
2 large figs
1 tbsp cognac (or brandy/rum)
1 tsp lemon juice
6 quail eggs
2 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g ricotta
1 tbsp chopped pistachios*
1 tbsp chopped almonds*
1 tbsp natural runny honey
Method
  • Make a ‘x’ cut in each fig or cut into fourths. Drizzle with cognac and lemon juice. Leave to marinate for 10-15 minutes.
  • In a bowl, beat eggs with sugar and vanilla. Mix in ricotta.
  • Divide the ricotta cream between two baking dishes, or pour into one. Arrange figs on top.¬†Sprinkle¬†with nuts.
  • Bake in preheated¬†200C oven for 15 minutes. Drizzle with honey. Serve warm.
Enjoy!

Cabbage casserole with farmer cheese

¬†¬†White cabbage is widely used¬†vegetable¬†in Russia, it’s eaten raw in salads, pickled to eat during the winter¬†and braised in various stews.
¬†Nowadays it’s pretty popular to eat healthy dishes, such as cauliflower soup,¬†saut√©ed¬†Brussels¬†sprout, fish with broccoli and etc. It seems like everybody forgets about this simple beauty – the white cabbage.
Even Greek philosopher Pythagoras said: “It is a vegetable, that helps to have a courage and cheerful mood”. In¬†ancient¬†Russia it¬†was a belief, that if one has a headache, they should cover their temples with cabbage leaves to release the pain.
¬†The below recipe is a very simple dish with a modern twist, using fresh ricotta and your¬†favorite¬†cheese. It could be eaten alone or as a nice side dish. A must try! ūüôā
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Cabbage casserole with farmer cheese

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: not too tricky
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Adapted from Russian magazine ‘The school of gastronomy’
Ingredients:
400-500g white cabbage, thinly sliced
1 small onion, sliced
100-150g fresh homemade ricotta/cottage cheese/farmer cheese
60g any grated cheese + 1Tbsp for the top (Emmental/Gouda/Red Cheddar)
1Tbsp Parmesan cheese for the top, optionally
2 big or 3 small eggs, whites and yolks separated
40g butter
50g flour
400ml milk (preferably low fat)
2Tbsp bread crumbs, homemade
pinch of nutmeg, cumin
1Tbsp fresh chopped dill or 1tsp dried
salt, white pepper to taste
1Tbsp olive oil+1Tbsp butter for frying
 
Preparation:
1) First, make the sauce. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and turn the heat to low. Sift the flour into the butter, stirring continuously to combine them. Add the milk a little at a time. Cook for 8 minutes more, stirring continuously until the sauce becomes thicker. Remove the saucepan from the stove and let it cool.
2) Meanwhile, put olive oil, butter and onion in a pan, and fry for 4 minutes. Add cumin and fry for 1 minute more.
Add the cabbage, sprinkle with dill and stir fry for 10-15 minutes. Transfer the cabbage into big bowl.
3) Add egg yolks into the sauce, one at a time, nutmeg and combine thoroughly.
4) Pour the sauce into the cabbage, add cheese, ricotta, salt, white pepper and give it a good stir.
5) Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until foamy, then carefully combine with cabbage mixture.
6) Grease the baking pan with butter, sprinkle with bread crumbs, add the cabbage mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in preheated oven 180C/360F for 40 minutes.
7) Serve warm. Enjoy!
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