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Farmers capsicum salad (low-carb)

Hello guys! Do you have a farmers market near to your place? Is it only fruits&vegetables market or some other produce are sold there, such a dairy or grains? How often do you visit it? Or do you prefer supermarkets?

Not far from my place there is a small nice market where you can get fresh and seasonal vegetables and herbs from small local farms, plus few stands with olive oil and freshly-baked bread. Why do I like it? Continue reading

Sunday Breakfast: Oladushki

 One of the most-viewed and visited posts in my blog is “oladushki”. For those of you who doesn’t yet know the meaning – it’s Russian name for small pancakes. Yes, it’s absolutely incorrectly to call them blini as many people do (blini are large and thin like crepes, look here), and how they are usually called in restaurants or sold in stores.Oladushki with sour cream

 This is the perfect breakfast or brunch to spoil yourself with on the weekend, and it could be make in a short of time. Russian housewives most of the time use soured or any leftover kefir to prepare these soft beauties. You can try to substitute with buttermilk, drinking but thick yogurt, or as I did – used laban (local dairy drink). Oladushki go well with many sauces: honey, sour cream, sweetened yogurt, jam or sweet condensed milk. You can also serve them as a savory brekafast: with a cream cheese or sour cream along with cured salmon or caviar.Russian Oladushki with jam&yogurt

 Few tips how to make oladushki soft and fluffy (not only to add a baking soda for leaving):
you should sift the flour (add the air); do not over-mix the batter (it leads to tough texture);
let the batter rest for a half an hour and then do not stir it again (otherwise the bubbles will deflate);
carefully scoop the batter from the side of the bowl – do not dip the spoon into the center;
finally, when you flip oladushki over – do not press it with spatula.
 So, this or next weekend morning that you make these oladuski, make a few extra. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge. And next hectic morning you don’t need to skip breakfast: reheat them, sit down&enjoy and plan for a successful day. 🙂
Soft&fluffy Russian oladushki

Sunday Breakfast: Russian Oladushki

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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I served oladushki with plum preserve and vanilla yogurt.
All ingredients should be at room temperature, so take them out of the fridge 1 hour ahead.
Ingredients
1 medium egg
a pinch of fine salt
1-2 tsp white sugar
250ml kefir (laban or buttermilk), I used low fat
150g plain flour
1/3 tsp baking soda
sunflower or any other veg.oil for frying
Method
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat an egg with salt and sugar until fluffy. Mix in kefir.
  • Sift the flour with soda into the batter. Whisk gently until the ingredients are just incorporated. Do not overmix –  it leads to tough texture.
  • Let the batter rest for a half an hour and then do not stir it again (otherwise the bubbles will deflate).
  • Preheat the frying pan (until a drop of water skitters across the pan), lightly coat with oil.
  • Carefully scoop the batter from the side of the bowl. When oladushki are dry around the edges and bubbles over the top – turn it over. Don’t press oladushki with spatula!
  • Transfer to a large plate in a single layer, keep it uncovered (you may keep them in a warm oven), while preparing the rest.
  • The best eaten fresh with your favorite sauces. But they also can be covered with a plastic wrap and kept in the fridge until next morning.
Enjoy!

Black Forest Pancakes

 When I decided to make chocolate pancakes, I didn’t expect them turn out so good and delicious: a pure indulgence! I wanted to serve them only with a black-cherry jam. But when I stumbled upon a pack of mascarpone in my fridge, that I wanted to use somewhere else, the decision came itself – use it as a topping! Mascarpone worked perfectly as a cream and cherry syrup (I mixed jam with some water to make it thinner) sucked into pancakes very well, like into a sponge cake. All ingredients worked more than good together, dark chocolate and fresh cherry on top added a nice and charming touch as well. Plus, the taste reminds the famous cake – “Black Forest”. It’s my husband’s favorite cake, so he was on a nine cloud! Honestly, these are highly recommended pancakes!Schwarzwald Pancakes

Black Forest Pancakes

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: very easy
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Ingredients
200g sour cream
250ml full-fat milk
2 eggs
2 tbsp white sugar
a pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
20g butter, melted
270-300g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
5-6 tsp unsweetened pure cocoa powder
40-50g dark chocolate (70%cocoa), chopped
sunflower or any veg oil for frying
For serving
200g mascarpone
2 tsp maple syrup or pure honey, optional
100g dark cherry jam
70ml warm water (or more to make it thinner)
1-2 tsp lemon juice, optional
Garnish
some chopped dark chocolate
fresh cherries, optional
Preparation method
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs with with sugar, salt and vanilla. Whisk in butter.
  • Pour in milk and sour cream, stir all together.
  • Sift flour along with baking powder, soda and cocoa into a batter. Whisk until combined. Fold in chopped chocolate.
  • Heat large frying pan on a high heat, pour in some oil. Using large spoon, pour in batter. Cook each pancake until bubbles appear on top, then flip and cook on another side.
  • For cheery syrup, in a small saucepan, bring jam and water to gentle simmer. Simmer on a medium-low heat for few minutes. If it’s too sweet, stir in lemon juice. Add more water to make it more thin, if desired.
  • In a serving bowl, stir together mascarpone and maple syrup or honey.
  • Serve pancakes with mascarpone and cherry syrup.
Enjoy!
Black Forest pancakes

Small quiches: 4 fillings

I Love Pies! Small and large, closed and opened, with fish and hm less meat, whether it’s cabbage pie or raspberry tartlet. So, it was that day when I couldn’t decide what filling to choose and made 4 different savory quiches! Beautiful and delicious! 🙂 It’s a quick (especially if you prepared the pastry ahead as I did), easy and tasty way of using up all those small cheese pieces and veggies leftovers.Small quiches: 4 fillings

Small quiches: 4 fillings

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Pastry
160g/5.6oz all-purpose/plain flour
120g/4.2oz butter, cold and cut into cubes
a good pinch of ground sea salt
40-50ml iced-cold water
Put flour, salt and butter in a big bowl. Quickly rub ingredients together until coarse breadcrumbs (or use food processor). Add water and mix until the dough is formed. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight. You can keep the pastry in a fridge up to 3 days.
Roll out 3-4mm thick dough to fit your baking tins. Bake blind in 180C preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
Filling
2 large eggs
100-150ml 30% cream (or double cream)
freshly ground sea salt and black-white pepper, to taste
  • Broccoli+Gruyère cheese
  • Leek (slightly sautéed in butter)+Cheddar
  • Zucchini (raw, sliced or grated)+Thyme(fresh or dried)+Parmesan
  • Sun dried tomato (chopped)+Olives+Basil (fresh or dried)+Pecorino Romano cheese
Whisk eggs with cream and season to taste. Arrange vegetables, grated cheese and herbs in pastry cases. Pour the egg mixture over veggies. Bake in 180C preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set.
Enjoy! 

Small quichesBeautiful and Tasty: small quiches

Savory pumpkin pancakes

 Hello blogofriends and foodies! Hope your Sunday is going to be exceptional! May be you planning to go out for a picnic with your family or date out with your beloved.. Whatever you will choose to do today, firstly, do not forget to have a delicious and nourishing breakfast! 😀 Like this one – always favourite pancakes, but this time they are savory: with slightly sweet pumpkin, salty parmesan and aromatic spices!Savory Pumpkin pancakes These pumpkin pancakes are bursting with autumn flavours, plus you can use pumpkin or squash leftovers! Even if the morning is not your favourite part of the day, try to start it with a smile on your face, and you will feel the difference throughout the day! And of course, brighten up the morning with this wonderful breakfast! 🙂Savory Pumpkin pancakes with parmesan, spices and sour cream sauce

Savory pumpkin pancakes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Adapted from Jamie Oliver magazine
Ingredients
Pancakes
200g pumpkin/squash puree
1 egg
250ml full-fat milk
150g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
a pinch of fresh nutmeg
1/2-1 tsp chilli flakes
1 sprig rosemary, leaves finely chopped
30-40g finely grated parmesan
olive or sunflower oil for frying
Extra for serving
some grated parmesan
chopped fresh parsley
sour cream, mixed with chopped parsley, lemon juice, S&P
few oak leaves lettuce or any other, optional
  • In a bowl, mix pumpkin puree with the egg and milk. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, chilli, rosemary, parmesan.
  • Heat a little oil in a frying pan, spoon some of the batter to make a pancake. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden. Serve with extra parmesan, if desired.
Enjoy!

Pumpkin/squash pancakes

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