Mushrooms are a great addition to many dishes, but they can also become a great garnish on their own. My wife just loves them, so we try to cook them periodically to make her happy. A cool way to save their taste in cooking and make it even more interesting is to bake them in the oven with lemon and thyme. How to do this will be discussed below.
Ciabatta is a simple type of Italian white bread, made of wheat flour and yeast. It was developed in 1982 and in the late 1990s it became popular in Europe and the U.S.A. A feature of this bread is a crispy crust and the flesh with large, irregularly distributed porosity. Ciabatta is often used as sandwich bread. In Italian cuisine it’s even added to such dishes as salad, soup, etc. There are many varieties of this wonderful bread, and many ways of baking it. I’ll tell you about a rather simple method that takes a little time. But it requires a good stationary mixer like KitchenAid.
Pilaf is a very old dish that is usually made of rice and some meat. It came to my country from the East, and still is one of the most popular dishes in the Middle East of Central Asia. Each country has national characteristics and many recipes for cooking it, but its distinguishing feature is the combination of two parts: the so-called ‘zirvak’ in the Uzbek cuisine or ‘gara’ in the Azerbaijani cuisine and the cereal part. I want to show, in my view, a rather unusual recipe, which we often cook.
Here’s another version of muffins. Yes, we make many muffins. To be more precise, my wife bakes them, because our daughter likes them very much. Besides, they are simple to make, stay fresh for a long time and are easy to diversify. This time we bake carrot muffins with sunflower seeds. Very tasty and healthy …
Until recently I hadn’t approved any of the apple baked foods, but knowing my love to baking with cinnamon, my wife baked a cake, where both ingredients were present. The most interesting is that the pie was very tasty and nice. By the way, it’s very simple to prepare and all the ingredients can be purchased at any time of the year in any store near your house.
Sometimes you may think of some little and simple in cooking and at the same time tasty snack to accompany a bottle of wine. So, my wife and I have recently discovered a snack of that kind called Camembert. It is a soft sort of cheese coated with cheese mold, which is especially tasty when it melts from the inside. It can be fried or baked. Both ways of cooking are simple enough, but during frying it’s much easier to monitor its condition. And you can fry it in batter, which adds zest to the taste as well as to the appearance of this wonderful cheese. At the same time I‘d like to show how to cook a simple orange sauce, which, by the way, can be used with different pancakes and other food for breakfast.
Borsch is perhaps one of the most famous dishes in Russian cuisine. It is considered the national dish in Poland, and Russia, and Lithuania, and Romania, and Belarus and Ukraine. Borsch is known from 14 – 15th centuries in Russia, it was mentioned in the monuments of 16-17th centuries and books of 1586-1631. The consequence of all this is a lot of ways to cook it. Probably almost every family has its own recipe for cooking this soup. Borsch is a multi-component filling soup and many people think that it is difficult to cook. But it’s not! At least the recipe that you will see below is quite simple in general. I think it is kind of a mix of how they cook this soup on the Don, where I live, and in the Ukraine.
In the town where I live winter is ranging now. Despite the fact that the town is rather southern, we have snow everywhere. Strong wind and temperatures below zero make us hurry up to homes to spend an evening in warmth and comfort. Such an evening will be ideal if it also includes a delicious dinner. Irish stew can easily be a part of such a dinner. It is called Irish because the beef is cooked in the famous Irish dark beer Guinness. Thus we get the beef very tasty and flavored. Irish stew is a celebrated Irish dish. It’s recognized as early as about 1800. We won’t be cooking a traditional version but an easy one.
What could be easier than cooking some meat in a pot? In my opinion, this is one of the easiest ways to cook it, and it’s difficult to spoil the meat this way. In addition, you can put some more tasty things in one pot with the meat and get well balanced food, which does not require a separate garnish.
This spicy classic from Sichuan is very easy and quick to make. That’s the main reason why I love stir fries and cook them often. Besides, you can make it with different sauces and ingredients to get a great depth of flavor. My recipe is a modification of Grace Young’s recipe SIchuan Pork with Peppers and Peanuts from Stir-Frying To The Sky’s Edge cookbook.