Monday, March 28, 2011

Earrings out of left over cristals


Long time ago, I bought red crystal earrings, but the design seemed to be a bit boring and didn't match well with my bracelet, so I remade the earrings and add some other beads, just to match to the bracelet. After that, I got two left over red crystals. I don't like wasting, so I made another pair of earrings out of them:) Just needed some beads and a fishing line.

Vegetable soup puree


When you feel that you want to eat something light, healthy, but nutritious and low in calorie, soup purees are just perfect meal! They are easy to make and take no time to cook! This time I added some rice, just to give extra creamy texture to my soup.
Ingredients:
1 smaller cauliflower, separated in small florets
1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
2 medium carrots, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 onions, peeled and sliced
Half can of sweet corn
50 grams of short grain rice, washed
Salt to taste
Pinch of fresh grounded pepper
Sour cream for serving
Boil 1 liters of water. Add in cauliflower, potato, carrot and rice. Simmer under half covered lid, stirring occasionally as rice can stick to the bottom of the pan. In separate pan, heat olive oil and fry onions until transparent and add it in to the soup. When carrots and potato are soft, add in half can of drained sweet corn and blend all of the soup in blender or with a special mixer-masher. Boil for 3-4 min, add in salt and pepper. Drop some sour cream over the soup,sprinkle some corn over it and serve. This soup goes good with garlic bread. Enjoy!

Okroshka in whey with panir


I often make panir/cottage cheese/tvorog and I always have whey out of it. So I usually make pancakes, bread or chapatis out of that whey. Milk whey is very useful,healthy and full of vitamins. If you want to improve your immune system, you have to drink 1 cup of whey every morning. I often make "okroshka", which is perfect meal for a lunch in hot summer. This time I made "okroshka" with panir which makes it perfect vegetarian food full of vitamins and protein. Three servings out of the following recipe.
Ingredients:
600 ml of whey
2 boiled eggs
100 grams of panir
1 cucumber
1 potato boiled in skin
Fresh chopped greens (I used coriander)
3 tbsp of sour cream
Salt to taste
Clean eggs from shells and cut in cubes. Peel out potatoes skin and cut in cubes. Cucumber also has to be washed and cubed. Panir has to be cut in bigger cubes. In bowl, mix cubed potato, eggs, cucumber and greens. At the end add in panir. In separate bowl whisk sour cream into the whey. Combine all of the ingredients carefully not to mash panir. Serve and enjoy!

Monday, March 21, 2011

How to make pumpkin puree


In pumpkin season, I usually make a lot of pumpkin puree for using them until next season. Try to use ripe and orange pumpkins, as they are sweet in taste. Pumpkin puree can be used for a lot of recipes. I usually make soups, cakes, cheesecakes and bread out of it. Also it is a great filling for pies!
Ingredients:
As much pumpkin as you want
Cut pumpkin and clean from seeds. Peel out and cut in slices. Put them on steamers sheet. Cook pumpkins until they are very soft.

Puree all of the pumpkin in blender or in food processor

Pour puree in deep bowl and bring to boil. Immediately pour in to the sterilized and hot glass bottles and seal the cap. Turn over and let it cool. Can be kept for 6-7 month.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Orange marmalade


Sevinch loves jellies and marmalades! She always asks me to buy jelly powder to make jelly out of it. But I don't trust those powders-a lot of chemicals! So I promised her to make jelly at home. It is organic, healthy and delicious!!!
Ingredients:
400 ml of freshly squeezed orange juice
100 gr (or less) of sugar
3 tbsp of gelatin powder
Soak gelatin powder in 100 ml of orange juice. Meanwhile heat up the rest of the juice with sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved completely. Heat up gelatin on a double boiler. Bring to boil but DON'T BOIL! Add in to the orange juice. Mix well and pour in to the flat deep dish. (I used my bread baking pan) Refrigerate up to 4-5 hours or until it is firm enough.
Turn the dish and cut the jelly in squares. Serve and enjoy!
P.S. Sevinch loved it and finished it in 2 days:) She is asking me to make more jellies now:)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pumpkin cheesecake


I love cheesecakes! I have tried a lot of recipes and every time I am just falling in love again and again:) Today I am posting pumpkin cheesecake recipe. It has special flavor and taste, useful because of pumpkin. I always make pumpkin puree myself, but you can also use the canned one. For the base any biscuits can be used, I used Oreo biscuits, but I don't recommend it for you, as I didn't like the result (after baking the base looked like burned, as these biscuits are very dark brown), I would rather use simple biscuits without any flavor and filling.
Ingredients:
200 grams of biscuits
50 grams of butter
2 packages (400 gr)of cream cheese
200 ml of sour cream
200 grams of pumpkin puree
250 grams of powdered sugar (you can take less sugar if you want)
4 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
Grease your spring form pan well. Finely crush all of the biscuits and add in melted butter, mix well. Press this mixture into the bottom of the pan evenly.Put in fridge for 30 min.
Beat well cream cheese with 100 grams of powdered sugar, gradually add in 4 egg yolks. Separately beat sour cream with 100 grams of powdered sugar. 4 egg whites also should be beat up separately with 50 grams of powdered sugar until stiff peak.
Finely mix cream cheese mixture with sour cream and pumpkin puree. At the end mix egg whites very carefully to this mixture. Take out spring pan from fridge, pour in mixture over the crust and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or more-it depends on the character of your oven, but the edges of the cheese cake must be firm, but the center still moves slightly. Cool completely and put in to the fridge for at least 4-5 hours. You can decorate the top of the cheesecake as you want, for me, as a lazy lady, I just sprinkle cocoa powder:) Serve and enjoy this yummy cake with your loved ones!

Friday, March 11, 2011

How to make crocheted bead


This post is about how to make crocheted bead for jewelery or for any other purpose you want to use them. I used just simple wooden bead and silken thread, but Madeira threads can also be used for this purpose.
Start making 6 loops and join them with one single crochet.

Start crocheting around the circle, making 6 sc. Gradually and evenly add in more chain stitches until you will get until the middle of the bead.

When you will get to the middle of the bead, start making fewer stitches to match the shape of the ball.


Continue until you will cover the whole ball completely.

Voila! That's simple!
Hope you will find it useful:)

Hummus


"Hummus" is very famous in Mediterranean cuisine. It is very good source of protein, it is healthy and it is just yummy!
Ingredients:
250 grams of dried chickpeas
5 tbsp of tahini sauce
3 tbsp of lemon juice
1-2 cloves of garlic
Salt to taste
3-4 tbsp of virgin olive oil
Soak chickpeas overnight. Drain and wash well. Put in clean water and cook until tender. In food processor, (save some chickpeas for decoration)blend until smooth using the water that chickpeas were cooked. Add in salt. Now add in tahini sauce, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and blend again.
Serve on a flat dish, pour over a little olive oil and sprinkle with whole chickpeas.
Usually "Hummus" is served with special bread - "Pita", but I really like it with "chapati" made of whole wheat flour.
Enjoy your yummy "Hummus"!

Ice cream with cottage cheese


This kind of ice cream is just perfect for children, it contains cottage cheese which is very useful for growing bones! I made cottage cheese myself using 1 liters of full fat milk (I'll post recipe later)If you want to make different ice cream, use fresh strawberries, mangoes or cherries. Just blend it in food processor and add at the end.
Ingredients:
150 grams of cottage cheese
100 ml of milk
200 grams of sweet condensed milk
200 ml of sour cream
Beat cottage cheese and milk until smooth using food processor. Separately beat up sour cream with condensed milk. Mix carefully cottage cheese with sour cream. Put mixture in your ice cream maker and mix or just pour the mixture in plastic containers and put in freezer. Wait until it will hardens and serve with your favorite additions:) Enjoy!

Lace necklace to the bracelet


Finally I made necklace for the bracelet! I used same materials that I used for the bracelet, just added crystals and instead of big fluffy knots, I just knot the ends of crocheted balls, to make sure they won't move.
This is my first experience with crocheted jewelry! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lace bracelet


I made this bracelet for my pink jacket which has not finished yet :) I love pink! My jacket is pink in color, so I thought grey lace bracelet will go well with it. I like the result-bracelet is very feminine and warm:)
I use grey organza lace, pink crystal beads, pink silk lace and crocheted wooden beads. (I crochet them myself:))
I cut out very long piece from grey organza lace, put it through one grey crocheted bead and start to make knots.


After 4-5 knots I put it through the second bead and repeated once more. Then I sew crystal beads.

I added single rose I made from pink silk lace (soon I will post how I made it), as well as a pink crocheted bead in the middle, after the wise advise from my little one:)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My doll "Kuzyena"


When I finished sewing this doll, my husband told me that it looks like "Kuzinka" - the home ghost from one of the old Russian cartoons. But mine was a girl, so I called her "Kuzyena":) I sew it for my daughter, but she didn't like it, she said complained that her hair is not blonde and it's not long:) She loves blonde hair, every time she watches "Tangled" with Rapunzel, she asks "mummy why I don't have such blonde hair?" Once my husband was fed up with her question and told her that she can dye her hair in blonde, when she grows up. For that he got a word from me:)Now she always asks me to dye her hair and I always tell that it is not good for her hair. That's what I called the bad influence of some cartoons:)
So, after that, this doll is waiting for her owner:)

Shrimp boats


In our family shrimp is favorite snack. Try to choose medium sized shrimps for making "boats" or canapés. Also these canapés give great look for your table, when you're expecting guests.
Ingredients:
Shrimp
1-2 eggs
1.5 tbsp of plain flour
cream cheese
olives
toast bread
sesame seeds
oil for deep frying
some fresh chopped greens
Beat up eggs and add in flour. Beat well until no crumbs. Clean shrimp from shells. Heat the oil.
Dip each shrimp in egg mixture and roll on sesame seeds, to cover all over the shrimp. Repeat with the rest of shrimp. Deep fry on medium heat, until shrimp is nice pinkish in color. Put on a paper towel to get rid of excess oil.
Cut bread in equal squares or rectangles. (if you want you can toast them as well)Spread cream cheese on each square (I make them two, like sandwiches, it helps to hold shrimp sticks) and insert toothpicks with shrimp and olives.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chocolate, banana cake with nuts


In our house bananas are not preferred much. Usually I buy them and they keep lying in fridge until they begin to turn black. I don't like wasting, so I make this cake out of that bananas. You can use any nuts you like and also can add some other dried fruits like raisins and prunes. Usually I don't use exact recipe for my cakes, I make them just like that, from ingredients that I can find at home, but they always turn out to be tasty and no cake is usually left the other day.
Ingredients:
3 eggs
1.5 cup of brown sugar (white sugar also can be used)
4-5 ripen bananas
3 tbsp of cocoa powder
100 gr of sour cream
30 gr of butter, softened
1 tsp of baking powder
Half a tsp of baking soda
150 gr of nuts, crushed
2.5 cups of flour
150 grams of milk or dark chocolate
Mash bananas with fork or blend in food processor. Beat eggs with sugar. Add in bananas, butter, sour cream, b.s and b.p and mix with a spoon. Separately mix flour with nuts and gradually add in to the egg-banana mixture. Mix carefully.
Grease your baking dish with some butter and pour the mixture. Bake in preheated oven in the middle rack. Cake is ready when inserted stick will come out clean.
Take out from oven and let it cool. Melt chocolate in double boiler or in microwave and top the cake evenly.

Serve with hot cup of tea and enjoy:)

Chapati


"Chapati" is popular in Pakistan. I really love the taste and that the fact of it's usefulness. It is usually made from whole wheat flour, but sometimes, can be made out of regular flour too. I prefer to make it form whole wheat flour. "Chapati" is usually served with curries and other national dishes. I also use it as a wrapper instead of "Lavash". Recipe is for about 5-6 chapatis, depending on their size.
Ingredients:
250 ml of warm water
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
Salt to taste
Whole wheat flour as needed
Mix salt and oil with water. Gradually start adding flour until you will form very soft dough. I really like whole wheat as it doesn't stick to hands much and comfortable to use. Cover the dough and let it rest 30 min. Divide in to 6 balls. Roll up each ball into flat, thin circle and fry without any oil in well heated pan. Usually special pan-"tava" is used for cooking "chapati", it is heavy and has thick bottom. While cooking "chapati"s tend to fluff up like a ball.
I usually roll up chapatis while cooking them. I put one for frying and start rolling the other one. When "chapati" is ready cover with cotton towel. Serve "chapati" when it is fresh, as it hardens quickly.
Serve and enjoy your healthy, nutritious and tasty "chapati"!