Mimosa salad

Classic of the holiday table

Oct 2, 2019
No holiday table is complete without mimosa salad from my grandma. In Russia this salad is always mentioned in the same breath as Olivier (known as Russian Salad) and Dressed Herring. But this fact doesn't make Mimosa Salad less delicious, and some changes of the traditional recipe even improve it - you only need to take potatoes and butter out of this salad; you also need to replace onion with scallion and replace canned goods with boiled salmon :)

Salad with chicken, mushrooms and prune

Grandma's salad with extraordinarily full flavour

Sep 21, 2019
We can't eat only biscuits... so here's a recipe of a salad with chicken, mushrooms and prune! It's a real masterpiece from my beloved grandmother!

Caramel Brownies

Prefect brownies, one of the best recipes

Mar 10, 2019

I always treated this dessert calmly and I didn’t understand people who adored it. It seemed to me that homemade brownies are similar to a wet chocolate cake, and a purchased one contains so many chemicals that it’s better to bypass it. But, once prepared this dessert, I fell in love with it finally and irrevocably. No more chocolate sponge cakes with pieces of chocolate, in order to get this fudgy middle!

Coffee chocolate chip cookies

Special treat for coffee lovers

Mar 4, 2019

Chocolate chip coffee cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, loaded with chocolate chips and have a rich coffee flavor. Coffee cookies make a delicious treat for anybody especially coffee lovers.

English Christmas Cake

...or I can wait for a miracle for 7 weeks

Feb 24, 2019

This English Christmas cake is a rich, dense fruit cake made with dried fruits and nuts. Fruits are soaked in citrus juice and alcohol before baking. Once baked cake is wrapped into a baking paper and left to mature for at least a month. Once a week during this process the cake should be unwrapped and fed with more brandy. Yummy treat!
This recipe had waited in the wings for several years, but after I tried this cake, I understood that I would make this cake for sure one more time this year. The cake isn’t sugary, despite the amount of dried fruit, and isn’t dry, because it gets soaked in alcohol for several weeks. On the whole, it’s a very tasty cake, but I think that drivers shouldn’t abuse it.

Blondies with white chocolate

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with a wonderful creamy flavour

Jan 26, 2019

This recipe was born by chance and was tested on my colleagues. Everyone truly liked it, even those who are indifferent to white chocolate.

Rose Apple Pie

What happens if we mix chopped dough, cottage cheese casserole and apples?

Oct 20, 2018

As you may have already noticed, I adore baking with cottage cheese and apples (just read my articles about cottage cheese apple pie and cottage cheese casserole with apples and cashew). I'm also fond of tarts and I know that it takes much longer to cook them than charlotte, but they are very beautiful and it's not the least factor in their favor.

Sweet rough puff pastry dough

Used for tarts, tartlets, pies and even cookies

Oct 14, 2018

Some of my acquaintances have never heard about this dough, others have cooked tarts and quiches for a long time. They believe that this dough is not from Russia, but they are under the delusion. Rough puff pastry duff has been widely known in Russia since XVIII century while yeast dough has become popular only in the end of XIX century. Although rough puff pastry dough was forgotten, now it is popular again, and it seems to me that the Internet has played an important role in this process.

Cottage Cheese Apple Pie

For those who don't like cottage cheese casserole but ready to give it a second chance!

Jul 24, 2018

Pie crust is chopped dough, not the rough puff pastry one but its variation: such a dough doesn't have liquid so the cooking process accelerates. In this way, the dough doesn't become wet but just soaks with the sweet cottage cheese filling. From the other hand, the filling is the cottage cheese casserole, the one from my childhood. And crunchy crumb topping makes this pie really magical!

Fats & Oils

An essential component to build texture and flavor in a dish

May 18, 2018

Fats and oils are an essential component in building flavor and texture within a dish. They provide balance to flavor profiles by evenly distributing other flavors. Don't forget about health benefits of a good fats. The main question is: how to choose which one to use?

Cottage Cheese Casserole With Apples And Cashew

The most non-classic and tastiest cottage cheese casserole

Apr 1, 2018

Cottage Cheese Casserole is one of the most famous casseroles in Russia. Even though that recipe is far from classic, it's my favorite - cashew and marinated apples give it a nice texture, ginger provides spiciness and lemon with vanilla add an amazing flavor.

Apple Cake Sharlotka

Sweet, crunchy and golden brown top is perfectly balanced with moist and semi-sweet cake

Mar 25, 2018

Many of you most probably did not know that originally Apple Charlotte was a sublime English pudding that was probably created as a convenient way of eating up stale bread and apples. Then the recipe was modified by Germans and Classic Apple Charlotte was created - bread, soaked in eggs mixture or melted butter, on the bottom of the pan, apple purée and another layer of bread on top. Usually it is served warm with sweet sauces and whipped cream. After a decades another recipe with similar name appeared in Russia - Sharlotka, but the only thing in common with classic one are apples...

Cottage cheese cookies

These cottage cheese cookies are lightly sweet, crisp and crumbly

Mar 18, 2018

That recipe was lost and found too many times, but after a dozen of tries I've finally replicated the original taste and flavor! Cottage cheese cookies were one of my favorite treat when I was a child, it brings back special memories. So I want to share that amazing recipe with you.

Grated apple pie

Grandma apple pie is the best apple pie ever

Mar 3, 2018

I have never seen another quite like this one. That apple pie is so simple to make and great to prepare in advance for a dinner party.

Chocolate Muffins

These muffins are chocolate lover's dream!

Nov 10, 2017

Rich, moist and extremely delicious chocolate muffins will make your day better. Tasting of chocolate comes from adding cocoa powder and chopped dark chocolate. That delicious treat is great for breakfast or even as a dessert for after dinner.

Basic Cookie Dough

This dough is the perfect blank canvas for all your favorite cookie flavors

Nov 3, 2017

I can't speak from all of you, but to my mind cookies are great! I'm absolutely in love with them. Chocolate chip cookies, rum and raisin cookies, cranberry and white chocolate cookies ... variations are endless! This basic cookie dough is the only recipe you need to know to make all of them - no matter which flavorings you choose, this cookies will be perfect :)

Pate Sucree Dough

Pâte sucrée is a French term means “sweet dough”, it is also known as a short (shortcrust) pastry or a sweet pastry

Oct 22, 2017

Pâte sucrée is used to create a variety of desserts in particular tarts and tartlets. The dough is made with very basic ingredients butter, sugar, eggs and flour and can be easily enhanced by adding variety of citrus zest or vanilla extract. Once baked you will end up with rich, crisp and pleasantly sweet crust.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Wonderfully moist, full of poppy seeds and flavored with lemon zest

Mar 25, 2017

Some people can tell that the combination of lemon and poppy seed is old fashioned, but adding it to a familiar recipe, such as muffins, is a scrumptious twist!

Coffee Pecan Cookies

Take your taste buds on a trip and blow your mind

Feb 12, 2017

It could seem like the combination of nuts and coffee is a perfect combo by it’s own, but coconut oil and vanilla extract add another dimension of flavour and convert simple cookies into an extra special treat. You only need about 15 minutes to prepare the cookies and the result will take your taste buds on a trip and blow your mind.

Mediterranean Salmon Gravlax

Easy to make and remarkably tasty salmon cured with salt and sugar, infused with the flavor of Mediterranean herbs

Oct 17, 2016

This fresh salmon gravlax is flavored with a hint of rosemary, oregano, basil, marjoram and savory. Homemade gravlax has several great advantages compared to the store-bought version. Homemade gravlax is far less expensive, it doesn’t contain any additives and you can experiment with the flavor almost endlessly.

Star anise Salmon Gravlax

Fantastic appetizer that’s a doddle to make, with a hint of fennel, star anise and dill

Oct 12, 2016

This fresh salmon gravlax is flavored with a hint of fennel, star anise and dill. Homemade gravlax is not only far less expensive than the store-bought kind, it also does not contain any additives. Once you know how to make your own, it’s very easy to experiment with lots of different flavor profiles.

How to identify quality fish

Be selective and trust your senses

May 26, 2016

Like any seafood, fish is highly perishable, so before you buy it it's important to check the quality and freshness. The quality of the fish can be affected by several different factors, so here are some of the things you should pay attention to when buying fish.

Fruit paste

An amazing alternative to sugar

Apr 15, 2016

Fruit paste can be used in a variety of smoothies, dressings and baked goods as a natural sweetener. Dried fruits are full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, so a homemade fruit paste is a real vitamin burst!

Cream Cheese (like Philly)

Homemade cream cheese is silky smooth and incredibly delicious

Apr 10, 2016

With this unbelievably easy recipe you can create a great and fresh alternative to store­bought soft cheeses, which often are full of additives and preservatives.


The easiest recipe without any hard-to-find ingredients

Apr 4, 2016

Mascarpone is a creamy, silky smooth soft Italian cheese made from cream, coagulated by the addition of an acid. Homemade mascarpone will help you to cook an amazing tiramisu or other Italian desserts.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Super chocolate and super delicious

Mar 5, 2016

Chocolate chip cookies are a great sweet snack and can become a favorite take-away dessert. Spend just 15 minutes on preparation and enjoy soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies!

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Apple muffins are easy to make

Mar 3, 2016

And they always stay moist for a few days… but usually disappear much faster!