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.

Mascarpone

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!