Lemon Cake Roll

Delicious and unusual sponge cake dessert that is very easy to prepare!

Jan 23, 2021

My mom used to cook this cake roll for me when I was a child. Then my husband fell in love with it; there was even a moment when I cooked it every week, because it is so delicious. Lemon cake roll is not only a delicate sponge cake, but sweet and sour lemon filling - that is a perfect combination. This wonderful dessert is very easy to prepare and you will definitely love it!

Raisin Scones

Love from the very first bite

Jan 6, 2021

At some point, I don't remember where and when, I tasted scones and it was love from the first bite. They are not too sweet, not too dry, not too crumbly, not too wet… on the whole, the scones are perfect! Then I tasted raisin scones and realized that these are the pastries that I’m ready to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have never cooked them, try it, this is one of the simplest recipes, and the result won’t leave anyone indifferent.

Apple Pancakes (Russian edition)

Favourite breakfast, lunch and dinner from my childhood

Jan 2, 2021

These pancakes are always fluffy, tender and not too sweet, and apples add juiciness and sourness. You can eat them with sour cream, jam, condensed milk and, of course, honey. And if you decide to replace apples, then take any berries or fruits, preferably fresh, so that the juice from the frozen ones doesn’t dilute the dough.

This recipe for sourdough pancakes is coming from my grandma, who cooked then when I was a little girl. Now each time I even smell something similar I immediately start thinking about my childhood. And I'm so graceful to my parents and grandparents for all those good memories.

Half sour pickles

The best recipe for half sour pickles that I'm tired of always losing

Dec 27, 2020

Mom's recipe for lightly salted pickled cucumbers, which I always lose. They are crispy, slightly salty and the flavour is so fresh! It seems to me that they are ideal for Olivier salad when you don’t have any opportunity to buy pickles. I just replace both fresh and pickled cucumbers with half sour pickles, and the result is amazing!

Sauerkraut (Pickled Cabbage)

A simple classic recipe for pickling cabbage in a jar

Dec 25, 2020

There are a million sauerkraut recipes; someone adds marinade, someone adds vinegar, someone basically doesn’t put sugar, someone adds bell pepper, someone adds beets and uses red cabbage. As you see, there are a million options, but mom's cabbage is the tastiest! Sauerkraut according to this recipe turns out to be very crispy and juicy, and you’ll have to wait for only a couple of days.

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

I'm sure you haven't tasted pork like this before

Dec 20, 2020

A few years ago my favourite TV shows were Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef. In one of the episodes, Gordon Ramsay cooked lamb ribs in a bright green crust; for me it was very hard to buy ribs at that time, but it was easy to find any other meat which could be roasted. My choice fell on the pork tenderloin. In the original recipe, the ribs were seared, covered in breading and then roasted; as far as I remember there was also an olive oil in the breading… Well, I’ve distorted the original recipe a lot but the result is perfect.

Blueberry mozzarella salad

One of my favourite quick and easy salads to make

Dec 18, 2020

The most silky in taste salad I've ever tried. Blueberries not only add a dimension of flavour but also add unexpected color to this salad recipe. Lemon dressing gives this fresh yummy salad an extra kick!

Raspberry avocado salad

Sometimes I just want something different

Dec 16, 2020

Light and colourful salad with raspberries, avocado and soft cheese finished with refreshing orange dressing. You'll fall in love with it's bright and original taste!

Lamingtons

They say there is no Australian who wouldn’t have grown up eating this dessert

Dec 10, 2020

I bet you've never tasted real Australian desserts? It’s time to fix it and try Lamingtons! :) Lamington is a dessert familiar to all Australians from childhood, it is prepared for birthdays, meetings with friends and, of course, Australia Day (26 January). Traditionally, lamington is made from a classic sponge cake, but sometimes a butter sponge cake is also used.
The pieces of sponge cake are dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in coconut, so that you’ll get a cake that tastes like a bounty bar - delicious!

About flour

Why do we need it and what types of flour are there?

Nov 26, 2020

Most people don't think about the necessity of flour. But what happens if you replace it in a recipe? Or maybe even exclude it, because almost everybody just screams about the dangers of gluten? Only a few people know that there are different types of flour, and that’s the reason why the texture of ciabatta is so different from the texture of biscuits. Interesting? Then read on!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

A fragrant and delicate pumpkin cheesecake is the perfect autumn dessert!

Nov 11, 2020

When my wonderful friend posted a photo of this cheesecake on Instagram, the first thing I thought was I NEED IT! And so, hurray, the pumpkin cheesecake recipe is now available here. I am sure that this cheesecake will appeal even to those who are cool enough to pumpkin and can’t imagine it as a pastry at all. I wish you a delicious pumpkin tea party!

Grape salad with goad cheese, walnuts and basil

Sweeten your grey daily life without baking and spending hours in the kitchen

Nov 10, 2020

Working from at home? Need to cook a quick lunch? Are you tired of ordinary salads? Try something new! Sweet grapes, salty cheese, sour dressing and the aroma of basil are the perfect combination!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Pasta - potatoes - pasta - potatoes… aren’t you tired yet?

Oct 16, 2020

Roasted brussels sprouts are incredibly tasty. Serve it hot with fish or meat.

Salad Dressing & Vinaigrette

A great way to spice up boring vegetable salads

Oct 15, 2020

The vinaigrettes are multifunctional and can be used for making salads, pickling, they can be used as a dressing for fish and seafood, as well as a steamed vegetables.

Broccoli and salmon salad

A stunning salad which cures the any blues

Oct 11, 2020

Cloudy grey sky outside - it’s time to add bright colours to your life! This salad will pleasantly surprise you with its unusual taste and original combination of ingredients. Here the salty taste of salmon is perfectly balanced by fresh crunchy cucumber and sweet bell pepper, and dill will remind you of summer days.

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 Prunes

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.

Cooking temperatures

If you have a kitchen thermometer, you need to know this

Feb 11, 2019

Once upon a time I studied culinary courses and naturally, like a true nerd, I didn’t only watch others cook and wrote notes, but also did my homework. One of the most voluminous topics was the preparation of animal protein; if you are a vegetarian - see you in the next post, as we are going to talk about meat, poultry and fish.

Why does the dough rise? Leaveners!

or a little boring theory…

Jan 28, 2019

Any dough rises due to gas bubbles that are captured within the dough and begin to expand when heated. You might wonder why they are expanding. It is about physics! According to Gay-Lussac's law, the pressure of a given mass of gas varies directly with the absolute temperature of the gas, when the volume is kept constant. It means that as the temperature rises, for example, when you place a cake in a preheated oven, the volume of gas also increases. Checkmate, humanitarians :)))

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.

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!