Monday, May 20, 2013

Yummy Chili Recipe


Today it was my first time making Chili, let me tell you, it turned out so much better than I thought =)

2 pounds ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup masa harina (corn flour, found in the Mexican food section of many supermarkets)
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Shredded Cheddar, for serving
Chopped onions, for serving
Tortilla chips, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving


Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.

After an hour, place the masa harina in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork. Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well, and then taste and adjust the seasonings. Add more masa paste and /or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or to add more corn flavor. Add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with shredded Cheddar, chopped onions, tortilla chips and lime wedges.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Russian Piroshki with apples – Пирожки

Ingredients for the Dough:

1½ Tbsp oil
15 oz luke warm water
4 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (divided)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
1 Tbsp sugar (omit sugar if doing meat or potato filling)
2 to 3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped finely (I use a food processor and pulse several times)
¼ cup sugar (1/4 teaspoon per piroshok)

Other Ingredients: 
Enough canola oil to go half-way up the side of the piroshky when frying.
Extra flour to dust the cutting board.

P.s - I baked mine in the oven sense my hubby doesn't like fried version.

All credits for this recipe goes to <----click here for step by step instructions with pictures. =)

Cake "Royal" Recipe

My daughter's favorite cake. =)


1st layer:

2 egg yolks
    1/3 cup
100g butter
0.5 tsp soda - mixed with vinegar
1 cup flour

2nd layer:

2 egg whites
2/3 cup sugar
0.5 - 1 tbsp walnuts


0.5 cans of condensed milk
150g butter 

Preparation:1st layer:

 Mix egg yolks with sugar,Add the melted butter, baking soda and flour.Knead the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Make 4 layers. 
2nd layer:Beat the whites with the sugar for the meringue.Coarsely chopped walnuts.In a frying pan hand smear the doughsprinkle with nuts (and press into the dough)and coat with cream (layer #2).Each cake put in the oven over medium heat (about 350 degrees) for 12-15 minutes, until lightly colored meringue.

Cream:Beat butter with condensed milkFinished the cooled cakes by spreading with butter cream.Sprinkle with nuts or chocolate
Bon appetit!Read more step by step instruction with pictures:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Russian Piroshki with Mashed Potato and Onion

I love piroshki, and I would like to share with my new favorite recipe.

For the dough:

     11 g of dry yeast
     2 tbsp sugar
     1 tsp salt
     3-4 tablespoons olive oil
     0.5 liters of warm water
4-6 cups of flour

For the filling:

     0.5 kg of potatoes
     2 large onions
     salt and pepper


In warm water dissolve the yeast, sugar and salt, add the olive oil and flour, knead the dough, so it is not sticking to the finger. Put it in a warm place for 20-30 minutes.

Boil the potatoes, fry the onions. In the puree add the onion and spices.
Divide dough into small pieces, knead by hand 
Add filling in the center, and pinch the edges together to seal the dough.
Flatten slightly
Fry over medium heat in vegetable oil on both sides until golden
Eat immediately, while crunchy!

Bon Appetite!

Thank You for this delicious recipe!!!