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Easy Christmas cookie recipe: Cristmas tree cookies


I just cut out a slice of plastic out of a water bottle, then I bended it in the form of a Christmas tree. It’s not the nicest form, but it worked well for me for this Christmas cookie recipe.

Cristmas tree cookies

Cristmas tree cookies

It’s a 15 min Christmas cookie recipe. Really easy to make. I wanted to make some special treats for my kids today and they get all excited about the upcoming New Year and Christmas holidays. We have been making Christmas tree handmade toys this week.

So, I decided to shape these Christmas cookie recipe treats in the form of Christmas tree. Here is the recipe and the making:

Ingredients:

– Flour 9 ounces

– Baking soda 1 tea spoon

– Butter 7 ounces

– 1 egg

– a bit salt

– Sugar 9 ounces

Mix up all the ingredients. That’s it. Heat up the oven. Roll the dough on a sheet of baking paper. For this Christmas cookie recipe it has to be rolled thin. Then cut out your cookies, set them in the oven for about 10 min. Top them with melted chocolate. Done.

As you may see, this is a very easy Christmas cookie recipe. The problem was that I did not have the Christmas tree shape to form the cookies. So, I made one in few minutes out of a plastic water bottle.

Here it is:

Cristmas cookie recipe
Christmas cookie recipe

Healthy food recipes: ratatouille


As you have already figured out, ratatouille is a French cuisine dish. It means the ‘food that is being stirred’. It’s a common rusting food, also called naff stew. I won’t go into the history details of this dish. I have found many ratatouille recipes online. Finally, I had to come up with my own recipe, as I had to cook it with the ingredients I had at the moment. So, here is my ratatouille recipe:

healthy cooking: ratatouille recipe

I know, this looks pretty unusual for ratatouille recipe. I just did not have any other stew pan to cook it in.

Ratatouille recipe ingredients:

2 squashes

2 egg plants

1 large tomato

Garlic cloves

Green onions

1 small carrot

Chicken and vegetable broth

Mushrooms

Vegetable oil

Ratatouille recipe making:

As you may see, I was out of one of the essential ratatouille ingredients. That is sweet pepper. So, I had to do without it. First, I cut egg plants in half and left them soaking in salty water. Then I boiled chicken broth, added few garlic cloves, few mushrooms, 1 onion and few pieces of chopped carrot. I also added some salt and black pepper. Once the broth got ready, I blended it.

Next, I sliced squashes and egg plants and placed them into a stew pan.

squash recipe

As you may see, I have made pretty thin slices and interlaced egg plant ones with squashes. I have poured in some vegetable oil, added sliced tomatoes and sliced garlic cloves. Then I placed the pan into the oven. I let it stay there for some 20 min for the veggies to get a bit fried up. Then I poured in the broth.

Finally, I added some greens (chopped green onions) on the top and turned the heat down. I have also added some coriander seeds and curcuma to my Ratatouille.

Ratatouille recipe

Thin pancake recipe: we call them in Ukraine Nalisniki


Ukrainians love pan cakes. I have provided few pancake recipes on my blog, such as huge pancakes or apple pan cakes. Here is another one, we call Nalisniki. This word means that the pancake is large and covers all the pan.

Nalisniki pan cake recipe

The plate beneath the pancakes is large.

Nalisniki pancake recipe:

Milk 1 quart

1 egg

2-3 table spoons of sugar

Salt

5 table spoons of all purpose flour

These are the basic ingredients for these Ukrainian pancakes.

The making:

Add egg to the milk, stir well, then add salt and sugar. Finally, start adding flour spoon by spoon. The mix has to be pretty liquid, but with no blobs. Usually, I mix it with a hand whisk, but you can also use an electric one. Only in this case you would have to add more flour.

The mix has to be as thin sour cream in its texture. Then you heat up the pan, pour in some vegetable oil, take a larger spoon and pour the mix on hot pan. You fry the pan cakes on both sides. That is the basic Nalisniki pan cake Ukrainian recipe.

Easy 10 min mushroom cutlet recipe


Easy 10 min mushroom cutlet recipe

I love mushrooms. I guess, this easy mushroom recipe can be used for any type of “flat” mushrooms, such as these. Unfortunately, I did not find their name in English, but there are pretty affordable mushrooms.

Here is my easy mushroom cutlet recipe:

Ingredient:

Mushrooms

2 eggs

1 table spoon of flour

Salt and spices

Some vegetable oil or butter for frying

Easy 10 min mushroom cutlet recipe

Here is what you get. And, here is how you get this tasty snack.

Making of mushroom cutlet:

First I boil mushrooms for 5 min. Then I make batter out of eggs, flour, salt and spices. I heat up the pan and dip each mushroom into the batter. Then I fry them untill they become crusty and golden in color.That’s it!

Of course, these are not the real cutlets. They sort of look like cutlets. The mushrooms remain juicy and soft inside, but crusty on the outside. I think, this dish makes a great snack. You may serve it with some homemade mayonnaise or other sauce.

Easy vanilla pudding recipe


Here is another one of my easy recipes: vanilla pudding recipe.

vanilla pudding recipe

I have never tried to make it before, but I got inspired by this blog here: foodimentary.com. So, here is my simple vanilla pudding recipe.

 

Ingredients:

500 ml of milk

1 egg

2-3 tablespoons of sugar

Salt

Vanilla

3 tablespoons of starch

Raisins

Making of vanilla pudding recipe:

Take 6 tablespoons of milk and mix them with all the starch. Set the mix small heat and get let it boil. Stir the mix constantly. Then add salt, sugar and egg yolk and stir up well. Pour the mix to the rest of the milk and set on low heat. Let it boil and keep on stirring. Add vanilla (I used vanilla sugar).

 

Soon you’ll see, how your vanilla pudding is getting thicker. Once it gets thick enough, turn off the heat. Beat the egg white well and gently add to the hot pudding. The egg white would add the air and bubbles to your pudding. Add raisins, if you want to and set the vanilla pudding into your fridge to cool. Done! It took me about 10 min to make my vanilla pudding this way.

 

 

Home condensed milk easy recipe


This is a very easy home condensed milk recipe. In my country we have a big problem: most food manufacturers use palm oil instead milk in most of the ‘dairy’ products. So, buying a condensed milk, you cannot be sure, you are not just eating a bunch of bad and cholesterol rich fats.

condensed milk easy recipe

Another big problem is buying real milk even at the farmers’ market. Most of them sell only skim milk or use various tricks to make more milk than their cows can give. That is one reason why I keep goats.

So, here is the condensed milk easy recipe:

Ingredients:

1 quart of milk (do not use the skim one or low fat. I use goat milk, it is higher in fat)

12 ounces of sugar

Optionally you may add:

2 table spoons of starch or flour

Some vanilla

Some coconut crunch

Making of the home condensed milk:

Set the milk to boil and add all the sugar. Stir it untill sugar dissolves. Then set it on a low heat.

I forgot to mention that you need to use a pan with thick walls. You can use any pan, but a thick wall one would work the best. You would not have to be standing and stirring the milk all the time.

It took me about one hour of low heat boiling to make condensed milk. I stirred it once in a while and added few table spoons of sugar along the way. When the milk got a bit thick and after an hour of cooking it, I added vanilla and 1 spoon of starch OR 2 table spoons of all purpose flour and stirred it well. You may do without the starch or flour, but the cooking would take longer and you’d get smaller amount of the condensed milk.

Now, from 1 quart of milk I got about 0,6 quarts of condensed milk. As you may see on the photo, it has a creamy color. To make it thicker, you may set it in a fridge for new hours. You may also add some coconut crunch or cocoa or anything else you can think about to flavor it.

Here is an interesting fact: my home condensed milk is a natural and clean product, as it does not contain any chemical additions. And, it turns out much cheaper than the ready made condensed milk! 0,6 quart cost me only$2, while if I had to buy it, I’d pay at least $4,5.

You can use this condensed milk easy recipe to make cream for your cakes, too. Even though condensed milk is not the most healhy food on earth, the homemade one is much healthier than the one you can get in a can.

Easy potato waffles recipe


I have already rebloged an easy potato waffles recipe on my blog. Finally, I have tried to cook it and I simply love it! I have already shared with you some of my sweet waffles recipes. Here is how I made these potato waffles.

 

Ingredients:

2 small potato, peeled, grated finely
¼ onion, grated finely
2 small eggs, separated
⅓ cup milk
½ cup of all purpose flour

1\2 of teaspoon of baking soda
pinch salt

I have made a mix and used my old waffle pan to bake the potato waffles.

My old waffle pan to make potato waffles

easy potato waffle recipe

 

Green day, green soup: Ukrainian nettle soup recipe


The weather forecasts predicted a rainy day today, but it turned out to be sunny and green. So, I cooked another one of traditional Ukrainian soups, the nettle soup.

nettle soup recipe

This green soup is very healthy and rich with vitamins. Stinging nettle along with ramson are the first greens in Ukraine. And, they are free! We use only the first, young and tender nettle leaves. They almost sting free. Still, I used rubber gloves to pick the nettle for my green soup. I have nice young bush of it growing right in my yard.

Here is how you make this Ukrainian nettle green soup:

Make a broth. I used both chicken and hot dogs for it. Then you add some potatoes, carrots and onions. You may also add 2 chopped garlic cloves into the broth. And, add rice. I added 3 table spoons of it. Let the whole thing boil till rice and potatoes get cooked. Then, at the very last moment you add some chopped nettle and green onions. I also add a table spoon of sunflower oil at the very end of it. I turn the heat off and let the green soup stay for half an hour to get the nettle cooked.

This Ukrainian nettle green soup should be served hot with sour cream.