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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.

Bread recipe: how to make your home bread, spending just 30 min on it


When talking of this simple bread recipe, I am not joking to tell that it takes even less than 30 min to make it. Of course, you cannot have it all ready just in half and hour. But, you can do your home choirs, work or play with your kids and occasionally take few minutes to make home bread.

Baking bread at home

Home bread recipe: Ingredients

1 pint of water or milk

1 table spoon of sugar

1 table spoon of salt

1/2 table spoon of dry yeast

2 pounds of all purpose flour

Home bread recipe: Making

Warm up the water or milk, add the yeast, salt and sugar. Leave it for 15 min. Then mix in 5 table spoons of flour. Let it stay like that for about 30 min.

bread recipeThat’s the first stage. It all takes up about 5 min of your time.

Then you mix in the rest of flour and knead dough with your hands for 5 min. You keep on adding flour, until the dough stops getting stuck to your hands.

bread recipe

Let it stay in warm place for up to 1 hour. It should rise. Again, you spend about 5 mins of your time to mix the dough.

Then you knead it a bit once more and put it into your baking pan. This time you may also leave it to rise. I don’t. I turn on the oven and set the bread in it. It takes time for the oven to get heated up. This is the time your bread rises in it. Then it gets baked in about 20min.

bread recipeThat is what I got. It does not look ‘dressy’. However, if you leave the dough to rise for the second time in the bread baking pan, you can glaze it with egg yoke, with melted butter or with olive oil. It will look much better, but it will taste the same.

home bread recipeWe never wait for the bread to cool off enough to get cut with the knife. It’s so delicious, that we just break it down with our hands and eat it! That’s a simply home bread recipe. It does not take you all day to make and it fills your house with a very sweet home kind of smell.

 

Ukrainian cuisine: I call them ‘cheese cakes’, the original name is “sirniki”


This is fast and healthy breakfast recipe for busy moms. These cheese cakes or cheese pancakes taste great and are easy to make.

cheese cakes

I use soft cheese or curd to make them. Mixing takes only 3 min, especially if you have a food processor.

Ingredients:

Soft cheese or curd 7 oz

2 table spoons of sugar

Salt

2 table spoons of semolina (if you have it)

If not, just take 3-4 table spoons of all purpose flour

1-2 eggs

1 table spoon of soft butter

1 banana

Making of these cheese cakes:

You should mix all things together. It is easier to do in a food processor. But, you can do it using a fork in a large bowl. If you do it manually, crush banana first, then mix everything up and crush well together.

Now, set a flat plate covered with flour. Take some mix, roll a ball about of flatten it between your palms to make a cake. Set both sides of this little cake into the flour and leave it on the plate. You should roll all the small cakes in this manner and set both sides of them in the flour.

Cheese cakes just before you fry them.

That’s what you get. Then you set a pan to heat and pour some plant oil in it. You fry the cheese cakes or Sirniki on the pan, untill the get golden crust. You serve them hot with some sour cream or jelly.

The original recipe of sirniki or cheese cakes does not include bananas. I add it, and it tastes even better.

The curd or soft cheese is a very healthy thing for a breakfast. You can get it low in fat, too. This sirniki or cheese cake recipe does not take long to make and it is delicious. All kids in Ukraine love them.