Russian Grey Shchi with Cabbage Kroshevo

It is an old and almost forgotten Russian dish. It needs special preparation – kroshevo (medley) – from gray leaves of cabbage. You know, those coarse green cabbage leaves (the first or second layer) that most people leave in the store shelf.

These leaves are very finely chopped, crushed with salt and fermented for a few days. Some recipes ask for 2-3 days for zaparivanie – brewed with boiling water. For rapid fermentation rye flour or sweet carrots were added. Such leaves were fermented in oak barrels, but today I used just a glass jar.

For shchi fermented cabbage was slowly cooked with meat and broth or just with water in the preheated cooling Russian oven, I suggest using slow-cooker.

kitchen.galanter.net Russian Grey Shchi with Cabbage Kroshevo

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Lentil Salad with Grapes

Great winter salad, balanced and tasty. I used canned lentils and it was fast way. Recipe adapted from FoodNetwork, Giada De Laurentiis.

Lentil Salad with Grapes

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Juniper Berries Gravlax

And one more cured salmon recipe. This one adapted from NY Times. Juniper adds smoky taste and great foresty fragrant.

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Pan-Fried Tofu with Greens and Miso Dressing

My first experience with tofu, very good. Why did I think that tofu was tasteless? It’s like egg-white omelet, but with crispy skin. Recipe adapted from MyRecipes.com.

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Buns With Farmer Cheese Top – Vatrushki

The world’s best vatrushki does my grandmother. She is an amazing woman, a real Russian Woman. She easily kept farmhouse and then a city apartment. Could cope with the Russian stove, but easily use mobile phone. As a result of the accident she lost all  fingers on her right hand, but it does not stop her. She cooks the best piroshki and borscht, makes great sauerkraut and pickles. Once she even had a great braid to the waist, and I have my snub nose from her… I always wish her more health and long life.

The name vatrushka comes from the Ukrainian word “vatra” that means “fireside”, “bonfire”. Usually it’s sweet yeast dough buns in circle shape with farmer cheese filling (tvorog) on top, in ring of dough.

Buns With Farmer Cheese Top – Vatrushki

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