Perfect soft boiled egg

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I like eggs prepared any way, but soft boiled eggs and poached eggs are my favorite. They are very easy and quick to make. To make a perfect soft boiled egg a timer is a must.

 

Ingredients:

large eggs

small pot of water

salt

bread/toast

 

Directions:

Bring pot of water boil.

then lower the heat, so the water is simmering.

Add one egg at a time with spoon.

For 1-2 eggs cooking time 5 minutes

For 3-4 eggs add another 30 sec- a minute

Run the eggs under cold water for 30 -60 sec.

Peel the top of the egg,sprinkle some salt and serve with crusty bread or toast.

soft boiled egg

Perfect soft boiled egg

Ingredients

  • large eggs
  • small pot of water
  • salt
  • bread/toast

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Bring pot of water boil.
  3. then lower the heat, so the water is simmering.
  4. Add one egg at a time with spoon.
  5. For 1-2 eggs cooking time 5 minutes
  6. For 3-4 eggs add another 30 sec- a minute
  7. Run the eggs under cold water for 30 -60 sec.
  8. Peel the top of the egg,sprinkle some salt and serve with crusty bread or toast.
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Tomato Cheese Appetizer

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tomato cheese appetizer

 

 

These tomato cheese appetizers are  delicious,quick and easy to make.My moms garden has been in abundance of ripe red tomatoes,so I’ve been using tomatoes in many different ways.This appetizer is very well known among Slavic people,I twisted a little by adding sliced hard boil egg.

 

Ingredients:

tomatoes sliced

mozzarella cheese shredded

mayonnaise

garlic cloves crushed

hard boiled eggs sliced

salt and black pepper if desired

dill for garnish

 

Directions:

Combine garlic and mayonnaise.

Spread mayo mixture on tomato slices.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Add a slice of hard boiled egg on top of the cheese.(optional)

Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

Garnish with dill.

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Tomato Cheese Appetizer

Ingredients

  • tomatoes sliced
  • mozzarella cheese shredded
  • mayonnaise
  • garlic cloves crushed
  • hard boiled eggs sliced
  • salt and black pepper if desired
  • dill for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine garlic and mayonnaise.
  2. Spread mayo mixture on tomato slices.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Add a slice of hard boiled egg on top of the cheese.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
  6. Garnish with dill.
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Poached Egg Sandwich

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poached egg sandwich

This gorgeous and elegant poached egg sandwich will impress anyone.Runny silky yolk over smooth avocado spread and topped with tangy flavorful chimichurri sauce.It’s perfect for brunch and will transform your typical breakfast to fancy one.Poached eggs may sound like something very complicated to make, but actually it’s really easy with just few simple steps.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

8 eggs

1/4 cup vinegar/white wine vinegar

1 Hass avocado

4 your choice of english muffin halves,sliced baguette,bagels,etz…

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons finely diced yellow,green,red,orange bell pepper

2 tablespoons finely diced tomatoes(liquid removed)

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped italian parsley optional

1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeños/red chili pepper optional

Other optional ingredients:

Smoked salmon

Sliced turkey or chicken breasr

Sliced ham

Sliced cheese

Directions:

Chimichuri sauce-

In a small bowl combine cilantro,tomatoes,bell peppers,white balsamic vinegar,olive oil,salt and black pepper (and  other optional ingredients like parsley and jalapeños).Set aside.

Toast your choice of bread.

In a bowl smash avocado with lemon juice and salt.

Fill a medium pot 1/2 way  with water and bring to a boil.

Add vinegar. Turn the heat down to low and add the eggs one at a time(max 2 per pot).Cook for about 3-4 minutes shaping the egg white with spoon.Take out the eggs one by one with a slotted spoon.

Spread avocado mixture on the bread.

Place two poached eggs on top.

Add chimichurri sauce over poached eggs and serve.

Poached Egg Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vinegar/white wine vinegar
  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 4 your choice of english muffin halves,sliced baguette,bagels,etz...
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced yellow,green,red,orange bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced tomatoes(liquid removed)
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped italian parsley optional
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeños/red chili pepper optional
  • Other optional ingredients:
  • Smoked salmon
  • Sliced turkey or chicken breasr
  • Sliced ham
  • Sliced cheese

Instructions

  1. Chimichuri sauce-
  2. In a small bowl combine cilantro,tomatoes,bell peppers,white balsamic vinegar,olive oil,salt and black pepper (and other optional ingredients like parsley and jalapeños).Set aside.
  3. Toast your choice of bread.
  4. In a bowl smash avocado with lemon juice and salt.
  5. Fill a medium pot 1/2 way with water and bring to a boil.
  6. Add vinegar. Turn the heat down to low and add the eggs one at a time(max 2 per pot).Cook for about 3-4 minutes shaping the egg white with spoon.Take out the eggs one by one with a slotted spoon.
  7. Spread avocado mixture on the bread.
  8. Place two poached eggs on top.
  9. Add chimichurri sauce over poached eggs and serve.
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French Toast Casserole

French toast casserole

French toast casserole

This is a scrumptious and special breakfast casserole that can be made ahead.This French toast casserole has a crunchy top with custardy bread filling.You can simply cover the bread in casserole dish with plastic wrap,and whisk all the ingredients for the custard then cover and refrigerate until morning.Or if you like it to be pudding like ,you can pour the custard over bread and refrigerate overnight. I made this casserole last week for sisters brunch, and it was a big hit.I served it with delicious blackberry sauce,and that made it even more special.Mmmmmm!!!

Ingredients:

1 challah bread*

10 eggs

1/3 cup powdered sugar

2 cups heavy whipping cream**

2 cups milk**

1 1/2 zested and juice squeezed

3 tablespoons orange liqueur (optional,but very good)

1/4 teaspoon salt

sliced almonds

* You can use french bread or any other lightly sweetened specialty bread.

** Or 4 cups half and half

 

Blackberry Sauce:

2 cups blackberries

1/2 cup turbinado sugar ( light brown sugar or regular white is fine too)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon orange liqueur (optional)

1/2 cup water*

orange zest( about 1/2 orange)

 

Note: If you like your sauce to be thicker, add 1 teaspoon cornstarch to water.

*You can mix  1/4 cup water + 1/4 cup orange juice and reduce the amount sugar.

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice bread in to large chunks and arrange all pieces of bread in the glass baking dish or casserole dish.Sprinkle  a little of turbinado sugar over the top of bread.

In a mixing bowl,whisk eggs with salt.Add cream,milk,sugar,orange zest,orange juice,and orange liqueuer. Whisk to incorporate all the ingredients.

Pour the custard mixture over bread.Sprinkle sliced almonds over the bread.

Cover with foil and bake covered for about 30-35 minutes.Remove foil and continue to bake until the top is light golden brown ( about another 25-30 minutes).When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar and add more almonds if desired. Serve with warm maple sauce,homemade syrup with cinnamon,or blackberry sauce.

Blackberry sauce directions:

Place blackberry in a blender.Pulse until well blended.Press the sauce through fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.Add sugar,orange zest,cinnamon,water/orange juice blackberries.

Heat the sauce in a sauce pan on medium heat.Let it simmer for about 3-5 minutes.Whisk in orange liqueuer.

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French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 challah bread*
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream**
  • 2 cups milk**
  • 1 1/2 zested and juice squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur (optional,but very good)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • sliced almonds
  • * You can use french bread or any other lightly sweetened specialty bread.
  • ** Or 4 cups half and half
  • Blackberry Sauce:
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar ( light brown sugar or regular white is fine too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water*
  • orange zest( about 1/2 orange)
  • Note: If you like your sauce to be thicker, add 1 teaspoon cornstarch to water.
  • *You can mix 1/4 cup water + 1/4 cup orange juice and reduce the amount sugar.

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Slice bread in to large chunks and arrange all pieces of bread in the glass baking dish or casserole dish.Sprinkle a little of turbinado sugar over the top of bread.
  4. In a mixing bowl,whisk eggs with salt.Add cream,milk,sugar,orange zest,orange juice,and orange liqueuer. Whisk to incorporate all the ingredients.
  5. Pour the custard mixture over bread.Sprinkle sliced almonds over the bread.
  6. Cover with foil and bake covered for about 30-35 minutes.Remove foil and continue to bake until the top is light golden brown ( about another 25-30 minutes).When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar and add more almonds if desired. Serve with warm maple sauce,homemade syrup with cinnamon,or blackberry sauce.
  7. Blackberry sauce directions:
  8. Place blackberry in a blender.Pulse until well blended.Press the sauce through fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.Add sugar,orange zest,cinnamon,water/orange juice blackberries.
  9. Heat the sauce in a sauce pan on medium heat.Let it simmer for about 3-5 minutes.Whisk in orange liqueuer.
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Mushroom quiche

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mushroom quiche

This Mushroom quiche is rich,delicate and perfect for fancy breakfast or brunch.Crispy buttery crust filled with savory creamy custard and sautéed mushrooms.

It’s not hard to make it , but is a little time consuming. You can save some time and buy ready-made pie shell,but of course it’s not going to be buttery,flaky, and delicate as homemade.Because it’s time consuming;I make it day before serving, so all  do in the morning is reheat and serve.

By pre baking the shell,your crust will be crisper and not soggy.

Crust-

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour *

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons  chilled unsalted butter,cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3 tablespoons sour cream

1/3 cup ice water

1 large egg white,lightly beaten.

dry beans

foil or parchment paper

* I used spelt flour,worked well.(pictured above)

Filling-

2 shallots finely chopped.

8 oz.. mushrooms ( any type) sliced ( you can add more if you really love mushrooms)

1/4 cup white wine (optional)

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 fresh ground black pepper

pinch of nutmeg

7 eggs, lightly beaten

4 cups half-half or milk (or 2 cups heavy whipping cream + 2 cups milk)

1/2 cup -3/4 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese.

 

Directions-

Crust:

1.Process flour and salt in food processor until combined.About 3 seconds.

Add butter and pulse until butter is size of large peas,about 10 pulses.

2.Combine sour cream and water in a small bowl.

Add half of the mixture to flour mixture; pulse 3 times.

Repeat with the remaining sour cream mixture.

Pinch dough with fingers;if dough is floury,dry,does not hold together,add 1-2 tablespoons more ice water and pulse until dough forms large clumps and no dry flour remains,3-5 pulses.

3.Turn dough out onto counter and flatten into 6-inch disk;wrap disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm but not hard,1-2 hours before rolling.(dough can be refrigerated for 24 hours;let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling).

4.Grease a pie dish, quiche pan or any other deep cake pan.

Roll out the dough on generously floured counter to 15 -inch circle about 1/4 inch thick.

Roll dough loosely around rolling pin and unroll into prepared pan.Working around circumference,ease dough into pan by gently lifting edge of dough with 1 hand while pressing into pan with other.

Trim any dough that extends more than 1 inch over edge of pan.Patch any cracks or holes with dough scraps as needed.

Refrigerate any remaining dough scraps or make apple pie.

Refrigerate dough lined pan for 20-30 minutes.

5.Heat Oven to 375 degrees.

Line dough with parchment paper or foil and fill completely with dry beans or pie weights, including corners of the shell.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.Remove beans,paper or foil from the crust.

Filling-

Reduce oven to 325 degrees.

In a saute pan, melt butter and throw in mushrooms and shallots.

Saute until liquid is evaporated.

Add white wine (if preferred) and let it evaporate about 1 minute.

Combine eggs,milk,half-half or cream with milk,nutmeg,salt and black pepper using a whisk,blender,or stand mixer.

Stir in mushroom mixture.

Sprinkle half of the grated cheese on the bottom of the pastry shell.

Pour custard mixture with mushrooms into pastry shell.

Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top of the custard.

Place dish on a baking sheet ,and bake for about 1 :15 -1:30 minutes or until custard is puffed and browned.

Serve warm or cooled.

Or place it in the fridge when cooled and serve next day (cold or warmed up)

Mushroom quiche

Ingredients

  • Crust-
  • Adapted from America's Test Kitchen
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour *
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter,cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/3 cup ice water
  • 1 large egg white,lightly beaten.
  • dry beans
  • foil or parchment paper
  • * I used spelt flour,worked well.(pictured above)
  • Filling-
  • 2 shallots finely chopped.
  • 8 oz.. mushrooms ( any type) sliced ( you can add more if you really love mushrooms)
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 fresh ground black pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 7 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups half-half or milk (or 2 cups heavy whipping cream + 2 cups milk)
  • 1/2 cup -3/4 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese.

Instructions

  1. Directions-
  2. Crust:
  3. 1.Process flour and salt in food processor until combined.About 3 seconds.
  4. Add butter and pulse until butter is size of large peas,about 10 pulses.
  5. 2.Combine sour cream and water in a small bowl.
  6. Add half of the mixture to flour mixture; pulse 3 times.
  7. Repeat with the remaining sour cream mixture.
  8. Pinch dough with fingers;if dough is floury,dry,does not hold together,add 1-2 tablespoons more ice water and pulse until dough forms large clumps and no dry flour remains,3-5 pulses.
  9. 3.Turn dough out onto counter and flatten into 6-inch disk;wrap disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm but not hard,1-2 hours before rolling.(dough can be refrigerated for 24 hours;let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling).
  10. 4.Grease a pie dish, quiche pan or any other deep cake pan.
  11. Roll out the dough on generously floured counter to 15 -inch circle about 1/4 inch thick.
  12. Roll dough loosely around rolling pin and unroll into prepared pan.Working around circumference,ease dough into pan by gently lifting edge of dough with 1 hand while pressing into pan with other.
  13. Trim any dough that extends more than 1 inch over edge of pan.Patch any cracks or holes with dough scraps as needed.
  14. Refrigerate any remaining dough scraps or make apple pie ;) .
  15. Refrigerate dough lined pan for 20-30 minutes.
  16. Heat Oven to 375 degrees.
  17. Line dough with parchment paper or foil and fill completely with dry beans or pie weights, including corners of the shell.
  18. Bake for 15-20 minutes.Remove beans,paper or foil from the crust.
  19. Filling-
  20. Reduce oven to 325 degrees.
  21. In a saute pan, melt butter and throw in mushrooms and shallots.
  22. Saute until liquid is evaporated.
  23. Add white wine (if preferred) and let it evaporate about 1 minute.
  24. Combine eggs,milk,half-half or cream with milk,nutmeg,salt and black pepper using a whisk,blender,or stand mixer.
  25. Stir in mushroom mixture.
  26. Sprinkle half of the grated cheese on the bottom of the pastry shell.
  27. Pour custard mixture with mushrooms into pastry shell.
  28. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top of the custard.
  29. Place dish on a baking sheet ,and bake for about 1 :15 -1:30 minutes or until custard is puffed and browned.
  30. Serve warm or cooled.
  31. Or place it in the fridge when cooled and serve next day (cold or warmed up)
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Broccoli Salad

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broccoli salad

 This is crunchy,healthy and refreshing broccoli salad with creamy garlic dressing.Try it for your next lunch or dinner.

Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

  • Salad-
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 green onion sprigs chopped
  • 6 radishes cut in half and sliced
  • 1 small cucumber cut in half and sliced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese
  • Optional-1/2 cup LA ChOY chow mein noodles
  • Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons mayonaisse
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dill chopped (optional)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper.

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients for dressing.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the salad with the dressing.
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Cold Summer Soup ”Okroshka”

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”Okroshka” is a cold soup of diced vegetables and bologna combined with liquid like kvass, diluted kefir, or diluted sour cream and plain yogurt. It’s usually  served during summer hot weather days. My family favorite is with sour cream and plain yogurt, and sometimes with homemade kvass and mayonnaise added when serving.
Ingredients:
3 hard boiled eggs diced
1 big  or 2 small russet potatoes cooked with skin,peeled and diced
¾ pound Russian style bologna diced (or regular bologna)
5-6 radishes cut in half and thinly sliced
½ of English cucumber diced
5 stalks green onion finely chopped
good amount of baby dill chopped
6 cups cold boiled water
2 ½  cups sour cream
16 oz plain yogurt or kefir
salt
Directions:
In a pot combine all diced and chopped ingredients. Add sour cream,yogurt ,salt and water. Mix well. Keep it cold in a fridge.

Cold Summer Soup ”Okroshka”

Ingredients

  • 3 hard boiled eggs diced
  • 1 big or 2 small russet potatoes cooked with skin,peeled and diced
  • ¾ pound Russian style bologna diced (or regular bologna)
  • 5-6 radishes cut in half and thinly sliced
  • ½ of English cucumber diced
  • 5 stalks green onion finely chopped
  • good amount of baby dill chopped
  • 6 cups cold boiled water
  • 2 ½ cups sour cream
  • 16 oz plain yogurt or kefir
  • salt

Instructions

  1. In a pot combine all diced and chopped ingredients. Add sour cream,yogurt ,salt and water. Mix well. Keep it cold in a fridge.
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Eggs with Vegetables and Herbs

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This breakfast dish can be made with your choice of fresh herbs like cilantro,parsley,sage,oregano,thyme,rosemary,basil or chives. I used basil and sage for a little Italian twist. You can use cilantro and chives with salsa on top for Mexican twist, and how about Greek with parsley,chives and little bit of feta cheese on top? Or  just have fun and create your own little twist.
4 yellow young potatoes thinly sliced
¼ red onion finely chopped
¼ red bell pepper
¼ green bell pepper
1/3 eggplant(if thin and long) diced
½ tomato diced
salt & pepper
 4 tbsp. Olive oil
4 eggs
fresh herbs finely chopped
Season potatoes with salt and pepper. fry the potatoes on hot skillet with olive oil until its nice and crispy . Using heavy skillet  saute onion in olive oil approx.2 min. Add peppers and eggplant cook for another 3 minutes. Add tomatoes. Cook  stirring occasionally  for 4-5 minutes.season with salt and pepper and add herbs. Fry  or poach eggs.
Transfer potatoes on the serving plate, place about 2 tablespoon of vegetables on top of potatoes, and place one egg on top of vegetables. Sprinkle with herbs if you like.
Eggs with Vegetables and Herbs

Ingredients

  • 4 yellow young potatoes thinly sliced
  • ¼ red onion finely chopped
  • ¼ red bell pepper
  • ¼ green bell pepper
  • 1/3 eggplant(if thin and long) diced
  • ½ tomato diced
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • fresh herbs finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Season potatoes with salt and pepper. fry the potatoes on hot skillet with olive oil until its nice and crispy . Using heavy skillet saute onion in olive oil approx.2 min. Add peppers and eggplant cook for another 3 minutes. Add tomatoes. Cook stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes.season with salt and pepper and add herbs. Fry or poach eggs.
  2. Transfer potatoes on the serving plate, place about 2 tablespoon of vegetables on top of potatoes, and place one egg on top of vegetables. Sprinkle with herbs if you like.
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Fried rice

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fried rice

This is a quick and easy Chinese fried rice with few simple but important rules;

1. The pan should be really HOT.

2.Rice needs to be cold from the fridge. Otherwise the rice will be sticky and mushy.

Fried rice

Ingredients

  • Fried rice-
  • 4 cups cooked , cold leftover white or brown rice ( i used brown)
  • 3 eggs ( whipped with fork)
  • 6 tablespoons sesame oil
  • frozen peas and carrots ( as much as you like)
  • ½ bunch of green onions finally chopped
  • 2-3 tblsp. soy sauce
  • Shrimp or chicken *optional

Instructions

  1. Heat the wok or frying pan really good (important).
  2. Add 2 tbsp. oil let it warm up, add the eggs and fry it like on omelette.
  3. Take it out. Add 2 tbsp. oil to the pan and toss in the peas and carrots.
  4. Cook until done.
  5. Take it out. Add 2 tablspoons oil to the pan and heat it really good and throw in the rice.
  6. Fry the rice until its throughly heated.
  7. Stir and turn several times,but not too much.
  8. Add the eggs,peas with carrot and onions, mix it.
  9. Add soy sauce.Mix it again and transfer to the plate and Enjoy!
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