April 29, 2013

Ricotta pancakes recipe - Ukrainian Sirniky

I'm back with another recipe. This time is it a sweet dessert. I remember eating these pancakes when  I was little and it is definitely on the list of my favorite desserts. 
Lets get started!!!
Ingredients You Will Need:

350 grams (0.77 lb)
1/4 cup of sugar ( you may use less, it's optional)
2 eggs
4 Tbsp of all purpose flour

This recipe is very easy, all you need to do now is mix all of your ingredients, mix should be nice a creamy without big clumps.
Then use frying pan and spatula. Put oil in the frying pan and with a spoon place the pancake mix in it, making little islands in the frying pan. I make my pancakes thin but big and round, that way they are cooked faster. I would say you only need to cook them for few minutes on each side. And it's done.
After they are ready you can use some powdered sugar or jam on them.
I eat mine with a side of fruit.

XOXO, Olya

February 13, 2013

Pesto Pasta Recipe.

-Pesto anyone? 
-Yes, Please!!!
Here's my very easy and very yummy recipe !

1 box (13-16oz) of pasta (I used whole wheat)
2 cups of fresh basil leaves
4 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 or  3/4 cut of pine nuts (depends how much you like them)
1/4 cup olive oil
Ingredients to marinate the shrimp:
1 lb of large peeled shrimp
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
6 garlic cloves minced
2 teaspoons of sweet dried basil

1. Marinate the shrimp few hours before cooking the dish. I would say 1-2 hours should be fine. To marinate just combine all the shrimp marinate ingredients together, mix and store in the fridge for  1-2 hours. When ready to start cooking go to step 2.
2. Bring salted water to boil and put the pasta in to cook. Follow the instructions on the box for time.
3.  Put basil leaves, pine nuts, minced garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese into the blender and blend everything together until you get nice creamy mix. I left mine a little chunky because I really like pine nuts and wanted to leave them somewhat visible.
4. When pasta is done cooking, drain the water out. I left pasta in the same pot where it was cooking. Add pesto to the pot with pasta. Mix pasta with your pesto sauce well.
5. Marinated shrimp put on a skillet  and cook for few minutes. I poured some of the remaining marinate into the skillet too. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. Few minutes on the skillet is enough. (Pink shrimp is the color of cooked shrimp)
6. At this point everything is ready. So you can either mix it all together or like I did I placed shrimp on the side. I also added some fresh mozzarella cheese on top of my pesto pasta, and added some tomatoes on the side. 

Try this recipe, and let me know how you like it!
It's very easy to make!

Bon Appetit!!!      

January 12, 2013

Winter Fun!

First of all Happy New Year, guys! Let it be the best year for all new beginnings! 
Starting a new year is always exciting for me,   I always try to do something different from the year before. 
This year we decided to visit my cousin and his family in Toronto. I had no idea how fun his little ones are. It must be the age, because I remember when they were younger all they wanted to do was be with mom and dad. Now, they are so much fun! We went sledding one day and had the best time ever!
Here's few picture from that day. 

{N and I did a pretty good job winterizing ourselves in the warmest boots and coats! How did you prepare for winter? and if where you live it summer right now, what did you buy to stay cozy?}

xoxo, Olya