Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Crepes or Blini? French or Russian?

Most people know what crepes are - super delicious. Well we have them in Russia too and they are called Blini. You can read about the difference but all in all they are the same. I grew up with eating blinis all the time, sometimes with caviar (yes I'm Russian remember?), sometimes with sour cream, and sometimes we even put a   meat mixture inside. They make a great breakfast, and even lunch and dinner
1 1/2 cup flour, white or wheat
2 cups of milk
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
butter for greasing the pan

Mix all the ingredients together (it will look liquidy). Heat up a small pan, when hot enough (if you drop water on it, it will sizzle) take a stick of butter and lightly grease the pan. Using a 1/2 cup measuring cup pour  the batter into the pan and move it around so the batter coats the whole pan. Cook the crepe until the bottom is golden, then flip it and cook on the other side. Repeat with lightly greasing the pan in between each crepe (blin).

After you get a whole big stack you can choose your topping - whipped cream, Nutella, bananas, strawberries, condensed milk, cheese, smoked salmon. Be careful though, they are addicting!!! Especially since they are so easy to make.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus in puff pastry

Need a quick appetizer to impress friends? Want to make something quick and yummy for your hunny? Or heck why not just make it for yourself!?! Here I was walking around Trader Joe's as always, picking up groceries I don't need, as I stumbled upon a beautiful cluster of asparagus! Isn't that in season now? Well of course I bought it. Then I was browsing through the cook book section of Marshall's (expensive cook books for cheap are my weakness), and found Theresa's (from Real Housewives of New Jersey) cook book. I was running late for my car test drive, so I flipped through the pages but didn't pay attention too much, except for one picture got stuck in my mind! Some asparagus in puff pastry. So here is my version.
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus in puff pastry
1 sheet puff pastry
18 spears of asparagus
6 pieces of prosciutto
6 oz shiitake mushrooms
1/2 medium sweet onion
little bit of parmesan cheese
1 egg

Take a sheet of puff pastry after it is defrosted and do not open it up, but roll it out in a little bit of flour so it looks like a triangle. Cut it in 6 square pieces. Saute mushrooms and onions in a little bit of oil (I use grape seed oil). Cut of ends off the asparagus and wrap three spears in a piece of prosciutto. Put each puff pastry square on a lightly greased baking sheet, spoon a bit of the mushroom mixture onto each square, place the asparagus bunch on top of the mushrooms and sprinkle with the cheese. Scrunch two ends of the puff pastry together. Beat the egg and spread on each pastry to get it to turn golden brown. Bake for 20 min @ 350.

You see?! All in all it is one of the quickest recipes and I couldn't keep them out of my mouth, or my dad's.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Greek Salad Wrap

Today is such a long work day for me! 8-8! AAHH, now it's not the work that I mind, because I love the little kiddies. It's the fact that anytime I have a long day, I want to go out in the shopping center and get food for lunch, that costs too much and is most likely not good for me. Well this time I planned ahead! I beat the system! I brought a lunch that is delicious so I would want to eat it. (Haven't you ever had those times where you bring a lunch, but at lunch time it is not appealing?)
Greek Salad Wrap
1 wrap of your choice (I use the whole wheat ones)
1 tbsp of tzatziki
2 full romaine lettuce leaves
5-7 kalamata olives
1 tbsp feta cheese
red onion

Line all the ingredients on the wrap in whatever order your prefer. I do tzatziki, lettuce, onion, olives, cheese, tomato. Fold the wrap and enjoy!! You can also put all the ingredient in a pocket pita and add more things like chicken!!

I know I enjoyed my lunch and I'm set for the rest of the day!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thirsty Thursday - Very Berry Coconut Mojito

The other day I was watching the Real Housewives of Orange County, and Tamara and Vicky (don't judge me, I know you know who I am talking about!!) were out for drinks and Tamara ordered a Blueberry Coconut Mojito. Mojitos are my favorite drinks for the summer, they're refreshing and not too heavy on the alcohol! Blueberries are delicious but adding raspberries and strawberries to it makes it so much better!!

And for all of you who think coconut water is not WILL change your mind after this!

1/4 cup berries of your choice
8 mint leaves
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp agave nectar
1.5 oz coconut rum (airplane size bottle works perfect, but add it to taste if you want more)
5 oz coconut water
1/3 cup ice

Mash up mint, berries and a slice of lime. Pour in the rum and the coconut water. Add the ice and shake it all  up. Strain into a glass and add the ice, throw some berries in and garnish with a few leaves of mint. Enjoy and remember to not drink and drive!!!

Hazelnut butter

Growing up I never had peanut butter. In fact, the first time I had it was beginning of high school and the first time I enjoyed it was a few years ago. Recently I moved on to Raw Almond Butter from Trader Joe's. With all this talk that has been going around of how good nuts are for you, I decided to make my own nut butter. After long deliberation I settled on hazelnuts.
Hazelnut Butter
1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
1 tbsp grape seed oil
1 tbsp agave nectar (I use raw)

The most important thing for this is to have a food processor. Throw the nuts in and let them process for a minute. Pour in oil and agave nectar and let it blend until it reaches your preferred consistency. 

It ends up being a little thicker than the usual nut butters, but I prefer it that way. Spread it on a Melba toast and top it with some bananas. It makes a perfect snack for middle of the day, or after a run, or even before! You could even have it as a quick breakfast.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mango Black Bean Salsa

Did I mention I love mangoes? I think I did. Well I also love salsa. As I was reading a cookbook "Cooking with Friends", Friends being only the best show ever! I stumbled upon a super delicious salsa recipe. Mangoes and black beans mixed together! What could be better? Add some onion and and jalapenos! Oh and chips could be good too.
3 ripe mangoes
1 small red onion
1 15 oz can black beans (drained)
1-2 jalapenos
1 bunch of fresh cilantro chopped
1 tsp cumin
salt to taste

Dice mangoes and onions. Mix in beans, jalapenos, cilantro, cumin and salt. Cool and serve with chips. Or on top of a white fish it's be delicious!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Military Support Organization Spotlight - Treats 4 Our Troops! and an Army 10 Miler registration!

It is time for another Military Support Organization. Who loves candy?! Don't lie to yourself, everyone likes at least some type of candy. Well guess what, there is an amazing organization that is called Treats 4 Our Troops. It is an organization that collects candy, letters and cards and sends them to our deployed soldiers. And the soldiers can make requests. I don't know when you trick-or-treated last, but kids these days get an unreasonable amount of candy. T4OT lets you donate that candy and they pack it up and send it off.
Make sure to check them out, like them on Facebook and consider supporting them with a donation!

On another note, I'm registered for the 2012 Army 10 Miler!!! The first race I ever ran was the Army 10 Miler 2 years ago, last night I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to make sure I was one of the first to register to make sure I got a spot (it sells out in hours!). Races selling out 30,000 slots in a few hours is just crazy! The point is thought, I'm registered!!!!!! And I couldn't be happier!