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pierogi ruskie – say what?

Pierogi. Just a classic dish. Comfort food. Lunch. Dinner. Just.. oh so good. And pierogi ruskie so potato and cheese ones are just my favorite. It’s one of those things that you will always love, always remember and always crave. That’s just a fact.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound Farmer’s cheese (POLISH VERSION if possible. If not, get the US one and let it dry for a while)
  • 3 medium size potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 2 pounds of flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 1/3 oz oil
  • 1 1/2 cup of warm water
  • salt and pepper

Cook potatoes in salty water. Cool them down and mash them. Cut onions into small pieces and fry them until they have a nice golden color (I personally prefer a little more fried but not everyone likes it my way:) )

To make the filling mix 3/4 of onions, mashed potatoes and cheese together, add salt and pepper.

In the meantime pour oil and warm water into flour, add a pinch of salt and slowly mix into smooth dough. When done use the rolling pin and make the dough around 0.1-0.2 inches thin.

I recommend using a wider glass (whisky glass for example) or cutting the dough into 3.5×3.5 inches squares. Add filling inside, and stick the sides of dough together. You can use water if you want it to glue together better.

Cover pierogi with kitchen cloth so they don’t dry too much. When all done boil the water and add some salt. Slowly put pierogi into the water. It will probably need around 5-8 minutes depending on the heat. The easiest way to know they are ready is when they just float to the top of the pot.

Use the rest of the fried onion and put it on top with some of the oil you used for frying.

This batch makes a decent portion so I usually freeze half and when I have cravings just take them out and cook.

Hope you enjoy it!

xoxo

Ola

strawberry Jam-ception

Who loves strawberries? Or more, who doesn’t? There is something amazing in this time of the year, the strawberries have the most flavor, the the asparagus is fresh, the rhubarb is too, the bbq season is on… I love love love love love it.

To keep that spirit during other months, I love making jams. It can be used for pancakes, sandwiches, and cakes any time of the year! Also, smells amazing. Also, it is the easiest thing to make!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of strawberries
  • half a glass of sugar

Remove the leaves from strawberries and if they are big cut them into smaller pieces. Put the strawberries in the big pot with thick bottom (I used my dutch oven), add sugar and let it slowly cook. Make sure to mix it once in a while so it doesn’t burn, and cook until the jam gets dense. If you like it to be smooth, blend it when almost ready.

In the meantime clean and dry the jars. When the consistency of the jam is dense, pour it into the jars when still hot, close the jars and set them aside upside down. This will make the lid seal.

And…. that’s all! Enjoy!

Ola

lazy Strawberry cake

Yo Yo Yo!

Summer is almost there! It was so nice and warm (and even hot some days) lately, that there was only a few desserts I want to eat. And since it’s strawberry season, I went all the way into this!

It the cake that is 1. easy 2. relatively fast 3. everyone likes 4. just yummy. It also has a few ingredients only and you can use any fruits you want (hey there plums, waiting for you and September). |So without further delay, I present to you STRAWBERRY CAKE!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk (warm)
  • 3/4 oz active yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 oz rapeseed oil (or any oil you like)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 cups of strawberries

Take 3 spoons of warm milk and a spoon of sugar and mix it with active yeast and leave it in a warm spot to grow. In the meantime add all ingredients but strawberries to the big bowl. When the yeast grows add it to the bowl and mix all together. Set it aside in a warm spot for around an hour, and cover with kitchen towel so it is ever more warm.

Wash the strawberries. If they are big cut into smaller pieces and left them in colander to dry a little.

Move the dough to the pan (I used square 9″ pan), and put strawberries on top. Set aside for another 15 minutes in a warm spot and let the dough grow a little bit more. Preheat an oven to 380 degrees.

In the meantime you can prepare the top cover „crumbs”, which is not an obligatory part of the cake 🙂 But if you want it, cut around 1-2 oz of cold (!) butter into small pieces, mix it with sugar and flour, and put it on top of strawberries right before moving the cake to the oven.

Bake the cake for around 35 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes and let yourself eat it all at once 🙂

Hope you love it as much as I do!

xoxo

Ola

Rolls are rolling

There is a way to impress your significant other/in-laws/friends/potential home buyers/neighborhood kids/their parents and it is to make rolls. That smell amazing. That are super simple food. That make you look cool. Or whatever you want to put there.

Also admit, how many people around you make their own bread or rolls? It’s just cool thing to say.

SO without farther delay, here it is!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk (warm, but not too warm)
  • 3/4 oz active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • *grains (optional, to put on the rolls)

Separate around 1/4 cup of warm milk, add sugar and yeast. Mix it and put in the warm spot for the yeast to grow. In the meantime put flour and salt in separate bowl. When yeast grows, add this, and the rest of warm milk to dry ingredients. Mix the dough until you have a nice, solid ball.

Leave the dough in a warm spot for around an hour. You can cover it with kitchen cloth so it’s warmer. Take the dough from the bowl and form small balls that will be your rolls. Put them on the pan you will be using for baking and remember to leave around 2 inches between each. Then set aside in a warm spot again for another 30 minutes.

While waiting break the egg and stir it. Put it on top of the rolls and add some grains, sesame or poppy seeds if you want. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Bake the rolls around 20 minutes or until the start getting nice brown color on top.

You can eat them right from the oven. Seriously, just add butter and they are awesome. And your house smells awesome. And everyone around is more than happy. Also warning – they disappear in 10 minutes. This portion makes around 10 and they were gone super fast.

You will love it! I swear!

xoxo

Ola

The easiest brownie

Here’s the thing – brownies are awesome. Majority of people (and everyone I know) loves them. This one is my go to, if I need quick snack, when I have unexpected quests or if someone around needs dessert like ASAP.

Btw, it won’t take 5 minutes to have it ready but 5 minutes is all you need to make the whole apartment smell like chocolate. Usually helps 🙂

Ingredients (square 9×9 inches pan)

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 spoon of honey
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 small eggs
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (ideally unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup flous
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

So there are two ways to make the brownie. You can make it more like a chocolate block, or more „light” one. I personally prefer the 2nd option but feel free to make if the way you like it more.

If you want lighter, „fluffier” brownie, start with separating egg whites and yolks. Use a mixer to make an egg whites foam then add sugar and mix it to be smooth. Then add egg yolks and continue mixing

If you want your brownie to be more compact skip the foam part and mix it all together.

Melt the butter (I recommend putting the bowl with butter in a pot with warm water, but you can also use a saucepan), add to eggs and sugar mix and stir together. Slowly add cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt while stirring.

Put a little bit of oil or batter on the pan. In the meantime preheat oven to 370 degrees F. Add chocolate chips to the mix and lightly stir with a spoon. Move the chocolate mix into the pan.

Bake for 30 minutes. When done, check with the toothpick if the cake is dry inside. You want the cake baked but not super dry, so it’s good if you see some grease on the toothpick.

You can melt a few chocolate chips and put it on top, but I personally prefer the plain one. There’s enough chocolate inside 🙂

Cut into squares, serve while still warm.

Enjoy 🙂

Ola

Cabbage my heart

Since I moved I have been craving Polish food, „home” food. So I decided to take a walk to the market and look for inspiration… and there it was, nice, green, small, fresh cabbage. Spring is the „young” cabbage time. This taste is amazing for dinner, lunch, snack…. Easy, tasty, fills your stomach, what to crave more?

Cabbage with dill

Ingredients:

  • 1 regular size cabbage
  • 1 glass (8 1/2 cups) of water
  • a bunch of dill
  • one onion or a bunch of scallions
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 flat tablespoons of flour
  • salt, pepper, paprika

Cut the cabbage into smaller pieces, put that in the pot with water, cut onions and spices. Cook over low heat for around 20 minutes or until cabbage is soft. You can add dill to the cabbage before cooking or later.

On the pan melt the butter, when melted add flour and mix until fully combined. Add the mixture and add dill, if you didn’t add it before. Cook for a minute or so.

You can add it as a side to your main meal, or eat separately with fresh bread or potatoes. I chose the second option today 🙂

Good luck 🙂

Ola

Beef and potato love story

Cravings. That’s something a girl can’t resist. So when it hit me, there was only one choice to make and it was potato pancakes and beef stew. Then I thought „man, should I do beef stew or sour cream?”. SO I made them with both. Because why not?

Have you ever tried those? They are delicious, they fill your stomach, they are perfect cravings food, and the beef stew was the ideal excuse to try my Instant Pot too. Wanna try? Let’s do it!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pound of beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, majoram, red paprika, rosemary)
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 3 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 5 big potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • flour
  • canola oil
  • water

Cut beef into cubes. Season them with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat the oil, when hot add beef and stir it until brown. If you have a bigger pot you can stir it all at once, if smaller try to do two batches. If you’re using Instant Pot like me, use Saute function to nicely brown the meat.

When all meat is browned, take it out, add half glass of water and gently scratch whatever got stuck at the bottom of the pot. Add half of the minced onion and let it stir for 2 minutes. Add garlic powder, more salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, majoram, red paprika and rosemary and stir it all together. Add the „wet” ingredients – tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, broth and throw chopped carrots into the mix. Stir it all together.

If you’re using Instant Pot, set it up for 40 minutes of pressure cooking, and then leave it for 15 minutes of natural pressure release. If you’re using regular pot, keep it on low heat and cook for around 2.5 – 3 hours or until meat is soft.

In the meantime peel the potatoes, and use the small holes grater to grate the potatoes. Mince the rest of the onion. I used half of yellow onion to the broth and half of red onion to pancakes, but you can use one of any. Move the potatoes to the colander to get rd of excessive water, leave them for around 10-15 minutes.

In a bowl mix grated potatoes, minced onion, one egg and 3 tbsp of flour.

Heat up the oil on the pan and make flat pancakes, around half an inch thick. Fry until nice and brown on both sides.


Go back to stew. Add minced peppers, and stir for around 20 more minutes. If using IP, set up to saute again and cook for around 10 extra minutes. If you like the stew to be more dense, mix a tablespoon of flour and a little bit of water to smooth mix, add to brew and stir together so there are no lumps.

Now, there are two ways of eating potato pancakes. You either eat them with beef stew on top, or sour cream on top. Or, even better, beef stew AND sour cream.

How are you having yours?

xoxo

Ola

Lemon Babka Easter style

Hey Hey!

It’s been a while, huh. Moving is not as easy as I thought. Well, technically getting used to new everything in new apartment in new country (crazy!) and then going straight for vacation. Because why not?

So I’m back, I’ve been making stuff, but they disappear before I even manage to take a pic! This is what happens, when your husband has been living on Ubereats and frozen meals for a year 😮

Thankfully, I managed to take a few pic of the cake that’s my Easter fav. Simple – check, tasty – check, goes with everything – check. Didn’t look as pretty as the ones I used to make at home, but well, getting used to new kitchen is part of the deal. The good thong though is finally using all those shower/wedding gifts! Shout out to my KitchenAid mixer I love so much now!

Let’s see what we have here.

LEMON BABKA

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups of regular flour
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs (medium size)
  • 1 cup of butter (almost a cup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 big/2 small lemons

Separate egg yolks and whites. Keep the butter warm and soft. Mix in a bowl 4 egg yolks, and butter. Add lemon juice while mixing.

In a separate bowl make the egg white foam. When all ready add sugar.
Combine mixtures together and start slowly adding flour and baking soda while still mixing, until you have a smooth dough.

Prepare the medium size bundt cake pan – butter it or use olive oil. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees. Move the dough to the pan and put in the oven. Bake for 50 minutes.

When all done, take the cake off the oven and let it cool down. You can either use some powder sugar of top, or make a sugar-lemon glaze.

For the glaze, mix powder sugar, a little bit of lemon juice and little bit of warm water into smooth, dense form. Pour the glaze over cool cake. You can add lemon or orange zest on top.

Enjoy the cake

xo

Ola

Hey hey, brownie is ok

Hejka,

So tomorrow is my last day at work, and the long tradition in our team is to bring goodbye cakes. I thought chocolate has been my theme last month so why not continue it?

It’s been a while since I first brought my homemade chocolates and it’s an easy treat for all those dieting so there is tons already packed – with almonds, hazelnuts, cranberries, coconut etc. But not everyone is dieting (thankfully!) so the right choice to keep with the theme was a brownie. This time – with surprise inside!

Brownie

Ingredients (smaller pan)

  • 7/8 cup of butter
  • 2.5 cup of dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 glass of sugar
  • vanilla extract (1 tbsp)
  • 3/4 glass of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of milk

Put the metal bowl over the pot with hot water and melt the butter. Add 2 cups of dark chocolate (break into pieces before). Enjoy the smell while mixing it until it is completely smooth. Let it chill for a while. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Separate egg whites and yolks. Whip egg whites to perfectly still foam. Later add sugar, then egg yolks, then mix the mixture with egg and butter mix. Add vanilla extract.

foam is fun

When all is mixed into smooth, chocolaty, mind-blowingly smelling mix slowly start adding flour and baking soda. Slowly mix, to make sure there’s not lumps. What I did this time, is adding a „surprise” inside. If you want to add something, pour half of the mix into the pan, then add your surprise. I crushed Reese’s cups and added those, then covered them with the rest of chocolate mixture.

YUM!

Let it bake for around 40 minutes. You can check if the cake is good by poking the middle with the toothpick and checking if it comes out dry (yes, I poke my cakes when they don’t behave right!).

smells soooo gooooooooood!

Now I melted the rest of the chocolate (0.5 cup) in 1 tbsp of milk (just enough to make sure it wont burn) on the smallest heat you can! and poured it all over the cake (I thought it will be enough to make a „drip cake” impression but was enough just to cover the top. Next time!). Added some chocolates on top as a decoration and hid in the fridge 🙂

I will update it with „after” pictures as soon as I remember! It smells amazing!!!!!

Ok now I need to run to the store for something really sour cause the amount of sweetness is killing me haha.

Good luck if you try. It is super simple!

xoxo

Ola

when life gives you avocado-make chocolate

What is my most favorite thing on Earth (after pizza)? CHOCOLATE. And there is a reason why chocolate has Ola in its name. Get it? ChocOLAte. Accident? I don’t think so…

There is nothing that can fit perfectly any time of the day, for any occasion or any mood. Everyone can have the one they prefer, and everyone will be happy with so many options – there’s milk chocolate, dark, bitter, white, hazelnuts, with fruits, plain one. Homemade and the one you buy in the store.

I like my chocolate. I like snacks in general. Sugar is what keeps me going. But it’s all about being healthy and fit now. And so many things I like don’t fit into that. So, what needs to be done, is a compromise. Now, I present you another example of compromise – Chocolate pudding made from nothing else but avocado (hey, apparently I’m a Millennial too!).

Check it out and be amazed by it’s smoothness and chocolate-ness .

Chocolate avocado pudding

Ingredients (One portion)

  • 1 medium size avocado
  • 4 tablespoons of dark cocoa (more if you want it to be more bitter)
  • 4 oz almond milk (or any other milk if you don’t like almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 4-5 soft dates
  • pinch of sea salt
  • coconut flakes for decoration

If you are using dried dates put them in a little bit of hot water so they get soft. Peel avocado. Add all the other ingredients and blend them together until it’s all smooth.

Decorate with coconut flakes, goji berries, raspberries, almonds or anything that is your favorite addition. Eat guilty-free even while on diet.

Simple like that!

xo

Ola

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