Just a rehearsal for Christmas dinner.
As usual the most of the food on the table will be from traditional Russian cuisine.
Here is one of the favourites : Herring under a Fur Coat
You might raise your brows: under a fur coat?
That’s right, it is a literal translation of the name. Sometimes we call it SHUBA , which is the word for a fur coat in Russian. And of cause there is no fur on a plate. It is simply diced smoked or cured herring filets dressed 🙂 with root vegetables, egg and mayonnaise, one of those dishes that you either love or hate. Though I can definitely say that I don’t know any Russian who does not like it.
– I absolutely love this red cabbage! It’s delicious!
-We have not served red cabbage today.
-What is it then?
-This is beetroot home recipe.
-But I don’t like beetroot!
-You’ve just said that you ABSOLUTELY love it 🙂
This conversation has happened a few years ago, when one of our guests having dinner rediscovered BEETROOT.
The lady said that if I told her that there was a beetroot on her plate she would not have touched it, as she never liked beetroot . She ‘s obviously changed her mind.
Over the years we’ve had many visitors like this and my Russian style beetroot has never failed to impress. Following several requests for a recipe, I decided to include it in Galya’s kitchen Menu.
Here it is.
For 1 kg of RAW beetroot you need:
0.3 kg of onions finely chopped
0.5 part of raw carrots grated on a large grater
1 x 800gr tinned hole tomatoes in tomato juice
garlic ( I put a lot, but you can have it as much as you like)
2 table spoons of walnut oil ( or 2 teaspoons of sesame oil)
2 Bay leaves
bunch of fresh parsley finely chopped ( if you like it)
Heat the sunflower oil in a deep frying pan until very hot.
Sauté onions until they start to change the color.
Add grated carrot and grated beetroot. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook on a medium heat until nearly all the juice evaporated.
Meanwhile process the tomatoes in a food processor into a passata ( no need to sieve it)
Once the juices in the frying pan have evaporated add the tomatoes + 2 table spoons of Ketchup (or 1 table spoon of sugar).
Cook on a small heat until the tomatoes well integrated into the beetroot and the juices nearly evaporated again.
Add finely chopped garlic, stir, add bay leaf, walnut ( or sesame) oil and chopped parsley just before turning it off.
Eat hot as a garnish to any meat or fish or veggie dish.
I like it cold, just with a piece of bread.
It tastes better on the second day!
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Last night’s dinner:
and Lapin and Porcini mushrooms Risotto
Magret de canard with potato wedges , caramelised carrots and green beans
Finally Bon appetit!
This post is created a day later, as we had other priorities, like eating the Christmas dinner, calling and receiving the phone calls from friends and family and having a good time!
Merry Christmas everybody!
The Brussel Sprouts are cooked and ready to go under a grill just 20 minutes before serving:
Brussel Sprouts cut in halves, smoked bacon chopped, leeks sliced, pre-cooked vacuum packed chestnuts
In a deep frying pan with a splash of oil cook together bacon and leeks for about 20 minutes.
Push them on the side of the pan and lay brussel spouts halves cut side down, pushing leeks and bacon on the top of the sprouts as you fill the bottom of the pan.
Turn the heat up until the sprouts start really sizzling, then add a half of a glass of Marsala wine , cover the pan with a lid and cook on a medium heat for further 15 minutes. The wine should cook out totally.
Add crumbled chestnuts.
It’s ready to go under the high grill for 15 -20 minutes before serving
By midday the turkey, stuffed with homemade stuffing (minced pork, fresh bread crumbs, onion , fresh sage leaves, salt and pepper), is in the oven for 4 – 4,5 hours
And the veggies are peeled!
What do you mean ” what’s up”? It’s C H R I S T M A S!