Russian Cuisine



Main dishes
  Blinchaty pirog

Ingredients
Oil
Onion; chopped
Cloves garlic; chopped
Ground beef
Tomato paste
Mushrooms; minced fine
Dry red wine
Cooked rice
Green onion; chopped
Fresh dill
Cottage cheese
Arrowroot dissolved in water
Lemon juice
Cayenne
CREPES-1 tb Oil,4 oz Flour,sifted 10 oz Non-fat milk,1 Egg,1 Egg yolk,salt & pepper
SAUCE- 1 1/4 c Plain yogurt,1 tb Dill, 2 oz Sweet white wine


Method
In a wok or large skillet saute in 1 tb oil, onion and garlic til onion is clear. Remove and set aside. Brown ground beef and add 3 tsp tomato paste. When browned, return onion and garlic to wok, add mushrooms, red wine, cooked rice, green onion and dill. Add arrowroot dissolved in water to thicken. Squeeze in some lemon juice and sprinkle with cayenne. Place in warm oven until needed and just before using, add cottage cheese. CREPES: Blend all ingredients except oil and let stand 30 minutes before using. Pour oil into crepe pan, swoosh around and pour remainder into batter. Make 1 large pancake covering one side with branches of fresh dill or sprinkle with dried dill. Turn and cook and remove. Make other large pancakes until batter is gone. SAUCE: Combine ingredients and serve over combined dish. TO SERVE: Place crepe on platter and layer meat and mushroom mixture over pancake. Place another pancake on top, then meat, then pancake, etc. until finished. Top with dilled pancake and serve with sauce on the side.

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Desserts
  WALNUT SPONGE CAKE

Ingredients
4 large eggs, separated and at room temperature
A pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup sugar, in all
1/3 cup cake flour, sifted with 3/4 teaspoon bakin
½ cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
A 9-inch round spring- form pan

Method
Set the baking rack at the middle level of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Line the spring-form pan with wax paper and grease the paper. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, stir the egg yolks vigorously with a pinch of salt for 30 second

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Drinks
  Russian Tea

Ingredients
1ounce instant tea with lemon
1 1/2cups sugar -- to taste
2teaspoons cinnamon
1teaspoon ground cloves


Method
Mix all ingredients together. Store in a tightly sealed jar or container. To serve, add several tablespoons of the mix to a cup of hot water.

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