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Sweet Crêpes with Creamed Cottage Cheese Filling

Name and pronunciation: naleśniki z serem [nah-lesh-nicky z sir-em]Description: crêpes with cottage cheeseType of cuisine: Eastern European —  This humble meal was always the most delicious treat for us as children. Now, they may not look like much, but they are absolutely delicious! Even though they are sweet, they are not seen as dessert, but as quick lunch or supper. — 8-10 servings (depending of the size of your pan) • Preparation time: about 30 minutes (up to 60 minutes with the resting time) — Tips: 01To make your crêpes even more special, you can add raisins and cinnamon to the cheese filling. 02The cheese filling is delicious as it is, but since it contains egg, you need to fry the crêpes before serving them. 03If you want to make them in advance, feel free. You can even freeze them! Simply prepare your crêpes, fold them with the cheese filling and refrigerate or freeze them. Take out ready to fry! 04Serve with Polish for local sour cream. If you cannot get it, you can replace it …

Our Eastern Kitchen - Delicate Crispy Breakfast Rolls - Recipe - Food Photography

Delicate Crispy Breakfast Rolls

Name and pronunciation: kopertówki [koh-per-toof-key] Description: “envelope” breakfast rolls Type of cuisine: Eastern European —  These would probably be my top 3 bread types in my childhood. Our local bakery baked them daily and I just loved them. Quite large, with delicate crispy crust and very soft inside, they resemble lighter version of ciabatta rolls. — Approximately 8 large or 16 small rolls • Preparation time: about 45 minutes • Resting time: 2 hours plus 30 minutes • Baking time: 1-2 minutes — Tips: 01The dough for these rolls is quite delicate and slightly sticky, so before rolling it, make sure to generously dust the work surface, the dough itself and the rolling pin with flour. You do not want to work the flour into the dough, just coat it with flour all around, so you capture the moisture inside and prevent the dough from sticking  02If you want to preserve freshness of your rolls, freeze them after they have cooled down. Cut them in half to speed up defrosting later. Now you can enjoy perfectly fresh rolls without a constant effort. …

Our Eastern Kitchen - Pierogi with Green Lentils - Recipe - Food Photography

Pierogi with Green Lentils and Coriander

Name and pronunciation: pierogi [pee-yeh-ro-ghi] – there is no need for the “s” at the end so often used in English. “Pierogi” is already a plural form. Description: dumplings Type of cuisine: Polish — I absolutely love pierogi with green lentils. They are flavourful and have a great texture, actually resembling meat, so even the most dedicated carnivores are guaranteed to enjoy them. I add fresh coriander, so it is not strictly traditional Polish filling, but it is a real staple in our house and we eat tonnes of them! — Approximately 40 servings • Preparation time: about 60 minutes • Resting time: 30 minutes (optional) • Cooking time: 1-2 minutes — Tips: 01With fresh pierogi, you have a choice between serving them just cooked, or frying them. After cooling or freezing, you should fry them. 02Both fresh and fried pierogi are perfect when served with fried onions or sour cream. 03Because you need to add two layers of dough to each bite, make sure that the filling is slightly saltier and a little bit spicer than you need it. This way …

Our Eastern Kitchen - Vegetarian Iraqi Biryani - Recipe - Food Photography

Iraqi Biryani

Name and pronunciation: البرياني [biryani]Description: our favourite vegetarian version of Iraqi biryaniType of cuisine: Arabic — Iraqi biryani is the first dish my husband cooked for me and it is sill one of my favourite tastes. It differs from the original, Indian version. It has much more rich and complex flavours and textures. There are many different ways to make biryani and we make it vegetarian, but you can opt to add some meat as well. — Approximately 4-6 people • Cooking time: about 60 minutes — Tips: 01All ingredients are quick and easy, but need to be prepared separately, so it is better to be organised and have everything ready in advance 02Feel free to use the same oil to fry all the ingredients. You will need a little more oil than usually. It is not exactly deep-frying, but you need about ½ good quality olive oil. Use a draining spoon to remove one type of ingredient, before adding another one. — Ingredients: ✽ medium potato✽ 1-2 medium carrots✽ 1 medium onion✽ ½ cauliflower✽ 2 cups rice (best to use …

Our Eastern Kitchen - Delicious Pierogi with Cottage Cheese - Recipe - Food Photography

Delicious Pierogi with Cottage Cheese

Name and pronunciation: pierogi z serem [pee-yeh-ro-ghi z seh-rem] – there is no need for the “s” at the end so often used in English. “Pierogi” is already a plural form. Description: dumplings with dry cottage cheese Type of cuisine: Polish — This is a true taste of my childhood. My late maternal grandmother made the best pierogi with cheese. This recipe is based on how she made them. — Approximately 40 pieces • Preparation time: about 60 minutes • Resting time: 30 minutes (optional) • Cooking time: 1-2 minutes — Tips: 01With fresh pierogi, you have a choice between serving them just cooked, or frying them. After cooling or freezing, you should fry them. 02Both fresh and fried pierogi with cottage cheese are perfect when served with fried onions or sour cream. — Ingredients: Dough: ✽ one portion of pierogi dough Cottage cheese filling: ✽ 250 g Polish dry cottage cheese  ✽ 250 g potatoes ✽ 1 large onion ✽ 1 teaspoon salt (to taste) ✽ 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (to taste) ✽ 2 teaspoons black seed (Nigella Sativa, to taste) — Method: 01Make a portion of dough and …

Our Eastern Kitchen - Easy Pumpkin Pancakes - Recipe - Food Photography

Pumpkin Pancakes

This is one of the easiest and quickest recipes and it so delicious! Perfect from fresh or frozen pumpkin. Best topped with yoghurt or sour cream and dusted with cinnamon. — 4-6 people • Preparation time: about 30 minutes — Tips: 01It is better to fry your pumpkin pancakes a little longer on medium heat, or they might burn on the outside and stay raw inside. 02Read this tip about choosing the right coconut milk. — Ingredients: ✽ 3 cups all-purpose flour✽ 2 cups shredded pumpkin✽ 2½ cups coconut milk (you can substitute it with regular milk)✽ 1 tablespoon baking powder✽ 1 tablespoon sugar✽ 1 tablespoon spices (cinnamon or/and nutmeg, gingerbread mix, etc.)✽ 1 teaspoon salt — Method: 01 Carefully mix all dry ingredients with a whisk. 02 Mix all wet ingredients using a blender to make the batter light and airy. 03Gently, but thoroughly mix two parts together, you can use low setting on your blender. 04Fry on medium temperature. Depending on the type of your pan, you will need to use little to no oil. — Enjoy!

Our Eastern Kitchen - Cebularze - Polish Onion Bread - Recipe - Food Photography

Polish Onion Bread

Name and pronunciation: cebularze [tzeh-boo-lah-zhuh; “zhuh” is pronounced like French “je”]Description: onion breadType of cuisine: Polish — This onion bread is an integral part of my region’s cuisine, so I was very surprised when I learnt that only people from my area knew about it. In recent years, it got more and more popular in other parts of Poland and all my friends absolutely love it! — 8 servings • Preparation time: about 30 minutes • Resting time: 60 + 30 minutes • Baking time: 40-50 minutes — Tips: 01You can prepare the onions the night before and leave them in a fridge overnight. They get very aromatic and flavourful this way. 02Be careful not to leave them in the oven for too long. The dough needs to be soft and, since it is quite thin, it becomes crispy rather quickly. 03 Read my tip for rising perfect dough. — Ingredients: Onion topping:✽ 3 large onions✽ 3 tablespoons poppy seeds✽ 2 tablespoon olive oil✽ 1 teaspoon salt Dough:✽ 500 g all-purpose flour✽ 250 ml (approx. 1 glass) warm milk✽ 7 g dry yeast (one little packet)✽ 60 g unsalted …

Our Eastern Kitchen - Our Favourite Falafel Recipe - Food Photography

Our Favourite Falafel

Name and pronunciation: فلافل [fah-lah-fell]Description: falafelType of cuisine: Arabic — The day I have made falafel my husband recognised and liked, was a very happy in our family! There are as many falafel recipes as families and this is our favourite, secret flavour. — Approximately 40 falafels • Soaking chickpeas overnight • Preparation time: 30 minutes • Frying time: 20 minutes — Tips: 01Do not use tinned chickpeas for falafel, it is much too soft. You need to use dry variety instead. 02Fry your falafels until they are golden brown, but make sure you do not overdo it. They should be delicately crispy on the outside and soft inside. 03They will be just as good defrosted, so try to make more and freeze a batch or two. They defrost in a matter of minutes! 04You can serve them on a plate, or wrapped in any kind of flat bread or a tortilla. My absolute favourite is Turkish Yufka bread (dürüm). 05Use any sauce you like on your falafels. I like it most with a mixture of mayonnaise and …