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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 Sourdough Bread - Recipe - Food Photography

Easy Sourdough Bread

Name and pronunciation: chleb na zakwasie [h-leh-p • nah • zack-fah-sheh] Description: sourdough bread Type of cuisine: Eastern European — There are many different recipes for a sourdough, some more difficult than others. This is a perfect one to start your wild yeast adventure. Sourdough bread always takes a while, but this method does not take a lot of effort, just time, which is a great advantage. — Approximately 1.5 kg loaf (or two smalls ones) • Preparation time: about 30 minutes • Resting time: 3 x 12 hours • Baking time: 45 minutes — Tips: 01I find it easier to bake two smaller loaves than one large one. 02To bake, use any cake form, but bread crust needs moisture and high temperature, so I get best results using cast iron pots. 03Always line your forms with parchment paper. 04If your oven does not have a steam function, place a bowl of hot water next to the forms. 05Use bread flour of any kind you like. I usually mix white and whole-wheat flours 50/50, but you can also add …

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 - Khubz - Iraqi Flat Bread - Recipe - Food Photography

Iraqi Flat Bread

Name and pronunciation: khubz [kh-oo-bz]Description: flat breadCountry of origin: Iraq — This Iraqi version of flat bread resembles Indian naan a little. It is soft and a little chewy, and not dry and flaky like, for example, pita bread. It is absolutely delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Traditionally, it is baked on the walls of a cylinder-shaped, clay oven called “tanoor”, but this recipe is adjusted to make it effortlessly on a flat, non-stick pan you normally use to make pancakes. — 8 large or 16 small servings • Preparation time: about 30 minutes • Rising time: 2 x 30 minutes — Tips: 01You can try different flour combinations. It will work each time with different types of flours, but taste and consistency will differ, so test and choose your favourite. 02Use this tip for rising your dough quickly and efficiently. 03Feel free to make more bread and freeze it. They defrost very quickly and stay as fresh as on the first day. Perfect! 04Serve your khubz with zaatar, home-made hummus, or any other spread or paste. …

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 …

Our Eastern Kitchen - Traditional Polish Apple Pie - Recipe - Food Photography

Traditional Polish Apple Pie

Name and pronunciation: szarlotka [shar-lot-kah]Description: apple pieType of cuisine: Eastern European — This traditional apple pie is utterly delicious, so easy to make and you probably have everything you need for it! A perfect dessert with minimal effort. — 8 servings • Preparation time: about 2 hours • Baking time: 50-60 minutes — Tips: 01If your oven tends to underperform at the bottom (like mine), pre-bake the bottom crust for about 10-15 minutes. 02Feel free to mix other fruit with your apples. Try to add some pears or peaches for enhanced flavour. 03Add some cocoa to the pastry to make a chocolate version of your apple pie! Simply add some unsweetened cocoa powder to the pastry. You can either add it to all of it or to a smaller part for a mix of flavours and colours. 04When you start, make sure butter is cold and very hard. — Ingredients: Pastry:✽ 300 g all-purpose flour✽ 250 g butter✽ 1 medium to large egg✽ 3 tablespoons sugar✽ 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar✽ 1½ teaspoons baking powder✽ powder sugar (or a mix of …