Cheese, Rosemary and Garlic Puff Pastry


‘T was the day after XMAS and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Seriously, it was a morning after some holidays (and holiday meals) and all I’ve had left in the refrigerator was leftovers – some cheese and sheet of ready-made puff pastry dough. Apparently, this was enough to prepare a very quick (less than 5 minutes) and very tasty salty pie for breakfast.

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Ingredients:

  1. ~70 gr of hard cheese (Kashkaval, Parmesan or Grana Padano)
  2. 100 gr of soft Goat Feta cheese
  3. 100 gr of Sour Cream (9%)
  4. Small sheet of ready-made puff pastry dough
  5. 1 garlic clove
  6. 1 branch of rosemary
  7. 1 egg

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Beef Stew with Dates and Brandy


This is a classical “Russian” stew, called in Russian “Jarkoie” – quite simple to make and very tasty when served hot (fresh from the pot).

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Ingredients:

1 kg of meat to roast (In my case, I used the brisket)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions
3 garlic cloves
dried dates (*)
1/3 tbsp. brandy
1 sprig of rosemary
salt and pepper

* In my case, I have used the prepared chopped dried dates (they were sold in a pressed brick form in a vacuumed package, usually for making desserts). I’ve cut a small brick of approximately 2*8 centimeters. Instead you could use 10-15 dried dates, just peel them, remove the stone and either grind them in the blender with the brandy into a homogeneous mass, or just cut them into small pieces.

Process:

Cut the onion into small cubes. Cut the meat into larger cubes (approximately 2 cms). Peel the garlic clove, press them with the knife and then cut into small pieces.

Warm the oil in a heavy pot. Fry the onions until transparent. Gradually add the meat and fry the cubes on all sides. Add the garlic and fry until a typical fried garlic smell appears.Then add the dates and the brandy and bring to boiling. Add salt and pepper, put rosemary and simmer under closed lid on low heat for 2 hours (until the meat is tender).

In our case, the dish was served with fried potato wedges.

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