All posts tagged: Potatoes

Homemade cream of mushroom soup

Funny things happen once you find yourself stuck at home with a sore throat and the battle for Middle Earth unrolling in the background. It got me thinking that Hobbits, too, have a great passion for good food, surpassing even the greediest likings of Big People. Particularly, J.R.R. Tolkien’s small & homey people love mushrooms. Do you remember – when they have set off on their epic-journey-quest, firstly,  they shortcuted through a field of mushrooms? :) Sam: Trust a Brandybuck and a Took. Merry: What? That was just a detour, a shortcut. Sam: Shortcut to what? Pippin: Mushrooms! As it happens, though, I am not a hobbit (my husband especially is happy about me not having hobbit feet), I share the everlasting love for mushrooms. We both do. Making a cosy warming bowl of this delicious soup was a great way to continue adventure with Frodo&Sam out of  the TV screen and keeping our bellies nicely full. This full of earthy mushroom flavours soup is fairly quick and easy to make. A delightful dish, I am happy to revisit regularly. Try it with dinner today! Homemade …

PINK but not dangerous Russian salad or “My Dressed herring”

This fun looking salad is one of the must have dishes on the New Year’s eve table for nearly every Russian family. It is also known as shuba or seledka pod shuboi (cеледка под шубой in Cyrillic), and is basically a layered salad made of diced pickled herring coated with chopped boiled vegetables and covered with mayonnaise. There are numerous variations of this recipe and all of them are fantastic! And today I want to share my version of Dressed herring. Traditional recipes use a lot of Mayo and eggs, however, I prefer it to be more light, so instead of having eggs, I mix in some apples for additional crunch. I hope you will like it! INGREDIENTS: 2 fillets of pickled herring in oil, chopped 2 large boiled potatoes, cooled, peeled and finely chopped 3 large carrots, cooled, peeled and shredded 2 large beets boiled, cooled, peeled and shredded (alternatively, you can buy pre-boiled beets) 1/2 of medium onion, finely chopped 2 apples, grated 1 cup of mayonnaise Black pepper Parsley or dill for garnish (optional) CREATING PINK …