Swedish Meatballs: Köttbullar

Swedish Meatballs

Yes, they exist in all cuisines of the world, in some of them — forever. Different names, kinds of meat, sauces, and seasonings depend on what is available in the region. Last night, during the class we made classic Italian meatballs with tomato sauce to serve them with fresh pasta, and I remembered how much more I like Swedish meatballs. It’s time to add my favorite school recipe to this website collection.

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Salt Roasted Stuffed Onions

Salt Roasted Onions

In the original recipe, whole onions are salt roasted first. Than, their cooked inner layers are scooped out, chopped, seasoned, and mixed with béchamel (flour, butter and milk) for stuffing. Finally, stuffed onions are baked in salt for the second time for serving.

I experimented with a few different thickening ingredients to replace béchamel — nuts (roasted and salted pistachios and marcona almonds), egg yolk, cheese, and corn starch. Proportions for other thickeners per 1 cup of puree were the following: 1 egg yolk (large egg), or 1 oz of grated cheese, or 1 tsp of corn starch. Each of them slightly affected the taste and texture of the stuffing, and all of them were really good. They turned cooked onion puree into a delicacy comparable with foie gras — sweet onion foie gras.

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Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake

Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake with Texas Strawberries

Japanese soufflé cheesecake is also known as “cotton” cheesecake. It is extremely popular in Asian countries for its texture — fluffy and velvety creamy at the same time. I fell in love with it with the first bite. It’s a treat for a true cheesecake aficionados. Japanese cheesecake is not overly sweet, so having more than one slice at a time is difficult to resist. Enjoy it plain, or decorate it with whipped cream and fresh berries.

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Fried Rice with Hamachi

Making Kona Hamachi Fried Rice

This recipe will help you to fix a quick dinner if you happen to have leftover sushi rice and a piece of good sushi grade fish. Yellowtail is my favorite, but salmon, fatty tuna, or escolar are suitable substitutions. When preparing the ingredients, slice your fish frozen and keep slices frozen until the moment they go on top of the rice. It prevents overcooking the fish. I usually cook and serve this fried rice in a hot pan. It is fun to put chairs closer and enjoy eating dinner shoulder to shoulder.

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Makivnyk | Poppy Seed Roll

Makivnyk

With slight variations, this dough is used for many baked products all over Ukraine. It is used for small, round pastries called pampUshky (there are also deep-fried pampushKY, which are similar to doughnuts). Savory garlicky pampushky are known to be served with borsch. Sweet ones can be plain or filled with fresh berries, jam (povydlo), poppy seed filling, and dusted with sugar powder. The same dough is used for pies, braided and intricately decorated loafs of sweet bread, and rolls. All these beautiful sweet breads are light and puffy, never overly sweet.

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When life gives you lemons…

“Lemon is a love fruit, but should be mixed with sugar for maximum results. Lemon pies, the British lemon curd, and lemon puddings are all love-inducing. Women once served lemon pies to their husbands to keep them home at night.”

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Kyiv Cake

This version of legendary soviet Kyiv cake is very close to the GOST recipe. Very sweet. Just like old times, like childhood as we remember it. Before madness.

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Gluten-Free and Egg-Free Pie Crust

Butternut Squash Pie Crust

15 minutes one evening, 20 minutes next morning, 30 minutes in the evening, and you serve a light dinner at the end of your busy day in the office. With a glass of nice red wine. Perfect. This gluten-free and egg-free crust is perfect for many diets. The ingredients are dehydrated butternut squash, pecans, parmesan cheese, and seasonings. Now, what if we use other dehydrated vegetables?…

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