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Mango Cucumber Salad with Mango Citrus Vinaigrette


The mangoes have been exceptionally sweet and juicy lately, and we have enjoyed this salad many times.  The dressing is not only great on salads but is also fantastic drizzled on grilled salmon or chicken. 

Salad:
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens 
  • 1 mango, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 or 2 mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 1/3 cup cashew pieces or sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese 
  1. In a salad bowl, combine greens, mango slices, red onion, cucumber and cashews or almonds.
  2. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss it all together.
  3. Serve.
*If plating the salads individually, place a few of the mango slices on top.

Serves 4.

Mango Citrus Vinaigrette:
  •  1 ripe mango
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Peel one mango, and remove pit. 
  2. Chop and  place in blender with remaining ingredients; puree until smooth. 
  3. Store in a small jar in refrigerator (for up to a week) and shake to blend before use.

Variation:
Line salad bowl or platter with mixed greens. Top with fresh fruits and berries of your choice, including cubed mango. Serve with mango citrus vinaigrette and candied walnuts or pecans as optional topping.


 

Hamburger Patties for the BBQ

During the summer I like to have things ready that I can throw onto the BBQ without too much fuss. You can never go wrong with hamburgers. I double the recipe, form patties and stack them with parchment between, which makes it easy to take out take as many as you need.
While the patties are on the BBQ set out the condiments, slice up tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, pickles and buns. Open your family's favorite bag of chips or serve with fresh corn on the cob or watermelon.


Ingredients: (yields 8-10 patties)
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup grated onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumb
Method:
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and using your hands mix together well.
  2. Cut squares of parchment paper.
  3. Form patties by taking an apple sized piece of meat, roll it into a ball and flatten it.
  4. Continue until all the meat is used. You can BBQ now or go to next step.
  5. Place stacks of patties in a zip lock freezer bag, seal and freeze.

Chocolate Raspberry Torte


This cake is so simple and easy to put together. A delicious cake to serve for Mother's Day or for a birthday. Doesn't it look elegant and delicious?
You can simplify this even more by using a cake mix but if you must use your favorite chocolate cake recipe, just make sure you have 2 round 8 inch pans of cake.
It is our daughter's birthday today. Happy Birthday Alison!
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, baked in two 8 " round pans
  • 1  250 gram / 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam
  • Extra icing sugar for dusting
  • 1- 2 cups fresh raspberries (more or less, exact amount not necessary)
  • Mint leaves, optional but they do add a pretty look
  1. Bake cake as directed on cake mix box. Allow to cool.
  2. Split each cake in half horizontally.
  3. Mix together cream cheese, icing sugar, and raspberry jam until well blended and creamy.
  4. Divide mixture into 3 equal amounts.
  5. Place one layer of cake on bottom of plate and spread 1/3 of cream cheese mixture over top. Repeat layering and finish off with a cake layer.
  6. Dust with icing sugar and pile on raspberries. Garnish with mint leaves.
  7. Yield: 16 servings

Mom's Rhubarb Pie

It's rhubarb season and there is nothing quite like 'fresh from the garden' rhubarb pie at this time of the year. Here it is...my mom's rhubarb pie recipe.



Ingredients:
  • Pastry for a 2 crust 9-10 inch pie (use your favorite recipe or purchase ready-made pastry.)
  • 4 cups rhubarb...cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon sugar
Method:
  1. Roll pastry to line 9-10 inch pie plate. Roll out top crust and set aside.
  2. In large bowl...combine eggs, sugar, flour and nutmeg until well blended.
  3. Add chopped rhubarb and stir to mix.
  4. Pour into prepared pie shell.
  5. Dampen edges.
  6. Top with second crust.
  7. Trim and crimp edge to seal.
  8. Pierce top crust with fork to vent.
  9. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  10. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and continue to bake for another 40 minutes, or until filling is bubbling and rhubarb is tender.

A winning combination of nutmeg and rhubarb...so perfect together!



Lemon Bundt Cake


This is the kind of cake that you just can't resist taking a slice of - pure, heavenly homemade goodness!

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, soft / room temp
  • 3 eggs (divided - if folding in egg white separately)
  • 3/4 cups sour cream (or plain or vanilla yogurt)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • rind from one lemon
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease Bundt pan.
  2. In mixing bowl beat sugar and butter well then add in the eggs. (If you wish, you can add in just the yolks, beat egg whites separately and fold them into the batter at the very end)
  3. Add sour cream or yogurt and flavorings.
  4. Stir in combined dry ingredients. 
  5. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 - 55 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before tuning onto wire rack to cool.
  6. Blend glaze ingredients until smooth. Add a tad more lemon juice if needed to make a thick, runny consistency. Drizzle over cooled cake. Allow to set. 
Variation with Zucchini:
Add 1 1/2 - 2 cups finely shredded peeled green zucchini or unpeeled yellow zucchini, loosely measured (not pressed down).  This makes a very nice moist cake.

Easter Menu Idea

In many ways I enjoy Easter more than Christmas. There are less or no gifts to buy and wrap, less expected baking and hectic activities to go to. All and all I find it less stressful and a very meaningful to me personally when I think of Gods great gift and sacrifice he made for us.
It is one of the most anticipated Christian Holidays that most of the world honors in one way or the other.
With Easter weekend coming up I am sure there will be plenty of gatherings to bring dishes too or preparing Easter dinner in your own home. Our family traditionally has a cold meal for Easter consisting of ham, potato salad, plumi mooss, coleslaw and of course paska with a cottage cheese spread.  May I also suggest a few alternative ideas.


How about starting with a platter of veggies and dip served in this cute Bunny Bread using either homemade French Bread or frozen bread dough as suggested by someone in the comments.  Good idea if you don't make your own bread. Enjoy this as your guests arrive in anticipation for Dinner.



You can never go wrong serving salads at your dinner. Try this lovely spinach salad by Judy  using colored Easter Eggs or this light and refreshing Grapes and greens salad by Marg.



















 
Or a serve buffet style including a lovely Glazed Ham by Anneliese with two sauces served on the side by Bev. 


A popular second meat that could be offered is Cabbage Rolls by Lovella.



No Ham dinner is complete without Scalloped Potatoes from Kathy or Baked Fanned Potatoes by Betty. 




A couple side dish ideas could be Asparagus with Seasame by  Marg served along side the scalloped potatoes, or if you are serving the baked potatoes how about Cheesy Scalopped Carrots.




We can't forget the Paska  regular and gluten free accompanied by this wonderful spread, or Betty's tradition of Spicy Peppernut Buns.  Who needs dessert when you have Paska.




That should give you a few ideas to make your Easter Celebrations Tasty.
Happy Easter!

Hot Cross Buns


 I first shared this recipe for Easter 2012 and am reposting them for Flashback Friday since Easter is only a week away!  My Mom made them every Easter  and we ate them still warm from the oven on Thursday before Good Friday.  If there were any left...they would be our breakfast on Good Friday.

These lightly spiced buns are soft and moist and perfect with a hot cup of tea.
This is a smaller batch.  It would make 24 buns in 2 9X13 pans...or  you can make part of the dough into small loaves which you can slice up.  It toasts up wonderfully.
  • 5 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups candied diced fruit and citrus peel (sometimes called Glace Cake Mix) found in the baking aisle
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups flour
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast, sugar and warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes until the yeast has puffed up.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the milk and butter until the butter begins to melt. 
  3. Add the sugar and the eggs to the yeast mixture and the milk and butter after.  (Be sure not to add very hot milk to the yeast and egg mixture.  It should be warm but not hot to touch.
  4. Mix 1 cup of the flour with the candied fruit and stir well.
  5. Add several cups of flour and the nutmeg and vanilla to the liquid ingredients and then add the fruit. 
  6. Knead until it forms a ball.  Don't over knead.  It should come together but it will still be sticky because of the fruit.  Knead using a bit of additional flour for a few minutes.
  7. Put into a large bowl where it can double in size.  Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise.
  8. Once it has doubled, form into buns and place them in greased pans.  Take a very sharp knife and cut an X across each bun. Cover with a tea towel and allow to rise until doubled and very light.
  9. Preheat oven to 325 Convection or 350 F regular bake and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Mix honey glaze in microwave safe bowl: 
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. water
  1. Microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Brush over buns.
  3. Pipe your favorite butter icing across each bun in the X's. 
    


Paska
















There is no other recipe that has found me more friends than this one. Most of the girls who share this blog with me. ..found my personal blog by "googling Paska". The recipe originated with my husband's Grandmother .. .but I made it simpler by utilizing my blender and thin peeling my citrus.


The aroma just amazing .. from the time you blend the citrus until the last loaf has cooled.
You will need 4 or 5 loaf pans or you can free form little twists or use muffin tins just adjust your baking time, and watch the oven closely.


  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  1. In a large bowl, put your yeast, sugar and warm water. Let sit 10 minutes. 
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 medium orange
  1. Take your citrus and peel it very thin. I use a vegetable peeler. You don't want to use any of the white parts of the peel. Put the thinly sliced peel in the blender.
  2. Once you have removed and discarded the white pith of the citrus. Chop your lemon and orange, removing all the seeds. Add the chopped lemon and orange to the blender.
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup of real butter
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter and milk until the butter melts or do it in a saucepan on the stove.
  2. Once it is melted add it to the blender. Start the blender .. and begin to puree.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Start the blender on high and allow the citrus, peel and milk, butter mixture to run for about 2 or 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs, sugar, and salt.
  3. Continue to run the blender for another minute or two until very smooth.
  4. Measure the milk/citrus and sugar mixture it should be about 4 1/2 cups. If you have a bit more or less that is fine. .you will just adjust the flour likewise.
  5. Pour the mixture, along with the yeast mixture into a large bowl .. or the bowl of your kitchen machine, which has a dough hook.
  6. Add flour one cup at a time until you have a smooth soft dough it will be sticky. I think about 7 cups of flour should be right. . but it will depend on the size of your eggs and the size of your lemon and orange. With a plastic bowl, it is easy to tell when the dough has enough flour because it will stop sticking to the side of the bowl but with a metal bowl you really do need to stop the mixer often and touch your dough before adding additional flour. It really is best to stop the machine once it is getting close. . and knead the last bit of flour by hand. . .a little at a time until it is smooth. Do not add more than 7 1/2 cups flour allow it to remain sticky. If you measured the milk mixture and had 4 1/2 cups 7 cups of flour will be enough sticky but enough.
  7. The amount of flour is a guide. .if your dough is still super sticky add a little more flour a dusting at a time. Look at the picture in the collage of my dough .. .that is how it should look. It should be able to hold its shape. There will be several factors in how your dough could be different than mine, the flour you purchase or how you fill your cup of flour.  (I scoop and shake to level). It could be that you have slightly more liquid. Don't despair if you think it is still too sticky, slowly add a dusting more, turn the dough on the counter and knead until you are out of flour again and then give it another dusting and continue this way until it looks silky and is elastic.  (like mine in the picture).
  8. After kneading it by hand or with the machine for about 8 - 10 minutes, transfer to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, a tea towel and allow to rise until doubled. This should take about an hour. .to an hour and a half.
  9. At this point, give it a bit of a punch down and let rest at least 10 minutes or up to another hour.
  10. During this time prepare your pans. I spray mine with Pam. Make loaves and let rise until doubled in bulk .. .or about an hour to an hour and a half.
  11. Preheat the oven to 350 F. If you have a convection oven, set it at 325 F. Bake the loaves approximately 20 - 30 minutes depending on the size of your pans.
  12. Gently remove from pans and place on cooling racks.  Once they are completely cool,  put them in the freezer unless you are eating them the same day. 
Paska Icing
  • 1 cup of soft real butter
  • 4 pasteurized egg whites (young children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems should avoid raw egg whites)  I often use egg white powder and water.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • enough icing sugar to make a soft icing. It will harden again in the fridge.
  1. Beat all together until light and smooth....and spread on each slice .. .and sprinkle with colored sugar.

Baked Oatmeal with Apple and Cinnamon


I had no idea this tasted this good until I had it at my daughter's. It's one of those comfort foods that I could have for breakfast or for dessert. This can be prepared the night before; refrigerated and baked in the morning.

Ingredients:
  • 3 1/2 cups oats or quick oats (not instant)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut (optional)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 cup milk
Method:
  1. Mix ingredients in order given and pour into greased 8x8 inch pan.
  2. Bake at 350° F for about 30 minutes
  3. Serve warm with milk and brown sugar (optional).

It's a piece of cake to wrap up for breakfast on the go, or lunch.



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Berry Crumble (or Apple Crumble/Crisp)



I got this recipe from the Mennonite Treasury and usually make it with apples, but lately I’ve liked using a combination of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
I also like to make a larger batch of the crumble mix (times it by four) and freeze it for a quick dessert another day. Most times I add slivered almonds or chopped pecans.

Ingredients:
  • 3 - 4 cups berries or chopped apples (Granny Smith or Graffensteins are good)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
Method:
  1. Place fruit in a pie size baking dish. 
  2. Blend the rest of the ingredients with a pastry blender until all the butter is blended in to make a crumb mix. 
  3. Squeeze to make larger chunks as you sprinkle it over the fruit. 
  4. Bake at 350 F about 30 min. Serve hot, with ice cream. Serves 4-6
PS The crisp in the photo is baked in individual serving dishes.

Schwartzies


This hash brown dish takes a few minutes to mix and is a good addition to a brunch or main meal. Last Sunday morning I added some peeled and cut farmer sausage in a separate dish with a little water. I covered both dishes, pre-set the oven and we came home to a ready meal.

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag (2 lb) frozen hash browns
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. fine onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt,
  • pepper
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • sprinkle Parmesan cheese
  • paprika

Method:
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then spread into 9x13 Pyrex dish. For four people I do half the recipe in a 1 quart casserole dish.
  2. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika.
  3. Bake 1 hour at 375° F.

    Variation: Add cubed cooked ham or bacon bits.


Cottage Cheese Blintze

I'm bringing back these blintzes for Flashback Friday. They are an old favorite of ours. I know there are other ways of making them but this is how I make them. Sometimes I roll them up instead of these bundles..the taste is the same. I use the recipe for German pancakes to make the blintzes. I changed it up a wee bit.

German Pancakes:
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  1. Mix flour and salt, add eggs and milk. Beat until free of lumps, this makes a thin batter.
  2. Heat up a cast iron frying pan, works in other pans but I like my well seasoned cast iron pan the best and when 'almost smoking hot' brush with butter and pour approx 1/4 cup batter in the pan tilting the pan till a thin layer covers the bottom of the pan.
  3. Cook on med high until dough is set. Turn and cook until golden brown underneath. Watch carefully as these brown up fast.
  4. Pile up on a plate and keep warm in oven.
Cottage cheese mixture for the blintzes:
  • 1 375g tub dry cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix well and start making the blintzes.
  2. Place a spoonful of cottage cheese mixture in center of pancake, fold in the edges and place folded side down in well buttered cast iron frying pan.
  3. You may now just pile them all up in the pan as I did and bake them covered at 350 for 15 to 20 min OR brown the blintzes in the frying pan and serve immediately. They are delicious served with cream gravy.
Cream gravy:
  • Melt 3 tbsp butter in frying pan, add 1 cup whipping cream and salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil over high heat. I also add a pinch of sugar.
  • Turn oven down to medium heat and cook until gravy thickens, stirring frequently. 
  • Pour over blintzes and enjoy. These are good served with farmer sausage and coleslaw.


Chicken Noodle Soup

When I make homemade Chicken Noodle Soup I use a whole fryer or broiler chicken. I don't use all the meat for the soup. Once the broth has simmered several hours I allow the broth to cool enough to handle the chicken. Remove the chicken using a small colander with a handle. Take off the two breasts and use them for another meal that needs chopped chicken. The options are endless. You could make a casserole or just use it for sandwiches or for wraps. Since the chicken had simmered in the seasoned broth. . .it will be flavorful for another use. With the rest of the chicken I remove from the bones from the meat and put the meat back into the broth. If we are not eating the soup that day .. .I refrigerate the broth and then before reheating .. .I remove all the solid fat at the top of the broth.

  • 1 chicken
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • a small handful chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Maggi seasoning ( optional )
  • salt to taste
  1. Put your chicken in a soup pot and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil and add the spices (not the parsley) which you have tied into a bit of cheesecloth.
  3. Simmer for 2 -3 hours.
  4. Remove from heat and take chicken off the bones when it is cool enough to handle.
  5. Remove the breasts and refrigerate for another use. Remove the rest of the meat from the bones and put back into the broth.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and the Maggi seasoning and parsley.
  7. Simmer for 1/2 hour and taste and adjust the salt and Maggi seasoning if needed.
  8. Serve the broth over cooked fine egg noodles. (Do not store leftover soup with noodles. .keep them separate)

Baked Spaghetti




This is a good old-fashioned one-dish dinner, easy to prepare in advance and keep in the fridge until ready to bake.  It can also be frozen unbaked and partially thawed overnight in the refrigerator before baking.  If I am not cooking for a crowd, I split this recipe into two smaller 9" pans...one to serve and one for the freezer.  Baked spaghetti is a favorite of young and old alike!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound spaghetti or angel hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound lean ground beef 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 cups prepared pasta sauce (use your favorite bottled variety or prepare your own)
  • 2 cups creamed cottage cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until slightly underdone. Drain and rinse. Toss pasta with 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook until meat is browned. (Use a potato masher to break up the lumps of meat while sautéing.) Add the garlic, salt and pepper. Sauté another minute. Stir in the pasta sauce.
  3. Spray 9" x 13" deep-dish casserole with cooking spray.
  4. Cover bottom with a layer of meat sauce (about half).
  5. Spread cottage cheese over sauce.
  6. Add the pasta and spread evenly in pan.
  7. Spoon remaining sauce over entire dish.
  8. Sprinkle surface with Parmesan cheese and top with mozzarella
  9. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. 
  10. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted  and bubbly. 


Potato and Farmer Sausage Casserole

I remember how Lovella thought she might lose a “whack of readers” when she posted a recipe that called for farmer sausage.  Where it's readily available, this smoked pork sausage seems to find its way into all kinds of recipes. If you prefer, you can substitute it with smoked ham. This is really just a version of scalloped potatoes and adding the meat makes it an easy family meal. I got the recipe from a friend, Karen, a number of years ago, but have changed up the sauce amounts a bit over the years. If you use a few more potatoes, just double the first 5 ingredients of the sauce.

Ingredients:
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 - 3/4 link farmer sausage, peeled and sliced
Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • ½ - 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  1. Arrange potatoes and farmer sausage in layers in greased 8 cup casserole dish. If you use the slightly larger version of the recipe ( 8 potatoes, 3/4 - 1 link sausage, double milk and cheese) a 9x13 Pyrex pan is good. 
  2.  Melt butter; blend in flour, salt and milk gradually, stirring constantly. 
  3. Add cheese and soup, stirring until sauce cooks. 
  4. Pour over potatoes and sausage. I like to layer it with the sauce.
  5.  Bake at 375° F for 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours. Serves 6 (8 with larger version) You can leave uncovered until it starts to brown (45 minutes) and then cover with foil, or the other way around. 

Cabbage Roll Soup


 I'd describe this soup as half way between Borscht and Hamburger Soup. And for me.....soda crackers with butter are a given when serving a tomato based soup....it's a taste from childhood for me. 
(This recipe if made as directed is gluten free)
Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced fine
  • 1 cup celery, sliced fine
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth ( gluten free)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 cups canned diced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice ( I use Kokuho Rose gourmet sticky brown rice, which is wheat and gluten free)
  • 2 cups cabbage, finely chopped (or more)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Method:
  1. Fry ground beef in large soup pot over medium heat breaking up the ground beef as it fries to make it very fine.
  2. Once beef is half way cooked through add the onion, celery and parsley. Continue to cook meat and vegetables until onions are translucent. 
  3. Add water, broth, diced tomatoes and the spices and bring to a light boil. 
  4. Immediately add rice and cabbage. Turn to a low simmer and allow soup to cook for an hour, but it's even better if you leave it too cook for several hours for all the flavours to combine.
Note: This soup will be quite thick. If you like a less thick soup add an extra cup of water. 
If you don't have tomato sauce substitute with a can of tomato soup.

Portzelky (New Year Fritters)



By the sound of the name, I imagine that these New Years fritters were adopted from our Ukrainian roots. My own mother was not in the habit of making these, but the family I married into was, so I chose this recipe many years ago, submitted by a Mrs. J. H. Peters to the Mennonite Treasury of Recipes. The trick is to make sure that the oil is the right temperature, so it is good if you can use an electric pan or fryer where you can set it. This recipe makes 3 dozen.


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup prunes cut into small pieces
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites, beaten stiff
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
1 litre Canola oil (approx) for frying



Method:
  1. Rinse raisins with boiling water to plump
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, water, salt, sugar, soda, raisins and prunes.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and yeast, adding some to the liquids.
  4. Stir egg yolks into batter and then add the rest of the dry ingredients to make a heavy batter which will be rather stiff.
  5. Fold in beaten egg whites with spatula
  6. Cover and let rise until double in size. (half to one hour)
  7. Using two regular tablespoons (one for scooping and one for scraping) drop into hot oil (about 375° F or 190° C), turning over once and frying until brown. I also like to use a cast iron for deep frying. Pop in a few kernels of popcorn, once they pop, you know the oil is hot enough. 
  8. Scoop into a paper towel lined pan and roll in sugar while still warm.
Happy New Year!