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Granny’s homemade pasta with fried pork and fresh lemon basil

“Real men’s food: Homemade pasta with fried pork and fresh lemon basil. Inspiring flavor! Normally you don’t add water or melted butter in pasta, but I decided to combine 3 recipes in one and the result was astonishing, even after 5 days since this pasta was cooked and eaten my family members ask if there’s any left (and search for it in the fridge:). try it, You’ll love it.”

1 egg;
1/2 cup of water;
1 1/2 cup of flour;
2 table spoons of salt;
1 teaspoon of pepper;
2 tablespoons of melted butter;
2 teaspoons of butter (not melted);
1/2 pound of pork;
1 medium white onion;
1 teaspoon of salt;
1 teaspoon of pepper;
1 tablespoon of corn/vegetable oil;
1/4 cup of lemon basil leaves.
Step 1:  Melt the butter, let it cool off. Whisk an egg into 1/2 cup of water, add a pinch of salt and  pour in  the cooled melted butter.
Step 2: Gradually add the flour until the dough will be of firm and elastic consistency (not very heavy, but not too moist, not too soft and sticky).
Step 3: Knead the dough for 10-15 min. Split your dough in to two parts. Cover the surface where you will roll out the layer with quite a bit of flour and using a dough roller roll out a thin layer of dough, cover with flour the surface of your layer, so that it wouldn’t stick, when you will start folding it.
Step 4: Fold your thin sheet of dough 3-4 times into a roll (remember you should have enough flour inside the roll, so that your pasta wouldn’t stick)
Step 5: Now start cutting you roll into thin strips (see the pic).
Step 6: As soon as you cut all your roll – add some air to your pasta, work through it with your hands, carefully give   it some air/

Step 7: Put the saucepan on high heat and wait until the water will start boiling. Add a teaspoon of salt and as soon as you see the water is boiling again add your pasta.
In 1-2 min carefully stir the pasta, but don’t break it.
In 2-4 min your pasta is ready, drain the water and add 2 tbsp. of not melted butter and carefully stir the pasta.
Meanwhile while your pasta is cooling off and the butter is melting:
Step &: Wash you pork, cut it into medium size square pieces.
Step 9: Peel the onion, cut it into thin rings. Add some salt-pepper to your pork. Let it stay for 3-5 minutes (while you are finishing with your pasta -> draining adding a butter to melt)
Step 10: Now take the frying pan and put it into high heat and start frying your pork. *** Tip: Fry your pork 3-4 minutes on each side without stirring, so that the crust would appear.***
Step 11: As soon as on one side of your pork you can see the golden-brown crust on one side of your pork, stir it and add the onion rings. Fry your pork again for 3-4 min. then stir. Fry until all the sides of your pork are golden brown and well cooked, you onion rings should be golden brown and almost transparent.
Step 12: Now the most exciting part: mixing the flavors!
Put some of your home-made pasta then add your fried pork on top ad cover it with fresh lemon basil leaves. The aroma should be awesome! Enjoy!
BTW: you don’t have the fresh lemon basil the dish will still be delicious!  You can play with the over greens and flavors.


Fast apple and apricot pie. (Vanishes in 30 minutes.Why? Delicious!)

This pie disappears in your family members’ mouths as fast, as you cooked it.

Preparation of the dough for this pie takes 5-10 minutes, baking: 20 more minutes. Simple, fast and delicious. 

The main problem is that in another 30 minutes it may vanish completely out of the plate.:-))

So for this pie you’ll need:

2 medium apples;

2-3 apricots;

3 eggs;

1 cup of sugar;

1 cup of flour; (I recommend using self-rising flour)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla sugar;

Blend in a food processor: 3 eggs add gradually 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar, then add gradually 1 cup of flour.

Aerate (if you have this option in your food processor/blender). Let it stay.

Turn on your oven and preheat to 350F

Meanwhile: wash and cut the apples. Split in halves apricots.

Grease the baking dish. Cover it with apples and then on top put the halves of apricots.

Aerate you dough again (or just blend it again for minute or so). Pour the dough into you baking dish.

Put into the oven for 15-20 min.

Enjoy your pie! I surely enjoy mine! BTW: apricot is a secret ingredient. BUT you may cook this pie with any stuffing you like:-) Sorry didn’t get a chance to picture the whole pie: IT VANISHED!

Ukrainian dumplings or pierogi with mashed potato

Ukrainian dumplings are prepared in every region of Ukraine and
even in Russia, Poland, and Belarus etc.

The stuffing of Ukrainian dumplings or pierogi is traditionally:
mashed potato, fried cabbage or tarts and even cream cheese.

I am cooking traditionally dumplings with mashed potato, although
my family loves all kinds of them. It takes time to cook them, BUT: if you cook
them a lot you can freeze some and have a fast dinner lunch (or breakfast) for
your family.

So, to cook approx. 40-45 dumplings you will need:


2/3 cup of water;

2-3 cups of flour;

½ teaspoon of salt;


2-3 potatoes (big) or you need the two-thirds of a soup plate of
mashed potatoes, go figure how much oz. /grams it is;

2-4 oz. of butter;

¼ cup of milk (or water);

1 onion;

1 tablespoon of salt, ½ tablespoons freshly ground pepper

For the ready product:

½ cup of Parsley /dill finely chopped for decoration and aroma

2-4 oz. of butter;

Sour cream;

40-45 mid-sized dumplings aren’t that much. One person can easily
eat 15-20 dumplings, so it’s literally for 2 -3 people to eat once. If you have
4 people just double the ingredients’ amount.

At first cook the potato:

1)      Peel, wash and put to boil.

2)     As soon as cooked (in 20-25
min) drain the water;

3)     Add salt, pepper, butter and
milk (water) and mash the potato;

4)     Fry the onion and add the
golden fried onion (do not burn it) to your mashed potatoes.

5)     Set aside to cool;

Cooking the dough:

1)      Mix water, salt and add step
by step flour. (Stir the mixture with the big spoon when adding the flour, not
the whisk it’s inconvenient and your dough will stick to whisk)

2)     As soon as the mixture
starting turn into dough pour all the flour and start working with it with your
hands or put in the dough/or bread machine/ I prefer working with hands. (try
not to add too much flour, as the stiff dough will make your dumplings heavy )
The dough should be enough soft and elastic, so that you could easily work with
it, but it shouldn’t be too soft and sticky.

3)     Cut the dough in halves or
even in three parts( it depends how much space to work with the dough you have,
how big the dough roller, how convenient for you it will be working with big
piece of dough, if you are working with hands)

4)     Use the dough roller to
create the thin layer of dough (as shown in the pic).

5)     Cut the dough in squares and
put the filling in the squares and fold it, so that a dumpling would shape a
triangle (see the pic), use index finger and thumb to bring the sides together.
(At first do this on one side of a triangle, than repeat on the). So now you
have your first triangle-shaped dumpling 🙂

6)     Repeat this with all your
dumplings, until all the dough is used (yeah it takes some time;-)

7)     You can put the ready
dumplings on the paper towel/ plastic cover or on the cutting desk, BUT: don’t forget to add a little flour on the surface , so that it wouldn’t stick.

8) As soon as you are done with forming of all you dumplings,- boil water in 4-8 quart saucepan (depending on
how much dumplings you did prepare). As soon as the water started to boil, add
some salt (1-2 teaspoons will be enough, but that’s up to you) and through your
dumplings in the saucepan. Carefully stir, so that they wouldn’t stick, but
also try not to break the shapes, so be careful and have enough water in a pan
(so that your dumplings could stay on the water surface, not on the bottom of
the saucepan).

9)     Finally, drain the water when                                             
you see the dumplings are cooked (they will be on the surface, try the edge on
one and if the dough is cooked you are done , it’s like cooking pasta)

10)  Drain the water, add butter, cover the
saucepan with the cover and carefully shake the saucepan so that the dumplings
would all get covered with butter. (You can repeat it couple of times, when you
stir the dumplings with the spoon, you can damage them).

11)  Your dumplings are ready! You
can add some herbs for the aroma and decoration. Serve the dumplings with sour
cream or garlic sauce.


Profiteroles with cream-cheese cream and strawberry jam

 Dough: VD8JAJK4D9BW

1 cup milk

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 large eggs



Chocolate chips                      

At the minimum gas preheat 1 cup of milk, gradually add butter, cut into thin slices (don’t let the mixture boil) add salt and wait until the butter will melt and will mix with milk.

To the mixture add gradually 1 cup of flour, don’t pour all the flour at the same time. Carefully beat up all the ingredients, so that the dough would form.

Put the mixture into the food processor and add 4 eggs. Pulse the dough until you will see it becomes puffy.

Preheat the oven to 450 F.

Now put the mixture in a pastry bag with a large plain tip or you can form the puffs with the spoon, carefully form round shaped profiteroles or with pastry bag form 20-25 swirls.

Don’t forget before forming your swirls to oil the baking sheet, so that they wouldn’t stick.

Bake them into the oven for 20 minutes and after they became golden and puffy, turn the gas off and let your pastry stay there for additional 15 minutes.

After that take out your almost ready profiteroles, let them a little bit too cool off and then half cut them, as shown in the picture.

For cream: You can take ready cream-cheese cream or you can mix cream-cheese with sweetened-condensed milk. It’s very simple: you can take 1/2 of the pack of cream-cheese and 1/2 of the condensed milk can.

Mix them carefully, even if the mixture won’t be very   consistent it will be more delicious in your profiteroles.

For chocolate:

You can melt 1/3 of the bag of chocolate chips (use minimum heat) or you can use Hersey’s chocolate in bottle if you don’t have chocolate chips.

You can also use for the cream any jam or ice-cream.

In Ukraine and Russia we use either butter cream or condensed milk as the stuffing.

Serve your profiteroles covered with warm chocolate or warm jam, however you like.




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