Peas and mushroom orecchiette

Ingredients
2 сups of cut up mushrooms
2 medium onions
1/4 cup of frozen peas
2 boxes of orecchiette
1 cup of chicken broth
1/2 cup of cream
Salt
Sugar
Red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar

Process

  • Fry up the mushroims and set aside
  • Cut up and caramelize onions by sauteeing them on a low heat for 10 minutes until translucent, then adding a dash of sugar and tbsp of vinegar and cooking them for another 10-15 minutes
  • Pour in the chicken broth and let it cook for about 5 minutes

  • Add in the peas and let it cook for about 5-10 minutes until peas get soft

  • Slowly stir in the cream and let the sauce thicken

  • Return mushrooms to the pot

  • Meanwhile cook orecchiette al dente in a separate pot, drain and mix withthe sauce

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Ingredients
1 cup water
1.5 sticks of butter
1 cup flour
4 large eggs

Filling
3 eggs
2.5 cup of milk
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tbsp of flour
1 tbsp of corn starch
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1/2 stick of butter
1 package of cream cheese
Batch of homemade whipped cream
chocolate syrup

Process

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat

  • Stir in the flour
  • Mix in one egg at a time, mixing completely before adding another egg
  • Spray a little bit of oil onto the baking pan and spread it around. Ensure the pan is only lightly greased, otherwise you won’t be able to get the mixture to stay up
  • Spread mixture into pan, covering the bottom and sides evenly

  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven and let cool (don’t touch or push bubbles down)
  • To make a filling, I prefer to use Creme Anglaise with whipped creme cheese.
    Whip cream cheese in a medium bowl
  • Separately boil 2 cups of milk

  • Meanwhile mix 3/4 cup of sugar, 2-3 eggs, 1 tbsp of flour, 1 tbsp of corn starch, and some vanila extract
  • Add the mixture to boiling milk and keep stirring until mixture thickens and bubbles form

  • Add half a stick of butter, let it melt and remove from heat
  • Slowly add the warm cream to cream cheese, mixing until there are no lumps
  • Let it cool in fridge before pouring it into the completely cooled crust

  • Top it with homemaid whipped cream and decorate with chocolate syrup

Breton pie with cognac soaked prunes



Ingredients
3/4 cup of flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 stick of butter
1 egg + 3 egg yolks
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 cup of prunes
Glass of cognac

Process


  • Pour cognac over prunes to cover them and set aside

  • Warm up the butter, add to sugar and mix with a mixer untill smooth

  • add an egg and keep mixing, then one by one, add all the yolks, while continiously mixing

  • Add flour and vanilla extract. Mix it till smooth.
  • Grease the pan and sprinkle it with flour

  • Pour in the dough and spread it out
  • Drain the prunes

  • Push prunes into the dough
  • Bake for about 30-35 minutes at 365 degrees

Plov


Ingredients
Large onion
Large carrot
2 cups of rice
Beef
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Bayleaf

Process

  • Cut onion as rings

    and fry till golden in an abundance of boiling oil
  • Add beef cut in squares
  • Cut up the carrots
  • Add carrots to the meat, add salt

    and cook until golden brown

  • Add boiled water to cover the meat up to 1.5″
  • Cook zirvak for at least 30-40 minutes on a reduced heat, before adding the washed long grain rice and more water, if needed, to cover the rice for about an inch. Before pouring in the rice check zirvak to ensure it is pretty salty, as the rice will absorb most of the salt, running the risk of leaving the rice savourless.

  • Add pepper and bayleaf
  • After the rice is added, increase the heat and wait till most of the water is absorbed. Then make a number of craters with a wooden stick to prevent the rice from burning
  • When you see through the craters that water has evaporated, move all therice to the center, cover tightly and let it sit on a very low heat for 15-20 minutes

Medialunas


Ingredients
2 cup of flour
1.5 cup of milk
1.5 stick of butter
1 packet of yeast
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tbsp if vanila extract

To glaze:
1 egg
1 tbsp of light cream
1 tbsp of sugar

Process

  • Add a packet of dry yeast to 1/2 cup of warm water, also add 1 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of flour and let it sit for about 15 minutes to half hour to activate the yeast
  • Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix melted butter paste, sugar, salt, egg, and vanilla extract and add it to the yeast mixture, follow by flour
  • Warm up the milk (milk should be warm, not hot), and pour into the mix
  • Mix well and knead into homogeneous mass and let it sit for about half hour to allow it to rise
  • Mix the dough one more time, divide on parts and roll out into squares
  • Make the squares into rolls




  • Glaze the medialunas with a mixture of 1 egg, 1 tbsp of light cream and 1 tbsp of sugar
  • Bake in the oven for 20-30 minues at 385 degrees
  • Take out when golden brown

Favorite store – Agnès B.

I am totally obsessed with Agnès B., most comfortable, stylish and well-made clothes on the market right now. These pants are my absolute favorite

Green Ketty pants

wish they came in more colors. I’d love these in black or charcoal grey.

Right now I am on a lookout for a pair of black jeans and I think I found just a pair – straight leg (so hard to find!), just the right amount of stretch, impecable stitching, very flattering

The big issue here is sizing. Normally I wear 36 but Agnès runs low, so I usually get 38. Well, originally I purchased these jeans in 38 and they were way too small, I was unable to even zip them up and the leg was so tight I was not able pull them all the way up. So I figured I might need to go as far as 2 sizes up, as I did not want them to be tight. To be on the safe side I ordered them in 40 and 42. 42 was baggy, 40 is a better fot although still a bit loose in the waist. I really do not know whether to keep them and wear with a belt or return altogether. I really want to keep them though…

Another great find is this beret:

And a high neck Loulou Picasso graphic t-shirt

I normally prefer lower neckline but I really loved this tee. It would look great with black jeans and merlot-colored purse.

Most versatile purse color

I was looking to buy a new purse and my number one choice was a black Agnès B. black Boston bag. The only issue was the color – I was not sure whether I wanted to buy a black bag – as much as I love black when it comes to clothing, I am not the number one fan when it comes to accessories, as they do not work more times then they do work.

For instance with navy or the blues. Or with bright spring color like orange or lime green. So I had to come up with something else.

After much hesitation I picked the perfect color – black cherry (or deep burgundy). It goes well with navy, khaki, tan, gray. Absolutely fabulous with black, and a beautifully contrasting when put together with orange and lime green.

The only color I do not like pairing black cherry with is red, but only when it comes to tops or dresses. Luckily I currently do not own a single red top or dress. I only have a pair of red capris but I can see myself wearing them with white shirt and black cherry bag just fine. WSo now I am on a lookout for the perfect black cherry purse. One in particular is mini Pashli by 3.1 Phillip Lim. Too bad I already have it in tan.