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Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year my dears!!!

Hi everyone!!!
Time passes in speed of light! It is already a New Year-2014!!! New Year is a magical holiday! It is amazing how people in all over the world are united celebrating it! I believe that in this kind of magical days all our prayers are heard, because there is so much positive energy that fills the earth with LOVE! And when LOVE is there, everything works only for good!
 My dearest ones! I hope that this year-Horse will bring us only JOY, HAPPINESS, LOVE!!! I am wishing you a New Year that fulfills your dreams! May this year bring victory and success to all of us!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Buhorocha bahsh palov (Pilaf with greens)

Hi everyone!!! Its summer in Uzbekistan, weather is so pleasant, days are so hot and I am enjoying it for sure:) I love summer, maybe its because I was born in this beautiful season:)
We just got back to Uzbekistan. My Tashkent is so beautiful! Fruits are so sweet! Flowers, trees are so amazing! I have all of my friends and family around me, calling me everyday, just to hear my voice and I feel so loved and happy! I love you all so much!!! I thank Universe for everything!!! I want to believe that you are also happy and joyful...I pray for that...
So, I am here with another recipe which is being requested for many times:) This kind of pilaf is very popular in Bukhara region and it is mostly made in spring times, when greens are fresh. It helps to strengthen immune system and gives all needed vitamins and nutrition that human body needs in spring time. Greens are used instead of carrots (mostly spinach, coriander and dill are used, but you can also use your favourite greens).
150 ml of clarified butter or vegetable oil
300 grams of meat (beef or lamb), cut in big chunks
2 onions, peeled and largely chopped
Big bunch of spinach, bunch of fresh coriander (all together 350 grams of chopped greens)
2,5 cups of rice
Salt to taste
1 tbsp of ground coriander
1 tsp of fresh ground pepper
      Finely heat the oil and brown meat over high heat.
      Add in onions and fry until onions are soft.
   Lower the heat and evenly layer all of the greens on top of the fried meat and onions.
        Finely wash the rice and immediately layer over greens, mix carefully and add in 1 cup of water.  

           Set the heat on high and wait until it will come to boil. You will see how greens will start to give their juice and cover up the rice, which is the reason why we don’t put much water.    Add in salt and spices.   Observe your pilaf; if juice of the greens and poured water will not be enough to cover the rice for 2 cm, then you can add in a little more water. Or if greens are too juicy and will give too much juice, you can reduce the water carefully with the spoon. This is the tricky stage, as you can't predict the juiciness of the greens.  Let it boil and wait until all the liquid is evaporated.    When all water is evaporated, mix only the top of pilaf, set the heat on low, cover the lid and cook for about 20 min. Open up the lid after 20 min and again mix only the top of the pilaf and cook for 10-15 min more or until rice is properly cooked.

      When pilaf is ready, finely and carefully mix all of the pilaf. You will see how the colour will turn out to be  slightly greenish. Mmmm, this pilaf tastes just heavenly!!!  Serve it with fresh salad made of just tomatoes and onion on side.
      Enjoy! With lots of love!!!
      Yoqimli ishtaha!!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Olma va olhu'ri sharbati (Compote with apples and plums)

Hi everyone! Long time no posting:) as always I am so sorry guys for my "holiday out":) Time is just amazing thing, you won't look up and bumps! - three or four month are passed just like a second... But thankfully it is passed with a lot of fun and love! Hope you are also having a good time and trying to see good in everything..
Summer is coming, hot days are expected, so that means a lot of drinking:) I love compotes, because they are natural, healthy and tasty! It is better not to drink those soft drinks, because they are full of chemicals and preservatives, sugar free soft drinks have aspartame which is not good for health, so it is better to make your own drink:)
Usually I make compotes out of different fruits like apples, plums, apricots, pears, cherry's, berry's and so on. So today's post is about  apple and plump compote:) Enjoy and have fun making it!

500 grams of apples, quartered and cleaned from seeds
500 grams of hard plums, washed carefully
Sugar to taste
  Boil 1.5 liters of water. When water starts boiling, put in apples and plums, set the heat on smaller then medium and simmer for 20 min. At the end add in sugar for your taste.  Take from heat and let it cool down completely. Put in fridge and serve chilled.
Yoqimli ishtaha!