Gifts From My Kitchen – Orange Marmalade

I changed the water in our fish tank. The new water level happened to be noticeably lower. Who knew that my 5-year old would have a surprise of his life!

“Mommy! Mommy! Come here! Look! Nemo drank all his water!”

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Here is a recipe that, to my surprise, requires a bit of H2O. With so much citrus in the market, the timing is perfect for some marmalade.

Orange Marmalade

From While Chasing Kids | Condiments and Sauces | American

Makes a great gift from your kitchen.

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High cal Calories 666kcal

fat Free Total Fat 0g

sat-fat Free Saturated Fat 0g

chol Free Cholesterol 0mg

Low sodium Sodium 8mg

High carbs Total Carbohydrate 172g

Serving size 406g Calories from fat 1kcal Fiber 3g Protein 1g Sugar 169g
10 servings

Ingredients

  • 6-8 medium oranges
  • 2 large lemons
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 8 cups granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Prepare oranges
  2. 24 hours before you plan to cook and preserve them.
  3. Wash and dry them. Cut out the stem ends. Cut each fruit into quarters and pick all the seeds out, reserving the seeds. Using mandoline cut all the orange quarters into thin slices. Place the slices into a large pot and submerge them in cold water. Cover and leave at room temperature for 24 hours. This will release the pectin.
  4. Sterilize the jars
  5. Either put them in hot wash dishwasher cycle so that they are clean and hot by the time you use them, or dunk them in boiling water and keep them hot.
  6. Sterilize the lids
  7. Boil the tops in a small pan filled with enough water to cover the lids, keep them hot till needed.
  8. Prepare for canning
  9. Bring to boil a large pot of water. There should be enough water to completely submerge the jars and have about an inch of water on top of them.
  10. Make the marmalade
  11. Place saved seeds in a cheesecloth, tie it up and place in the pot with oranges. Bring the pot to boil and set the burner temperature so that the mixture boils without splattering. Boil for about 30 minutes.
  12. Add sugar to the fruit mixture to stir until dissolved. Continue to cook for another 30 minutes until the marmalade thickens to the gel consistency (about 220°F/ 104°C). Remove the cheesecloth.
  13. Jar the marmalade
  14. Carefully remove the hot jar and fill it with the jam using a canning funnel, leaving at least a ¼ inch space between the marmalade and the edge of the jar. With a clean wet towel remove any excess marmalade from the edge of the jar. Using a magnetic lid lifter remove the lid from boiling water, and place it on top of the jar. Secure the lid. Repeat with the remaining marmalade.
  15. Using the jar lifter, carefully place the lidded jars in the large pot of boiling water; make sure they are completely submerged. Boil for about 10 minutes.
  16. Remove the hot jars using the jar lifter, and place them on a towel. Let cool completely before labeling. Make sure the lid tops are not popping in the center. If they are, they should be removed and re-sealed (same process – wash and sterilize the jar and a lid, bring the marmalade to boil, and re-can it. It’s very important that the edge of the jar is clean.
  17. Store in a dark chilled place for up to 1 year.

Tips

  • Makes ten 1/2-pint jars

 

Flaky Pie Dough

Hello from CA (and I mean Carboholics Anonymous, not the state)! I must admit, this Russian mom fell off the wagon again with a crazy week-long baking spree. Why? Because she finally nailed the perfect pie crust recipe. I know, disastrous  right?!   

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To top that, it’s rhubarb season in CA (the state). So, I think you can guess what I’ve been up to! There is a rhubarb pie bubbling in the oven right now… ohm… my 3rd this week. 

The rhubarb pie recipe (my new favorite, can’t you tell!?) is to follow in a later post (once my hands stop shaking from all that sugar, and I take some photos). Here is everything on how to make the flaky pie dough I’m so much in love with!

 

Flaky Pie Dough

From While Chasing Kids | Desserts | American

This doesn’t just make a fabulous crust; it also is very easy to remember. The flour to butter to water ratio is 3 to 2 to 1. Add a quarter of a teaspoon of salt for each 100 grams of flour and you got yourself The Perfect Dough! This recipe yields two 9 inch pie shells.

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cal Calories 158kcal

fat Total Fat 10g

High sat-fat Saturated Fat 6g

chol Cholesterol 27mg

sodium Sodium 199mg

carbs Total Carbohydrate 14g

Serving size 38g Calories from fat 93kcal Fiber 1g Protein 2g Sugar 0g
16 servings

Ingredients

  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 200 g butter
  • 100 ml water

Directions

  1. Measure water, dissolve salt in it, and place it in the fridge
  2. Cut butter into pea-sized cubes and place in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
  3. To make the dough combine cold butter and flour and pulse briefly until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Slowly add cold water and pulse again for several seconds until the dough begins to come together in a ball but not completely smooth. There still will be butter chunks. If needed, finish kneading with your hands until the dough forms into a ball (try to handle the dough as little as possible).
  5. Separate the dough into disks, 1-inch thick. Wrap them in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Roll disks on floured surface one at a time to 1/8 inch thick. Carefully line the baking dish with the dough, overlapping about ½ inch (the dough will shrink during baking)
  7. For recipes that call for uncooked shell, refrigerate until ready to use.
  8. For baked shells, preheat oven to 375⁰F/190⁰C. Line the shells with parchment paper and fill with pie weights (I use dry beans). For partially baked shells, bake for about 20 minutes, remove weights. Carefully poke with a fork the dough if it bubbled during the baking. Bake for another couple more minutes. For a fully baked shell, bake for about 25 minutes till light brown. Remove the weights, poke the dough, and bake for another 5 minutes till the dough is golden brown.
  9. Let the shells cool completely on wire racks before filling.

Tips

  • The dough could be made a day in advance and refrigerated. Cooked shells will keep for up to a week in the fridge, or for up to two weeks in the freezer.

Quinoa salad

In Russia we say that the way to man’s heart goes through his stomach.  If that is true, the road to my husband’s heart is paved with vegetarian burritos, pizza, and this quinoa salad.

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It’s perfect for winters when all you see at the farmers markets are chard and kale.  It’s so hearty, it could be served as your main dish.  We use whatever there is in the fridge – I chop up fresh vegetables that we like to eat raw and top them with cooked ones (doesn’t matter hot or cold). Voilà!

If only I had Dave’s taste buds and didn’t crave a dessert after this….

A very healthy dinner or lunch idea – this salad is a meal on its own

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cal Calories 276kcal

High fat Total Fat 14g

Low sat-fat Saturated Fat 2g

chol Free Cholesterol 0mg

Low sodium Sodium 54mg

carbs Total Carbohydrate 34g

Serving size 362g Calories from fat 126kcal Fiber 5g Protein 7g Sugar 7g
6 servings

Ingredients

  • salad
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rainbow quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 bunch kale
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 2 strings green onion
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful bean sprouts
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus
  • 2 tbs pine seeds
  • dressing
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Wash brown rice and quinoa. Place the grains in the rice cooker, cover with water, and cook until done.
  2. Chop all the vegetables and cilantro.
  3. Saute or steam the vegetables you want cooked until tender
  4. Once the rice-quinoa mixture is ready, open the lid of the rice cooker and let it cool for just about 5 minutes.
  5. Make the dressing. Whisk all the ingredients together.
  6. Combine all salad ingredients and toss with the dressing.

Tips

  • This salad has no limits! Don’t waste anything in your fridge. You can use your favorite veggies and fruit, sprinkle nuts or seeds over it, and dress with your favorite salad dressing!

Cherry Galette

I bought a new toy last week – a cherry stone remover.  Since then everybody in our block had a chance to get tired of everything cherry, my family cannot look at cherries any more, though I feel  like I haven’t even started yet.  That thing is SO cool! You can load it with about 30 cherries at once and pit them in seconds! Here is one of the recipes that came out of all that.

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CHERRY GALETTE

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 16 tablespoons cold (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  •  1/2 cup ice water

Filling:

  • 4 cups pitted cherries
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbs sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbs corn starch
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp brown sugar

Yields: 2 galettes

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare the dough. In the food processor combine flour, sugar, salt, and butter.  Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add water and pulse to get a crumbly dough.  Transfer the dough into two plastic wraps and form into ¾ inch thick disks.  Wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400⁰F /200⁰C.

Prepare the filling.  Sprinkle cherries with the lemon zest and ¼ cup of sugar.  Mix to incorporate. In a separate bowl mix corn starch and 2 tbs sugar.

Assemble the galettes.    Roll each disk to a circle, 12 inches/ 30 cm in diameter.  Sprinkle the middle with the starch and sugar mixture, leaving about 2 inches/ 5 cm from the edges.  Brush that space around the edges with buttermilk.  Place the filling on the sprinkled area and fold the dough around it.  You can fold it any way you want – from clumsy to neat – it will look gorgeous in the end any way. Pinch the folded edges, so that the filling doesn’t leak out while baking.

Brush the dough of the galettes with remaining buttermilk and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Bake for 30-35 minutes at 400⁰F /200⁰C until golden brown. Let cool for about 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

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