what do have here? omlete (chicken eggs?), shitaki-noki, bacon, cherry tomatoes all cooked in french butter, flower decoration - edible flowers from the garden, freshly squeezed orange, cheese puff, and cappuccino (no extra hot milk on the side today sorry) SATURDAY BREAKFAST NEW
did you know?.. that in Russia people's main food is borshch (it's one yummy beetroot / cabbage++ soup)? ok, you all do - whom am i surprising? these melbourne crowd has been spoiled with cuisines from all over the globe...
but you probably could not even guess that in russian language we have the word "borshch" used in a verb form ... it's like you say "you pumpkin-souped me tonight and i was really scared" or "you could have minestroned me easily with that italian joke" - no jokes for real!!!!
like to "over-borshch" something simply means to "over-do" something... "you over-borshched a little bit with these comments at the meeting" - your colleague might say to you easily. well... vladimir nabokov used to introduce unusual words to english language ... we should probably continue with his tradition (although i doubt he has missed the "borshching" thing!) ... i hope i did not over-borshched you with my comments... COOKING IS AN ART TOO - LET'S NEVER OVER-BORSHCH WITH IT! NEW have you noticed - you add one more herb into your cooking and you can spoil it no problem - so under-borshching is the rule!
FOOD Color Meaning NEW colors have deep subliminal meanings that affect our thinking and rational. they have symbolic meaning that changes amongst different cultures and countries. we are faced with color choices all the time. food colors you choose to cook for your loved one have very deep meaning too… how do we read it? tonight she/he might cook pink salmon, surrounded with the salad of yellow bell peppers and green spinach with potatoes. can you read the message he/she is trying to tell you on subliminal level? let's learn it?
Red Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.
Red brings text and images to the foreground. Use it as an accent color to stimulate people to make quick decisions; it is a perfect color for 'Buy Now' or 'Click Here' buttons on Internet banners and websites. In advertising, red is often used to evoke erotic feelings (red lips, red nails, red-light districts, 'Lady in Red', etc). Red is widely used to indicate danger (high voltage signs, traffic lights). This color is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting energy drinks, games, cars, items related to sports and high physical activity.
Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love. Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness. Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath. Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities. Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.
When you serve red color food to your lover what message does it carry?
Orange Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.
Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and toys.
Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust. Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action. Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.
Yellow Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow is seen before other colors when placed against black; this combination is often used to issue a warning. In heraldry, yellow indicates honor and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow was connected with cowardice.
Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. You can choose yellow to promote children's products and items related to leisure. Yellow is very effective for attracting attention, so use it to highlight the most important elements of your design. Men usually perceive yellow as a very lighthearted, 'childish' color, so it is not recommended to use yellow when selling prestigious, expensive products to men – nobody will buy a yellow business suit or a yellow Mercedes. Yellow is an unstable and spontaneous color, so avoid using yellow if you want to suggest stability and safety. Light yellow tends to disappear into white, so it usually needs a dark color to highlight it. Shades of yellow are visually unappealing because they loose cheerfulness and become dingy.
Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy. Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.
Green Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a 'greenhorn' is a novice. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the color of free passage in road traffic.
Use green to indicate safety when advertising drugs and medical products. Green is directly related to nature, so you can use it to promote 'green' products. Dull, darker green is commonly associated with money, the financial world, banking, and Wall Street.
Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy. Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy. Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection. Olive green is the traditional color of peace.
Blue Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
You can use blue to promote products and services related to cleanliness (water purification filters, cleaning liquids, vodka), air and sky (airlines, airports, air conditioners), water and sea (sea voyages, mineral water). As opposed to emotionally warm colors like red, orange, and yellow; blue is linked to consciousness and intellect. Use blue to suggest precision when promoting high-tech products.
Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males. Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability; it is a preferred color for corporate America.
Avoid using blue when promoting food and cooking, because blue suppresses appetite. When used together with warm colors like yellow or red, blue can create high-impact, vibrant designs; for example, blue-yellow-red is a perfect color scheme for a superhero.
Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness. Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.
Purple Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
According to surveys, almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colors. Purple is a very rare color in nature; some people consider it to be artificial.
Light purple is a good choice for a feminine design. You can use bright purple when promoting children's products.
Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings. Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.
White White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.
White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning. In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity.
In advertising, white is associated with coolness and cleanliness because it's the color of snow. You can use white to suggest simplicity in high-tech products. White is an appropriate color for charitable organizations; angels are usually imagined wearing white clothes. White is associated with hospitals, doctors, and sterility, so you can use white to suggest safety when promoting medical products. White is often associated with low weight, low-fat food, and dairy products.
Black Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.
Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, 'black death'). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes). In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.
Black gives the feeling of perspective and depth, but a black background diminishes readability. A black suit or dress can make you look thinner. When designing for a gallery of art or photography, you can use a black or gray background to make the other colors stand out. Black contrasts well with bright colors. Combined with red or orange – other very powerful colors – black gives a very aggressive color scheme.
GET YOUR BEER OUT! NEW European Bazaar shop North Road Ormond - russian delicatessen and more - Alex asked me to photograph his favorites - dry fish rare breeds go well with beer - щука карась краснопёрка сазан толстолобик и сом - gosh how do they sound in english? aha: crucian, sazan, rudd, pike, silver carp and catfish (not in order and there i know only half of the translations) anyway - photos to go:
NYAM-NYAM NEW European Bazaar Shop North Road Ormond treats - getting ready for tomorrow's flock of guests - what do we have here? poppy seeds cake Polish style, honey slice (nyam-nyam, but sorry i can only sniff it...), trout caviar russian style (with borodinski rye and french butter; what else do you see? - do not believe your eyes cos it's not there!) and finally: Bonjour Liqueur something sweet that smells delicious... what can i say to conclude this list? lucky you who come over tomorrow... i envy you can eat these things without regrets...
THIRD WAVE AND RYO KITAHARA NEW
Third Wave Cafe Prahran I mentioned before: there is some information I got from our friends about Third Wave amazing chef, Ryo Kitahara: http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Ryo-Kitahara/1683098615 About Chef Ryo Kitahara Ryo Kitahara was born in Kagawa City, close to Osaka, Japan - the food-centric city of Japan.
At the age of 19, he successfully applied to the prestigious Tsuji Cookery School in Osaka, the biggest and most important culinary institute in Japan, where guest lecturers included numerous 3-Michelin star chefs.
Upon completion of his schooling, he was a waiter/chef at Dantes, a small 16-seater, aiding the owner in the kitchen and on the floor. This two year stint was followed by a year at Papier Luna, a casual French eatery in Osaka.
It wasn't until he began at Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai's eponymous restaurant, La Rochelle Osaka, in Tokyo as Commis-chef that he started to make a name for himself. After 2 years, he was promoted to Senior Sous-Chef, and was quickly promoted again to open Sakai's Modern Restaurant Tapas as Head Chef. After a year, he returned to La Rochelle as Head Chef. In 2006, he moved to Australia, and took a post at Azuma in Sydney as Pastry Chef of the 1-hat restaurant, before spending 4 years at Gallileo in the Observatory Hotel in Sydney.
Ryo moved to Melbourne to take up his position as Executive Chef of Duck Duck Goose, and was at the forefront of the haute-cuisine de Franco-Nippon movement.
He was soon invited by Chef Shigeo Nonaka, who needed a chef who had a strong fine dining background, but who could also create a more interesting Japanese tapas menu, for his new restaurant, Heirloom. Ryo joins Heirloom as Executive Chef, and in-collaboration with Chef Shigeo Nonaka, will create a modern Japanese tapas menu; but will also offer Degustation Menus for clientele who are after a more serious fare. ... Till this day, Iron Chef Sakai still refers to Ryo as his star protégé, and was the leading chef-aid to Sakai during his previous trip to Australia. courtesy to websites: thank you for the link send from chanoyu spa thirdwave photos: japaninmelbourne. zoominfo
not that we can not live with out yummy bureks but with out Milan - noway! http://www.burek.net.au/ - not even a couple of days... featuring the leftovers from our Saturday event - apple and cinnamon bureks:
AUTHENTIC RUSSIAN CUISINE
APPLE SHARLOTKA (APPLE CAKE)
need: CRUST: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 3 cups flour 3 tea spoons baking powder 1/2 tea spoon salt
FILLING: 3-4 large apples cinnamon 1 cup sugar do: Combine butter & sugar in a mixer, add eggs. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add this to the first part, combine thoroughly. Make a ball of dough and put in fridge for 2 hours. Cut apples and add cinnamon and sugar. Cut dough in half and roll 2 dough rectangles 13"x 9" Lower crust in a greased with oil pan. Put a layer of apples with cinnamon, sugar. Put the second dough rectangle on. Make holes in top crust before baking. Brush with yolk the top crust. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes (until crust slightly golden). When baked, let cool down, better in freezer, to firm up before slicing.
RUSSIAN DARK RYE BREAD
need: 4 cups Rye flour 3 cups All-purpose flour 1 ts Granulated sugar 2 ts Salt 2 cups 100% bran cereal 2 tbsp Caraway seed, crushed 2 tsp Instant coffee granules 2 tsp Onion powder 1/2 tsp Fennel seed, crushed 2 pk Dry active yeast 2 1/2 cups Water 1/4 cups Vinegar 1/4 cups Dark molasses 30 g unsweetened chocolate 1/4 cups Butter or margarine 1 tsp Cornstarch 1/2 cups Cold water do: Combine rye and all-purpose flour, set aside. In large bowl thoroughly mix 2 1/3 cups flour mixture, sugar, salt, cereal, caraway seed, instant coffee granules, onion powder, fennel seed and yeast. Combine water, vinegar, molasses, chocolate and butter in saucepan. Warm over low heat. Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1/2 cup flour mixture. Beat at high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough additional flour mixture to make soft dough. Turn out on lightly floured board. Cover dough with bowl. Let rest 15 minutes. Then knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 to 15 minutes. (Dough will be sticky.) Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Divide dough in half, form into 2 loaves and place in 9-by-5- inch loaf pans. Or form into 2 round balls and place on greased baking sheet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped on the top. Meanwhile, combine cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Stir constantly for 1 minute. As soon as bread is baked, brush cornstarch mixture over tops of loaves. Return bread to oven. Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until glaze is set. Remove from pans. Cool on wire racks.
NAPOLEON RUSSIAN CAKE
It is a very delicious cake and it can be a unique treat to your family and friends at the week-end or on special celebration party. need: 300 g flour 150 g butter 1 egg 1 tbsp vinegar Icing: 1 sugar 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs 2 tbsp flour 150 g butter vanilla do: Icing: Mix sugar, eggs, flour and then pour over milk. Cook on low heat, stirring regularly, until dense. When icing cools down a little, add butter and vanilla. Dough: cut margarine into small pieces and toss with flour until smooth. Mix egg, vinegar in 1 cup of water and add it to flour. Knead the dough until elastic and smooth. Divide the dough into 8 parts and put in the fridge for 40-60 minutes. Roll out every part very thin, put in a baking form, cut out remains, pierce with a fork and bake in a preheated oven until light golden. Bake the remains of dough until golden colour. Spread the icing on every shortcake and on the top. Crumb the dough remains and sprinkle all the cake with them. Put in a fridge at least for a couple of hours.
Cabbage Salad + Happy Serezha + Two of Us+ = Unforgettable Dinner Plus
the exact recipe is very very complex as it includes crown chakra music, good mood and happy people apart from vegetables recipe: 1/2 bunch of parsley 2 cloves of garlic one purple and one orange carrot yellow and red capsicum continental baby cucumbers - 4 red spanish onion - 1 2 small tomatos garlic shoots and sage shoots (a handful) 4 small red chillies black olives cranberries fennel green parts cabbage - 1/4 of medium size cabbage for dressing: olive oil, black pepper, red wine vinegar, organic salt with spices do: chop all the vegetables in smallish cubes - the smaller the better mix with love have Moscow Sretensky Men's Monastery choir on the background serve with cheese BUREKS and chicken filets have some lemon tea on the side, dutch lemon biscuits and home made prunes in dark chocolates on the side listen to Serezha's philosophy talk - it is a delight dinner for three...
FINGER FOOD WITH FINGERS
CAPITAL KITCHEN WITH JULIA AND STEPHANIE
Dear Yulya (Chadstone Laser, Skin & Wellness Clinic Melbourne) thank you so much for yesterday breakfast with Stephanie (she is a very special girl as i saw her eyes - it's a tropical ocean). I really treasure our moments together. I feel good next to you and I always learn something new... I thought: this breakfast is impossible to repeat and I tried with my home-made version of it - today - not even close... you see what you have done to me? :) At Capital Kitchen - Stephanie had banana bread soft on the inside with yummy crispy crust - it goes with maple mascarpone on the side; Julia and I had avocado with St Maure goats cheese, poached eggs on on sourdough rye toast and rocket salad (if i am not mistaken) - some amazing kitchen there... and there is only one best place for coffees at Chadstone: Jasper Coffee Caffeine Dealers. Julia was our Club's very supportive sponsor many times in the past but still she throws in one or two very nice specials and giveaways for our Club from time to time... I am very grateful for Julia's generosity...