I love looking around Pinterest for recipe ideas. Scanning stunning pictures of beautiful food, all the while being inspired for recipes of my own whilst becoming more hungry. It’s especially wonderful finding recipes from other cuisines, which contain ingredient combinations that would not typically occur to me.
My most recent experiment? Traditional Russian syrniki. They are most often classified as a pancake, however they are greatly different than the American pancake. In their most basic form syrniki are made with cheese–farmers or quark, but cottage can be used–eggs, flour, and sugar. Recipes will most often very in the firmness of the dough and the addition of raisins or vanilla.
Syrniki are filled with protein, amazingly filling, and have the added health benefits of being fried in coconut oil if you so choose. I would be lying though if I said those were my reasons for eating them. Sure, it makes me feel good about it knowing that both the fat and protein can help with my health, but my real reason is the flavor. They taste creamy and buttery with a sweetness level that is just right to work for either breakfast or dessert. The toppings are versatile as well. I enjoy topping mine with sour cream and orange marmalade, which has a wonderful balance of tang from the sour cream, sweetness from the marmalade, and of course a refreshing burst from the orange. When you bite into a syrniki you will first get the wonderful crispy fried shell and then the firm but creamy center.
An easy and quick Russian cheese pancake made with farmers or cottage cheese, eggs, sugar, and flour. Traditionally topped with fruit preserves, jellies, apple sauce, powdered sugar, or sour cream.
- 1 cup strained cottage cheese or farmers cheese
- 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp sugar (or Truvia)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- coconut oil
- extra flour
- topping of choice
- Place cottage cheese in a fine mesh sieve over a bowl or the sink and stir to get out as much extra whey (liquid) as possible. Measure out one cup and add to a blender along with egg, sugar, and vanilla. Blend just until cheese is mostly smooth. There may still be some small pieces of curds, but that's okay, you're only trying to get a bulk of the curds smooth. If using farmers or quark cheese skip blending.
- Place in a bowl, add flour, and stir well. In a small skillet melt a small amount of coconut oil over medium-low heat. Once melted make small scoops of your syrniki dough. I use two small cookie scoops per pancake. Place dough ball in extra flour and coat. Flatten into a disk and place in skillet. Fry both sides until golden brown then place on paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve with your choice of toppings.
- May need slightly more or less flour depending on how much liquid your cheese contains. Dough should be sticky and soft, but hold together well once coated in flour.
- These can easily serve three in my family, especially since they are very filling, however some may wish for a larger serving.
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I’m currently trying to eat low-carb and high-fat, to help with my neurological problems caused by Lyme disease. We believe my falling and a few other symptoms are caused by atomic seizures. I’m trying to control them with diet, herbal supplements, and avoidance of triggers, such as caffeine.
While searching Pinterest I found this recipe that matched my diet really well. Now, I love cheese danishes so when I found it I knew I would have to try it soon. Thankfully my second day off caffeine has been much better than my first, so I was up to making them this morning. I followed the recipe pretty closely, other than topping it with some frozen raspberries, slivered almonds, and using Truvia instead of confectioners Swerve for the filing.
Raspberry Almond Cheese Danish
A delicious and easy low-carb cheese danish, perfect for an early morning treat. For those on Trim Healthy Mama these are an S style meal.
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 cup Swerve (or Truvia)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp ricotta cheese
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 egg yolks (from above)
- 1/4 cup Truvia
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- frozen raspberries
- slivered almonds
- Preheat oven to 300 fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Separate eggs and place the egg whites in a medium sized bowl. Add cream of tartar and beat until firm peaks form.
- In a small bowl break the egg yolks with a fork; transfer half of the egg yolks into a separate bowl and set aside for filling. Combine one half of the egg yolks with sweetener, cinnamon, and ricotta. Combine well. Gently fold into egg whites using a rubber spatula.
- Combine remaining egg yolks with cream cheese, truvia, vanilla, and almond extract. Set aside.
- Take the danish pastry base and form into six even mounds on the cookie sheet. Use a large spoon to dent in the middle so that it can hold the filling. Fill in the center with the filling, top with several frozen raspberries and slivered almonds. Place in the center rack of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until, golden brown and set up.
Adapted from Maria Mind Body Health
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Maria from Maria Mind Body Health has a lot of other yummy looking healthy recipes. Please be sure to go back to her blog and check them out! I’m also linking up at Trim Healthy Tuesday.
I have noticed a trend in homeschool Christian circles, which is single women who are focused on preparing for marriage. I believe this is a wonderful thing, I am extremely thankful that my mom taught me when I was young how to cook, clean house, teach myself skills, healthy living, healthy relationships, et cetera (which I think everyone, yes, even guys, should know how to do). However, I believe there is a point when our focus should no longer be preparing for marriage, but on using our single years in ways we would be unable to do if we were married.
“I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:32-35, ESV)
These verses explain that as a single we can be more focused on the Lord and how to become more holy, whereas if we were married we wouldn’t be able to as much because we would be busy serving our families. Another good example is Martha and Mary. Martha was trying to serve the Lord, but to the extent to where she was distracted and missing out on sitting at Christ’s feet and learning from Him. Having families to serve is a wonderful gift, but I think we need to be careful not to squander the opportunities the Lord has given us to grow while single because we are too focused on preparing for a future we want, instead of living in today.
I would love to get married someday; however the Lord has brought me to a place of contentment. I am okay with remaining single, if that is His will. If it’s not His will for me to marry then I don’t want to spend the next ten, fifteen, or more years focusing on learning every aspect of homemaking I could possibly ever use and reading all the Christian books on the subject of relationships, when I could better use the time focusing on Him first and serving others second. This way whether I ever get married or not I will know that I used my single years to better know Him, honor Him, and bless others.
We often hear the phrase “you need to respect your elders”, which is partly true–we should treat them, and everyone else, with respect, even when they might not deserve it. Sadly often when I hear older adults talking about how they need more respect they themselves seem to be showing little respect towards others, especially those younger than themselves.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 7:12
“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” -1 Peter 2:17
This afternoon I found a well written post on Facebook about a controversial issue. Sadly when one or two people wrote short and sweet notes about their opinion another person came on and started personally attacking and demeaning them about unrelated issues, and then demanded respect. It was very sad to see another Christian behaving in this un-Christlike manner. Sadly when shown the way in which they were treating people they stated that they deserve respect due to their age, whereas everyone else has to earn it. It was an incredibly sad situation for me to see, but I hope that the Lord can use it to help others learn and in turn glorify Him more.
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” -Romans 12:9-13
Other instances that come to mind are adults who wish to be called by their last name. Now, I can understand the reasoning behind it and I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with this, but there has been a problem I have noticed in some cases. These cases are usually showing favoritism to those who are married, though I believe unknowingly. What I am talking about is when a older adult will tell a married woman, lets say she’s twenty, to call them by their first name, yet they will tell a single woman of the same age (and sometimes even well into their thirties) to call them by their last name until the single woman gets married. While yes, this might show respect to the older woman it does not show respect for single women who might also have wisdom in some areas. I find this sad because women and men who are given the gift of singleness to focus on the Lord and serve Him can often feel as if they are not as good as their married peers.
I believe many of us can work on showing others more respect as brothers and sisters in Christ. Many young adults need to work more on honoring those both older and younger than ourselves. I also believe older adults can work on showing a mutual respect with young adults, which is an issue I don’t believe is touched on enough.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12
What do you think? Is there an area in which you think either adults or young adults can show more respect to others?
I’m weird when it comes to chocolate. I love the stuff, but on top of only being able to eat good chocolate (unless it’s a candy bar) I can’t eat very much of it. I will take a few nibbles, and even though I like it I can’t eat much. Now, baked goods with chocolate in them are completely different. I would eat chocolate cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, or anything else for most any meal if I could.
I recently started reminiscing on chocolate pies, most specifically one I made at New Years a couple years ago and one from Strawns in Bossier City. The pie I made a couple years back was really good, but no longer fits my dietary requirements with the Lyme (I am no longer on the Lyme diet and have switched mainly to THM. I’m also participating in Trim Healthy Tuesday.). I also wanted a pie that resembled Strawns more with lots of yummy freshly whipped cream and a creamy consistency for the filling. I looked at a couple recipes online for inspiration, and then grabbed a pen and pad of paper to write down my recipe as I created it during the cooking process. I was slightly worried about it–okay, more than slightly–because of using an unusual thickener in the pie, and also due to using Truvia which sometimes does not work well with chocolate. Thankfully the pie turned out just as well as I had hoped. I am majorly craving it now just by thinking about it.
The crust is a combination of almond and coconut flour. I used these instead of wheat flour to make the pie low-carb. This pie is gluten-free for those with allergies and is dairy-free if you use coconut cream instead of heavy whipping cream. For those on THM this is an S style dessert.
Perfectly golden crust after baking.
The yummy chocolaty filling is also both corn and gluten-free due to using glucomannan instead of flour or cornstarch to thicken. I was worried that I had not added enough glucomannan, because it did not seem to be thickening, but after adding the chocolate it set up nicely. Glucomannan is a wonderful low-carb thickener.
Make sure you let it chill for at least six hours! At this point it had only chilled for two, which caused it to get pretty messy. Thankfully by the next morning the rest of the pieces had set up nicely.
I love the way this pie turned out. The slight almond and coconut flavor of the crust compliments the chocolate well. The chocolate filling had a wonderful smooth texture and just the right amount of sweetness, so that even those who dislike dark chocolate can enjoy it. The topping adds that wonderful creaminess that compliments chocolate so well, and takes the pie up another notch. This pie is best eaten while watching the sun set, dragonflies fly through the air, and listening to birds chirping, all the while admiring the Lord’s creation.
Chocolate and Cream Pie
Author: Rachel Keeth // LavenderAndHoney.Net
Recipe type: Dessert, Pie
- For the crust:
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 egg
- For the filling:
- 1 cup Truvia (for sugar-free version do not use the baking blend)
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp glucomannan
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1 tbsp butter (leave out for dairy-free version, or use ghee)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- For topping:
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream (coconut cream for dairy-free version)
- ¼ cup Truvia
- For the crust preheat the oven to 350. In a medium sized bowl combine all of the crust ingredients and stir completely. Press evenly into a standard pie plate and bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges of the crust are slightly golden brown.
- For the pie filling combine the Truvia, salt, and glucomannan in a medium-large sauce pan (with the heat off). Add the egg yolks and coconut milk, turn heat on medium high. Stir often to prevent lumps. Once to a light simmer add chocolate, butter, and vanilla. Use a whisk and stir until all of the chocolate is melted and the filling is thick. Pour filling into pie crust and chill in the fridge for at least six hours or overnight.
- Whip your heavy whipping cream or coconut cream with ¼ cup Truvia. Gently spread it evenly over your pie and then serve.