Honey, won’t you buy me a Deep Fryer?

Do you know how much calories are in deep fried food? Nevertheless we eat the French Fries, Chicken, Pickles, Oreos, Apples, Bananas, Corn, Doughnuts. You name it, we’ve deep fried it at one point in time or the other.

Today is Kentucky Derby, and we also had a Fried Party! Deep fried zucchini, mozzarella cheese, hummus, some questionable onions and french fries! I still smell like the fryer! The pork was baked though! And then there was ice-cream, and nothing beats that!

Some interesting, and slightly weird topics were brought up during the Fried Party:

– The mullet vs. the rat’s tail (for those of you born in the ’80s)

– Chelsea Handler, Patti Stanger, Wendy Williams, and Joel Mchale

– Did you know that jockeys can only weigh 126 lb (and that’s including all of their equipment?)

– Russian Winnie the Pooh, and that if you have an obsession with American Winnie the Pooh, you most likely have some disorder (according to my high school English teacher)

– Eye brow waxing and threading

– I didn’t know I was pregnant!

– Hair straighteners and a comb out of boar’s hair!

– Rogaine

So next time I want fried food, I am gonna wait till Minnesota State Fair, and have something weird there!

PS. I had a blast!

Easter Pie. Breaking Traditions.

The Russian Easter tradition calls for a tall pie-like baked product, also know as “Kulich”. Now, not being a fan of the phallic symbol meaning, very often ascribed to this specific product, I decided to make an easter pie, using the same recipe, and my new oven!

1. Start off with melting 1 stick of butter (150 grams), and beating 5 eggs into it.

2. Add 2 1/2 cups (350 grams) white sugar

3. Add 7 oz (200 grams) of Cottage Cheese

4. Then 2 1/2 cups of flour

5. Don’t forget 2 tbsp baking powder! Then mix all the ingredients

6. Add some raisins (that’s the traditional filling, though this year I saw them add candied fruit). Pour/scrape/do whatever you can to get the batter into the pan! Here is mine, sitting in the oven @ 350 F/180 C.

Leave it there for 40 minutes or so! And Ta-Da!

You can add icing, or powdered sugar, but I used 0% fat cottage cheese, so what icing are you talking about? 🙂

Oh yeah, we ate some of it too!

Xoxo

You ain’t Russian if you don’t eat no Potatoes!

Being an ESL teacher I learn a lot of interesting facts from my students. For example, why they go to strip dance lessons at 9 am, what games they play on the XBOX, how they day dream about rescuing all the homeless animals in the world!

And their love for POTATOES!

Raw potatoes

Sweet potatoes……YUCK!

Heart shaped potatoes 

Pink potatoes

Cartoon potatoes

 

Couch potatoes 

Mashed Potatoes

Baked potatoes

Baked potatoes

Baked Potatoes

Fried potatoes

Fried potatoes

Bikini wearing potatoes

Faced and Faceless potatoes

French Fries Potatoes

Idaho Potatoes (DUH!)

No comments potatoes

Vodka Potatoes

While writing this post I learned that there is Russian Potato Bread and potatoes called Russian Banana Potatoes! Live and learn everyone, live and learn!

LIVESTRONG Zhenya – It’s over!

Well over is not exactly the right word! My daily posts are over, but I am keeping my profile on www.livestrong.com , for my own personal record, you can check it out if you want too!

Some results, some numbers…

I lost 4 pounds in a week, just by tracking my calories down, working out, eating right.

I can finally say that I’ve had 64 oz of water every day during this period of time.

I worked out for at least 10 minutes a day, plus walking – walking is a GREAT exercise!

I am now one of those people who reads all the ingredients and counts the calories when buying food at the supermarket.

I have finally gotten used to drinking a glass of water before every meal!

Thank you for checking out on my journey with me (it was short but good). I might blog about it in the future, just to keep you updated, tell you how I am doing. Don’t forget my FAV FAV FAV YouTube Channel, wonderful workouts, videos in Russian and English

http://www.youtube.com/user/glaziki

Live Strong,

Xoxo

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

I’ve been wanting to make those for a few months now, just never came around. And today I finally did! I even went to the store to buy honey especially for this recipe! The recipe itself is from here

http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/chewy-granola-bars/Detail.aspx

I changed it around a bit, used less oats (4 cups, instead of 4,5 and added raisins instead of chocolate chips!). I was also going to add walnuts, but they were in the shell, and I didn’t want to waste time!

Here is my $1 honey. I am not sure how much real honey is really in there, as

long as it works!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the greased pan

 

 

 

 

 

Now here are the mixed ingredients in the pan, waiting to be baked!

Don’t let the raisins fool you, they are really raisins, and not chocolate chips!

 

 

 

And here is the final product cooling on the window sill waiting to be cut up and eaten! Breakfasts and snacks for the next couple days – guaranteed!

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