Food

Breakfast Series: Russian Syrniki

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Syrniki is a traditional Russian breakfast meal (you can surely eat it anytime) and normally served with sour cream or some sort of jam or both.

Definitely one of my favourite effortless breakfasts!

 

Ingredients

 

1 pack of cottage cheese/ creamy quark

4 tbsp flour + 1 extra cup

1 egg

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp sunflower oil

fresh strawberry

100 ml sour cream

 

How To

 

In a large bowl place quark, sugar, salt, flour and egg and mix well. 

Put a plate with flour near you and start forming small balls out the mixture dipping it in the flour to make it non-sticky, eventually turning them into small little pancakes.

In a large frying pan heat 2 tbsp of oil on a medium heat and cook your syrniki on each side until cooked and golden (normally about a couple of min. on each side).

Repeat with the rest of the mixture. 

Serve immediately with sour cream, berry of your jam and/or jam.

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Food

NEW YORK FRENCH TOAST

courtesy of New York Cult Recipes Book

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Serves 2

 

INGREDIENTS

 

300 g good sandwich bread

4 eggs

70 ml milk

70 ml thin (pouring) cream

3 drops natural vanilla extract

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 pinch salt

2 tsp sugar

40 g butter or 2 tbsp neutral cooking oil

maple syrup/butter/berry of your choice to serve

 

PREPARATION

 

Cut the loaf into 2-3 cm slices. The loaf can be fresh, but slightly stale is even better.

Mix all of the other ingredients, except the butter or oil, with  a fork or a whisk until combined.

Soak the bread in this mixture for a few minutes on each side until the slices are fully saturated.

 

COOKING AND SERVING

 

Brown the soaked slices in a frying pan over medium heat in the butter or oil for 2-3 min each side.

The slices should be golden on the outside but still moist on the inside.

Serve with maple syrup, butter and some berry.

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Beauty, Lifestyle

Diaries of a Graphic Designer

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Intro

I`m 23, I am a graphic designer and illustrator. Some may consider it quite a broad specialisation but for the time being I happen to do both. I am constantly experimenting, trying to broaden my horizons and combine the skills I have. I`m from Russia but I live in the UK and love both countries.

Where do you find your daily inspiration?

I believe that inspiration mustn`t be sought in only one thing. Every project needs its own style and a unique idea. But I will say one thing: look for inspiration in people. Everything that has ever been made by artists or desingers – all of it is for the people. If you are desinging a chair, take note of how people use it, draw it – think about what people actually miss.

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What are your daily work & lifestyle essentials?

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Designers are profound for their love of things like the iPAD or a Moleskin but I have neither. However, I have a number of fetishes which are must haves for me:

  • A4 sketchbook with a monochrome cover and blank ivory coloured sheets 
  • A set of waterproof calligraphy pens (0.2, 0.3, 0.7). I never normally add aqua colours on top of my artwork, nevertheless all pens must fit this criteria just in case I burst into tears and ruin my drawing for not reaching the level I had intended with my work. 🙂
  • Cateye glasses for working on the computer
  • Silver pen I sign my business cards with
  • Classic design watch with a modest face telling the exact time

What does your normal workday look like?

I live on British time no matter where I am. I always start my day with cereal and reading e-mails. I then work on my current projets till about lunchtime. For lunch I either make RAF coffee (a Moscow recipe for whisked coffee) or have a proper traditional English tea. This is the time I like to devote to reading specialised printed media and books. I finish my workday around 6 – 7 pm provided I don`t have any urgent projects. Occasionally I can be so consumed with a project I end up working till 4 am.

The Go-To List

5 cosmetic items you cannot live without

1. I cannot live without the perfume I created myself at www.theperfumestudio.com It`s called Bitch by Marina Babitchova. It`s rather strong and more masculine than feminine.

2. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Balm

3. Clinique Bronzer

4. Black or Navy Liquid Eyeliner with a soft tip

5. Burgundy Lipstick (the shade means so much more than the brand)

Must Have Book

Manifestos and theoretical essays by Kazimir Malevich

Must See Film

Frida 

3 places to go in MOSCOW

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More Vnutri Cafe (because you don`t get told off for crumbs in bed)

Eliseevskiy Store (I go for modest shopping)

Russian State Library – Former Lenin Library (I`d really like to visit it)

 3 places to go in LONDON

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Who was your biggest influence? 

My biggest influence was Van Goth. His art inspires me with its vibrant colour combinations and I think his way of drawing is simply perfect. I am also inspired by Russian native culture. As of now I am not quite sure what I`m going to do with this inspiration. I`m not currently using any Russian ornaments in my artwork but I`m planning on producing a Russia inspired art project. It would be ideal for showing my love to my culture. 

 

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You can find out more about Marina and her work at

 www.babitchova.com

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Food

Veg Series: Fried Zucchini with Seaweed and Nutty Dressing

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This is one of those recipes that literally take around 5 mins to make yet tastes fantastic!

1 big zucchini
1 bottle nutty dressing
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 pack of seaweed in sesame oil

* Slice zucchini into round slices, salt every slice and leave aside for a bit
* Heat up a large frying pan with a 1 tbsp sesame oil and fry zucchini slices on each side for 3 mins on a medium heat *Mix cooked zucchini with seaweed and season with nutty sauce

*you can get the nutty sauce in your local supermarket`s oriental section along with the seaweed
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Pasta Series: Black Pasta with Golden Chiken & Creamy Garlic Parmesan Sauce

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INGREDIENTS

1 pack black pasta
2 crushed garlic cloves
130 ml double cream
60 g parmesan grated/shaved
2 chicken breasts
salt
pepper

1. In a medium saucepan heat double cream adding crushed garlic cloves and 40 g parmesan, bring up to boil, then simmer until you get a unified mixture
2. Defrost chicken breasts. On a sheet of greaseproof paper, toss the chicken with salt and pepper, then fold the paper over and bash and flatten the breasts to 1.5 cm thick with a rolling pin
3. In a large frying pan heat 1 tbsp oil, add the chicken, turning after 3-4 min until golden and cooked through
4. Cook black pasta in a large saucepan, adding a dash of oil and salt
5. Cut the chicken into small chunks and add to the sauce.
6. Serve the pasta with sauce and top up with a bit of shaved parmesan

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GQ`s Buttermilk Pancakes

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MAKES 12

FOR THE RASPBERRY COMPOTE 

250g raspberry

25ml water

50 g caster sugar 

FOR THE BATTER

125g plain flour

10g baking powder

pinch of salt

15g caster sugar

250ml milk

1 egg

25g butter, melted

To Serve

maple syrup

icing sugar

 

  • To make the compote, place all ingredients in a pan and simmer slowly until the mixture has a jam-like consistency
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and stir in the sugar
  • In a separate bowl, lightly whisk together the milk with the egg, then whisk in the melted butter
  • Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, then using electric whisk beat until it forms a smooth batter. Leave to stand for 15 mins before using
  • Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat and spray a little oil. Ladle a spoonful of batter into the pan and cook for 2-3 mins on each side or until golden brown. Stack on a warmed plate while you cook the remaining pancakes
  • Serve 3-4 pancakes per person. Drizzle with maple syrup and top with raspberry compote. Dust with icing sugar and decorate with 3-5 leftover raspberries
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Beauty

Essentials NO. 1 RED LIPSTICKS

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TOM FORD 10 Cherry Lush

36 GBP at Selfridges 

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At first sight is a Classic True Red but when applied it appears to be Pinky Red hence the name Cherry Lush with a Mousturising Formula

 

YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01 Le Rouge

25 GBP at Selfridges

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Bright Red with a Mousturising Formula

 

 

MAC Russian Red 

15 GBP at Selfridges

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Classic Matte Dark Red Shade 

 

 

REVLON Really Red

7.50 GBP at Boots

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Dark Deep Classic Red with a Matte Finish (great value for money)

 

An Ultimate Essential that goes with all of the above mentioned lipsticks

 

MAC Lip Pencil in Brick 

12 GBP at Selfridges

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