Russian Sauerkraut Soup “Emotional”

Ingredients:

Preparation

  1. In a large soup pot, place pork into water and bring it to boil. Add bay leaves, and cook meat for 45 minutes on low heat.
  2. On a frying pan stir fry onions, carrots and tomato for 10 min until its ready. Add 2 tbsp. tomato paste and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Take out meat, remove bones cut it into small pieces.
  4. Place the pork pieces back to the stock Add chopped potatoes.
  5. Rinse sauerkraut, drain it and add to the soup Cook for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are soft and ready.
  6. Add onion-carrot mixture to the broth.
  7. Add parsley, salt and pepper. Serve the soup hot with sour cream and fresh dill.

My Top 5 LA Brands

Once in LA, have to go shopping! Strolling along Rodeo Drive is one of the cool things to do. Not interested in main stream fashion and don’t feel like spending thousands on luxury goods?

There are plenty of awesome local brands (born and raised in Southern California) that will make your day.

If you are looking for new fresh ideas with bohemian look here are my Top 5 LA brands.

Bliss & Mischief makes high end denim. Every local girl owns a pair of vintage jeans by this designer.

von Holzhausen brand is from Malibu, and this designer producers stylish structured American-made bags from technik- leather (animal free).

Bikyni designer makes funky, sporty, girly bikinis.

Doen offers nostalgically floral prints and gauzy bohemian dresses and tops.  Its easy to wear and makes you feel extra feminine.

And another brand that focuses on nostalgic American classics is The Great. Two designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott are known for their distinct worldview – a playful, vintage take on style. And they have kids collection as well.

Masterchef creates haute cuisine from junk food

A new Instagram account is brilliantly skewering the small portions and elaborate plating of high dining by making junk food look like a five-star meal.

RU PLANNING ON LISTENING TO PHIL COLLINS AND CRYING ALL NIGHT? Y NOT SIT AT THE BAR AND EAT THIS INSTEAD??? HOSTESS CUPCAKE W/ RAINBOW DUNK-A-ROOS, YOGURT RAISINS, SOME NIBZ AND STRBUCKS MOCHA FRAP CAVIAR. TINY MINT AND A PIECE OF FANCY MOSS! #allthesingladies #foodporn #valentinesmenu #soigné #cheflife #chefsofig #truechefs #gastroart #wildchefs #dunkaroos #cupcakes #yogurtraisins #pastrychefsofig #phil4ever #thatmosstho

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This one is made out of a Hostess cupcake with rainbow Dunk-A-Roos, yogurt raisins, Nibz, and Starbucks mocha frappe caviar with a tiny mint “and a piece of fancy moss.”

The anonymous owner of the account pokes fun at their crappy palette by using the pseudonym “Chef Jacques Lamerde.” If you speak French, you get it.

🙌🙌🙌 IF U LUV GUMMI DINOS BROS. PURPLE GOGURT CREMA W/ CHOPPED UP CREAMSICLE AND POWERADE GEL #getsome #foodporn #chefsofig #pastychefsofig #gastroart #truecooks #hipsterfoodies #dessert #chefstalk #theartofplating #gogurt #cheflife #myhardcorecheflife #dinosaurs #thatsafreakintrexbros

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Gummy dinosaurs, purple Go-Gurt crema with a chopped up creamsicle and Powerade gel.

And the chef is great at making total junk look super fancy. For example, look at this delicious Lunchables kielbasa w/ pickle spheres, pork rinds, tostitos salsa con queso fluid gel, and powdered cheese from boxed mac and cheese.

VALENTINES W/ US MEANS EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY HIDE THE KIELBASA!!! LUNCHABLES KIELBASA W/ PICKLE SPHERES, PORK RINDS, TOSTITOS SALSA CON QUESO FLUID GEL AND SOME OF THAT PWDRD CHEESE FROM MAC AND CHEESE. #foodporn #gastroart #chefsofig #truechefs #theartofplating #wildchefs #lunchables #cheflife #porkrinds #modifiedmilkingredients #seabeans #romance

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The chef said its too early for their garden, so they had to “forage” this “Dolé” salad from the Piggly-Wiggly.

STILL EARLY FOR OUR ROOFTOP GARDEN SO HAD TO FORAGE THIS HEIRLOOM "DOLÉ" ARUGULA AT THE PIGGLY WIGGLY. SPAM TORCHON W/ FUZZY PEACHES, WHITE CHEESE BALLS AND NUTS W/ LOCAL GREENS. #foodporn #instafood #spam #fuzzypeaches #wildchefs #chefsofig #saladporn #yeahhhh

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It’s also got Spam torchon with fuzzy peaches, white cheese balls, and nuts with local greens.

A Hungry-Man meal never looked so good.

CLASSIC COMFORT FOOD. ON OUR MENU WE CALL THIS "THE HUNGRY MAN DINNER" B/C ITS ACTUALLY A HUNGRY MAN DINNER. (BROWNIE NOT PICTURED!!!) #foodporn #chefsofig #instafood #instachefs #comfortfood #hungrymandinner

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How about some SpongeBob SquarePants “zoodles?”

BROS BROS BROS!!!! HOLLA AT US IF UR LOOKING TO GET THE MEAT SWEATS 2NITE!!! THIS IS A DUO OF POGOS W/ MARBLE CHEEZE SLICES, HONEY HAM ROSETTES, SPONGEBOB SQRPANTS ZOODLES AND MUSTARD TEARS!!!! #meatsweats #pogos #soigné #foodporn #theartofplating #truecooks #gastroart #hipsterfoodies #plateswagger #honeyham #innovation #chefsofig #finedining #foodart

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Plus Pogos with marble cheese slices, honey ham rosettes, and mustard tears.

Or some surprisingly appealing Hot Pockets?

WHATS UP GUYS. CRAZY BRUNCH SERVICE TODAY BUT JOSE IS RUNNING THAT SHIZ SO I AM WORKING ON 2NITES SPECIAL. HAY BAKED HOT POCKETS W/ HIDDEN VALLEY BACON RANCH SPHERES AND A PUREE OF ZOODLES (WHOLE WHEAT). #foodporn #instafood #chefsofig #wildchefs #hotpockets #ranchspheres #saturdaynightfever

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Made with “Hidden Valley bacon ranch spheres and a puree of zoodles.”

Kinder eggs may be illegal in the U.S., but Chef Jacques has got them on lock.

KINDER EGGS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE US BUT JOSE GOT US A SWEET HOOK UP FROM THE SAN SALVADOR BLACK MARKET SO WE R RUNNING A SICK SPEC. KINDER EGG FILLED W/ RAW CAKE BATTER ROMANCED W/ CHARRED RICE CRISPIES, PB, GOJI + MESQUITE POWDER. DONT TELL THE FEDS!!! #contraband #foodporn #chefsofig #gastroart #artofplating #pastrychefsofig #cheflife #wildchefs #kindersurprise #ricecrispies #getsome #stickittotheman

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He said he got ’em through a “sweet hook up from the San Salvador black market” and filled one with raw cake batter, “romanced with charred Rice [K]rispies, PB, goji + mesquite powder.”

You thought Bagel Bites were tasty? You’ve never seen them like this.

1567 COVERS LAST NIGHT AND OUR POS WENT DOWN AT 5:45. BROS! I WAS SWEATIN BALLS!!! 3 HRS OF SLEEP AND BACK AT IT !!! #YOLO!!!! 2NITES SPEC = HAWAIIAN BAGEL BITES, CHEETOS, BABY CARROT + RANCH PURÉE, SMALL VEGETABLES AND CHIPOTLE OIL #foodporn #onthemenu2nite #chefsofig #wildchefs #chefshare #theartofplating #gastroart #hipsterfoodies #truecooks #bagelbites #aloha

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These Hawaiian Bagel Bites also have Cheetos, a baby carrot and ranch puree, small vegetables, and chipotle.

Here’s an Easter-themed delicacy.

LUV IT WHEN SYSCO ARRIVES 6 HRS LATE AND ROLLS IN MIDSERVICE WIT A DROP FULL OF MISPICKS!!! BROS WE GOT 2 CASES OF MUSCLE MILK INSTEAD OF 2%!!!! ARGHH! WONT STOP US FROM RUNNIN A TIGHT S'MORE PEEP DESSERT SPEC MASH UP THO!!!! GRAHAM CRACKER PASTRY CREAM, GENERIC BRAND CHOCOLAT CAKE FROM THE FREEZER SECTION, BANANA POPSICLE CHUNKS, MUSCLE MILK SPHERES, PEEP, GUSHER CRUDO !!!!!!! #smpeeps #soigné #finedining #gastroart #pastrychefsofig #foodart #plateswagger #theartofplating #nextlevel #moleculargastronomy #tweezers #cheflife #musclemilk

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It has graham cracker pastry cream, “generic brand chocolate cake from the freezer section,” banana popsicle chunks, muscle milk spheres, Peeps, and Gusher crudo.

Now go enjoy a Pop-Tart with the pride of someone eating a filet mignon.

RASPBERRY POPTART PARFAIT W/ VANILLA SNACKPACK + GRAPE CRUSH SCENTED GEL AND ENHANCED W/ MIKE N IKES, CRY BABIES AND FRUITY MENTOS. #foodporn #chefsofig #wildchefs #theartofplating #pastrychefsofig #instafood #gastroart #soigné #poptarts #thefreshmaker #ithoughtiwasyoursnackpack

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Or you could enjoy this raspberry Pop-Tart parfait that includes a vanilla snackpack and Grape Crush-scented gel with “enhanced Mike & Ikes,” Cry Babies, and fruity Mentos.

Pear, mushroom and pomegranate stuffing

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C).
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet on high-medium heat. Combine mushrooms, sage, celery, and add thyme to the mix.
  3. Cook the mix for 7 minutes to make the ingredients soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer all this to the bowl and add baguette cubes. Bread cubes serve well to absorb moist.
  5. Peel and core the pear. Cut it in cubes. Add prunes and juice to the mix.
  6. Take the baking dish, and combine vegetables with bread and pear mixture. Cover pan with foil and bake stuffing for 40 minutes.

Kids and Pets

We surround our children with images of animals from the day they are born. We decorate nurseries with stuffed puppies and penguins and hang mobiles with dangling bears and bunnies over cribs. There are animals on the wallpaper; sometimes we even paint animal murals.

Caring for a pet really is a childhood rite of passage. The excitement of nurturing another being — which quickly becomes a best friend — is incomparable to anything else. The experience creates lifelong memories, and we always remember our first pet.

But while it’s obvious that having a pet is entertaining and gives kids the warm fuzzies, did you know it can also positively affect your child in a much more profound way? Experts say a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development can all be encouraged by interaction with the family pet.

Physical

Having a pet helps kids improve their motor skills and also just increases overall activity.

In fact, a 2010 study showed that kids in England who had a dog exercised on average 11 minutes more a day than other children who didn’t have a dog. Doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but a little bit of exercise every day can be seriously beneficial to children.

Social

You know how the saying goes: “Dog is man’s best friend” — which is true. But pets can actually help people make new human friends too.

For children especially, pets can be a wonderful catalyst for socializing. Children are more prone to approach and interact with another child who is playing with an animal, so a pet can be the bridge

Emotional

According to the Pet Health Council, kids who have pets have higher self-esteem.

“Children with low-self esteem may talk to, or confide in, an animal in ways they would not with people,” the PHC reports. “They are often more confident in performing tasks they find difficult with an animal simply because the animal does not care if mistakes are made, nor will the child be afraid of looking silly in front of the animal.”

Makes sense, right? A pet is basically a source of unconditional love who provides support but never judges.

Cognitive

Can having a dog actually make a child excel in school? According to a 2011 study, yes.

The study done on second-graders showed that the ones who read aloud to a dog actually made bigger strides in their reading ability than their peers who read out loud to an adult — possibly due to the dog’s ability to help reduce a child’s stress and the fact that a dog provides nonjudgmental support.

Adopting a pet is a huge commitment and shouldn’t be taken lightly, but it might be the best thing you could ever do for your kids’ childhood experience.

Kiwifruit Summer Fruit Salad

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large salad bowl.
  2. Serve Summer Fruit Salad with plain Greek yogurt.