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Cheese Pancakes and Celery and Walnut Salad

Cheese Pancakes and Celery and Walnut Salad

These cheese pancakes are one of our family recipes – I loved them when I was a kid, and not just because they were quite a rare treat on our everyday menu – yes there were times when eggs and cheese were considered expensive products that couldn’t be wasted just like that.

While some magical childhood memories about certain foods die as you grow up and try those foods (my Grandmother, for example, cherished memories of beetroot leaves soup that she once had during the war, until she finally made it many years later and… the dream got ruined: the soup was not too edible), but I have to say these cheese pancakes taste just as good now as they did in my childhood. They look good, too – golden brown on the outside, fluffy and yellow on the inside. The eggs in the batter make them taste a little bit omelet-y. Well, I think there are some flavours that are just impossible to resist – the flavour of melted/fried cheese is one of them, to me.

But, obviously you will want a counterbalance to these pancakes - something green and fresh and preferably crunchy on the side. From the limited choice of fresh greens and vegetables that we have in this time of the year, celery looked like the perfect candidate. Green, fresh and crunchy. We added some chopped parsley leaves and tossed it all with some minced walnuts and garlic. The walnut-garlic-oil paste is close to what you could find inside Georgian eggplant rolls. I found out it could serve as a standalone dip for crackers/tortillas as well.

The salad came out so good that we thought we’d make it next time we have guests. As for the pancakes… isn’t it great we always have enough cheese and eggs to make them nowadays?

Celery, Parsley, and Walnut salad


Cheese Pancakes

150g mild-flavoured cheese, grated coarsely
3 eggs
150ml wheat flour
150ml kefir (alternatively, sour yogurt/buttermilk)
1/3 tsp baking soda
Vegetable oil for frying

Serves 4


Combine grated cheese end eggs, add a pinch of salt, and stir well. Add kefir with baking soda, stir and gradually add flour. Stir through the batter well.
Oil a large skillet with vegetable oil, or use your favourite cooking spray. Cook the pancakes on a medium heat until golden on both sides.

Chese pancakes

Cheese Pancakes


Celery and walnut salad

4 celery stalks
75g walnuts
A sheaf of fresh parsley
Juice of ½ lemon
2 cloves of garlic
4-5 tbsp olive oil

Serves 4


Chop celery stalks and parsley leaves.
Mince walnuts and garlic. Combine walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Add salt to taste and stir well.
Toss the celery and the parsley with the walnut paste.

Cheese Pancakes and Celery and Walnut Salad

Cheese Pancakes and Celery and Walnut Salad

Cheese Pancakes and Celery and Walnut Salad


Cheese pancakes

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26 Responses

  1. Oh wow, the pancakes are so beautiful! I want something light for dinner tonight.. I should fix these. :)

    • Alina says:

      Thank you Sook! Let me know if you try these, I’m sure you can make them with your own special twist :)

  2. Liz says:

    These look amazing! And so easy. Funny to think that eggs and cheese used to be a treat when now eggs are one of the cheapest sources of protein.

    • Alina says:

      Thank you Liz! You see, it was right after the USSR fell apart and we went through some very hard times! But it’s an experience too! ;-)

  3. Kat says:

    Pancakes are so good. But cheese pancakes? Now we’re talkin’!

  4. Maggie says:

    What a wonderful idea. I am going to try them in my cafe along with the salad - but we’ll have them at home first. Can’t wait. M

  5. Rocquie says:

    Just yesterday, I was contemplating what it would be like to add cheese to pancake batter. Now I know and thank you very much for clearing that up for me.

    • Alina says:

      Rocquie really? Hehe I’m happy if this post was of some help for you! Thank you for your comment!

  6. Jessica says:

    These look delicious! Food often plays a part in my memories of my mom. Thanks for the walk down memory lane, and thanks for the yummy recipes!

  7. Yuliya says:

    These seem kind of like “oladyi”… my mom and grandma made those when I was little. I think my grandma used sour cream (maybe instead of the yogurt). I’m gonna try this recipe this weekend. I’m thinking they might be delicious with a slice of smoked salmon and a sprinkle of fresh dill? mmm…

  8. Nadia says:

    Alina, just stumbled upon your blog! I like the feel of it, as if I’m visiting a friend’s kitchen. :)
    These pancakes look delicious, more like olady. I make pancakes with farmers cheese (tvorog), now I have to try your recipe with harder cheeses.
    I know you are busy, but please continue posting.

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