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December, 2013

  1. Roasted Quail with Orange Liqueur Recipe

    December 25, 2013 by Varga László

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    Ingredients (2 servings):

    • 4 whole quailsaIMG_7723
    • 100 ml orange liqueuraIMG_7727
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • one medium orange for  garnish
    • game seasoning mill
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the quails.
    2. Tie each quail’s leg together with some twine and place them in an ovenproof dish.
    3. Pour over half of the orange liqueur.
    4. Season the quails with salt and pepper, grind some game seasoning over.aIMG_7731
    5. Heat the oven to 200 C and roast the quails for about 15 minutes.aIMG_7744
    6. Remove them from oven and lest rest for 10 minutes, so the juices will rearrange in the birds.
    7. Sift the juice from the dish through a thick sieve and thicken it in a small sauce pan adding a teaspoon cornstarch and the remaining liqueur. Cook for a minute.
    8. Serve the quails (1-2 pieces per person) with the orange liqueur sauce and some duchess potatoes. aIMG_7742 Their recipe will be in a post to follow.

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  2. Orange Glazed Pheasant with Kumquats and Purple Carrots

    December 24, 2013 by Varga László

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 whole pheasant (cca 1 kg)
    • 100 g orange jam
    • 200-300 g purple carrots
    • 200 g kumquats
    • 200 ml rose wine
    • a few branches of thyme
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 500 g button mushrooms
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • a bit of olive oil

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the pheasant thoroughly and pat it dry
    2. Place the pheasant in oven proof dish, pour over the rose wine, sprinkle salt and pepper
    3. Halve some kumquats aIMG_7623and add them together with the thyme branches in the pheasant’s inside and the marinade in the dish.aIMG_7617
    4. Set aside to marinate for 2-3 hours.
    5. Slice the purple carrots into 1 cm thin slices.aIMG_7637
    6. Spread half of the orange jam over the pheasant, add the rest of the kumkquats and roast it for 30 minutes at 200 C.aIMG_7638
    7. Baste some more orange jam over the bird, add the sliced carrots in the dish and roast for an other half an hour, but lowering temperature to 160 C.aIMG_7642
    8. Slice the mushrooms thinly, about 1/2 cm thick.
    9. Smear some olive oil on an oven tray, place the mushroom slices in a single layer and sprinkle some salt and pepper over.aIMG_7646
    10. Bake them for 10-15 minutes at 150 C.aIMG_7654
    11. Take out the pheasant from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes in order the juices to redistribute in the pheasant.aIMG_7658
    12. In a skillet thicken the sauce with the cornstarch.
    13. Serve the pheasant meat with some sauce, carrots, kumquats and roasted mushrooms.

     


  3. Tagliatelle al Nero di Sepia (Black Squid Ink) with Salmon and Cherry Tomatoes

    December 16, 2013 by Varga László

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    Ingredients:

    • 250 g fresh tagliatelle al nero di sepia – black squid ink tagliatelleaIMG_7675
    • 500 g salmon filletaIMG_7679
    • 250 g yellow cherry tomatoes
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 3 shallots
    • 2 green onions
    • 100 ml semi sweet wine (I used Two Oceans South African wine, very fruity and light)
    • 150 ml goat yogurt
    • dried chili flakes aIMG_7696
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • a little olive oil for the frying

    Preparation method:

    1. Chop the onion and shallots
    2. Dice the salmon fillet into 2 cm cubesaIMG_7684
    3. Cook the tagliatelle in boiling water for 4-5 minutes
    4. Fry the chopped garlic and onion in hot olive oil
    5. Add 100 ml wine and the salmon cubes, add salt and freshly grounded black pepper to tasteaIMG_7693
    6. Simmer for 6-8 minutes over medium-low heat stirring gently from time to timeaIMG_7694
    7. In a separate pan fry the chili flakes for half a minute then add the cherry tomatoes and fry them for 3-5 minutes until 1/3 wiltedaIMG_7706
    8. Slice the green parts of the green onions
    9. Simmer the green onions in a separate pan a bit of the sauce from the main pan for 1-2 minutes until a bit wilted
    10. Drain the pasta but reserve its water
    11. Add to the salmon pan the cherry tomatoes, the green onions, the drained pasta and the goat yogurt, stir very gently and simmer for about a minute.aIMG_7711
    12. Turn off the heat and let it rest for 2-3 minutes and the pasta to swell some sauce
    13. Chop the parsley and add to the top of the pasta panaIMG_7713
    14. Serve while warm.aIMG_7718