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August, 2014

  1. Chicken Gizzard and Hearts Skewers – Chinese Inspired Recipe

    August 26, 2014 by Varga László


    The inspiration for my recipe was my first night in Singapore:

    I arrived to Singapore after a tiresome day of travel and after doing an evening tour of the city, I returned to my hostel to crash and sleep.

    But I hanged a bit more in the living room of the hostel to make plans for the second day. Here there were quite a few of backpackers from different places, but mainly had lots of talks with a Taiwanese guy called Chris. After a lot of discussions, midnight passed quite well we have a thirst for a beer and we go to the corner shop. At this time Chinatown started to chill down after the day’s fuss for the approaching Chinese New Year. Then Chris proposes to go eat something, I was not hungry but gourmet as always, agree.

    We found a Chinese grill restaurant open until 4 o’clock in the morning and ordered some of the most interesting stuff – chicken gizzards, pork belly, goat, garlic, stinky tofu – all on skewers, accompanied of course by a pair of Chinese beers. Everything was very good.

    So when a friend of mine proposed to do some grilling, I remembered the skewers eaten with Chris in Singapore and invented the recipe below. I used an outdoor charcoal grill which gave a nice smoky flavor to the skewers but you can use other grills you have at hand.


    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 500 g chicken gizzards and hearts – mixed
    • 1 rhubarb stalk
    • 3 garlic bulbs
    • Red chilli pepper slices preserved in salty brine
    • 2 green chilli peppers
    • 50 ml soy sauce

    Preparation method:

    1. Cut the gizzards in three and place them in a bowl together with the hearts.
    2. Add the soy sauce and the red chili pepper slices, stir them well together and let them marinate for 10 minutes.
    3. Slice the rhubarb stalk into 1 cm slices.
    4. Slice thinly the green chili peppers.
    5. Thread alternating onto the skewers the gizzard/heart pieces, garlic cloves, rhubarb slices and green pepper slices.Chicken Gizzard and Hearts Skewers
    6. Heat a charcoal grill, a grill pan or other grill you have handy.
    7. Grill the skewers over the grill for about 10-15 minutes, turning them until they are cooked through.Chicken Gizzard and Hearts Skewers


  2. Tripe Soup – Romanian Recipe

    August 22, 2014 by Varga László

       Tripe Soup - Romanian Recipe   Tripe Soup - Romanian RecipeIngredients (12-15 servings) :

    • 1,5 kg beef tripe cleaned and precooked
    • 2 slices of beef shank
    • 500 g heavy cream
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 100 g pickled red bell peppers
    • 4-5 teaspoons vinegar
    • a big garlic bulb
    • 4 big onionsb
    • 3 large carrots
    • 1/2 celery root
    • 2 pieces beef rasol
    • 4-5 bay leaves
    • Black peppercorns and salt to taste

    Preparation method:

    1. Place the tripe pieces and beef shanks in the boiling water in the pot/kettle. If the tripe is not precooked, you should cook it first 15 minutes, discard the water and slice them into 1 cm slices.Tripe Soup - Romanian Recipe
    2. Clean the onions but leave them apiece
    3. Add to the boiling soup the bay leaves, cleaned carrots, celery and onions. Add salt and pepper to taste.Tripe Soup - Romanian Recipe
    4. Let it cook for about 2 hours until the tripe is cooked and tender.Tripe Soup - Romanian Recipe
    5. Meanwhile chop the garlic. Slice thinly the pickled red bell peppers.Tripe Soup - Romanian Recipe
    6. When the tripe is cooked remove the pot/kettle from fire.
    7. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the heavy cream until homogeneous. Add to the bowl the chopped garlic and give it another whiskTripe Soup - Romanian Recipe
    8. Add to the soup pot – removed already from the fire – the egg-cream-garlic mix and the bell pepper slices.
    9. Stir them all together and let it rest for 10 minutes for the aromas to intertwine.
    10. Serve the soup while still hot and decorate with parsley leaves.

  3. Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries – Recipe

    August 19, 2014 by Varga László

    Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe

    This is a recipe I invented for my birthday. Usually for my birthday cooking I use strawberries because they are in season and they taste great when bought from the farmsers market, but normally I would do chicken salad with strawberries.
    But because earlier this year I had a cooking night with a friend who prepared a raw calamari salad, I was inspired by his achievement and replaced chicken with calamari.
    This was only the first course, the second one will follow soon, it’s chicken 😉

    Ingredients (6 servings):

    • 1 kg calamari stripsGrilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    • 500 g (smaller) octopus tentacles
    • 1 kg fresh strawberries
    • 5-6 spring onions
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • a tablespoon (to taste) balsamic vinegar
    • Hungarian barbeque style seasoning mix – optional

    Preparation method:

    1. Salt and pepper the calamari and octopus. I also added some spice mixture of Hungarian inspiration called Spicy Puszta.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    2. Let them rest for about 5 minutes.
    3. Wash the strawberries and cut them in halves.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    4. Cut the spring onions into 1 cm pieces.
    5. Grill the seafood over high heat for cca 10 minutes turning them, until they get a bit charcoaled at the surface.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    6. Let the seafood cool down, then cut the calamari and octopus into 1 cm slices.
    7. Add to a bowl the strawberries, calamari, octopus and spring onions.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    8. Drizzle over some balsamic vinegar and stir the salad gently     Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe