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April, 2015

  1. Rabbit Bolognese – A Jamie Oliver Adapted Recipe

    April 13, 2015 by Varga László

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    I came across these Rabbit bolognese recipe on Jamie Oliver’s site. I found it very interesting especially the slow-cooking part in the oven for 12 hours… 🙂

    So I gave it a try and my version of the recipe is here:

    Ingredients (serve 12):

    • 1 whole rabbit, including internal organsRabbit Bolognese 01
    •  slices smoked bacon, roughly chopped
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 1 bulb garlic
    • 1 leek
    • 2 carrots
    • 2 parsley rootsRabbit Bolognese 03
    • 1 parsnip
    • 2 sticks celery
    • 2 medium onionsRabbit Bolognese 05
    • 500 g abalone (oyster) mushroomsRabbit Bolognese 07
    • 2 x 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
    • 2 bunches green onions
    • 500 ml good lager beer
    • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 lemon
    • 1 l passata
    • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
    • olive oil

    Preparation method:

    1. Preheat the oven to 110°C.  Rabbit Bolognese 16
    2. Dice the bacon into small cubes.Rabbit Bolognese 08
    3. Wash the carrots, parsley root, parsnip and celery sticks.
    4. In a large pot, cast iron if available, heat a bit of olive oil and fry the bacon cubes until golden.Rabbit Bolognese 09
    5. Add the whole rabbit, internal organs,Rabbit Bolognese 04 bay leaves, thyme sprigs, whole garlic bulb, leek, carrots, parsley roots, parsnip, celery, onions, mushrooms, tinned tomatoes, beer, tomato purée, the half lemon,Rabbit Bolognese 06 green onions and water to cover all ingredients.Rabbit Bolognese 10
    6. Season with the ground nutmeg, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    7. Place the pot into the oven and let it cook for 12 hours. If having an electric oven -like me- you don’t need to put the lid on but for gas ones do put the lid.
    8. When cooked, take out the pot from the oven and it cool down a bit.Rabbit Bolognese 11
    9. Pick the meat pieces out of the pot, flake them and discard the bones. Rabbit Bolognese 12 Rabbit Bolognese 13
    10. Using your hand hands, squeeze the vegetables into a puree-like consistence.
    11. Pour any juices left behind into the new pan, then go back in and have another rummage to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
    12. Chop the mushrooms into small pieces.Rabbit Bolognese 14
    13. Sift the juice for any remaining bones, then return the meat flakes, mushrooms and the vegetable puree.
    14. Add the passata, season to taste with some extra salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to boil and let it cook until it reduces to the desired sauce thickness, about 1 hour.
    15. Serve with penne or similar shape Italian pasta,Rabbit Bolognese 15 grate some Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) or Pecorino cheese atop.Rabbit Bolognese 18 And why not, a glass of Rose wine!
    16. Place the remaining bolognese sauce into plastic bags and freeze them, and reheat them whenever you need a quick and yummy food.

  2. Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens

    April 5, 2015 by Varga László

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    It is spring time so it’s lamb season. I was shopping in the farmers market and got a bunch of stevia.

    Not long time ago there was the Persian New Year –  Nowruz.

    So I was looking for something to combine them all – Persian food, lamb and stevia. I found – Gormeh Sabzi – but I replaced the spinach with the stevia.

    I cooked this dish for some friends, most of them stating that they don’t like lamb at all, but they will taste it not to insult me.

    At the end they ate it all leaving the pot empty! 😉

    So, Happy Nowruz everyone, with a bit delay 🙂

     

    Ingredients (about 8-10 portions):

    • 1 kg boneless lamb shoulder- I used a full shoulder which I deboned myselfPersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 01Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 02
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 2 teaspoon freshly chopped ginger
    • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
    • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
    • 400 g tinned kidney beans, drained
    • 3 bunches steviaPersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 08
    • 2 bunches parsley
    • 1 leek
    • 2 bunches spring onions
    • 2 bunches spring garlic
    • 1 dried limePersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 13
    • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Cut the lamb meat into 2 cm cubes (debone it if necessary).Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 03
    2. Chop the onion and garlic.
    3. Cut the stevia leaves into 2 cm strips.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 11
    4. Slice the green garlic, green onions and leek.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 09Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 10
    5. In a large frying pan heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil.
    6. Add first the fattier lamb pieces, to melt the lard until they have browned and a bit crunchy.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 04
    7. Add the chopped onion and garlic and fry them until golden. Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 05
    8. Add the the remaining lamb and chopped ginger and fry them until golden brown.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 06
    9. Add the leeks,. Cover with a lid and slide into the oven for 1 1/2 hours.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 07
    10. Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan and add the stevia, parsley, spring onions, spring garlic and leek greens.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 12
    11. Fry them for a few minutes, over medium low heat, stirring until fragrant and darker.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 14
    12. Add to the casserole with the limes, season to taste, then return to the oven for a further 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours, until the lamb is extremely tender.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 15
    13. Serve while hot with saffron rice.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 17