December 26, 2014 by Varga László
Ingredients (5 servings):
- 5 eggs (one egg per serving)
- 6-8 small onions or 3-4 medium onions
- 400 g of ripe red tomatoes, I used a huge one from the farmers market
- slices of stale bread
- fresh pecorino cheese
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- baby spinach
- 4 medium carrots
- 2 parsley roots
- 1 medium celery root with stalk and leaves
- Prepare the vegetable broth:
- Slice the roots: carrots, parsley and celery.
- Melt the butter in a soup pot, add the sliced roots and fry them for 5 minutes in the butter.
- Cover the pot with plenty of water (about 3 liters), add salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 40-60 minutes until the roots are done.
- Meanwhile, clean the onions and cut into thin slices.
- Chop the celery stalk
- Wash the celery leaves and chop them coarsely.
- Peel the tomatoes by placing them for a few minutes in boiling water
- Cut them into quarters, remove the seeds and cut the flesh into cubes.
- In a pan, put a tablespoon of olive oil and virgin olive oil to soften the onions on low heat.
- Add a bit of chili flakes and cook for about 20-30 minutes until the onion is caramelized.
- Add the chopped celery stalk, pour a liter of the hot vegetable stock and keep cooking for another half an hour until the broth slowly halves.
- Add the tomato pulp, celery leaves, (baby) spinach and coarsely chopped basil. Adjust salt and pepper.
- Once this time has elapsed (the result will be that of a kind of soup but still enough “soupy”) add the eggs, one at a time, directly into the pan making sure they do not break.
- Cook them for 3-4 minutes until they become poached eggs.
- Toast the stale bread slices, i used the oven for this.
- In each bowl put a slice of toast, slices of cheese and pour over with a big spoon, acquacotta hot and one egg each.
Category Italian, Soup | Tags: , celery, cheese, eggs, italian, onions, soup, tomatoes | 1 Comment
December 19, 2014 by Varga László
Ingredients (about 10 servings):
- 750-1000 g pork
- 2 tablespoons pork fat
- 750-1000 g pork fresh sausages
- 2 large carrots
- 1 small celery root
- 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
- 4 bay leaves
- 4 allspice berries
- 10-15 black peppercorns
- 1/2 head large Savoy cabbage
- 1 medium leek
- 2 red onions
- 1 head of garlic
- 200 ml semi sweet white wine
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- salt to taste
- Cut the pork meat into 2 cm thick, 5-7 cm long strips.
- Chop the onion.
- Melt the pork fat in a large pot, cast iron if available.
- Add the meat and fry over medium heat for 5 minutes, turning once.
- Add the chopped onion and continue frying for 2 minutes, stirring.
- Add the cleaned but still whole garlic cloves, chili flake and paprika and stir-fry for another minute.
- Slice the carrots and celery root and add to the pot.
- Add the whole black peppercorns, crushed allspice, bay leaves, mustard.
- Add the wine and enough water to cover the meat and the other ingredients.
- Slice roughly the celery stalks and leeks.
- After about 30-45 minutes of cooking add to the pot the whole sausages and the sliced celery and leeks. Add water enough to cover all the ingredients.
- Cook for another 20 minutes.
- Chop the Savoy Cabbage and add to the cooking pot.
- Cook until cabbage is done about 20-25 minutes.
- Serve while still hot.
Category Pork, Stew | Tags: , allspice, bay leaf, carrots, celery, garlic, mustard, paprika, pork, sausage, stew, wine | 1 Comment
December 13, 2014 by Varga László
I have been recently in Ukraine in Zakarpattia – aka Subcarpathia, very nice place, very friendly people, very good food and vodka.
While I was visiting the city and browsing through the farmers market I found smoked pears, never heard of them before.
So when I came back, I had to try them and add a splash of vodka to keep the Ukrainian theme. And since it’s goose season the meat of choice was of course goose.
Here’s the recipe:
Ingredients (2-4 servings):
- 2 goose legs
- 2 goose wings
- 4 bay leaves
- 100 ml dry white wine
- 10-15 smoked pears
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2-3 mild red chili peppers
- 1 large tomato
- 1 spoon of honey
- a dash of vodka, optional
- salt and pepper to taste
- Salt and pepper the goose legs and wings and place them in an ovenproof dish. Add the bay leaves and white wine,
- Place the dish with goose parts in the preheated oven at 180 C and roast the for about 1.5-2 hours, until done, and the skins are crunchy.
- Meanwhile chop finely the red peppers.
- Dice finely the tomatoes.
- Place the diced tomatoes and chopped peppers in a small pot, add a cup of water, a bit of salt and pepper, and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes until they are soft and mushy.
- In another small pot add the smoked pears and about 1 liter of water simmer over medium heat for about 30-45 minutes until the pears have soaked and soften up.
- Remove the pears and set them aside.
- In the smokey-peary liquid add the dissolved cornstarch, a dash of vodka and the honey, simmer for a minute until thickens a bit.
- Server the goose legs with some boiled potatoes, some smoked pears covered with sauce and a spoon of the chili-tomato sauce.
Category Goose | Tags: , bay leaf, chili pepper, goose, honey, pears, roast, Ukrainian | No Comments