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  1. German Potato Salad – Oktoberfest Recipe

    October 24, 2014 by Varga László

    German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 9Ingredients (6-8 servings):

    • 2.5 kg medium potatoes
    • 1 jar of mayonnaise
    • 200 ml Sana, you can use also yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon German mustard
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 5 stalk spring onion
    • some German sausages to grillGerman Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 2
    • 500 g mushrooms to grill

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash thoroughly the potatoes.
    2. In a larger pot filled with water add some salt and boil the potatoes in their skins until tender. Check their tenderness from time to time by poking them with a fork.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 1
    3. Peel the skins off the potatoes while their still hot because it;s the easiest, and let them cool down to room temperature.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 4
    4. When cooled, dice the potatoes into 2 cm cubes.
    5. Chop the green onions into 1 cm pieces.
    6. In a larger bowl add the cubes potatoes, chopped green onions, mayonnaise, mustard, Sana and stir gently with a wooden spoon, carefully not to crumble the potatoes. And salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 6
    7. Meanwhile (and if you are not a vegetarian) grill some German sausages. I used some bratwurst and some weisswurst.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 3
    8. I also grilled some mushrooms.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 5
    9. Serve the cold potato salad with the hot grilled sausages and some German pickles or sauerkraut.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 8German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 7

  2. Baked Purple Potatoes and Fish Recipe

    October 23, 2014 by Varga László

     

    Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 09Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 08

     

    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 1 kg purple potatoesBaked Fish and Purple Potatoes 01
    • 4 pieces of white fish fillets
    • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • a handful of peppermint leaves
    • 10-15 slices of red hot chili peppers preserved in salted brine
    • salt and black pepper to taste

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash thoroughly the potatoes and cut them into quarters.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 02
    2. Smear some olive oil on the bottom of an oven proof dish, place the quartered potatoes in it, sprinkle over salt and freshly ground pepper.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 03
    3. Wash the fish fillets and place them into another oiled oven proof dish. Sprinkle the soy sauce over and garnish with the chilli pepper slices and fresh mint leaves.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 04
    4. Preheat the oven ant 180 C.
    5. Bake the fish for circa 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 06
    6. Bake the potatoes for about 30 minutes.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 05
    7. Serve the fish and potatoes garnished with tomato slices.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 07

  3. Latvian Wild Mushroom and Potato Soup Recipe

    October 16, 2014 by Varga László

    Latvian Wild Mushrooms and Potato Soup 8

     

    During the summer, I had visiting a friend from Latvia, Dace, very pretty girl, studying theater.

    After a while, this autumn we chatted online and she told me that she was as most of her countrymen busy picking mushrooms, she laughed when I told her I never did mushrooming ;). (Though, a few weeks later I went picking mushrooms and the ensuing recipe will follow soon).

    Inspired by this huge Latvian tradition for mushrooms I cooked the following recipe with some wild mushrooms bought from the farmers market, you can you whatever you find as long they are wild!

    The recipe turned out to be very tasty as my Ukrainian guests agreed, soon I will cook Varenyky inspired by talks with them.

     

    Ingredients (4 servings)

    • 500 g wild mushrooms – I used once scotch bonnet mushroomsLatvian Wild Mushrooms and Potato Soup 1
    • 6 larger potatoes
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 tablespoon butter
    • 100 ml white wine
    • 1 l vegetable stock
    • 1 medium onion
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika
    • 100 ml heavy cream
    • some freshly dill for garnishing

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Chop the onion roughly.Latvian Wild Mushrooms and Potato Soup 5
    2. Peel and dice the potatoes.Latvian Wild Mushrooms and Potato Soup 3
    3. Chop roughly the mushrooms if using larger ones
    4. Heat olive oil and butter in a large soup pot.
    5. Saute the chopped mushrooms until soft.Latvian Wild Mushrooms and Potato Soup 2
    6. Add the white wine, vegetable stock, potatoes and salt and pepper.
    7. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are soft.Latvian Wild Mushrooms and Potato Soup 4
    8. In a different small frying pan heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chopped onion and fry until golden brown and having a nice aroma.-
    9. When potatoes have cooked take out about half of them into a blender. Add some liquid from the soup and puree them.Latvian Wild Mushrooms and Potato Soup 7
    10. Add the pureed potatoes add back into pot of soup, together with the heavy cream, paprika and some salt and pepper to taste.
    11. Serve the soup while hot, add a tablespoon of creme and some dill leaves.Latvian Wild Mushrooms and Potato Soup 9