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  1. Ajiaco Recipe – Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup

    February 9, 2018 by Varga László

           

    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 2 boneless breasts, around 600 g

    • 1 large onion
    • 5 garlic cloves
    • 2 kg medium potatoes
    • 2 ears fresh corn
    • 1 bunch coriander leafs
    • 1 bunch green onions
    • 2 tablespoons dried guascas, optional, i couldn’t find it
    • 2 avocadoes
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 2 tablespoons drained capers
    • salt and pepper to taste

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Chop the onion roughly.
    2. Chop the garlic.
    3. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 2 cm cubes.
    4. Cut the corn ears crosswise into 3-4 pieces each.
    5. Pit and slice thinly the avocados.
    6. Cut the chicken breasts into smaller pieces.

    7. Place the chicken in a large soup pot, top with the diced potatoes, onion, garlic, green onions, half of the coriander leafs and corn.

    8. Pour enough water to cover them all, season to taste with salt freshly ground black pepper and raise the heat to high.
    9. When the soup starts to boil, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
    10. Set aside the chicken to a plate and let it cool enough to handle. If you had skins and bones on the breasts, discard them.
    11. Tear the chicken breasts into smaller strips.

    12. Remove the green onions and coriander leaves from the broth and discard.
    13. Place the shredded chicken on the bottoms of large soup dishes, ladle over the rich soup with potatoes and a piece of corn.

    14. Top it with two spoonfuls of sour cream, some chopped coriander leafs, capers and avocado slices.

  2. Watermelon Gazpacho – Summer Cold Soup Recipe

    August 25, 2017 by Varga László

     

    Ingredients:

    • 1 kg tomatoes
    • 1 kg watermelon
    • 1 cucumber peeled and cut into large chunks
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 1 lime
    • 1 red pepper
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 100 g shelled pistachios
    • 1 small red onion

    Preparation method:

    1. Cut the tomatoes into large cubes.
    2. Peel the cucumber and cut into cubes.
    3. Deseed the watermelon and cut into pieces.
      Keep a few wedges with their _skins_ for garnishing.
    4. Slice the red pepper.
    5. Add the cubed tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, watermelon, garlic and the juice of a half lime to a bowl.
    6. With a hand blender turn all into a smooth paste, season with salt and freshly ground pepper according to your taste.

    7. Refrigerate it for a few hours before serving.
    8. Serve the soup chilled into smaller bowls, sprinkle on top some pistachios and _slices_ of red onions.
    9. Stick a wedge of watermelon and a slice lemon in the edge of the bowls.

  3. Šaltibarščiai – Lithuanian Pink Cold Beet Soup Recipe

    August 14, 2017 by Varga László

    Šaltibarščiai is one of the defining Lithuanian dishes, but also for the neighboring Latvians who call it Aukstā zupa.
    It means literally cold borscht, made with kefir, if you cannot find kefir you can replace it with buttermilk.
    As most Lithuanian dishes, this too is accompanied by potatoes.
    First I ate it when Latvian guests prepared this delicacy for an evening with friends.
    Second time I have tasted when traveling in the Baltic countries last year, in Klaipeda, yumminess in a saucer, great for hot summer days.
    Last days I had some guests, of which Indre, Lithuanian girl from Vilnius. Both with her and her boyfriend, Markus, we had a great time and from one thing to another, we ended up preparing this amazing cold soup, under her supervision 😀.
    Below is her recipe:

    Ingredients ( 6 servings):

    • 500 g potatoes
    • 500 g beetroots
    • 2 l kefir
    • 1 bunch of green onions (about 5)
    • 1 bunch of parsley leaves
    • 1 bunch of dill
    • 3-4 large cucumbers
    • 6 eggs
    • salt to taste

    Preparation method:

    1. Boil the potatoes with skins on. After they are boiled skin them and cut each of them in 4.
    2. Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise, then each one again twice lengthwise. Cut all of these quartered cucumbers in 2 mm slices.
    3. Chop the parsley leaves and dill.
    4. Cut the green parts of green onions into 1 cm pieces.
    5. Pour the kefir in a large pot to hold all ingredients.
    6. Grate the beetroots directly into the kefir pot, stir from time to time to check if you reached the desired pinkish colour.
    7. Boil the eggs hard.
    8. Add the chopped greens – dill, parsley, cucumbers and green onions, and stir them gently into the soup. Add salt to taste.
    9. Add the soup to the fridge to cool down for at least half an hour.
    10. Serve the soup in bowls, on top cut the hard boiled eggs into smaller pieces and sprinkle some extra chopped green leaves.
      On a separate small plate beside serve some of the boiled potatoes.