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  1. Greek Octopus Cooked in Wine with Potatoes

    August 6, 2017 by Varga László

     

    A week ago I went home to my grandparents house to escape the heat wave we had in the city. Although there was also incredibly hot, the garden and the trees gave some shelter.
    As always when I’m going home I cook Sunday lunch’ main course. I wanted to cook some fish but I couldn’t find fresh fish to my liking so I bought some octopus.
    I remembered a dish I ate in the Greek island of Lefkada: octopus with potatoes in red wine, so I concocted a recipe similar to that:

    Ingredients (3-4 servings)

    • 1 kg octopus, cleaned

    • 3 tablespoons wine vinegar
    • 100 ml dry white wine
    • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • 4 bay leaves
    • salt and paste to taste
    • 500 g potatoes

    Preparation method:

    1. Boil in advance the potatoes as a whole.
    2. Wash and clean the octopus. Cut them into smaller pieces.

    3. Add the octopus pieces into a pot, garlic and bay leaves, pour over the wine, vinegar and 100 ml water.

       

    4. Cover and cook for about an hour, on medium heat.
    5. After about 40 minute of cooking add the halved/sliced boiled potatoes and the tomato paste and continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
    6. Serve while still hot

  2. Pheasant Stewed in Apple Cider, Mushrooms and Pork Sausages with Zucchini Mashed Potatoes

    June 13, 2016 by Varga László

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    Ingredients (4-6 servings):

    • 2 tbsp flour
    • 1 whole pheasanta2016-05-14-22.30
    • a pair smoked pork sausages
    • 2 onions
    • 600 ml apple cidera2016-05-14-23.23
    • 2-3 tablespoons pork lard
    • 3 bay leaves
    • 1 red hot chili pepper
    • 1 garlic head
    • 4 celery stick slices
    • 50 ml double cream
    • a few branches of thymea2016-05-14-23.16.38

    for the Mashed potatoes

    • 1 kg large potatoes
    • 100 g butter
    • 2 zucchinisa2016-05-15-01.03

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Cut the sausages into thick slices.a2016-05-14-22.27
    2. Chop the onions and the chili pepper.a2016-05-14-22.24.45
    3. Chop the celery stalks.a2016-05-14-23.03
    4. Melt the lard in a frying pan and brown the pheasant on all sides together with the sliced sausages and the whole garlic cloves.a2016-05-14-22.37a2016-05-14-22.59
    5. Place some lard from he pheasant frying into a large pot and fry the chopped onions, chili pepper and bay leaves until fragrant.a2016-05-14-22.51
    6. Add the pheasant and the celery, the thyme branches, the apple cider and fill the rest of the pot with water, season with salt and freshly ground pepper.a2016-05-14-23.10
    7. Bring to boil, and cook over medium heat for about 2 hours until the pheasant is soft.
    8. About one hour into the cooking add the halved mushrooms.a2016-05-14-23.16
    9. When the meat is fork tender, remove it from the cooking pot and leave it to rest about 15 minutes before cut it into pieces.a2016-05-15-00.37
    10. Meanwhile add the flour diluted into a bit of water, the double cream, stir it well and cook about 30 minutes to thick up cooking juices into a gravy.
    11. Meanwhile boil the potatoes in their skins until fork tender.
    12. Peel their skins and mash them, add the butter.a2016-05-15-00.53.43
    13. Wash the zucchinis, grate them a2016-05-15-01.04 and slowly integrate them into the mashed potatoesa2016-05-15-01.07

  3. Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage Recipe

    December 19, 2014 by Varga László

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    Ingredients (about 10 servings):

    • 750-1000 g porkPork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 01
    • 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 cabbagePork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 13
    • 1 medium leek
    • 2 red onions
    • 1 head of garlic
    • 200 ml semi sweet white wine
    • 2 tablespoons mustard
    • 1 celery stalkPork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 11
    • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
    • salt to taste

    Preparation method:

    1. Cut the pork meat into 2 cm thick, 5-7 cm long strips.Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 02
    2. Chop the onion.  Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 03
    3. Melt the pork fat in a large pot, cast iron if available.
    4. Add the meat and fry over medium heat for 5 minutes, turning once.Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 04
    5. Add the chopped onion and continue frying for 2 minutes, stirring.Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 05
    6. Add the cleaned but still whole garlic cloves, chili flake and paprika and stir-fry for another minute.Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 07
    7. Slice the carrots and celery root and add to the pot.Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 09Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 08Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 10
    8. Add the whole black peppercorns, crushed allspice, bay leaves, mustard.
    9. Add the wine and enough water to cover the meat and the other ingredients.
    10. Slice roughly the celery stalks and leeks.Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 12
    11. 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.
    12. Cook for another 20 minutes.
    13. Chop the Savoy Cabbage and add to the cooking pot.Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 14
    14. Cook until cabbage is done about 20-25 minutes.Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 15
    15. Serve while still hot.Pork Stew with Savoy Cabbage 17