Lohikeitto – Finnish Salmon Soup Recipe

Ingredients (4-6 servings):

  • 500 g salmon fillet
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 l fish stock, or other stocks, or water
  • 3-4 potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill leaves
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Skin the salmon fillet and cut them in 2 cm cubes.
  2. Slice the carrots.
  3. Peel and dice the potatoes.
  4. Chop the onion.
  5. Chop the dill leaves.
  6. Melt the butter in a pot and saute the chopped onions for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the stock: cook the mackerel in about 1-1.5 litres of water for about 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through.
  8. Reserve the fish for separate consumption, we’ll use only the stock for the recipe.
  9. While the leeks are cooking, put 5 cups of water and the reserved fish skin in a saucepan and bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  10. Add to the pot the salmon skin, cubed potatoes, sliced carrots and the fish stock.
  11. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes and carrots are cooked. Remove the salmon skin.
  12. Add to the soup pot the cubed salmon, the cream, half of the chopped dill and cracked allspice.
  13. Bring back to boil and simmer over low heat a few minutes, until the fished is just cooked. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  14. Serve hot with some extra chopped dill on top.

Roasted Chicken Wings Marinated in Sambuca Chipotle

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 500 g chicken wings
  • 100 ml sambuca
  • 50 ml chipotle sauce
  • half lemon’s juice
  • plenty of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Preparation method:

  1. Wash the chicken wings.
  2. Add the chicken wings to a bowl together with the sambuca, chipotle sauce, lemon juice and plenty of salt.
  3. Stir them gently together.
  4. Let the wings marinate overnight.
  5. In the morning place the chicken wings on a baking tray with baking sheet and broil/roast them for 40-50 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, add the remaining marinating juices to a saucepan and reduce them over low heat.
  7. Add a teaspoon cornstarch diluted in cold water to the pan and cook for another minute.
  8. Serve the chicken wings hot from the oven, topped with the chipotle sambuca sauce.

Flaczki – Polish Tripe Soup Recipe

Ingredients (6 servings):

  • 500 g beef tripe precooked and sliced
  • 500 g beef meat and bones (prepackaged soup mix)
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 celery root
  • a bunch of parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 6-10 whole allspice berries
  • 10 os so whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon hot paprika (I used a chilli pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • salt to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Julienne the carrots and half of the celery root.
  2. Chop the parsley leaves.
  3. Cut the beef meat into large cubes.
  4. Place the tripe and the beef soup meat and bones with enough water to cover in a large soup pot. Season with plenty of salt.
  5. Bring to boil and then reduce heat and simmer over medium heat for 1-2 hours, until tripe is cooked.
  6. Add the bay leaves, black peppercorns, chilli pepper, sweet paprika, tomato paste, allspice and marjoram.
  7. Add the carrot sticks, celery root sticks and broth, or water to cover them all. Bring to boil and simmer until vegetables are tender.
  8. Add the chopped parsley leaves and cook for 2 more minutes.
  9. Serve hot with some extra chopped parsley on top.
  10. In Polish, tripe soup is known as flaki zupa (FLAH-kee) or just flaczki (FLAHTCH-kee), which also literally means “guts.” Typically, Polish tripe soup is made with beef tripe and is considered one of the national soups of Poland, especially since it is touted to have been eaten by King Władysław II Jagiełło.
    While recipes vary by region, in addition to beef tripe, vegetables, beef broth, and marjoram are included and sometimes tomatoes or tomato paste, and other spices are added. Some versions feature a clear broth, while others are creamed. This recipe is made in the Warsaw style (flaki po Warzawsku).