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  1. Menudo – Mexican Hangover Soup with Tripe and Turkey Recipe

    July 9, 2018 by Varga László

    Ingredients (8-10 servings):

    • 1.5 kg tripe precooked
    • 1.5 kg turkey wings
    • 3 medium onions
    • 3-4 bay leafs
    • 1 bulb of garlic
    • 3 green chili peppers
    • 3 celery stalks
    • 200 g tomato puree
    • 1 tablespoon oregano
    • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
    • 2 limes
    • 1 kg of oyster mushrooms
    • 1 medium red onion for garnishing
    • a bunch of parsley or coriander leaves for garnishing
    • salt and pepper to taste.

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash the tripe in 1-2 bowls of fresh water.
    2. Chop the onions. Or even if you just clean them, they will dissolve during the hours of boiling.
    3. Disjoint the turkey wings.
    4. Clean the garlic cloves.
    5. Add the tripe to a large cooking pot ( I used an open fire kettle, because I cooked outside). Fill with enough water to cover it . Start cooking.
    6. Add the turkey pieces, onion, garlic and bay leafs.
    7. Grille the green chili peppers, turning them a few times, until a bit charred on all their sides.
    8. Chop the grilled chili peppers.
    9. Cut the celery stalks in smaller pieces to fit the pot and add to the soup.
    10. Season with the sweet and hot paprika.
    11. Add the tomato puree and season with the oregano and some extra paprika if needed. 
    12. Slice roughly the mushrooms to have sort of a similar shape with the tripe.
    13. When the tripe and turkey has cooked for about 90 minutes, add the chopped mushrooms to the kettle with the soup and continue to cook until the mushrooms are cooked, about another 30 minutes.
    14. Slice thinly the red onions.
    15. Chop the parsley.
    16. Cut the remaining lime into wedges.
    17. When the soup is cooked, serve while hot in soup bowls garnished with some chopped parsley (coriander/cilantro if you like it, but I do not 🙂 ), some slices of red onion and a wedge of lime.

  2. Greek Octopus Cooked in Wine with Potatoes Recipe

    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

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

    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