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
- Boil the potatoes with skins on. After they are boiled skin them and cut each of them in 4.
- Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise, then each one again twice lengthwise. Cut all of these quartered cucumbers in 2 mm slices.
- Chop the parsley leaves and dill.
- Cut the green parts of green onions into 1 cm pieces.
- Pour the kefir in a large pot to hold all ingredients.
- Grate the beetroots directly into the kefir pot, stir from time to time to check if you reached the desired pinkish colour.
- Boil the eggs hard.
- Add the chopped greens – dill, parsley, cucumbers and green onions, and stir them gently into the soup. Add salt to taste.
- Add the soup to the fridge to cool down for at least half an hour.
- 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.
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May 5, 2017 by Varga László
I was in mood to cook something with fish, soon after i made the arancini so I was in mood for balls.
I found on my shelves a can of chickpeas and no bread, so i decided to use the chickpeas as the binding agent for my fishballs.
Being springtime I used green garlic and green onions, you could use the regular non-spring versions as well but these greens give a fresh flavor and a nice color and texture.
The final outcome was not only very pretty but also so yummy!
This is my special new recipe, pretty quick and straightforward:
Ingredients (2 servings):
- 1 can chickpeas
- 300-400 g boneless salmon fillets
- 1 egg
- 2 green garlics
- 1 green onion
- 100 g breadcrumbs
- 100 g shredded mozzarella cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- frying oil enough to fill the skillet
- With a fork, mash the canned chickpeas, discard the liquid from the can.
- Dice the salmon then chop them with a kitchen knife until the pieces are quite small, but not a paste
- Chop the green garlic and onion.
- Mix together in a bowl the mashed chickpeas, salmon, mozzarella cheese, chopped green onion and garlic, a whole egg, salt and pepper to taste.
- Form small ball the size of a chestnut from this mixture.
- Lay the breadcrumbs in a tray and roll the fishball into the breadcrumbs to get a uniform coating.
- Heat the frying oil in a deep enough skillet, and fry the fishballs over medium high heat until they get a nice golden color. Don’t overcrowd the pan, not to burn them.
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May 5, 2017 by Varga László
Recently I had some friends over Martin,an Argentinian globetrotter, and Ramona. We had some good time for the weekend, showing them the city, partying and so on.
On Saturday we had a cooking evening under his supervision 🙂 . The menu included from soup to cake, but the thing i liked the most was Tortilla Española – Spanish omelette with potatoes.
It is a very tasty and stomach filling meal, below you have the recipe:
Ingredients (4 servings):
- 2 medium onions
- 1 kg potatoes
- 6 eggs
- 100 ml vegetable frying oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Clean and chop the onions
- Peel the potatoes and dice them into small cubes
- Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the cubed potatoes and fry them until golden.
- With a slotted spoon remove the potatoes and set them aside in a large bowl
- Add the chopped onions to the pan and fry them until golden over medium low heat. Remove them from the pan with the slotted spoon and add them to the bowl. Remove the pan from the fire.
- Add to the bowl the whole eggs, salt and pepper to taste, and stir them carefully together.
- Heat up the pan with the remaining oil in and pour over the egg- potato mixture
- Fry over low heat for about 8-10 minutes.
- Place a wide enough flat plate on top of the frying pan and with a single move turn over the fried omlette to the plate, then gently slide it back into the pan, fried side up.
- Fry for another 3-5 minutes and then again with the same move as above, flip the omlette to the flat plate
- Cut into 8 and serve
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