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  1. Persian Recipe – Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens

    April 5, 2015 by Varga László

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    It is spring time so it’s lamb season. I was shopping in the farmers market and got a bunch of stevia.

    Not long time ago there was the Persian New Year –  Nowruz.

    So I was looking for something to combine them all – Persian food, lamb and stevia. I found – Gormeh Sabzi – but I replaced the spinach with the stevia.

    I cooked this dish for some friends, most of them stating that they don’t like lamb at all, but they will taste it not to insult me.

    At the end they ate it all leaving the pot empty! 😉

    So, Happy Nowruz everyone, with a bit delay 🙂

     

    Ingredients (about 8-10 portions):

    • 1 kg boneless lamb shoulder- I used a full shoulder which I deboned myselfPersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 01Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 02
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 2 teaspoon freshly chopped ginger
    • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
    • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
    • 400 g tinned kidney beans, drained
    • 3 bunches steviaPersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 08
    • 2 bunches parsley
    • 1 leek
    • 2 bunches spring onions
    • 2 bunches spring garlic
    • 1 dried limePersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 13
    • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Cut the lamb meat into 2 cm cubes (debone it if necessary).Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 03
    2. Chop the onion and garlic.
    3. Cut the stevia leaves into 2 cm strips.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 11
    4. Slice the green garlic, green onions and leek.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 09Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 10
    5. In a large frying pan heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil.
    6. Add first the fattier lamb pieces, to melt the lard until they have browned and a bit crunchy.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 04
    7. Add the chopped onion and garlic and fry them until golden. Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 05
    8. Add the the remaining lamb and chopped ginger and fry them until golden brown.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 06
    9. Add the leeks,. Cover with a lid and slide into the oven for 1 1/2 hours.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 07
    10. Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan and add the stevia, parsley, spring onions, spring garlic and leek greens.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 12
    11. Fry them for a few minutes, over medium low heat, stirring until fragrant and darker.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 14
    12. Add to the casserole with the limes, season to taste, then return to the oven for a further 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours, until the lamb is extremely tender.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 15
    13. Serve while hot with saffron rice.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 17

  2. Carrot Potato Cream Soup Recipe

    February 9, 2013 by Varga László

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    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 500 g carrots
    • 250 g potatoes
    • 1 medium onion
    • 5 garlic cloves
    • 100 g butter
    • 100 ml white semisweet wine
    • 1 tablespoon shopped fresh ginger
    • some hard rind matured cheese
    • a few parsley leaves
    • croutons

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Chop the onion and garlic.
    2. Slice the carrots into 1 cm thick slices.aIMG_6715
    3. Dice the potatoes into 2 cm cubes.aIMG_6723
    4. Melt half of the butter in a pot and fry lightly the chopped onion and garlic for 5 minutes.aIMG_6718
    5. Add the carrots and the other half o the butter, cover and saute over medium heat for about 10 minutes.aIMG_6719
    6. Add the potatoes, ginger and plenty of water to cover and cook for about 45 minutes until the vegetables are done.aIMG_6724
    7. Let it cool down for 30 minutes.
    8. Using an immersion blender puree the vegetables until smooth.
    9. Add the wine to the soup pot, reheat it and cook for a few minutes over low heat.
    10. Optionally you can add creme but I have left it out.
    11. Serve the soup hot in a bowl or a saucer. Grate some hard rind matured cheese over the soup, I used some polish Old Poland – Bursztyn cheese.aIMG_6728
    12. Garnish with some chopped parsley leaves and croutons on the side.aIMG_6739aIMG_6736

     

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  3. Thai Persimmon Turkey with Steamed Buttery Broccoli Recipe

    January 24, 2013 by Varga László

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    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 500 g deboned turkey leg
    • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
    • garlic
    • 1/2 lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon hot chili paste
    • soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 2 persimmons
    • 1 small green chili pepper
    • 1 tablespoon lemongrass
    • 500 g button mushrooms
    • 1 cup coconut milk
    • 3 green onions
    • 1 red capia pepper
    • 1 large broccoli
    • 75 g butter
    • salt to taste

     

    Preparation method:

      1. Dice the turkey into 2 cm cubes.aIMG_6513
      2. Place the turkey into a bowl together with the marinade components: garlic, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce, hot chili paste and brown sugar.aIMG_6518
      3. Mix them well together and leave marinating for 1-2 hours.
      4. Slice the green chili pepper and dice the capia pepper.
      5. Cut the mushrooms into quarters.
      6. Chop the green onions.
      7. Slice the persimmon then cut each slice in two. Reserve a few slices for garnishing.aIMG_6536
      8. Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat and the meat, green chili pepper and lemongrass for 4-5 minutes.aIMG_6525
      9. Add the quartered mushrooms, cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes.aIMG_6530
      10. Add the green onions, dices capia pepper and persimmon, stir fry for another 3-4 minutes.aIMG_6532
      11. Add the coconut milk and simmer for another 5-10 minutes until sauce thickens.aIMG_6538
      12. Wash well the broccoli and cut off its florets.aIMG_6534
      13. In a frying pan melt the butter, add the broccoli and about 1/4 cup water. Season with salt.
      14. Cover the pan with a lid and steam the broccoli this way, stirring a few time the pan, for about 5 minutes until their color turns wild green and they become just crisp. Beware not to overcook it because it looses texture and becomes mushy.
      15. Serve the turkey dish with some steamed buttery broccoli and garnish with some fresh persimmon slices.aIMG_6546aIMG_6553

     

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