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  1. Goose with Smoked Pears – Recipe Inspired from Ukraine

    December 13, 2014 by Varga László

    Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 07I have been recently in Ukraine in Zakarpattia – aka Subcarpathia, very nice place, very friendly people, very good food and vodka.

    While I was visiting the city and browsing through the farmers market I found smoked pears, never heard of them before.

    So when I came back, I had to try them and add a splash of vodka to keep the Ukrainian theme. And since it’s goose season the meat of choice was of course goose.

    Here’s the recipe:

    Ingredients (2-4 servings):

    • 2 goose legs
    • 2 goose wings
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 100 ml dry white wine
    • 10-15 smoked pearsGoose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 05
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 2-3 mild red chili peppers
    • 1 large tomato
    • 1 spoon of honey
    • a dash of vodka, optional
    • salt and pepper to taste


    Preparation method:

    1. Salt and pepper the goose legs and wings and place them in an ovenproof dish. Add the bay leaves and white wine,Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 02
    2. Place the dish with goose parts in the preheated oven at 180 C and roast the for about 1.5-2 hours, until done, and the skins are crunchy.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 11
    3. Meanwhile chop finely the red peppers.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 03
    4. Dice finely the tomatoes.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 04
    5. Place the diced tomatoes and chopped  peppers in a small pot, add a cup of water, a bit of salt and pepper, and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes until they are soft and mushy.
    6. In another small pot add the smoked pears and about 1 liter of water simmer over medium heat for about 30-45 minutes until the pears have soaked and soften up.
    7. Remove the pears and set them aside.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 06
    8. In the smokey-peary liquid add the dissolved cornstarch, a dash of vodka and the honey, simmer for a minute until thickens a bit.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 12
    9. Server the goose legs with some boiled potatoes, some smoked pears covered with sauce and a spoon of the chili-tomato sauce.     Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 08 Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 09 Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 10

  2. Roasted Hogget with Lemon and Olives Recipe

    August 28, 2012 by Varga László

    Hogget is a lamb between 1 and 2 years. Therefore it has a very subtle taste in-between lamb and mutton, if you like it more rare (and I cooked it more so) leave it roast less, if the liking si more well done roast half an hour plus.

    This is also a meat the I bought from the farmers market, I had another get-together with friends and got to the market to see what the fresh and eye charming meat we found. Therefore hogget was the choice of this time.

    Ingredients (6-8 servings)

    • 1 hogget leg, the behind one is quite bigger and meatier 😉
    • 200 g olives stuffed with anchovies
    • 4 tablespoons honey
    • 2 lemons
    • 1/2 teaspoon Xerxes vinegar (or else you have more at hand)
    • 1-2 tablespoons wine
    • 4 cloves of garlic
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • about 6-8 branches of thyme
    • 100 ml wine, white or otherwise
    • salt and pepper to taste
    For the roasted vegetables:
    • a medium (wild) green zucchini
    • 1/2 kg potatoes
    • 1 head of cauliflower
    • about 8 small white eggplants
    • 4 medium yellow onions

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash and clean thoroughly the hogget leg.
    2. In a food processor blend together the olives filled with anchovies, honey, garlic, wine, vinegar and 1 lemon’s zest.
    3. Blend it until it forms a smooth paste thick/thin enough to be spread, if needed add some more wine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Preheat the oven to 220 C.
    5. Place the hogget leg into an oven tray.
    6.  Brush the paste over the hogget leg carefully so the whole covered.
    7. Put some more thyme branches and the other lemon cut into eight.
    8. f you have a gas oven, baste with some more wine while roasting. In electric oven you can still baste it but it’s optional.
    9. Roast for about 2-2 1/2 hours depending on the size of the hogget and how you like it – rare / medium / well done. Check with a steak fork to sea the meat’s consistency.
    10. While roasting the meat prepare the vegetables to roast, I had some cauliflower, small white aubergines, wild green zucchinis, yellow onions and potatoes.
    11. Cut the zucchinis in two then slice them more into quarters or so.
    12. Separate the cauliflower into smaller florets.
    13. Cut the onions into quarters.
    14. Crest the potatoes (in their skins) and place them in the oven first since they need the most time to cook. Spread some salt and pepper and drizzles of olive oil over the vegetables.
    15. After some 20 minute place the other vegetables on the roasting trays an lay them into the oven, below the hogget. Let them roast for another 20 minutes.
    16. Remove the hogget from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes to cool a bit down.
    17. Carve meat pieces and serve with the roasted vegetables.

  3. Pork Shoulder with Cherry Sauce and Bavarian Semmelknödeln (Dumplings) Recipe

    August 3, 2012 by Varga László

    Ingredients (3-4 servings):

    • about 1 kg of pork shouulder
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • a few sage leaves
    • a cup of red wine

    For the Semmelknödeln (dumplings)

    • 4 stale bread rolls
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 250 ml milk
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 1 onion
    • 4 tablespoons butter 200 ml cream
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 small eggs

    For the cherrie sauce:

    • about 1/2 kg of fresh cherries
    • about a cup of water
    • 1-2 tablespoons honey
    • a pinch of cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


    Preparation method:

    1. Slice the pork shoulder  into 1 cm slices.
    2. Salt pork slices, place them in a bowl, with the sage leaves in-between then pour over the wine.
    3. Let the pork marinade for 2-3 hours or best, overnight.
    4. Melt a bit o butter in a frying pan and fry the pork slices on bouth sides for 2-3 minutes.

    For the Semmelknödeln (dumplings):

    1. Cut the bread rolls  into cubes and salt them lightly.
    2. Heat milk and pour over the bread cubes and let them soak for about 30 minutes.
    3. Peel the onion and chop it finely.
    4. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a small frying pan and saute the onion until translucent, then stir in one tablespoon of parsley.
    5. Add the sauted onion-parsley mix and the two eggs to the soaked bread and knead well. Season with salt and pepper.
    6. In a saucepan, bring plenty of salted water to a boil.
    7. Form a dumpling from the dough and add them into the boiling water. If it doesn’t fall appart with wet hands form the rest of the dough into dumplings, about 10-12 in total, add them into the boiling water and cook them for about 15 minutes.If the test dumpling falls apart, knead a bit of flour in the dough.

    For the cherry sauce:

    1. Wash and stone the cherries.
    2. Add the cherries to a smaller pot and about a cup of water or as much to just cover them.
    3. Bring to boil, add 2 tablespoons of honey, the cinnamon and simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
    4. In a separate cup mix thoroughly  together 1 tablespoon cornstarch with about a quarter cup of cold water.
    5. Add it  to the cherry pot and simmer further for a 2 minute or util the sauce thickens.
    Serve two slices of pork shoulder with 3-4 Semmelknödeln dumplings and pour over some cherry sauce.