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  1. Šaltibarščiai – Lithuanian Pink Cold Beet Soup

    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

    Preparation method:

    1. Boil the potatoes with skins on. After they are boiled skin them and cut each of them in 4.
    2. Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise, then each one again twice lengthwise. Cut all of these quartered cucumbers in 2 mm slices.
    3. Chop the parsley leaves and dill.
    4. Cut the green parts of green onions into 1 cm pieces.
    5. Pour the kefir in a large pot to hold all ingredients.
    6. Grate the beetroots directly into the kefir pot, stir from time to time to check if you reached the desired pinkish colour.
    7. Boil the eggs hard.
    8. Add the chopped greens – dill, parsley, cucumbers and green onions, and stir them gently into the soup. Add salt to taste.
    9. Add the soup to the fridge to cool down for at least half an hour.
    10. 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.

  2. Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried Shrimps

    April 26, 2017 by Varga László

    Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried Shrimps

    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 kg fresh shiitake mushrooms
      fresh shiitake mushrooms
    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon of dried red chili  flakes
    • 250 g fresh or frozen shrimps
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • Fresh green onion

    Preparation method

    1. Slice the mushrooms into 2-3 pieces.
      Slice the mushrooms
    2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat until very hot.
    3. Chop the garlic, slice the green onion.Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried Shrimps
    4. Add the mushrooms, chopped garlic, chili flakes and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    5. Fry, stirring occasionally, until they get a bit smokey and well browned, around 4 minutes. Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried ShrimpsTransfer them to a plate and set aside.
    6. Add another spoon of olive oil to the pan and add the shrimps.
    7. Fry them, turning once for around 2-3 minutes. Squeeze about a tablespoon of lemon juice over.
      Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried Shrimps
    8. Serve the smokey mushrooms mixed with shrimps. Garnish with chopped spring onion.

  3. Chicken with Figs – Greek Recipe

    September 2, 2014 by Varga László

    Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe

    I had the idea of this recipe from my holiday in Greece: they have very good wines and plenty of figs, and a lot of yummy seafood, but that will be the focus of other posts.

    So, on the way back from Lefkada we stopped at a market and between other goodies bought some figs, a Greek red wine and a big can of extra virgin olive oil. A friend helped me pick the right kind of olive oil because it was only labeled in Greek 😉 .

    Back home, I only needed the chicken and on a late August night I cooked the following dish. It was one of the tastiest I cooked or tested lately.

    Ingredients (3-4 servings):

    • 700 g chicken breasts
    • 8-10 fresh figs, even a bit overripeChicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
    • 250 ml Imiglykos Greek red wineChicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
    • 2 bay leaves
    • the juice of half lemon
    • 2 tablespoons Greek virgin olive oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    Preparation method:

    1. Halve the figs., set aside some halves for decoration.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
    2. Wash the chicken breasts and cut each of them into 4 smaller pieces. Salt and pepper them and leave them 5 minutes.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
    3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and, over high heat lightly, Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipefry the chicken breasts on both sides.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
    4. Turn heat to medium low and add the halved figs, wine, lemon juice and bay leaves.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
    5. Simmer for around 20 minutes until sauce reduced and the figs are mostly dissolved in the sauce.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
    6. Serve with rice or potatoes, garnish with the fresh fig halves and some mint leaves.

    Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe