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  1. Smokey Shiitake Mushrooms with Panfried Shrimps

    April 26, 2017 by Varga László

     

    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 kg 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.
    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.
    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. Transfer 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.
    8. Serve the smokey mushrooms mixed with shrimps. Garnish with chopped spring onion.

  2. 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.

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  3. Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries – Recipe

    August 19, 2014 by Varga László

    Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe

    This is a recipe I invented for my birthday. Usually for my birthday cooking I use strawberries because they are in season and they taste great when bought from the farmsers market, but normally I would do chicken salad with strawberries.
    But because earlier this year I had a cooking night with a friend who prepared a raw calamari salad, I was inspired by his achievement and replaced chicken with calamari.
    This was only the first course, the second one will follow soon, it’s chicken 😉

    Ingredients (6 servings):

    • 1 kg calamari stripsGrilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    • 500 g (smaller) octopus tentacles
    • 1 kg fresh strawberries
    • 5-6 spring onions
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • a tablespoon (to taste) balsamic vinegar
    • Hungarian barbeque style seasoning mix – optional

    Preparation method:

    1. Salt and pepper the calamari and octopus. I also added some spice mixture of Hungarian inspiration called Spicy Puszta.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    2. Let them rest for about 5 minutes.
    3. Wash the strawberries and cut them in halves.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    4. Cut the spring onions into 1 cm pieces.
    5. Grill the seafood over high heat for cca 10 minutes turning them, until they get a bit charcoaled at the surface.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    6. Let the seafood cool down, then cut the calamari and octopus into 1 cm slices.
    7. Add to a bowl the strawberries, calamari, octopus and spring onions.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    8. Drizzle over some balsamic vinegar and stir the salad gently     Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe