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  1. 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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  2. 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

  3. Chicken Drumsticks Marinated in Kefir and Apricot Kernels Recipe

    January 11, 2014 by Varga László

     

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    Ingredients:

    • chicken drumsticks
    • kefir
    • chicken drumsticks
    • apricot kernelsiIMG_8340

    • salt and pepper to taste
    • lemon juice
    • olive oil

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Grind coarsely the apricot kernels.iIMG_8342
    2. Add to a bowl the the chopped apricot kernels, keffir, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir them well.iIMG_8345
    3. Place the drumsticks in the bowl and cover them with the marinade.iIMG_8346
    4. Leave them marinate for 1-2 hours.iIMG_8349
    5. Remove the chicken drumsticks from the marinade, shaking the excess marinade.
    6. Grill them for about 35 minutes turning them from time to time.iIMG_8355
    7. Serve them with the remaining marinade poured over.iIMG_8358
    Chicken Drumsticks Marinated in Kefir and Apricot Kernels

    Chicken Drumsticks Marinated in Kefir and Apricot Kernels