October 16, 2014 by Varga László
During the summer, I had visiting a friend from Latvia, Dace, very pretty girl, studying theater.
After a while, this autumn we chatted online and she told me that she was as most of her countrymen busy picking mushrooms, she laughed when I told her I never did mushrooming ;). (Though, a few weeks later I went picking mushrooms and the ensuing recipe will follow soon).
Inspired by this huge Latvian tradition for mushrooms I cooked the following recipe with some wild mushrooms bought from the farmers market, you can you whatever you find as long they are wild!
The recipe turned out to be very tasty as my Ukrainian guests agreed, soon I will cook Varenyky inspired by talks with them.
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 500 g wild mushrooms – I used once scotch bonnet mushrooms
- 6 larger potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 100 ml white wine
- 1 l vegetable stock
- 1 medium onion
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika
- 100 ml heavy cream
- some freshly dill for garnishing
- Chop the onion roughly.
- Peel and dice the potatoes.
- Chop roughly the mushrooms if using larger ones
- Heat olive oil and butter in a large soup pot.
- Saute the chopped mushrooms until soft.
- Add the white wine, vegetable stock, potatoes and salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are soft.
- In a different small frying pan heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chopped onion and fry until golden brown and having a nice aroma.-
- When potatoes have cooked take out about half of them into a blender. Add some liquid from the soup and puree them.
- Add the pureed potatoes add back into pot of soup, together with the heavy cream, paprika and some salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the soup while hot, add a tablespoon of creme and some dill leaves.
Category Soup, Vegetarian | Tags: Latvian,mushrooms,onions,potatoes,soup,vegetarian | 1 Comment
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
- Wash and clean thoroughly the hogget leg.
- In a food processor blend together the olives filled with anchovies, honey, garlic, wine, vinegar and 1 lemon’s zest.
- 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.
- Preheat the oven to 220 C.
- Place the hogget leg into an oven tray.
- Brush the paste over the hogget leg carefully so the whole covered.
- Put some more thyme branches and the other lemon cut into eight.
- 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.
- 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.
- While roasting the meat prepare the vegetables to roast, I had some cauliflower, small white aubergines, wild green zucchinis, yellow onions and potatoes.
- Cut the zucchinis in two then slice them more into quarters or so.
- Separate the cauliflower into smaller florets.
- Cut the onions into quarters.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove the hogget from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes to cool a bit down.
- Carve meat pieces and serve with the roasted vegetables.
Category Lamb | Tags: cauliflower,eggplant,garlic,honey,lamb,lemo,olives,onions,oven,potato,roasted,thyme,vegetables,wine,zucchini | 2 Comments
August 13, 2012 by Varga László
Ingredients (4-6 servings)
- 1 kg boneless lamb meat
- 2-3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 medium onion
- 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped dried mint
- 2 cloves of garlic
- about 1/2 kg of rhubarb stalks
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- salt to taste
- Chop the onion and ginger.
- Cut the lamb meat off the bones – I used the front leg – and cut into 2 cm cubes.
- Heat the butter in a larger, add chopped onion, chopped ginger and some salt and saute until golden brown.
- Add the turmeric and ground black pepper, mix them stirring a wooden spatula.
- Add the lamb, bring the heat higher and brown the meat on all sides, if needed add a bit more oil or butter to avoid burning the meat.
- Pour about 2 cups of water, just enough to cover it, bring it to boil. Add the garlic, cover the pot with a lid and simmer over low heat for about an hour, stirring from time to time.
- Meanwhile, in 2 tablespoons of butter saute the parsley for 2 minutes then add the chopped dried mint ans saute for another minute.
- Add the this parsley-mint mix to the lamb pot halfway of its one hour simmering.
- Wash the rhubarb stalks an cut them into 2-3 cm pieces.
- Add the rhubarb to the pot and simmer for 8-10 minutes until the rhubarb is done, mixing carefully.
- Add one tablespoon of brown sugar, and simmer for fa further minute.
- Serve with some brown rice, which is healthier than the white one.
Category Ethnic, Lamb | Tags: Asian,butter,ethnic,ginger,lamb,mint,onions,parsley,Persian,rhubarb,stew | 1 Comment