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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. Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens

    April 5, 2015 by Varga László

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    It is spring time so it’s lamb season. I was shopping in the farmers market and got a bunch of stevia.

    Not long time ago there was the Persian New Year –  Nowruz.

    So I was looking for something to combine them all – Persian food, lamb and stevia. I found – Gormeh Sabzi – but I replaced the spinach with the stevia.

    I cooked this dish for some friends, most of them stating that they don’t like lamb at all, but they will taste it not to insult me.

    At the end they ate it all leaving the pot empty! 😉

    So, Happy Nowruz everyone, with a bit delay 🙂

     

    Ingredients (about 8-10 portions):

    • 1 kg boneless lamb shoulder- I used a full shoulder which I deboned myselfPersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 01Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 02
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 2 teaspoon freshly chopped ginger
    • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
    • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
    • 400 g tinned kidney beans, drained
    • 3 bunches steviaPersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 08
    • 2 bunches parsley
    • 1 leek
    • 2 bunches spring onions
    • 2 bunches spring garlic
    • 1 dried limePersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 13
    • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Cut the lamb meat into 2 cm cubes (debone it if necessary).Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 03
    2. Chop the onion and garlic.
    3. Cut the stevia leaves into 2 cm strips.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 11
    4. Slice the green garlic, green onions and leek.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 09Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 10
    5. In a large frying pan heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil.
    6. Add first the fattier lamb pieces, to melt the lard until they have browned and a bit crunchy.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 04
    7. Add the chopped onion and garlic and fry them until golden. Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 05
    8. Add the the remaining lamb and chopped ginger and fry them until golden brown.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 06
    9. Add the leeks,. Cover with a lid and slide into the oven for 1 1/2 hours.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 07
    10. Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan and add the stevia, parsley, spring onions, spring garlic and leek greens.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 12
    11. Fry them for a few minutes, over medium low heat, stirring until fragrant and darker.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 14
    12. Add to the casserole with the limes, season to taste, then return to the oven for a further 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours, until the lamb is extremely tender.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 15
    13. Serve while hot with saffron rice.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 17

  3. Pappardelle with Porcini Mushrooms – Italian Recipe

    October 20, 2014 by Varga László

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    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 medium onion
    • 4-5 garlic cloves
    • 500-600 g fresh porcini mushroomsPappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 02
    • 1/2 cup white winePappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 09
    • 250 g pappardelle pastaPappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 11
    • a handful of parsley leaves Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 13

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash carefully the porcini mushrooms under running water and dice them into 2-3 cm cubes.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 04Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 03
    2. Chop finely the garlic.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 05
    3. Chop finely the onions.
    4. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 06
    5. Add the onions and garlic and fry them until translucent and fragrant.
    6. Add the diced porcini mushroom, the wine, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until the wine has evaporated.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 07
    7. Fry stirring now and the for another 10 minutes.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 12
    8. Meanwhile cook the pappardelle according to their instruction.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 14
    9. Add the cooked pappardelle to the frying pan with mushrooms. Add the chopped parsley and double cream.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 15
    10. Give them a gentle stir and fry them for another minute.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 16
    11. Serve while hot with a glass of the remaining Italian wine.Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 18Pappardelle with Porcini Musrooms - Italian Recipe 20