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  1. Cullen Skink – Scottish Fish Soup Recipe

    January 30, 2015 by Varga László

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    Cullen Sink is a fish soup from North East coast of Scotland, from the fishing village of Cullen – hence its name, skink is a local word in Scots for soup.

    The recipe’s main ingredients are smoked fish (haddock) and potatoes, with addition of milk and butter for its creaminess.  Its somewhat similar to the American chowder and the French bisque.

    I came across Cullen Skink by watching Heston Blumenthal’s – In Search of Perfection – The Fish Pie Episode. He goes to Scotland in search for ingredients and tastes this wonderful creamy soup.

    Next day, on Sunday evening some friends came over and because of the cold weather from outside I wanted to cook something hearty – a soup or a stew. I had the Cullen Skink in my mind for a whole day and decided to cook it. It was a very good choice, all my friends liked it and one of them, Anca, almost literally licked the pot.

    Because she loves fish dishes and specially sops I promised her to cook soon some other fish dish, maybe Hungarian – Halászlé, maybe Italian – Acqua pazza or Brodetto, perhaps some Asian fish soup.

    Although the original recipe had smoked haddock, I had to replace it with smoked mackerel, not being to find haddock in time.

    So here is my recipe:

    Ingredients (6 servings):

    • 500 g of smoked haddock – I used smoked mackerelCullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 1
    • 500 g potatoes
    • butter
    • 3 small onions
    • 750 ml full fat (whole) milk
    • salt
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 1-2 bay leaves
    • 1 green onion

    Preparation method:

    1. Peel and dice the potatoes into 1 cm cubes.Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 2
    2. Cook them until soft then mash them and set aside.
    3. Place the smoked fish in a pot, add the bay leaves and enough milk to cover the fish.Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 4
    4. Bring it to boil and poach the fish over low heat for about 8-10 minutes.
    5. Remove the fish from the milk. Carefully flake the fish removing all the bones and skins.
    6. Slice thinly the onions. Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 5
    7. Melt the butter in a pan and add the onions. Sweat the onions over medium low heat for about 10 minutes, without browning them.Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 6
    8. From time to time, add some cooking water from the potatoes to prevent the onions from caramelizing.
    9. Add the mashed potatoes and the milk from the fish pot.
    10. Bring to boil and add if needed some milk until the desired consistency/creaminess.
    11. Add the fish flakes, stir gently and season to taste with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
    12. Serve immediately while still hot, garnished with sliced green onions.Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 8 Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 7

  2. German Potato Salad – Oktoberfest Recipe

    October 24, 2014 by Varga László

    German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 9Ingredients (6-8 servings):

    • 2.5 kg medium potatoes
    • 1 jar of mayonnaise
    • 200 ml Sana, you can use also yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon German mustard
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 5 stalk spring onion
    • some German sausages to grillGerman Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 2
    • 500 g mushrooms to grill

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash thoroughly the potatoes.
    2. In a larger pot filled with water add some salt and boil the potatoes in their skins until tender. Check their tenderness from time to time by poking them with a fork.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 1
    3. Peel the skins off the potatoes while their still hot because it;s the easiest, and let them cool down to room temperature.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 4
    4. When cooled, dice the potatoes into 2 cm cubes.
    5. Chop the green onions into 1 cm pieces.
    6. In a larger bowl add the cubes potatoes, chopped green onions, mayonnaise, mustard, Sana and stir gently with a wooden spoon, carefully not to crumble the potatoes. And salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 6
    7. Meanwhile (and if you are not a vegetarian) grill some German sausages. I used some bratwurst and some weisswurst.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 3
    8. I also grilled some mushrooms.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 5
    9. Serve the cold potato salad with the hot grilled sausages and some German pickles or sauerkraut.German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 8German Potato Salad - Oktoberfest Recipe 7

  3. Baked Purple Potatoes and Fish Recipe

    October 23, 2014 by Varga László

     

    Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 09Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 08

     

    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 1 kg purple potatoesBaked Fish and Purple Potatoes 01
    • 4 pieces of white fish fillets
    • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • a handful of peppermint leaves
    • 10-15 slices of red hot chili peppers preserved in salted brine
    • salt and black pepper to taste

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash thoroughly the potatoes and cut them into quarters.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 02
    2. Smear some olive oil on the bottom of an oven proof dish, place the quartered potatoes in it, sprinkle over salt and freshly ground pepper.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 03
    3. Wash the fish fillets and place them into another oiled oven proof dish. Sprinkle the soy sauce over and garnish with the chilli pepper slices and fresh mint leaves.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 04
    4. Preheat the oven ant 180 C.
    5. Bake the fish for circa 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 06
    6. Bake the potatoes for about 30 minutes.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 05
    7. Serve the fish and potatoes garnished with tomato slices.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 07