A simple, yet healthy recipe. Borscht is made in Eastern Europe; from Russia to Ukraine, to Poland. Poland also has another borscht, that is white (without beets, barszcz biały).
After browsing recipes in English and Polish, the Polish variety of borscht is very simple. Some may make a fermented beet starter, also known as kwas. Others simple make it a beet soup. You can’t really add beets to anything without making a mess, so be prepared for some clean up (I don’t recommend storing leftovers of this one as this can make a mess)
There are basic ingredients in the soup, nothing fancy:
- Beets, or beet kwas
- Onions (white or yellow)
- Beef, Vegetable, or Chicken Broth
- Marjoram or allspice
- Salt and Pepper
- Vinegar, or lemon juice (if omitting the kwas
- (Optional: carrots and celery)
- You can either bake the beets in the oven first, or add in them chopped, raw. Either way, start with sautéing your onion.
- Then add garlic and beets, and any other vegetable you are using.
- Add stock, vinegar or lemon juice, and seasoning, and simmer for as long as you would like.
- It is optional to top with fresh dill and/or sour cream as well.
Side note: the Polish borscht is the simplest of them all. Russians may add cabbage and meat as well, and the Ukrainians add extras as well. There is also a traditional Christmas meal in Poland where mushrooms are added to the borscht.
I hope you enjoyed reading, learning, and cooking!
A show on KLRN that showcases the beautiful land of Scandinavia as well as the cuisine of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and Denmark.
Each show features a different area such as the mountainous regions of Norway to the southern coastal lands of Finland. The regions have their own cuisine and the host really focuses on the history and why the food is popular where it is. For example, rye grain is heartier than wheat and actually become a staple out of necessity in order to brave the tough years where wheat would not survive.
The meals they make during each show is not cooked in a kitchen but rather the outdoors. They have a mobile cooking setup where you see the beautiful scenery while getting to know Scandinavian cuisine.
This is a Croatian dish, specifically from the coastal region of Dalmatia. It starts with a simple dressing mix of:
- Olive oil
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Olives and/or capers
- Vinegar (I used balsamic vinegar)
- Lemon Juice
It then gets mixed with cooked octopus (I used the frozen cooked squid tentacles and threw in some mussels as well), and also boiled golden potatoes cut into chunks.
- Octopus or squid (cooked)
- Golden potatoes
- Mussels not standard but optional
Not traditional, but I also topped it with:
Banana peppers may added as well, and again; mussels are not the standard
Other common ingredients include:
An Eastern European food typically attributed to Polish origin. It can be a vegetarian dish by not using pork, and is mostly omitted anyways. I added it for more filling. This takes about 10 minutes from starting your prep to finish. Cheap, delicious, and easy.
- Egg noodles
- (Optional) – pork: bacon, pancetta, kielbasa
- Heat a pot of water and a pan with some butter and pork if using.
- Chop the onion then put in pan of butter and sauté for a couple minutes
- Add egg noodles to water then chop your cabbage
- Add your cabbage and some salt and pepper to pan of onions and cook until soft
- Add drained egg noodles.
Risotto is a dish with starchy rice cooked in a broth/stock. The rice used primarily are arborio, carnaroli, and vialone.
The rice is usually cooked by adding the liquid a ladle full at a time with very frequent stirring, though many are now just adding the liquid and letting be.
When starting the risotto, there is usually at least onions sautéed in butter and sometimes celery as well, then the rice is toasted, then deglazed with vermouth or wine.
The broth is then slowly added, waiting until it gets absorbed before adding more.
It is classically cooked al dente, but most restaurants in America will serve it tender.
Restaurants from different cuisines have taken on this delicious rice dish. I have seen it in Albuquerque at a Spanish (Spain) restaurant who put hatch chiles and corn it, and at a German style restaurant in Fredericksburg.
- Fun fact of the day: Mussolini tried to get Italy to eat more risotto instead of pasta due to the country’s reliance on importing the wheat.
“Heaven and earth”. Mashed potatoes and apples.
- Peel an equal amount of apples and potatoes, then large dice the potatoes and large slice the apples.
- Boil gently until both are tender in salted water.
- Drain, mash together, then add butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
This is a neat book with recipes from 12 other editions with the first one being from 1916 and having 500 copies. Each recipe is submitted with their name and the year it was submitted. The 13th edition was released in 1996.
There is a decent amount of German food recipes, and the rest is good home cooking. Every recipe is simple and no one is trying to overcomplicate everything.
I got my copy at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, though next year is the 175th anniversary so I’m sure there will be something special for that momentous occasion.
Rosolje is an Estonian beet potato salad, with a “kaste” (sauce)
- Red or White Onion
- Green Apple
- Herring Fillets
- Plain full fat yogurt or sour cream
- Mustard (preferably hot)
- Equal parts potato and beets, then whatever you want to add
- Equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream or yogurt, then the rest to taste
—Serve with boiled eggs and chives or parsley
An Estonian simple meat sauce. “Kaste” in Estonian is a thinner sauce than a thickened cream sauce. Serve with potatoes, rice, barley, or other choice
- Ground beef or pork
- Onion and garlic, minced
- Cream or whole mile
- Sour Cream
- Dill, thyme, chives (your choice)
- Render ground beef in butter or oil and then add onion, cook to soft
- Add cream or whole milk and let thicken a little
- Stir in sour cream and herbs if using