Tarragon Soda

If you haven’t heard of it, try it. It smells wonderful and tastes just as delicious. I found it while wandering through a shop called Sasha’s International Market in San Antonio, Texas. The market has Eastern European food/drinks with a focus on Russian specialties (the shop will have its own post on my blog).

Tarragon is used medicinally as well cooking, and is definitely my favorite herb. When I read “tarragon” and it looked like a liquid I got so excited. The idea of tarragon soda was invented in Georgia (the country), and is very popular in Russia, and other Eastern European countries.

I personally have never seen this offered in any grocery store, though maybe I haven’t looked hard enough.

Enjoy!

Piena Darzenu Zupa

This is a Latvian dish found in “Old and New Recipes – Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, Baltic” by Simon Bajada

The main ingredients are milk and seasonal vegetables, but it is generally served cold on a hot summer’s day, which is why it is called summer’s milk soup. Very easy and healthy.

Ingredients will vary depending on your region but the ingredients listed are

  • Milk
  • Potatoes, small
  • Carrots
  • Hipsi Cabbage (closest substitutes are savoy or sweetheart)
  • Green Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Dill, marjoram, or parsley to garnish
    Chop your vegetables into size of your choice
    The main thing is to have your milk hot in a separate pot to not instantly cool your other ingredients when you add the milk. Other than that, you just stagger adding your ingredients based on cooking time.
    Add cabbage, carrots and potatoes into a pot with enough water to barely cover them. Boil gently until potatoes are nearly done.
    Keep simmering, then add hot milk, asparagus, and green beans
    Wait a couple minutes then add peas
    Cook until potatoes are done, then season to taste.
    Can be eaten hot or cold. Garnish with dill or parsley