Oil and seasonings are the main thing.
For potatoes I may do the standard mix I use: salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Then I may add Italian seasoning.
For broccoli, cauliflower, or broccolini, I just use that 4 spice mix.
For carrots I add some brown sugar and the 4 spice mix.
Whatever the vegetable; toss in olive oil, garlic oil, or your preferred oil, and season generously.
Then put on a pan with parchment paper on 375. Stir once or twice and turn pan around to cook evenly. The time varies greatly depending on the size you cut the vegetables, and the variety.
Broccolini will be done in less than 15 minutes, while carrots may take over 30.
“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.
Cucumber & Honey
Found in Simon Bajada’s Baltic Cookbook. It can’t get simpler.
Wash cucumber and leave skin on, or peel and slice.
Put honey on top
This is a Lithuanian dish, and I’m surprised I’ve never heard of anyone doing this before.
A Polish sauerkraut and pork soup. The pork used can include: bacon, Kielbasa, pork ribs, ham hock, or a combination of them. The vegetables used are normally: carrots, celery, potatoes, and of course cabbage in the form of sauerkraut. Common spices used are: peppercorn, allspice, bay leaves, dill, paprika, marjoram, parsley, and salt.
Recipe. Meat 1/3 lb chopped bacon, 1 lb pork ribs cut into 1 rib pieces. Vegetables (all diced except sauerkraut) 1 medium onion, 2 carrots, 1 lb sauerkraut, 1 large or 2 medium peeled potato. Spices 64 ounces of chicken stock, 3 allspice, 3 peppercorn, 3 bay leaves, 1/2 tsp marjoram.
- To start: Heat 2 tbsp of butter in a large pot and then put in the bacon, onions, carrots, and ribs. Brown the ribs slightly and crisp the bacon.
- Add the stock and the spices. Bring to a simmer then cook ribs to about 165, until almost fall off the bone.
- Put drained sauerkraut in a separate pan with 2 tbsp of butter and 3 tbsp sugar; cook until brown.
- Add sauerkraut and potatoes to pot and finish cooking ribs, until about 190 or when ribs fall off bone.