Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Jablko-Mrkvový Salát - Czech Carrot- Apple Salad

Along with the Czech garlic soup that I cooked for the letter C in the Around the world in 30 days series.This salad is super easy and very flavorful!

I used:
Adapted from - A little bit of Czech Czech
Serves -2
Carrot-1,small, grated
Apple-1,small, grated
Raisins - a handful
Orange juice- 2 tablespoons
Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon
Sugar to taste

Take the grated carrot and apple in a bowl.Add the sugar, orange juice, lemon juice,raisins and  mix.Cover and refrigerate.

Tastes best when serve chilled

Česnečka - Czech Garlic Soup

I know that many of my fellow marathoners would have thought I would be making some Chinese dishes for this alphabet but in doing so I don't think there would be any thrill in that,right! So I am going to disappoint them and cook from another country.Our journey is now proceeding towards the Czech Republic from Bulgaria.

Here are some facts about this country...
  • The Czech Republic has over 2000 castes / caste ruins!
  • Tourism is the major source of economy for this country.
  • This country boasts of being the largest consumers of beer.
  • Czech has some well known spa towns.
  • Tennis champion Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl hail from this country.
  • 90% of the population have completed secondary education!
  • Soft contact lenses were discovered by a Czech national named Otto Wicheterle.
  • Christmas dinner in this country would be considered incomplete if carp is not served.
Cuisine of Czech Republic:

Here is something that I read while searching for the recipes from this cuisine...

This cuisine is not not exactly synonymous with healthy cooking.They are mostly rich in calories, fat and sugar! Now a day , the people are shifting towards to more healthier food styles.

A Czech meal often starts with a soup.The main course has some meat and side dishes.There are a lot of desserts in this cuisine that are tasty and fatty!A lot of butter and whipped cream is used and the

Some dishes unique to this cuisine are
  • Roast pork with bread dumplings and stewed cabbage
  • Beef roast with steamed dumplings and creamy vegetable sauce
  • Roast duck with dumpling and red cabbage
  • Potato pancakes
  • Carp for Christmas
  • Fried Cheese
  • Honey cakes
  • Crepes with different fillings
  • Fruit filled dumplings.

 Behind the scene :

This was the 5th recipe that I cooked for this series - Around the world in 30 days. The day I made this,it was cold and rainy The soup tasted awesome. I took it for clicking pics and hubby saw it and wanted to taste it.As soon as the quick photo shoot was over,hubby finished off the entire bowl of soup!!And I had just tasted it while it was getting cooked.So I am sure I will be making this again.

Garlic Soup

I used:
Adapted from -
Serves - 2

Garlic- 5 pods
Potato-1 , chopped into small cubes
Vegetable stock-4 cups
Freshly crushed black pepper- 1/2 teaspoon
Minced Ginger-1/2 teaspoon
Caraway seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste

 Bread croutons-as needed
Grated cheese - as needed

Crush the garlic pods in a stone motor and pestle with a little salt.

Heat the vegetable stock in a pan and add the crushed garlic, caraway seeds, cubed potato,minced ginger, salt and pepper. Let it simmer covered till the potato is cooked.

Remove from heat and serve hot garnished with bead croutons and grated cheese.

  • You can use water instead of vegetable stock.
  • Sometimes with soup is served with some meat in it or as such.
  • Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.

Since I have used potato in this soup, I made a simple Czech carrot and apple salad...Check it out too....

Bon Appetit...

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Bulgarian Shopska Salad

The Shopska salad is a very popular dish in Bulgaria, I made this with the Bulgarian Bean Soup as a part of the Culinary Journey around the globe, in the Blogging Marathon # 44

While I was searching for this recipe, I learnt that this is a hot favorite amongst the tourists and that it tastes best with Rakia, the local spirit.This salad is the invention of the Shopps' and this name is derived from the region called Shopluk. Long time ago, this was one of the few recipes that survived the early socialism and were made to impress the foreigners who visited the country!

Traditionally, White brine cheese is used. I could neither find that[obviously!] nor find its replacement - feta cheese. So used the regular cheese. I am sure there will be loads of difference in taste, yet, I wanted to try this version..

I used:

Tomatoes- 2, chopped
Capsicum-1/2, chopped
Cucumber- 1, small, chopped
Spring onion leaves- chopped from 2 stalks
Green chilies- 1, chopped
Grated cheese for topping

For the dressing

Olive oil- 2 teaspoons
Vinegar- 1 teaspoon
Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk the ingredients for the dressing. Take the diced veggies in a bowl. Pour the dressing over and toss to mix.Just before serving sprinkle the cheese and serve.

Bon Appetit...