Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup
This is Macedonian version of simple tomato soup, great for the summer and also for every season.

1 kg tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons olive oil (or any kind of oil)
parsley finely chopped
2-3 cloves minced garlic
2-3 eggs (you can skip the eggs, if you don't like eggs)
salt and pepper
few basil leafs
or some other spice that you like

Cut the tomatoes into four vedges. Grind the tomatoes into the pot. If you find this hard, you can peel them and blend them into blender. Than add them to the pot. Put the pot onto medium heat and bring the tomatoes to boil. Cook the tomatoes with open lid until 1/3 of the consistency is boiled down. Add the oil, garlic, parsley salt and pepper (and any spice that you like) and cook this for another 5 minutes. If the soup is too acidic for your taste add a spoon of sugar (although in Macedonia we don't add sugar). Beat the eggs in a bowl. Turn off the heat and add the eggs. Stir them
so they can cook. You can garnish this with parsley, garlic bread croutons or whatever you like.
Bon Appetit:-)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Turli Tava

This is a popular Macedonian dish, peope's most favorite in the summer, and extremely delicious. Not very easy to make
but sure it's worth it.

600 gr (or more) pork or beef meat (boneless) or chicken breasts or thighs (boneless). Cut it into medium sized pieces. (bigger than bitesize)
500 gr potatoes peeled and cutted into small cubes
500 gr tomatoes cutted into cubes
500 gr eggplant peeled and cutted into small cubes
500 gr bell pepper cutted into small pieces
4-5 okras cutted into circles
200 gr rice
1 large onion finely diced
salt and 8-10 peppercorns
If you want this in vegetarian variation, leave out the meat and start with onions and potatoes.

Preheat the oven to 250 C degrees.
In a medium deep baking pan add the oil and the diced onion and stir. Lay the pieces of meat on top and bake this 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes stir everything and bake 5 minutes. After 5 minutes add the cubed potatoes and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir everything and bake 5 more minutes. Then add the peppers and bake for 10 minutes. After that stir everything in the pan and bake 5 more minutes. Add the eggplant and the okras and bake 10 minutes. Than stir everything in the pan
and bake 5 minutes. Now add the tomatoes, rice, salt and peppercorns, parsley and stir everything. Add the water until the content of the pan is almost covered. Bake for 20-30 minutes more or until the rice is cooked.
The preparation is little boring but when you try this, you'll see that it's worth it.

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