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While I was on vacation in Germany I had the time to talk to my grandmother about recipes, soups recipes, of course. She told me about an old traditional recipe she used to cook a lot and sometimes still does. It is a recipe from a time where simple and cheap cooking was very popular and has surprisingly few ingredients.

So, I decided to try it out. And what can I tell you, the simple things are often the best!

grandmas potato and buttermilk soup

grandmas potato and buttermilk soup - bread

grandmas potato and buttermilk soup - bacon

Level: Easy | Time: 45 minutes | serves 2-4

 

Ingredients

1 knob of butter or a little vegetable oil

150 grams of smoked bacon, cut in small pieces

500 grams of potatoes, peeled and cut in pieces

1 litre of buttermilk

1 litre of whole milk

Salt and Pepper

 

Preparation

  1. Cook the potatoes for 10-15 minutes in salted water until they are soft. Using a potato masher or a hand mixer, mash the potatoes to a fine, smooth paste.
  2. In a separate pot, cook the buttermilk and the whole milk together. Make sure that the heat is not too high and the milk does not burn.
  3. Take the milk off the heat and slowly stir the potato mash into the milk.
  4. Fry the bacon until crispy and add to the soup.
  5. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  6. Sprinkle with chives and serve warm.

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Pea soup with ham and mint

pea soup with ham and mint

I hope you had a great Christmas and a very nice New Years party. I spend 2 fantastic weeks travelling around, visiting family and friends. I first went to Prague and enjoyed this fascinating old city for 3 days. I have been in Prague a couple of times through the years and I have to say that it has changed a lot since I last visited it. It has become a real tourist magnet and is a lot livelier than before. During my stay, there was photography exhibition portraying the past 60 years of Prague’s history. It was really amazing.

We also enjoyed lots of hearty food and could not get enough of the Czech beer. I will try to reproduce a few of the nicest recipes in the next couple of weeks.

But for an easy start and because I really need some light food, the first soup recipe this year is a super easy, super yummy pea soup.

Level: Easy | Time: 30 minutes | serves 4-6

pea soup with ham and mint 2

pea soup with ham and mint 3

Ingredients

1 knob of butter

1 large onion, peeled and cut into small pieces

1 leek, washed and cut into small rings

450 grams of frozen peas

200 grams of cured ham, cut into pieces

600 ml of vegetable or chicken stock

1 handful of chopped mint leaves

2 TS of crème fraîche or cream cheese

Salt and Pepper

Preparation

  1. Heat a knob of butter in a medium-sized pot and add the onions and leek. Cook for 5-10 minutes on a medium heat until soft and translucent but not browned.
  2. Add the stock and the frozen peas and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Take the soup off the heat and blend until creamy and return to the pot.
  4. Now stir in the crème fraîche and the chopped mint and taste. Add salt and pepper if necessary.
  5. To serve, ladle the soup in a warm bowl, add some chopped cured ham on top and sprinkle with chopped mint leaves.

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