May 18, 2010

A Birthday

Today is my Mum’s birthday so I thought I would write a post for her. I really wanted to thank her and my Dad for giving me the taste for good food. Food is something they have never neglected. They have always encouraged us to taste new things and my Mum has, over the years, cooked hundreds of delightful dishes for us. She has as well allowed me to come in the kitchen and help her. She has passed on to me a lot of her cooking knowledge and let me try to cook my own dishes, and I am very grateful for that.

So here is a recipe I know she loves. Every time she cooks it, everyone loves it and wants to have more. Even a reluctant family member said he liked it. It’s really quick and easy to make, but the result is still impressive, and it works pretty well as a nice fresh starter for when you have guests.

And here are a few flower pictures for my Mum; I think she’ll like them. Happy birthday Mum! :)

Cucumber and yoghurt soup – serves 4

· 1 cucumber; · 1 pot natural yoghurt (500g); · 1 tsp paprika; · Juice of 1 lemon; · 1 tbsp vinegar; · 3 tbsp olive oil; · 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced; · 2 spring onions, sliced; · 2 tbsp herbs, finely chopped: parsley, mint, chives, tarragon; · Salt, pepper; · 6 ice cubes

1. Peel the cucumber and slice it finely. In a soup serving bowl, whip the yoghurt with the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper.

2. Add the cucumber, eggs, spring onions and ice cubes to the bowl. Mix well. Put in the fridge and leave it for at least 2 hours before serving.

Soupe bulgare au concombre
– pour 4 personnes

· 1 concombre ; · 5 pots de yaourt bulgare ; · 1 cc de paprika ; · Le jus d’1 citron ; · 1 cs de vinaigre ; · 3 cs d’huile d’olive ; · 2 œufs durs, coupés en rondelles ; · 2 oignons nouveaux, émincés ; · 2 cs de d’herbes, émincées finement : persil, menthe, ciboulette et estragon ; · Sel et poivre ; · 6 cubes de glace

1. Eplucher le concombre et le couper en fines tranches. Dans une soupière, délayez les yaourts avec le jus de citron, l’huile d’olive, le vinaigre, le sel, le poivre et le paprika. Bien mélanger au fouet à main.

2. Ajouter le concombre, les œufs, les oignons nouveaux, les herbes et les cubes de glace. Bien mélanger. Placer au frais au frais au moins 2 heures avant de servir.

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