Polish Barszcz Wigilijny

Polish Barszcz Wigilijny

 

Polish Barszcz Wigilijny

Polish Barszcz Wigilijny

SpiceBreeze
This Christmas Eve, you are invited to the first course of a traditional Polish supper with this clear borscht soup. The soup is made from beetroots and mushrooms. Traditionally, it is poured over homemade mushroom dumplings, but you can choose your favorite tortellini instead. If you prefer a complete dinner meal, keep the vegetables in the soup. To make the flavor experience complete, serve the soup with fresh herbs, a dollop of sour cream, and a slice of dark rye bread.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Polish
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 9 oz tortellini mushroom or meat

Fresh Produce

  • 1 lemon
  • fresh chives dill, or sprouts (optional for garnish)

Dairy

  • sour cream optional

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1 jar pickled beetroots 16 oz, sliced
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 0.5 oz dried mushrooms sliced
  • 0.25 cup vinegar apple cider or wine
  • salt

Barszcz Culinary Spice Kit

  • Allspice garlic, black pepper, marjoram, cinnamon, star anise, cloves

Suggested Sides

  • dark rye bread or baguette

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • In a BOWL, strain the liquid from the beetroot jar. Set aside for later.

Soup

  • In a large POT, bring broth to a boil.
  • Turn heat off. Stir in mushrooms.
  • Let mushrooms rest for 30 minutes.
  • Bring broth to a boil again.
  • Add the beetroots, Barszcz spices, and salt to taste. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the reserved beetroot liquid.
  • Add up to 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1/8 cup vinegar to taste.
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drain soup through a fine-mesh SIEVE.

Tortellini

  • Cook tortellini according to package instructions.

Serve

  • Place tortellini on soup plates and then fill plates with the soup.
  • Optionally, add a dollop of sour cream. Serve with bread and garnish with fresh herbs or sprouts.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute dried mushrooms with 3 oz fresh mushrooms. Skip steps 2-4 and add fresh mushrooms with the beetroots in step 5.
Variant 1
Skip step 9 and leave the vegetables in the soup.
Variant 2
Skip step 9 and puree the vegetables in the soup with a hand blender.
European Holiday Feast

European Holiday Feast

 

Holiday Feast

European Holiday Feast

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Roasted goose with potato dumplings and holiday spiced red cabbage is one of the traditional holiday feasts in Northern Europe. The preparation is faster and easier with gnocchi and chicken or turkey. You can save even more time without gravy. The juicy sauce out of the oven is scrumptious by itself. The key ingredient is the herb mugwort. It's also beneficial for the digestion.
Cuisine Austrian, German, Polish
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lbs chicken legs and breast with bones and skin
  • 1 lb red cabbage finely sliced
  • 1 orange peeled and quartered
  • 1 sour apple quartered
  • 1 sour apple chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb gnocchi
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 0.5 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Mugwort Do not use during pregnancy
  • [2] Juniper berries, cloves, bay leaf

Instructions
 

Chicken

  • Preheat OVEN to 350°F.
  • Rub chicken on all sides with salt & pepper.
  • In a large OVEN DISH, spread 2 tbsp oil and add chicken pieces skin-side down.
  • Distribute Holiday Feast [1] spices, orange, apple quarters, onions, and 1 cup of water around the chicken.
  • Cover*) and bake in the OVEN for 45-60 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Every 15 minutes, stir the liquid and spoon it over the chicken.
  • After 30 minutes take off the cover and turn the chicken.

Gnocchi

  • Prepare gnocchi according to package instructions.

Gravy

  • In a POT, strain liquid from the OVEN DISH.
  • In a small CUP, dissolve flour in 1/8 cup water.
  • Add flour-water to the POT. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium.
  • Simmer for 2-5 minutes until it thickens. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Cabbage

  • In a POT, melt butter.
  • Add cabbage and vinegar. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add chopped apple, wine, Holiday Feast [2] spices, salt to taste, and a dash of sugar.
  • Mix well, cover, and cook over low heat for 45-60 minutes until the cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

Notes

Notes & Variations
▪ Substitute chicken with turkey, goose, duck, or pork tenderloin. Adjust cooking time.
▪ Substitute gnocchi with mash potatoes.
▪ Substitute orange with 1 cup of cranberries.
*) Use aluminum foil to cover the chicken.
Japanese Shichimi Shrimp

Japanese Shichimi Shrimp

 

Japanese Shichimi Shrimp

Japanese Shichimi Shrimp

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Shichimi Togarashi is as popular in Japan as salt & pepper is in the US. It is often mixed with seaweed and salt and can be very spicy. The spice blend goes well with any grilled meat or vegetables and with salads or rice. Our shrimp recipe has many variations, such as chicken and vegetarian proteins. Alternatively, use Shichimi Togarashi as a tabletop condiment. Just use it as soon as convenient for optimal flavor.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1.25 lb raw shrimp peeled and deveined

Fresh Produce

  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1 lettuce of your choice
  • 2 cups grated daikon or cucumber
  • 2-3 lemons for juice

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper

Shichimi Shrimp Culinary Spice Kit

  • pouch [1] Orange peel, white and black sesame seeds, chili pepper, poppy seeds, paprika, seaweed, ginger
  • pouch [2] Sichuan pepper not recommended during pregnancy

Suggested Sides

  • jasmine rice

Instructions
 

Spice Blend

  • In a CUP, mix your individual Shichimi Togarashi blend:
  • Pour in all Shichimi [1] spices.
  • Add Shichimi [2] spices to taste.

Marinade

  • In a BOWL, mix garlic, chives, your Shichimi Togarashi blend, salt to taste, and 1/2 cup of oil.
  • Add shrimp and mix well. Cover.
  • Let it marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.

Fry

  • Heat a PAN to medium-high.
  • Add the shrimp.
  • Fry for 2-4 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp, stirring occasionally.

Salad

  • Distribute lettuce on plates.
  • Place grated daikon or cucumber on top.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice and salt to taste.
  • Serve shrimp on top of the salad and the rice in small bowls.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute shrimp with fish, squid, chicken, tofu, or tempeh, cut into thin strips.
  • Substitute daikon with turnips or carrots.
  • Substitute rice with quinoa or fresh bread.
Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa

Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa

 

Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa

Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa

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Pollo a la Brasa is a rotisserie chicken and often served with Aji verde sauce. In our recipe, chicken strips are fried to reduce the cooking time. This popular Peruvian dish gets its smoky sour taste and red color from fruity-sweet aji panca chili pepper. Aji panca is one of the main condiments in everyday Peruvian cooking. It is very mild and good to use in sauces and stews as well.

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1.5 lb boneless chicken pieces cut into 1-inch strips**

Fresh Produce

  • 6 cloves garlic grated
  • 4-5 lemon for juice
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley

Dairy

  • 4 oz queso blanco or feta plain

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1/4 cup dark beer
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce**
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 can Lima or kidney beans rinsed
  • 1 cup corn frozen
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Pollo a la Brasa Culinary Spice Kit

  • Aji panca pepper smoked paprika, mild chili pepper, cumin, rosemary, black pepper

Optional

  • 1-3 green jalapeno pepper

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • In a CONTAINER, mix beer, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp vinegar, 5 cloves garlic, Pollo a la Brasa spices, and salt to taste.
  • Add chicken. Mix well. Cover.
  • Let it marinate in the fridge for 1 - 3 hours.

Salad

  • In a BOWL, mix 3 tbsp lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste, and 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add beans and corn. Mix well.
  • Let it rest for 1 hour.

Aji Verde Sauce

  • Finely chop bell pepper, green onions, green jalapeno pepper to taste (opt.)***.
  • In a small BOWL, mix chopped veggies with cilantro, 1 clove garlic, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add cheese and mix well.

Fry**

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  • Fry chicken over medium-high heat until crisp and cooked through.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute chicken with pork chops.
 
*Find tips to substitute soy sauce on our blog.
Alternatively:
**Grill 2 lbs whole chicken pieces with skin.
***Pulse in a food processor for a couple of times.
Indian Saag Paneer

Indian Saag Paneer

Saag Paneer

Indian Saag Paneer

This dish became popular in the United States as Palak (spinach) Paneer. Saag Paneer is more flexible as you can use and combine any green leaves you like. 

Paneer is an Indian fresh cheese similar to unsalted cottage cheese. It melts not easily. We included in this recipe plenty of options for an even delicious dish if you can’t find paneer.

Variations
  • Substitute paneer with tofu, feta, garbanzo beans (drained can), or cottage cheese, and/or serve it over boiled potatoes.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, chopped the leaves finely. Or use baby leaves and use them whole for more texture.
The Saag Paneer Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Cumin, coriander, garlic, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, white pepper

Saag Paneer

Indian Saag Paneer

SpiceBreeze
This dish became popular in the United States as Palak (spinach) Paneer. Saag Paneer is more flexible. You can use and combine any green leaves you like. Paneer is an Indian fresh cheese that doesn’t melt easily. Its taste is similar to unsalted cottage cheese. We included in this recipe plenty of options to substitute paneer for an even delicious dish. 
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 18 oz baby leaves from kale, spinach, chard, and/ or collard greens*
  • 12 oz paneer or halloumi cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 onion finely chopped or grated
  • butter or vegetable oil or ghee
  • salt & pepper

Saag Paneer Culinary Spice Kit

  • Cumin, coriander, garlic, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, white pepper

Optional

  • 1-2 green chilies chopped
  • additional garlic to taste grated
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-4 tbsp heavy cream or yogurt

Suggested Sides

  • naan or other fresh flatbread
  • cooked Basmati rice
  • boiled potatoes

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • In a large POT, bring 4 quarts of water to boil.
  • Add leaves and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Drain and let cool.
  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, grind leaves with a cup of water into a smooth puree.
  • Optionally, add green chilies.

Cook

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp butter over medium-low heat.
  • Fry onions with a dash of salt until they turn translucent.
  • Stir in Saag Paneer spices.
  • Optionally, add garlic to taste.
  • Add leaves puree and salt & pepper to taste.
  • If using tofu, chicken, or garbanzo beans, add them now.
  • Add some water if you like the dish more liquid. Mix well.
  • Cook 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • Add paneer cubes. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.

Optional

  • Optionally, finish the dish to taste with lemon juice, and/ or heavy cream or yogurt.

Serve

  • Serve with bread, rice, or over potatoes.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* Alternatively, use 3 bunch of green leaves, chopped.
Tip
▪ Fry paneer shortly before adding it to the dish.
Variations
▪ Substitute paneer with feta or cottage cheese. Don’t cook it. Add it to the plated dish.
▪ Substitute paneer with 1 lb cubed chicken or tofu, or 1 can garbanzo beans. Season & fry them shortly before adding them to the dish.