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Green asparagus cream soup with home-made green-herbed croutons

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When it is asparagus season, it does not matter whether it is white or green, we like to have it both on our menu, so I make either a soup or some side dish out of them. Asparagus is a very healthy vegetable. It is an excellent detoxifier due to its high potassium content since it has a diuretic effect. Further on asparagus contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, beta-carotene, folic-acid and C-, B1-, B2-, B6- vitamins. It is also reach in trace elements. So I can only encourage everyone to make some asparagus dishes. The below simple and colorful soup can even be a main dish for dinner.

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Porkleg Pekne-style

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This is a real filling dish, it may be a good idea for a Sunday family lunch. I love in this dish the caramelized onions and the meat that is crispy from the outside and nice grilled and soft from the inside. And after all, I love the potatoes that have crispy well baked edges. The tastes harmonically combine and bake together in the oven.

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Reform forest violet jelly

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I got the idea of the violet jelly from Gizi from a comment on one of my cakes, so I have made mine according to her recipe only with a bit of a difference. During our dog walk in one of the mornings we picked two bowls of violet flower heads in the forest. From this amount of flowers I could fill 6 times a 250 ml bottles. To my pleasure, my husband got into the mood of helping me with this project throughout. Violet jam is a real special jam/jelly so it can be a wonderful present too.

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Goulash soup

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We can cook the goulash outside in nature, but if we do not have the opportunity for that, we can easy make it inside over the cooker too in a pot, it should be as tasty as outside. Together with the dumplings it will be a very filling dish. If we can, go outside and cook in nature, this could be a nice activity with your family together on Easter.

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Layered kale – with a bit of a twist

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I am keen on kale. It is an excellent source of calcium and Vitamin A besides, it has also a high content of Vitamin B. The darker its color is the more intensive its taste is and the higher its chlorophyll content that is the hidden sun energy and source of life. Kale you can get all the year round and you can make so many different dishes out of it. Now I recommend you a simple layered kale that is not only colorful and good looking dish, but is is really delicious.

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Tomato-based vegetable soup with hand-made dumplings

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This dish brings good memories of my grandma. And of course the half done aluminum spoon that she used to make the dumplings with, as the spoon got half size (half of it was basically gone) by the dumplings making… Already the smell of my grandma’s soup was attarctive, but the taste was just incomparable. This can be a main dish for people on fasting. But the others will not miss meat from this vegetable soup dish either.

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Kale & potatoes with meat balls

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Kale & potatoes used to be not one of my favorite childhood dishes but by now I got to like it so much that I make it quite a lot. My German husband does not like our Hungarian style vegetable sauces so to him I always „sell them as a thicker soup. This vegetable sauce is special because I thicken it with its own vegetables and some sauce with a help of a mixer.

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„Pampuska” (oil-fried potato dumplings)

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In my childhood we used to eat this tasty, filling and cheap dish after a good soup at my grandma’s. I watched my grandma making the dough and then she did involve me in the formation of the dumplings after she rolled them out. Most of the recipes on the internet also have an egg added as an ingredient but I have learnt from grandma that it needs only cooked potatoes, flour and salt that makes this dumplings. Some people also add a bit of baking powder too, it brings them a little higher. We like to eat it pure only with some salt however it can also be a nice side dish with a thick beef stew or with roasts too.

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