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Rhubarb compote

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Attention: From the plant rhubarb you can only it its stem that has a pinkish-bordo color. The leaves are poisonous. Luckily on the markets they only sell its stem. but those who have it in their garden should pay attention to this. The sour taste of the rhubarb goes well with the sweetness of the strawberries that is why we combine them. I had to figure out how to serve this nice compote. I decided a coconut milk rice that is glass dessert for us.

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Parsley cream soup with home-made garlic croutons

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I have bought some spring parsnips that was full of parsley. This gave the idea to cook a cream soup out of it. The fresh characteristic taste of the parsley was well compensated with the butter and the cream. The garlic crouton harmonizes well with the soup.

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Home-made dumplings with eggs and fresh salad

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I have not even realized that my neighbor has chickens until he has come over and gave me some fresh eggs. I told him that in the future we shall buy the eggs from him and not from the store so we can be sure to always have fresh eggs. In the happiness of having fresh eggs, I decided to make for dinner one of favorite childhood dishes, homemade dumplings with eggs and fresh salad. We used to eat this dish around May when I was a child when you could already buy fresh salad at the vegetable shops. My mom has made this dish all the time so I learnt from her how to make dumplings that are not sticky. I had nice memories coming back when I prepared this dish. And the view that you have when the eggs are scrambled is not comparable to store eggs, they were beautiful yellow. Attention, this dish you must serve when it is ready, as it is best eaten immediately.

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Coleslaw – American cabbage salad

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In the US it is a must to have coleslaw coming with your burger & fries order since it is well balancing the heavier dishes with its acidity, freshness and colorful look. On top of all, it is an excellent source of vitamins. Coleslaw is an exciting side dish or salad. The choice of the cabbage depends on our taste. I recommend to make it from two different types and colors, from red and white. We can as well add some savoy cabbage too if we like.

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Blue cheese dip

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I have also tried this dip first time in the US. I am not so keen on blue cheese itself; however, I like this dip because the cream cheese we add nicely smoothens the intensity and bitterness of the blue cheese. It is served with spicy chicken wings, French fries or with steak potatoes in the US. They also serve it with celery and carrot sticks as finger food or appetizer. That is also my recommendation this time.

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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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Beef hunter-style with caramelized vegetables and fried potato dumplings

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Beef hunter style used to be one of my childhood’s favorite dishes and it did stay so, because my dad used to make it always very tasty. I wanted to show you with the platting that from this dish you can make out a real festive dish. My hunter style beef is different from others in that I serve also caramelized vegetables (the same as there are in the sauce) with it.

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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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