Gluten and lactose free apple soup with meringue

Gluten and lactose free apple soup with meringue

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Fruit soup. In Hungary, soup is made from almost any fruit. May it be hot or cold. In Belgium, when guests came to visit us, they looked at us in amazement: “What is this before the main course”? “Soup,” we said. They had never had anything like it before. It was the same with our daughters’ husbands, because they are both Belgian. Now they have come to accept, moreover, love it. Sometimes they even ask our daughters to cook them fruit soup. To my family’s delight, I made it yesterday, this time with apples. It’s delicious, made cold in summer and warm in winter. Try it. 😊

Ingredients for 3 people:

One large sweet apple per person
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 liter of lactose-free milk
1 packet gluten and lactose free pudding powder
2 packets vanilla sugar
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

For serving:
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

Preparation

I peeled, cored and cut the apples into roughly equal pieces. I added just enough water to cover them. I added the cinnamon and cloves and cooked until almost done.

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I have this pudding powder at home, which is gluten and lactose free. It takes 700 ml of milk to make a pudding. I only need it for thickening, so 1 liter of milk and the water added to the apples is enough.

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I mixed the pudding powder with the two sugars and enough milk (about 2 dl) to make a lump-free mixture.

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Apples are good when you stick a fork in them and feel that the core is still firm. You continue to cook them after adding the milk, so if you cook them in the water completely already, the apples will end up overcooked.
To mix the pudding and the apples together, you need to warm up the pudding mix with the hot water of the apple soup, otherwise the final result is going to be full with small lumps. I scooped some liquid from the boiling apples into the pudding mixture with a spoon. I kept adding the now apple-flavoured water until the pudding mix became hot.  I did it quickly while stirring it. I stirred it thoroughly and then poured it into the apples. I added the rest of the milk.

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Do the above in quick, firm strokes, stirring constantly after the milk has been poured in. Reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring constantly, as the sugar and milk can burn to the bottom of the pan.

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I whipped the egg whites into a stiff froth, added the granulated sugar and microwaved the mixture into meringues. I’ll show you how to make this in another post.

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Served hot or cold, with meringues. Try it, it’s delicious, even as a dessert. The cloves should be removed before serving.

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Enjoy!

Gluten and lactose free potato cream soup

Gluten and lactose free potato cream soup

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16 years ago, when we moved to Belgium, we found it strange that there was practically no soup like we had in Hungary. Over time we got used to their soups. I think I have learned to make it over the years. Although it couldn’t be simpler: they cook the vegetables, blend them, salt and pepper them and serve with a bit of crouton or dried bread. I think there isn’t a Belgian family table without cream soup. Of course, you can add your own specialties, spices, toppings, but the base is the simple but delicious steamed vegetables.

Ingredients:

3-4 medium potatoes
3 cloves of garlic
1 laurel leaf
salt to taste
3 dl lactose-free cooking cream
100 g lactose-free mozzarella cheese
bacon to taste (optional)
roasted potatoes to taste (optional)

Preparation:

I cut the potatoes into similar sized pieces. I added garlic, bay leaf and salt, and then cooked them.

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After a while, by stabbing my fork in the potatoes, I checked if they were soft enough. I took some of it out and put them aside to fry them separately. I cooked the rest even longer, letting the water to almost boil.

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When the potatoes were ready, the hand blender was a great help, because I used it to blend the potatoes until smooth, so there was not a single morsel in them. I stirred the cooking cream into it. The quantity is different for everyone, as some people like their cream soups thinner while others thicker, but remember, it’s a soup! I put it on the cooking plate again, added the cheese, and let the heat bring it to boil.

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I toasted some slices of bacon. In a little oil, I fried the prepared steamed potatoes until brown.

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Cream soups are best served hot, and I served them with bacon and fried potatoes. The Belgians love to serve a simple hot cream soup with a baguette.

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And why gluten-free? I didn’t use any thickening agents for this soup, the potatoes themselves thickened it .

Enjoy!

Gluten-free homemade grated pasta

Gluten-free homemade grated pasta

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I learned a lot from my grandmother. 💗 3 years ago I thought that I have to throw all that knowledge away, as we had to reform our whole lives because of celiac disease, lactose intolerance and allergies. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. 😊 I’ve had many helpers to learn from over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time reading recipes. And slowly, but surely, I’m getting the hang of how to cook and bake. I think the learning will never end, but that’s the beauty of it. 😊 So, over time I realized that I can still use what I learned from my Mamika. And so it is with this homemade pasta. Today I made pea soup. I remembered how much my Grandma used to cook for us, and how much we loved doing it. Of course she always made the pasta herself. 🥰 I made this gluten free pasta with rice flour and a little starch.

Ingredients:

1 whole egg
1 tablespoon starch
rice flour

Preparation:

I mixed the eggs with rice flour and starch. I used tapioca starch this time, but other kinds are also good. The reason I didn’t write the amount of rice flour is because it mostly depends on the size of the egg you use.

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The dough should not be soft, but not too hard either! I know it’s not easy, unfortunately I can’t even show you what the density of the dough looks like. But it should be such that when you press your finger into it, it will leave a mark in the raw dough. I mixed it thoroughly, covered it with a tea towel for a few minutes.

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I prepared the grater, this is the type I used:

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After a few minutes I kneaded the dough again. At this point you can add flour now if you need to. I put flour in a bowl and dipped the dough into it, which I then rolled into a handful. You should not press it into the grater, just pull gently on it, dipping it very thickly into the flour again.

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While grating, you should stop several times to flour the already grated dough, because it will easily stick together. Flour it, take it between two palms and loosen it in a soft circular motion to separate the larger and smaller pieces.

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This time I cooked it directly in the soup. I set it to boil, dropped the pasta into it. When it came up to the top of the soup it was ready with the delicious fresh pasta.

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Half of the dough is left. I dry it on a kitchen towel in the open air. Care must be taken to dry the grains completely, because if they don’t dry out, they can easily mold. I store them in a closed box until use. 

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Enjoy!

Gluten and lactose free tarragon chicken ragout soup

Gluten and lactose free tarragon chicken ragout soup

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Hungarian cuisine is famous for its spices and tasty dishes.
From old documents and artefacts we know that many spices used today were also used by the ancient Hungarians. Their best dishes were made in a single pot and were always soupy, succulent dishes. There are many rich soups that can also be used as a main meal, such as goulash soup, bean goulash soup, palóc soup, etc. They used tarragon, seasonal savories, thyme, garlic, rosemary, sage, fruit (blueberries, blackcurrants) and flowers (violets, calendula, rose petals) to flavor their dishes. These spices are popularly used in modern Hungarian cuisine. It is important to rediscover the flavor and effect of long-forgotten herbs and to use them with love and pleasure in the preparation of dishes, because spicing provides a healthy and delicious pleasure. 👌
Today I cooked with tarragon. In summer it’s a great snack when chilled, because of its sour taste, and in winter when served hot, to warm up family members returning home from the cold winter. A family favorite, of course. 🍲 You could say this one is a basic recipe. I always use vegetables in the soup that I find lurking at the bottom of the fridge, so they don’t end up in the compost bin.

I heartily recommend this soup, even with a slice of bread.

Source: Erdélyi-Magyar Étkezde

Ingredients for 4 people:

2 chicken breasts
50 grams leeks
1 handful of carrots
1 handful of parsley
3 garlic cloves
1 bunch of green parsley
1 handful of fresh mushrooms
1 handful of fresh or tinned green peas
2 dl coconut milk
2 tablespoons rice flour
juice of 1 large lemon
2 tablespoons dried tarragon
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
sour yoghurt

Preparation

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I cut all the ingredients to about the same size. I diced the chicken breast and sliced the vegetables. I cut the leeks into thin strips, fried them in a little oil and added the meat. I cooked it on a high heat until the meat was white.

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I added the chopped vegetables, garlic, salt, pepper and water. I cooked for 20 minutes at moderate temperature.

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After 20 minutes, I added the mushroom slices and one half of the chopped parsley. I cooked it for 10 minutes more.

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Meanwhile, I mixed the rice flour with the coconut milk until smooth.

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I poured the mixture into the soup, brought it to a boil, lowered the heat and added the tarragon.

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I crushed the gluten-free pasta, added it to the soup and cooked it for about 8-10 minutes. I added the juice of a whole lemon after the pasta was cooked. 

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I put a spoonful of sour yoghurt in the plate I was going to serve it in, and sprinkled it with fresh parsley, and then I poured the hot soup on top.

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Enjoy!