How do you make a chicken liver pâté? Probably, you fry the onions until golden-brown, then cook (or fry) liver meat and then turn it all into a puree. Right? Anyway, that’s what I used to do, and it worked for me for some time. There’s nothing wrong with this process, but it is a bit time-demanding and requires a lot of attention. Recently I’ve seen another recipe, in which the pâté “practically” prepares it self, and it all takes only 10 minutes. The result is simply fabulous – its a great appetizer and you’ll get tons of compliments from your guests….
- 500 grams of fresh Chicken liver
- 2-3 glasses of chicken broth
- 250 grams of lard (melted chicken fat, or even butter)
- Salt, pepper
- 50 grams pistachios
There is something about thick/creamy orange-colored soups that make them especially popular in my family. Maybe its the fact that a bright orange color is a great mood setter, or my husband’s love for sweet potatoes (and mine for pumpkins) or something else. The fact is, that, at least twice a month, I find myself preparing an orange-colored soup. They can be lighter in summer and heavier/thicker in winter. This time I wanted to make something original and “play” a bit with the ingredients.
Here’s the logic for the ingredients: goat cheese is a great companion for pumpkin and sweet potato, as its piquancy combines well with their natural sweetness. Additionally acidity and aroma of oranges provides a great complement/contradiction to a velvety sweet pumpkin taste. All that’s remaining is to add some low-fat cream to balance (and subdue) all the flavors and we’re getting a very original, rich winter-type soup with great aroma and substance. It is thick, but, thanks to orange notes, doesn’t feel heavy at all.
(For 2-2.5 liters of soup)
1 Cucurbita moschata pumpkin (or 1.5 kgs of ordinary pumpkin)
1 medium-size carrot
1 medium-size sweet potato
1 small onion
1 trunk of leek
30 gr. butter
3 branches of thyme
250 gr. low fat cream
100 gr. young white goat cheese
I have to start by saying that this soup has a very unusual taste. (Unusual, but good :-)) Also, it is very light and can be served either hot or cold. As you can see from the below picture, the soup was prepared as a part of a multi-course dinner, but, since it is interesting enough on its own, I prefer writing about it separately.
(Below will yield about 1 liter of soup)
30 gr. coconut oil (any other oil having neutral taste can be used instead)
600 gr. pumpkin
200 gr. coconut milk
1.5 glasses chicken stock
1/4 sprigs of parsley
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. yellow curry paste