Around the World in 80 Recipes

This site was created for those who would like to recreate the meals I have written about in the "Around the World in 80 Meals" site. ( On that site, I describe the meals that are cooked for me by people from many different cultures...I enjoy eating those meals and I hope to shed a more positive light on the multicultural society in the Netherlands.

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I'm Dutch/American, 29 years old, and love getting to know new people and new cultures. Plus I enjoy a good meal! So what better way to combine these interests than through this blog? The idea is to talk to my hosts about what role food plays in their life, who taught them how to cook, what differences they see between local (food) culture and their own, etc. I started out in the Netherlands, but continued the project after my move to the UK in 2007. Email: eightymeals at yahoo dot com

Monday, November 13, 2006

Lithuanian Barščiai

Lithuanian Barščiai

Ingredients: (serves 6)
1 kg grated cooked beets (either pre-packaged, or cook and grate beets yourself)
500 g beef cubes
beef bones
beef stock cubes
200 g grated carrots
1 large celery bulb, grated
250 g mushrooms, sliced
3 big onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, crushed
laurel leaves (3-4)
400 ml sour cream

(boil and grate the beets first if you're not using the pre-packaged kind)
Fry the celery bulb, mushrooms, garlic and onions in butter for a few minutes till soft. Add salt, pepper, sugar, cumin and a bit of vinegar. Stir it around a bit.
Now add the cooked beets and carrot and the beefcubes, bones, stock cubes and laurel leaves. Add water till it's about 2 liters of thick soup. Simmer on low fire till beef is cooked.
Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with generous dollops of sour cream.


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