What was special regarding the field of food of the 90s? The very first thing that came into my mind are childhood memories of fancy, colorful SWEETS! The smurfs, the candy necklaces, the flavored bubble gums and wonder balls! But there was more to be found in our kitchens: Shortly after the German reunification, we were offered with dishes from the whole world. In my family you could still find a somehow Russian/GDR-marked cuisine. One big favorite was the incredible fast and easy to make soljanka (solyanka), a typical Russian soup based on bell peppers and tomatoes. My mum still prepares it from time to time – normally its made with jagdwurst, but for me she always cooks an extra-pot of the vegetarian variation…
Pic by Franzi.
Ingredients (serves 2-3): One glass of gherkins, one glass of ready-made lesco (700 ml), 1 onion, salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, 2 TblSps oil, water (app. 300 ml).
Preparation: Heat the oil in a large pot. Peel and slice the onion, roast gently in the oil until tender. Add diced gherkins, roast gently for another minute then add the soljanka. Boil up and add approximately 100 ml of the gherkin water and as much water as is needed to reach a consistency you like. Boil up again and let cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and sugar.
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