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Middleburgh Chops Liver

Soul Food - like wot mum made when you woz a kid ..... when you get the occasional craving for which a trip to the local shops in Hong Kong can't satisfy

Chopped Liver

  • 450g chicken livers
  • 1 diced/chopped onion
  • 1-2 hard boiled chopped eggs
  • 2 tbsp Rendered Chicken fat (also known as schmaltz) *
  • salt & pepper
* My mother used to slow boil a chicken or chicken pieces to make chicken stock (for soups) and skim off the fat which she kept for this recipe; Of course this meant I had a lot of chicken soup (with vermicellini) as a kid ... and boiled chicken which in retrospect would have been great in Thai Curries (no doubt some one else's soul food)
  1. dry livers on paper towels and sprinkle with salt
  2. saute in some of the fat over medium head for about 5mins (till barely pink in middle) and set aside to cool
  3. saute onions in the rest of the fat till golden brown (don't under cook nor burn)
  4. mix onions (and fat) with the liver and eggs, mince/fine chop into a "pate" (not puree) *
  5. season to taste , then chill for couple of hours
  6. eat with rye bread (preferably with the type with caraway seeds) or matzos
*if the mix is a dry I add some dry sherry or port (as opposed to more fat)

Mum's Barley Soup

  • 400g Beef chuck (& bone)
  • 400g Beef flank
  • 3/4 cup small lima/navy/butter beans
  • 3 carrots, coarsely chopped/sliced
  • 2 potatoes, coarsely chopped/diced
  • 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped/sliced (or fennel)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 8 cups beef/chicken stock
  • 2 Quart Water
  • salt, pepper and garlic - to taste
  • 1-2 springs of dill (to taste)
  1. soak beans in boiling water(500mls overnight)
  2. soften onions in butter
  3. add meat,soup bone,celery,onion and water to cover,season bring to boil then simmer till meat tender
  4. remove bone and membranes, (chop/break up meat as you like)
  5. add beans and other ingredients, reason, make up 4 quarts and simmer for about 5-6 hours or until ingredients soft
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