Goulasch Soup

A great favourite, especially in Middle Europe, Goulasch Soup is almost a meal in itself. Serve with lots of rye bread and sour cream for a warming, sustaining lunch. li? teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoons paprika

1 lb. lean stewing steak, cut into

1-inch cubes

1 oz. butter

2 medium-sized onions, thinly sliced 2 teaspoon ground cumin garlic clove, crushed

1 tablespoons flour pints beef stock

2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes

14 oz. canned peeled tomatoes, chopped

On a plate, combine

1 teaspoon of the salt, the pepper and paprika. Roll the beef

A popular Hungarian dish, Goulasch I is delicious topped with sour cream. cubes in the mixture and set them aside.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. When the foam sub-sides, add the meat to the pan and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the cubes are lightly browned on all sides. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the cumin, garlic, remaining salt and the flour, mixing until they are well blended. Cook the mixture for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Pour in the beef stock, and, stirring frequently, bring the mixture to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 2 hours.

Add the potatoes and tomatoes with their can liquid. Re-cover the pan and simmer for a further hour, or until the potatoes and meat cubes are tender.

Remove the pan from the heat and pour the soup into a warmed tureen. Serve at once.

Gourd

Gourds are members of a species of vegetable belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family which also includes marrows, pumpkins and squashes. One of the oldest vegetables known to man and grown all over the world, there are hundreds of varieties of gourds, most of them edible.

There are some gourds that have little or no culinary value, such as the Colo-quintes, which are used for decorative purposes because of their strange shapes and colours, the bottle gourd, which is hollowed out and used as a container, and the loofa gourd, which is chiefly used as a loofa or bath accessory.

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