Saturday, April 6, 2013



Comfort food, once again with the last few days being a bit cloudy and wet,  soup is so comforting.
This soup Zaterka (means 'rubbed together') is a meal that I remember eating every  since I was a little girl.
Simple, yet full of flavour and very filling, with the 'meal' (Zaterka) made from flour and egg it has  protein, the potatoes add starch and some tomatoe gives it the tang and adding Vitamin C.  After a busy day of running/playing and doing our chores I would  gather around the table, with my brother and sisters and parents of course, to enjoy this hearty soup with a slice (or two) of my Mother's freshly baked bread, some cheese and sliced fresh onions and dig in!   So soothing a soup.  This recipe has been in the family for many generations and will continue to feed the next generations too.


Ingredients for making the 'Zaterka meal'

 Flour, baking powder, salt and egg, rubbed together by
hand to get this lovely texture.

Ingredients all rubbed together and ready for baking.

 The 'Zaterka meal' out of the oven.

Zaterka meal  browned and ready for the soup.
Ingredients for the Zaterka soup

The onion sauteed in some butter.

 Potatoes peeled and quartered ready for the pot.

 Potatoes simmering in the salted water.   

Tomatoes added to the sauteed onion, black pepper is added.
The cream is added to the tomato onion mixture.
The  tomato onion mixture is added to the potato broth
 once the tender potatoes are removed for mashing.

Potatoes, tender and ready for mashing.

 Soup stock is added to the mashed potatoes for easier
addition to soup broth.

Everything added but the Zaterka meal. Bring to a boil.
The Zaterka meal measured and ready to be added.

Add the Zaterka meal, bring to a boil and serve.

Hot, thick and so delicious.
 Zaterka Soup......comfort food.
For the Zaterka meal:
4 cups flour
1 egg
4 tsp. baking powder
1-2 tsp salt
In a medium sized bowl, combine
flour, baking powder, salt and pepper
Mix the egg with 1/4 cup water
add this to the dry ingredients, mixing with
your hands to create a 'mealy' texture.
Rubbing the flour mixture into the egg mixture
Spread this on an ungreased cookie sheet
Bake at 400-425 until it has browned lightly
Stir once or twice during baking.
Store any extra in a jar in the freezer until you need it.
This amount will usually make two dutch ovens of soup.
For Soup:
1 quart ( 4 cups) water
1-2 tsp salt
3-4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 medium onion, chopped fine ( 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup canned tomatoes
2 Tablespoons butter
2-4 Tablespoons cream
Method for Soup
Bring water and salt to a boil, add quartered potatoes and simmer
until potatoes are tender (when you poke a knife through them)
Remove the potatoes to a medium sized bowl and mash
with the butter and cream.
While the potatoes are boiling in the salted water,
add 1 Tablespoon of butter to a saucepan and saute the onion
until tender ( 2-3 minutes), add the tomatoes and continue simmering
for another 5-7 minutes.
Add this mixture to the salted water once the potatoes have been removed.
Add the mashed potato mixture to the water and bring to a boil, turn down heat and add the cooked Zaterka meal. Bring to a boil again and cook 1-2 minutes.
This is how my Mother, my Grandmother and their parents & grandparents prepared this soup.
Serve with bread and butter, cheese and some sliced onion.


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May you have all three as you begin each day.....

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