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If you've been indulging in a bit too much Ararat brandy, then make sure that you kick start your morning off with some Armenian beef hash. It's a very easy dish to make. However, beware; it takes a few hours to prepare so start this before you open the brandy bottle. According to tales, traditional Armenian booze was Winston Churchill's number one drink choice; he wasn't lucky enough to know our brilliant hangover cure. Read out to find out more. Recipe You will need to ensure that you have the following ingredients:
  • Approximately four calf hooves
  • Calf stomach (2lbs)
  • Garlic cloves (2)
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Pepper
How to make it: It's recommended to buy the calf feet already prepared, if possible. If this isn't an option, then soak the feet in scorching water to loosen it up, then remove the shoe from each foot. Next, singe all of the hair. Use the edge of a knife to scrape off the remaining hair. Take care to wash all of it properly. Fill a large bowl or two with water and leave the stomach and feet to soak overnight. In the morning slice the stomach into squares (approximately 1-inch squared). You need to cook them for about 10 minutes in water. Next, drain them well, place them back into some fresh water and cook for a further ten minutes. Add a generous amount of paprika, salt and pepper for the taste. Remember to remove the scum from the top of the dish as it creates a bitter taste! The dish is best served with vinegar and lemon juice. Alternatively, you can enjoy it with a delicious flatbread. So, next time you're thinking of cracking open the Ararat, remember the simple recipe below and save yourself from having to endure the discomfort of an Armenian style hangover!
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