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Romanian Recipes: Gem Lettuce Broth

A Romanian traditional summer dish: gem lettuce broth with lovage and poached egg
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings: 2 portions


  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • stems and leaves of a small bunch of lovage finely chopped
  • 1 baby gem lettuce roughly chopped
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 250 ml full fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 lemon juice only
  • sunflower oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh dill


  • Heat the vegetable stock in a small pan and set it aside.
  • In a medium sized pan, gently heat the oil, then add the onion, and allow to sweat on medium heat, until the it is soft.
  • Add the garlic, lovage stems and half of the chopped lettuce (the part form the core). Lower the heat and allow to cook for further 5 minutes.
  • Add the stock and yogurt and gently whisk to combine them together. Season with salt and bring to a gentle boil. Finally add the remaining chopped lettuce leaves and continue to boil for about 2-3 minutes. In the end, add the chopped lovage leaves and dill.
  • Separately, poach the eggs and set them aside.
  • To serve, place a generous amount of broth in a bowl, add the poached egg and season with lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper