the black vault


FLAKI. Tripe. Technically soup, but so filling you may have to skip the second dish. This was always a favorite of the royals. Very old, very well known, mentioned by Homer, this dish is tricky to make but what a delight to eat! You might want to experiment with the herbs and spices to suit your taste.


  • Honeycomb tripe, couple pounds
  • Beef boullion, 1 cup
  • Carrots, 2, shredded
  • Onion, sliced
  • Parsley root, medium or large, shredded
  • Parmezan cheese, 1/3 cup
  • Fat, 2 tablespoons

Spices and Herbs:

  • Paprika, 1 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Ginger, grated, 1 teaspoon
  • Marjoram, 2 teaspoons

Tripe must be soaked in cold water, at least 3 hours. Wash it well and rinse. Wash again. Place in a pot and pour boiling water over. Bring to a boil and drain.

Repeat twice.

Place in a pot and cover with boiling water, add the boullion, and simmer for 3 hours or more.

Drain tripe and slice into 5 cm (2 inches) strips.

Place veggies in a pot, add a few tablespoons of water, not enough to cover.

Melt the fat on a frying pan, add flour and stir until smooth. Add to veggies. Add all spices and heat. Add tripe.

You can add more water if it's too thick for you.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Add croutons or bread crumbs, or serve with rye bread.