Angela Merkel shares her potato soup recipe weeks before election | World | News

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Merkel has revealed the way to make her perfect potato soup

Weeks before the election where almost half of voters are still undecided Mrs Merkel chose German magazine Bunte to share her trademark homemade grub.

The leader of the Christian Democratic Union, is hoping to beat Martin Schulz, the leader of the Social Democrat Party, and serve a fourth term as the chancellor of Germany. 

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But according to opinion polls, half of German voters are undecided about who they will vote for in the upcoming election.

According to the survey for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, 46 per cent of voters have not made up their minds about who to support. 

In an interview with the women’s magazine Bunte, she said: “I always pound the potatoes myself with a potato masher, rather than using a puree machine.

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“That way there are still little lumps left in the liquid at the end.”

In a rare moment where she opened up about her private life, Mrs Merkel said she likes to use the potatoes she plants in her garden, she said: “They’re looking good, but I haven’t started harvesting them yet.”

The most powerful woman in the world is known for serving potato soup to her guests and her husband, Joachim Sauer. 

The Bunte interview is being seen as a way for her to try and shake off her austere image and show she is down-to-earth and able to connect with her voters. 

In the 2009 election campaign, Mrs Merkel told voters potato soup was one of her favourite meals along with roulade and red cabbage. 

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Voters will go to the polls to elect their new chancellor in September

Mrs Merkel is often spotted buying groceries at her local supermarket in Berlin. 

If Mrs Merkel wins on September 24, she will have been chancellor for 16 years by the next elections in 2021.

Mrs Merkel’s recipe for German potato soup

Serves four

Ingredients:

1 kg of potatoes

100 g of streaky bacon

1 onion

150 g carrots

50 g of celery

1 rod of leeks

3Ž4 l vegetable broth

Salt, pepper, parsley.

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Mrs Merkel’s recipe for German potato soup serves up to four

Preparation:

Dice peeled potatoes. Fry the potato pieces and sauté in a large pan. Dice the onion and add to pan. 

Add vegetable broth then add potato pieces to the broth.

Cut the carrots, celery and leeks and add them to the soup.

Boil the soup for about 30 minutes.

Mash the potato soup, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

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