Author: Eszter

Lettuce soup

It’s June and lettuce plants are growing their heads industriously in our garden. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you about this super plant and show you how we use it...

Pásztortarhonya

Sheperd’s noodles / Pásztortarhonya

Pásztortarhonya is a typical Hungarian one-pot meal, a great and filling legacy of old times. Hungarians’ ancestors were stock-breeder and they lived a nomadic life, therefore they were forced to cook simple, but substantial...

Elderflower soft drink

Elderflower soft drink

Hungary is in elderflower season right now and it’s the perfect time to make a refreshing drink from the heavily scented blossoms of Sambucus nigra. Don’t buy expensive elderflower drink, it’s quick and easy to...

Transylvanian beef stew

Transylvanian beef stew with polenta

Transylvanian beef stew belongs to the large family of tokány, which is a kind of stew that doesn’t contain paprika, seasoned with black pepper and tomato instead. Tokány is not equal with pörkölt; the...

Madártej

Floating islands

Meringue floating on crème anglaise – this is the composition of this simple and light dessert of French origin. In Europe it’s known by different names: in France it’s called oeufs à la neige...

Kenyérlángos

Langalló – The Hungarian pizza

Langalló, kenyérlángos, töki pompos, Scythian pizza – they all are the names of an old Hungarian food. Langalló is a flat bread, similar to the traditional Italian pizza, but instead of tomato sauce it’s...

Bácskai rizses hús

Pork stew with rice / Bácskai rizseshús

Bácskai rizseshús is a simple pork or (in some regions) chicken stew cooked with rice.  I usually use pork shoulder because it’s fattier than pork leg, but you can choose lean meat if you...

Hungarian braided sweet bread

Easter without kalács (this is the Hungarian name of sweet bread) is like Christmas without Christmas tree. Hungarian kalács is similar to the Jewish challah eaten on Sabbath and holidays; it’s traditionally baked for...

Mézes tészta

Honey-vanilla squares / Mézes tészta

As I haven’t found better translation for mézes tészta, I decided to use the term honey-vanilla squares. Honey-flavoured cakes are very mouth-watering, but you have to be very patient until the first bites since...

Gundel-crepes

Gundel crepes

We are a crepe eating nation. I have met nobody who isn’t fond of those beautiful paper thin pancakes. They can be sweet or salty, rolled up, layered or folded into quarters, filled with...

Linzer cookies

Linzer cookies

I guess there’s propably nobody who hasn’t heard about linzer. It’s one of the oldest pastries known all around the world. In view of the ingredients the ancient Romans already baked something similar, but...

Rigó Jancsi

Rigó Jancsi

This old fashioned cake keeps the memory of a Hungarian-Belgian romantic story. It was named after Rigó Jancsi (1858-1927), who was a famous Hungarian gypsy violinist and toured with his orchestra all around Europe....