Author: Eszter

Borsos tokány / Pepper pork ragout

Borsos tokány / Pepper pork ragout

Tokány is the ancestor of the pörkölt, it was made without paprika and onion for centuries. In Transylvania stew is called tocană. Tokány can be prepared from pork, beef, chicken and turkey, or even...

Strawberry millet squares / Epres kölesmálé

Strawberry millet squares/ Epres kölesmálé

Did you know that millet can be a great base of delicious desserts? The Hungarian kölesmálé is a good example how this grain can be used in a different, sweet way. Cook the millet...

Hunter style beef with bread roll dumplings / Vadas marha zsemlegombóccal

Hunter style beef with bread roll dumplings

Vadas is a popular preparation method of game meat, but it works well with beef, too. Vadas or hunter style meat is a complex and rich dish with the fine balance of sweet and...

Stuffed cabbage from Szabolcs

Stuffed cabbage from Szabolcs

As I have written earlier, you can meet different recipes of stuffed cabbage depending on which part of the country you visit. Its name varies, too: on the Great Hungarian Plain it’s also known...

Strawberry cottage cheese cake

Strawberry cottage cheese cake

The strawberry season lasts from mid-May till mid-June in Hungary, and market stalls are now sagging under the weight of the queen of the fruits. Strawberries belong to the family of roses, and they...

Hungarian egg barley soup / Tarhonyaleves

Hungarian egg barley soup – Tarhonyaleves

Tarhonya, this traditional Hungarian egg-based pasta can be considered the heritage of the nomadic lifestyle of past Hungarian sheperds: wandering across the steppes to graze the livestock required foods to be quick and easy...

Cabbage and noodles / Káposztás tészta

Noodles with cabbage – made in a somewhat different way

Fried cabbage with noodles is an old dish of the Hungarian cuisine, which often appears on the households’ dining table. The authentic version of káposztás tészta (this is how it’s called in Hungarian) consists...

Cocoa sails / Kakaós csiga

Cocoa snails – Kakaós csiga

10th January 1908 – this is the day when the first cocoa snails were born. A baker in Göd (a little town in the Danube bend, near Budapest) celebrated his 33th birthday by surprising...

Kossuth-kifli

Kossuth-kifli – Walnut half moon cookies

According to the legend, the Hungarian politician, Lajos Kossuth generally stayed in the Hotel Zöldfa (Green tree) when he arrived to Bratislava in order to attend the Diet. Jakab Palugyay, the hotel’s owner made...

Leipzig slices / Lipcsei szelet

Leipzig slices – Lipcsei szelet

It’s not clear whether this cake was named after the largest city of Saxony, or its contriver’s family name was Lipcsei / Leipzig, but it’s sure that it’s a 50-60 year old recipe, which...

Hungarian gizzard stew

Hungarian gizzard stew

In the western countries the consumption of offal and giblets has fallen out of favor, though in today’s world of worthless (high calorie but low nutrient) foods, most people would benefit greatly from adding...

Dödölle / Hungarian potato dumplings

Dödölle

Dödölle, ganca, gánica, cinke – all these names refer to one dish that is known and cooked throughout Hungary, a cheap peasant food that was eaten on a daily basis a long time ago....

Punch cake / Puncstorta

Hungarian punch cake – Puncstorta

Pink and rum – these are the words that come to every Hungarian’s mind when they hear punch cake. Though the composition of the filling may vary, one thing is sure: the Hungarian punch...

Frankfurter rolls

Frankfurter rolls, as a member of pigs in a blanket type foods, are very popular in Hungary. Stores supply a wide range of virsli (that’s how we call hot dog in Hungarian), you, however,...

Pork ragout soup with tarragon

Pork ragout soup with tarragon

The homeland of dishes with tarragon is Transylvania, this versatile herb has a long tradition in the Transylvanian cuisine. Tarragon has an intense flavour that’s a unique mix of sweet anis and a mild...