Candied Papaya with heat

I’m discovering just how versatile and wonderful papaya can be. Peppers add a dimension and flavor to candied papaya that has me so excited! I’ve started seed for the next round of growing and they are heavy on the hot side to take advantage of this new way of making delicious papaya preserves. This candied…

Capsicum Adventure

Aji’s, chili’s, paprika’s, peppers, officially, “Capsicums” are my new obsession. They’re just too beautiful, so many shapes, sizes, and colors, not to mention flavors within the species. I’ve grown some sweet non-bell types but super-hots I’m afraid of after managing to mishandle the golden habanero twenty years ago, the pain memory has kept me away…

Stuffed Kohlrabi Töltött Karalábé

  Hungarians love stuffing vegetables. It’s such a flavorful way to use vegetables and elevate the plating from a boring bowl of stew to an  artfully stuffed and carved vegetable, placed majestically in a beautifully contrasting sauce, of which you can eat  as little or as much as you like.  Many of my favorite childhood…

Kolaczki sweet roll

These little puffs of soft airy sweet dough combined with the moist apple filling are the perfect pairing with the cinnamon rolls for any occasion. I have been working on the dough for a little bit and I think I’ve found the right mix. There will be more flavors to come, soon the Hungarian plum…

Candied Papaya Kolaczki (Kol-ach-key)

Today I’m working on the Kolaczki dough and experimenting with fillings. Traditionally prune jam, sweet cheese, tart cherries, which I don’t have on hand or can make from our sub-tropical garden. The papaya jam proved popular and is a loved filling in our butter cookie, so I thought I’d try to candy some papaya fruit…

Cinnamon Rolls & Sweet Bread Buns

Right in between cookies and basic bread is the entire universe of sweet dough. It is inevitable I would land in the middle of my two bakery extremes someday.  Well, it finally happened this month. The month of April 2020.  I’ve been flirting around with cinnamon raisin bread, sweet white bread, and cinnamon rolls. Why…

Palotas Pepper Jelly

I finally got the time to try a new Jam.  I was making salsa anyway, so I picked a small bag full of sweet Hungarian peppers, “Palotas” variety. It’s a rich deep dark green with pronounced pepper flavor, not as sweet as bell pepper. I didn’t have pectin so I used unflavored gelatin and it…

Mask

I feel that very soon everyone will resort to wearing homemade masks for a long long time. I wanted mine to be soft, pretty, rugged and durable just like the things I made years ago.

Moringa

Moringa is touted as a superfood and highly nutritious. I originally bought seeds so we could feed our chicken’s healthier greens. My seeds are certified and cleared through customs from Nigeria.  They were purchased three years ago and it’s from these that our plants are grown. Moringa is a very fast-growing tree and provides dappled…

Collards and Turnips with smoked ribs

After blanching the collards in vinegar water, roll and chop. Sautee onions til clear, add smoked ribs, Vegeta seasoning, garlic cloves, and greens. Cook down for a good hour or so. Add carrots and sliced turnips. Cook another hour or so.