For an orange

My father’s family lived in a small village southeast of the city, an area known primarily for paprika growing. It’s where I began also, until my birth which took us to Budapest for the big event, then back to Szabadszallas. During the Hungarian uprising after World War two, my father made the decision to leave…

LECSÓ

First I smell the bacon slowly frying with half rounds of sliced onion, pale yellow, almost white Hungarian peppers, and rich red tomato from the garden. When the meat was just cooked, the onions and peppers just wilted, he slipped the half rounds of tomato and cracked a few fresh eggs on top, making little spaces where the egg whites would run and cook evenly. When it was cooked, he served it with a thick slice of toast and warm tea with lemon in it.

“Nokedli”

Hungarian egg pasta dumplings. Handmade, cut from loose batter into boiling water. Simple ingredients: Flour, eggs, salt. That’s it. But like any pasta, it takes elbow grease, time and a desire to make and clean up a huge mess.

Kissing Bread

So today, I’m experimenting with some shapes to bake in a flat pan. Some did join together, but I cut kisses into all of them for fun. So if you make the minestrone on this horrible rainy windy day, I’ve made the kissy bread.

Come on in…

For this season I found the cutest jute bags for gift giving. I love their practicality and good looks.
They’re a natural material, easy to re-use or regift, no environmental waste from wrapping paper or shredded plastic. We have many styles and sizes to make any gift custom and cute, plus decorations and add-ons!

Dumplings and Jam

Never before has my papaya jam been this rich in flavor and color. It’s just so beautiful. During the process of making the golden dumplings the other day, I thought to myself, I wish I had just plain sweet dough to eat with this superb jam. So today I’m making it!