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…

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.  

Dumplings in Paprika sauce with frankfurters.

Want to whip up something super easy and delicious? This is it! Its a take on Hungarian “paprikas nokedli” One tub precooked rich egg dumplings One large onion coarsely chopped Oil, I used avocado oil 5 frankfurters or hot dogs cut on the bias into small pieces. I tablespoon good quality paprika Sweat down the…

Hidegtál

Hungarians love their cold platters! I have found these creative platters of Magyar smoked meats. These inspire me to think about the holidays to come and to think about designing some of my own.

Honey

Who doesn’t love warm bread with a dab of butter and a drizzle of pure natural honey? It just seems natural to add honey to a delicious meal of warm bread, fresh eggs, smoked bacon or kolbasz. It really sweetens up the smoky, salty flavor of the meats. Rich dark roast coffee or espresso with…

Hungarian Kolbasz & Salami

Centuries ago ancient Hungarians, shepherds, herders, and horsemen carried dried meat with them as a staple food item. Usually, they would be gone from home for a year or more. These dried meats they could reconstitute into a delicious hot stew by means of a large kettle hung on a tripod. Austria-Hungary pre-1921 was many…