Cinnamon Vapor

  Overnight, this process continues, and then the roll becomes just the way I like it

Hungarian Cabbage Noodles

I remember this meal. It was a favorite of mine.  Meat for us was not every day.   Too expensive.  My father had a garden and that was our mainstay.  We had many bread and noodle-based meals, and this was a favorite of mine.  Thinking about my growing up Hungarian, I have specific food memories,…

Coop Stories: First Chickens

And of course the Portraits and they all have names:

Mahogany, Copper, Meanie, Marilyn, Cotton, Snowflake, Nefertiti, Nessa, Muffy, Yalamay, Zora, Nuru, Pumpkin, Sidekick, Buttercup, Sooty, Sheela, Sophie, Scrappy, Rosie, Jamie, Angelina, Sweet thing, Cruella DeVille

Coop Stories: First Coop Arrival

I dreamed of a coop I could walk into, like I remembered doing as a child. My childhood chicken houses were rustic, simple, rudimentary, but they were familiar, so the designs I saw, which were in most instances a box you could reach into, but not walk into, just didn’t fit the vision.

Farmstand Village Concept: 10/2021

We are getting close to fleshing out the idea, the big parts are in place. Now begins the tweaking of it. The fun part. I’m excited to see how it will all come together,

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 warm bread…

“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.

Beaver Dam Pepper

I feel a kinship to a Hungarian Pepper that survived and flourished into a “naturalized American” much like myself.   When you take a bite, you get the other flavors first, and then the heat kicks in,

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 foods were stuffed vegetables. Stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage and the sublime and rare stuffed kohlrabi. 

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 warm bread…

Super Coop

Well, it’s almost finished and I LOVE it!! Its so beautiful and practical. We have tweaked it to what we have learned from our Chickens, or what our Chickens have taught us about what they prefer. We are combining two flocks so we have added extra nest space, extra roost space, more feeders, more waterers…

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…

“Uborkasalata” Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad version is different than I find in any of my cookbooks, but it’s the one I grew up with and simply love the most. Many recipes add sour cream or onions which is fine, but when you have this simply incredibly crispy, fresh, sweet, sour side next to the rich egg dumplings…

Baby Chicks

Our first hens were pullets, so we didn’t really know how old they were when we got them. This round of chicks was three days old, hatched on Monday and we got them on Wednesday. They change by the minute and this post is just about watching them grow. 3 days old Wednesday, April 26,…

Pullet Portraits

Our chicks for the 43 coop are 6 weeks old. They arrived in a box 6 weeks ago this Wednesday June 7. that makes them 6 weeks and two days old. We have thirteen breeds and two extra, one a mystery chick and the other the single Favorelle, her sisters didn’t ship. Enjoy their portraits,…

SÁRGABABFŐZELÉK or Wax Bean Stew

This is one of my favorite meals. Growing up I ate a lot of Fozelek which translates to “cooked  down” which would translate to “comfort food”.  If there is a large harvest of anything, too much to eat or is the type of vegetable that won’t keep well in the cellar, then “fozni le kell”  which means…