Thursday, May 31, 2007

Strawberry cake

I cooked this strawberry cake with sweet chestnut and vanilla cream for my son’s birthday. Maybe it’s not a typical Hungarian food, but in the midst of strawberry season I cook it as often as passible.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Roast piglet

I captured it in Villány. Few years ago I had spent few days there and our host had been waiting for his German guests with this roast pig.

I have to tell the truth I’ve never tasted and cooked it.

Maybe it’s delicious, but looks freakish to me.

Unicum

After Tokaji I decieded to post my photo about this another hungarian beverage. This bitter liquer was originally made as a herbal remedy. The drink was first made in 1790 by a certain court doctor called Zwack, who used forty different herbs and roots. It was made for Joseph II, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, who suffered with stomach complaints. According to legend when the monarch tasted the drink he exclaimed: 'Das ist ein Unicum!' ('This is unique!') Thus it received its name. The first 'Unicum factory' started production in 1840 in Pest, and together with the secret recipe it is still the property of the Zwack family. (Though the continuity was broken for 40 years after World War II when the factory was nationalised.) You can read more information about it here. If you travel to Hungary, don't forget to visit the Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors' Centre!

Tokaji

I guess Tokaji Aszú is the most famous Hungarian wine in the world. In 1703, Ferenc Rákóczi, Prince of Transylvania, gave Louis XIV (king of France) bottles from his Tokaj estate as a gift. Tokaji was then served at the Versailles Court, where it became known under the name of Tokaj. Delighted with the precious beverage, Louis XIV entitled it the "WINE OF KINGS, KING OF WINES". This is how Tokaj wines started to conquer Europe and became the favourite drink of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Frederic II. of Prussia, Voltaire, Goethe, and Schubert. If you travel to Hungary, don't forget to visit the famous Hungarian wine producing areas and the best wine cellars!

Hungarian Goulash Soup

Have you ever heard about the hungarian goulash soup? Is there anyone in here, who`s ever seen and tasted it, too? Our goulash soup consists of onion, beef, potatoe, turnip, carrot, celeriac, parsley and spices (for example: hungarian red paprika, pepper, salt) "Gulyás" is a hungarian word and originally it means herdsman.