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#12 Taste of Traditional Homemade Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta

The Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta is one of the excellences of our domestic dishes.

It’s actually a hot appetizer even though it is prapaired with the pancake, but leaving out the sugar!

The veal stew pancakes,or with chicken breast or with in advance have the filling with paprika chicken stew is something that foreigner countries may not have had even heard about. Now will share …  (see, follow the recipe  here to cook the paprika chicken stew @ “Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #1 “

The name Hortobágy pancakes does not really come from Hortobágy … title of Hortobágyi pancake was invented by a Hungarian chef for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. Due to its unique taste and easy preparation, it soon became a popular dish. However, pancakes from Hortobágy has nothing to do with venue of Hortobágy.

A word or two in brief synthesis about the region of Hortobágy. The Hortobágy is a landscape that is endowed with its unique history, valuable wildlife and unique folk tradition with characteristic Hungarian features. Hortobágy steppe in eastern Hungary is the largest contiguous natural grassland in Europe. Before the Mongols and later the Turks burned the villages here, it was a wooded area, and then the animals of the returnees cleared the vegetation, thus forming its present-day image. The Hortobágy National Park, established in 1973, includes a significant part of Nagykunság in addition to the plain. Traditional livestock and grazing are practiced in the area, and ancient Hungarian animal breeds such as gray cattle are kept. The name of the region  holds the once flourishing settlements, which were destroyed during the Turkish occupation, are preserved by the names of wilderness parts.

Now back to the Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta recipe!

Ingredients:  8 pancakes  serve for 2 person – preparing: 70mins. (wish to have more then double the weight/size of ingredients)
For the paprika chicken: 700 g chicken breast fillet, 1.5 medium head onions, 650 ml water, 3 teaspoons paprika, salt, black pepper (ground).
For frothing: 175 ml sour cream (20%), 50 g wheat flour.

Preparation and cooking: Wash the chicken breast fillet, chop into small cubes, then set aside, chop the onion, then fry in a little oil, salt and pepper. simmer for about 40 minutes. Tip! At this point we can add a little tomatoes and peppers to the meat as a fortification. While the meat is steaming, we make the frothing. Stir in the sour cream until smooth, When the meat has evaporated until soft, strain the juice from the meat. The meat is set aside for the time being, the juice is then put back on the fire and scraped. With constant stirring, some of the juice is added to the frothing – this is called heat equalization – and then the frothing is mixed with the juice. Cook for a while, stirring constantly, until the flour is gone, When we are done with the frothing, set the sauce aside. Now we grind the meat, Finally we put on the pancakes 3-4 mm thick in a square shape from the minced meat, then we sprinkle a little sauce. Then we fold the filling into the pancakes, Then we fold them, we serve the loaded pancakes sprinkled with sauce, garnished with sour cream and parsley.

© Aggie Reiter

#11 Taste of Traditional Homemade Sweeties – Gundel Palacsinta – Pancake Gundel Style

The main trick with the Hungarian Gundel Palacsinta – Pancake Gundel Style is that soda water is added the bubbles adke the vbatter taste and feels very light.

The Central Eurpean pancakes are thin pancakes smilar t the French crépe. The Gundelk palacsinta is filled with walnut cream and covered with chocolate sauce and at the end a touch with rum on top and flambe it then lighten with a match and it is an attraction seeing as the alcohol burns and extra burn the chocolate and it is more delightful to see and then taste it… it is so yummy.

They may also be eaten plain, filled with cheeses or with veggyies, such as mashroom, spinach, topped with sour cream. Some folks here instead of instead of vermicelli pasta within the soup, like to cut the aked pancake into thin strips and place it in the chicken soup as a filling. The pancakes may also be eaten sweet and unsweetened or savoury as a main course… such as filled with grounded meat namely “Hortobágyi Palacsinta” (soon to be followed up here as well!)

Ingredients for 4 person having 8-10 pices. Preparing time cca. 35-40 mins.

Pancake: 150 g flour, pinch of salt, 1 egg, 250 ml milk, 1/2 tabs sugar, 50 nl soda water (water with gas) oil to bale.
Chocolate sauce: 50 g cocoa powder, 200 g sugar, 200 ml milk, 1 or 2 tbs rum.
Filling: 1- 2 tbs rum, 200 g ground walnut, 100 ml milk, 120 g sugar, 1 tbs cinnamon, 1 tbs raisins.
Prepairing for baking: In a bowl whisk the egg with sugar, the milk and the salt. Add enough flour … spoon after spoon … to form a very thick paste. Come the soda water by adding some into the paste while mixing and stringing. Let is rest for cca. 15 mins. Add a half cup of water, then stir it well again. Continue untill it gets crreamy batter, then add some more soda water, so a smooth vbatter, medium thick but still liquid. Using a pancake pan to fry the palacsinta. Pour half ladle of batter in the hot pan. Brush the pan before each palacsinta with oil. No oil left in the pan, remove it and bake on both sides.
Sauce: mix cocoa powder with sugar. Pour in milk slowly. the choco powder and sugar completely must dissolve. Place on the fire and let it thicken a little. Season with the rum.
Filling: Mix the grounded walnut, sugar, cinnamon and raisins in a cooking pan. Add a little milk and the rum, then heat the mixture until it became a creamy sauce. Chill and add the rum. Fill the pancakes with custard.

After the Goulash, Mushroom paprika with Dumplings “Gödöllő” Style Stuffed Chicken and other  traditional Hungarian roasts, the foreigners previously visiting Hungary would not miss to taste one of the most loveable Hungarian sweetie.

Once you bake it you will probably bake it more often.

Enjoy this  Hungarian Gundel Pancake – Gundel Palacsinta delicacy.

© Aggie Reiter

Railway History Park – Sausage Fair – Oldtimer Show – Budapest

Friday Noon – 7 p.m. – Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: District XIV., 95 Tatai Rd. Budapest

Between October, 9 – 11. 2020. for the 7th time at Budapest will be held the Sausage Fair at the Hungarian Railway History Park together with the international Oldtimer Show exhibition as the largest oldtimer exhibition in Central and Eastern Europe. Larger cars will be on display outside the circular fuel house to see the exhibition of the USA Oldtimer Cars.

Due to the current virus situation, the event will be introduced this year several precautionary measures following the current epidemic preparedness, and organizers seek cooperation of the visitors coming along to have to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth as well and also keep a 1.5-meter distance from each others.

The Oldtimer Show with the Sausage Fair will be a combined festivals. Local and foreign guests are awaited to enjoy their stay. On Gastro streets  huge sausage booths, oldtimer vehicles and family activities. Nostalgia music and railway programs.

At a 10 hectares of Budapest Railway History Park and the adjacent Water Tower Park will be fully furnished with attractions. There’s free passage between the two parks. There may choose from 200 types of traditional rural type sausages and very Hungarian stuffed meat called “hurka” (black pudding & liver pudding) sausages, bacon and all kinds of pork chops. There’ll be freshly baked cracks on the spot.  Will be to shop homemade cheeses, spices, jam, honey, bugle cakes and all kinds of handmade traditional dishes.

At entrance 1, on the cobbled “Craft” street, representatives of old crafts sell their wares. Next to the platforms will be “Fairground”.

At the large park is built the ancient locomotive circular heating house. The halls of the Orient and the West will be furnished with beautiful oldtimer  cars and motorbikes. . Larger cars will be on display outside the circular fuel house: USA Oldtimer Car Exhibition.

The area around the Ornamental Fountain is definitely worth visiting for gastronomic lovers!

In the grassy arbor there will be a large open-air restaurant where can eat fried sausages, fried “hurka” sausages and all kinds of pork-toed dishes freshly baked. At the curve of the ornamental fountain area can buy well known pálinka, wine and homemade beer at the wooden houses. The Sápi fruit wine stand will also be here. The tradition at our festival is that anyone who comes in old-age clothes gets a fruit wine tasting as a gift. Take part in this nostalgia game! There will also be built a large restaurant in The Water Tower Park, where you can also eat freshly baked pork chops!

All interactive programs of the Railway History Park will be available at the festival: hand cars, horse railway, rail car, locomotive rotator and garden railway on a 800m long track. On the railway tracks around the 1-gauge rotor, you can see a fantastic steam locomotive exhibition! Around the double rotary engine will be wagon exhibition. For the weekend of the festival, we also heat up a real steam locomotive, which can be tried by the visitors!

The festival will feature free games for the children: archery, airsoft shooting, air slide, bungee, face painting,playground, petting zoo and many other attractions.

Tickets will be available on the spot during the opening hours for cash and credit cards. Ticket price for adult ticket 5000HUF, children’s ticket 4000HUF (under 14 years, and for under 3 years free of charge), family ticket 14000HUF (2 adults + 2 children), pensioner ticket 4000HUF, Friday ticket price 4000HUF

Tickets can also be purchased in advance online by clicking on https://www.oldtimershow.hu/oldtimershow-jegyertekesites/

All tickets are a daily ticket and valid only for a one-time entry. Warning! Food and drink are not allowed to carried in the festival area.

recomendation by Aggie Reiter

#4 – Day-By-Day – Traditional Hungarian Thick Soup

Cooking Pumkin Thick Soup – Tökfőzelék

Serve for 4 – Cooking time: 45 mins.

At this hemisphere here slowly going out of the summer season, but still have fresh veggies to cook “Főzelék thick soups. The pumkin thick soup is typical a summer food, which is simply to cook and not to be missed. Of course during the Fall it is still out on the market.

Ingredients: 1 kg cooking pumpkin, 1 medium size onion, 2 pinch of salt, black pepper for taste, a bunch of dill, 2 tbs flour, 3/4 liter milk, 3 tbs oil, 1 tbs vinegar, 2 tsb sugar, 1 dl sour cream, 1 tsp Hungarian red sweet pepper powder for coloring.

Cooking: Place the planed pumpkin in a bowl on a filter, salt it and after cca. 30 mins  it will drained through a filter and squeeze the rest of the moisture out of it well.  Drizzle the chopped onion in oil and fry it on the cooker, when the onion gets light brown color add a tbs of Hungarian sweet red pepper powder stir-mix with a little water.  Then and pour over the milk, add the salt and cook over medium heat until soft … roughly 40-60 mins. When it is almost cooked soft, sprinkle the washed chopped dill into the thick soup then bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Cook for 5 minutes, then ready to serve. Mind you only place the sour cream, vinegar, sugar by the end of the cooking and stir them together. Marvelous taste to have this experience …  can be served hot or cold. It is very tasty without any extra side dish, but the Hungarians really prefer in have something as side dish … thought here the recept to the Hungarian meatballs will be just yummy.

Meatballs a’la Hungarian – Fasírt Magyar módra

 

 

Hungarians love their meatballs from pork meat …  but can prepare just as wellfrom minced turkey breats or chicken breast meat.

Ingredients: 1 kg of minced meat to your pleasure, 4 cloves garlic, salt to taste, pepper, 1 tsp ground cumin, 2 eggs, 1 tbs Hungarian red pepper powder, 1 tbs dried parsley or a small bunch of fresh parsley.

Preparing & Frying: First, add salt, black pepper, ground cumin to the minced meat, 1 tbsp. red peppers, eggs, parsley, and crushed garlic. Work together thoroughly. If time allows leave at least 1 hour to let the flavors work well together it will be much more delicious.
Form a rounded shape out of the mixture of meat, then squeeze them a little bit flat, thenafter rotate it in breadcrumbs and then fry them in hot oil, but turn the heat medium when frying so to reach the golden brown color and not to get burnt … that’s it … easy as 1-2-3 … right?

A variety of side meal can be added … frankfurter, sausage, fried egg, roasted meat, stew, fried cheese, it’s only a matter of taste. Enjoy your meal.

May read more about other traditional Hungarian soups by visiting previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© by Aggie Reiter

#1 – Day-By-Day – Traditional Hungarian Thick Soup

This week going down the lane with the … Made in Hungary … Traditional Hungarian veggie thick soups. Prehaps, the foreigners call them stew … so let it be. These dishes are not well known to those who have not visited and tasted them at Hungary. Moreover, the Hungarian veggie thick soups are historicals as they were born in Hungary in the 16th century. Kids in those days hardly have ate veggies so by cooking them was easier to  bring into their meals.

The word “Főzelék” stands for a sort of a thick veggie dish. It is a unique category in the Hungarian cuisine. It is in between the a soup and a stew meal. It is cooked typically by simmering, but some like it mashed and then will have a puree kinda soup. Caution … not all the veggie based soup are to be mashed. It gets its thickness with flour which has the consistency of gravy. The “főzelék” is often included as a main course for lunch or supper. The “Főzelék” is a real, typically home-made meal and not often appears on the restaurants list of menüs. Really worth to go for it, most probably many will love it. Usually  peas (“borso”), yellow or green beans (sárgabab or  zöldbab”), pumpkin (tök), lentils (“lencse”) …  knowing that not too many are fond of spinach (“spenót”) but hopefully will like the flavor of it cooked this way. Are  and will be spread here some of the traditional Hungarian thick veggie meals.

To-day’s “Főzelék” – Green Pea Thick Soup

Ingredients – for 4 person – preparing time: cca 50 mins.

75 dkg green pea or 2,50 kg podded peas, 2 tbs oil, 6 dkg flour, 3 dkg sugar, 4 eggs, 100 ml milk, 300-400 ml water, salt, pepper to taste, 1 bunch of parsley. 1 tbs of Hungarian sweet red paprika powder as you wish for the coloring.

Cooking: Add cleaned, washed peas into boiling water adding salt and the sugar in the same time, in another pan preparing gravy with 2 tbs of oil and 6 dkg flour, as the gravy color turns light brown add the 1 tbs Hungarian red paprika powder stir ongoing a bit, turn down to low heat and add the finely chopped parsley, dissolve the pea water, let the jerky cool a little. If it is too thick, step-by-step pour a bit of water. Be careful to take only the required amount of the pea cooked water. Can be supplemented with fried eggs when serving.

May read more about other traditional Hungarian soups by visiting previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #7

Probably was awaiting for the week-ends 7th Hungarian dish … so to have kept you waiting here goes not 1 but 3 the real Hungarian dish for your delight.

Whether your a meat lover or vegetarian with these flavors will suit your appetite pretty well.  The “Gombapaprikás” – “Mashroom Paprikás” is a great main dish and to cook mushrooms differently and spice them up below are the tips. Full of flavor and a very filling dish. It gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a day. Generally, the needed ingredients can be ontained at veggyie stores and/or supermarkets.

It may be unbelievable to many, but within 1-2-3 quick-to-prepare main course. Some of them can be ready smoothly within 15-20 minutes.  The recipe can be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your gathering!

Here are a couple of mushroom dishes mostly love to cook and many Hungarians mainly prepare these at their own kitchen. The mashrooms in use by the Hungarians are white, and they are called “champignon” mashrooms.

Mushroom paprika with Dumplings – Gombapaprikás Nokedlivel

Served for 4 persons – Preparing time: 5mins. Fry: 40-45 mins.

Ingredients: 60 dkg mushrooms, 2 medium onions, 1 big tomato, 1 Hungarian sweet yellow paprika, 1 tbs sweet red paprika powder,  salt, black pepper, 180 ml sour cream. Nokedli:  2 tbs flour, 1 tbs oil, salt,  20 dkg crumbs, small handful of chopped green parsley. 300-350 ml water for the batter water for cooking.

The beautiful, assorted mushroom heads are cleaned, washed well, drained and wiped dry with a
clean cloth. Chop onionns, vut tomatoe nd paprika into a little bit larger cubes, mashroom in half or quarters. Use a large pan, heat some oil. Add the onions, stir-fry for 3 to 4 mins. Take the pan off the heat and add the red paprika powder. Return to the heat and add the pepper and tomato.Stew for cca. 8-10 mins until it gets saucy. Add then the mashrooms and season with salt and pepper, Cook until the mashroom release its juices. Combine sour cream and flour in a smal duish. Stir i constantly and add some of the mashroom sauce to it. Mix it well and thereafter back to the stew. Bring to boil once more. Taste and season with salt if needed.

Nokedli has been talked about before, but repetition equals knowledge …   Put the flour into a deep bowl, mix it with salt, eggs and water. Bring 4-5 liters of water to boil in a large pot … for nokedli to cook). Mix 1 tbs oil in it, so  to get  a batter that is easy to stir, but still sticky. Be careful not to make it too loos. To cook the small nokedli “dumplings” from the batter by cooking in boiling water. When the nokedli rises to the surface of the water… it takes cca 2 mins. … drain and rinse with cold water! By-the-.way the nokedli can be replaced with any pasta in the kitchen. May garnish the top with some parsley. As previous receipt said … with the special tool is called “Nokedli szaggató”- Noodles chopper” makes it easier.

Stuffed mushroom heads with cream cheese filling – Töltött gombafejek krémsajtos töltelékkel

Served for 3 persons – Preparing time: 10 mins. Fry: 25 mins

Ingredients: 6 large head mushrooms, 20 dkg sheep’s curd, 10 dkg cheese cream (hose), 1 tsp chopped chives, 1 tbs grated parmesan if as wish to adds, 15-20 dkg cream cheese, crushed pepper, parsley.

Preparation: The approx. uniformly sized mushroom heads are cleaned, washed dried and cut out. Cut the bacon into small cubes and melt the fat in a pan. Mix the sheep’s curd with the cheese cream, pepper, grated parmesan and chives. I don’t usu salt  because the sheep’s curd end to be pretty salty.

For the breading, prepare the flour and bread crumbs. Beat the eggs lightly and salt to taste. The stuffed mushrooms are rolled into flour, then into the egg and finally into the crumbs. Place in a unbreakable bowl which stands the high heat or garnished baking tray, spray the top with a little oil and bake in a preheated oven at 200-220 Celsius for  over 25-30 minutes. Serve with fresh salad and steamed rice. This dish is incredibly delicious. It can be served for lunch or supper.

Creamy mushroom with wide length Hungarian pasta – Tejszínes gomba Magyar széles metélt tésztával


Served for 4 persons – Preparing time: cca 45-50 mins.

Ingredients: 50 dkg tagliatelle pasta, 3 dl cooking cream (but who likes a lot of sauces use 5 dl cream) / 20% /, 50 dkg forest mushroom mixture (I used frozen), 1 clove garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan, 1 small head onion, 3-4 tbsp chopped parsley green, 1 tbsp chopped chives, 5 dkg butter.
Preparation: Dice the onion and fry it on a glass, add the crushed garlic and the prepared, sliced mushroom mixture (if using frozen mushrooms, thaw before use, if fresh, peel, wash and slice). When the mushrooms have softened, pour over the cream, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley on the top. Boil for 5 mins and mix with the cooked Hungarian wide length pasta. Also may serve with grated parmesan … Oh well, may have got hungry, aren’t you?

May read more about other traditional  Hungarian dishes by visiting previous recipe @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen. 

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #5

After having meat the past days, let’s have a Fish Day with the famous Hungarian Catfish Paprika – Harcsapaprikás

Hungary is landlocked, but is lucky to have many running rivers and lakes, whereas Catfish are all full around. The Catfish may grow up to several hunbdreds of kilos by weight. At the markets  can buy  cca 1-2 kgs in weight. As many may know the Catfish belongs to the grioup of  freshwater’s white fish. This fish has flat head, wide mouth and scale kless body. It is a mouthwatering delicious  fish, firther more …safe to eat for it has nobones. Before cooking the skin has to be removed cause is inedible.  About the  garnish… can be the original home-made Hungarian noddles used for the dish, that has to be torn by hand into uneven fingernail sized pieces and boiled in water (see the method the home made previous receipt steps in  cookng).  Otherwise may garnish with Fusilli or large macaroni instead of home-made noddles… that will save time. At the end may place bacon pieces that hgave a higher fraction of fat. By-.the.-way the Hungarian cured meat cuts are not the same as the anglo-saxon cuts.

Getting closer to the receipt just one more to add to the Catfish Paprika …Harcsa paprika is a traditional dish using freshwater catfish with sauce made from paprika and tomatoes. This dish is calorie-laden stew for pleasant labourers with spice.  The “Cottage Cheese Slider” “Túrós Csúsza” is a savoury curd cheese noddle dish which is a perfect garnish to the Catfish meal. Maybe only a few people know that one of the fastest Hungarian dishes the Catfish is ready very quickly and just the juicy roast is to be prepared.

Ingredients: for 4 persons. preparing time: cca 30 plus 30 mins.

This meal doesn’t only appease your taste buds, it is also enriched in all the nutrients for the body.

Paprikas: 1 onion, 600 g catfish fillet, 2 tomatoes, 2 Hungarian sweet yellow peppers, 1/2-1/2 tbs sweet and hot red paprika powder to have a little kick, salt, pepper to taste, 2 bs oil.

Cooking:  Sauté the finely chopped onions in a little oil to glossy a bit. Remove from the fire an stir with paprika powder. Mix it well and give a touch of water, thenafter just simmer for 4 to 5 mins. Place the chopped tomatoes and pepper in the sauce. Season a bit with salt and pepper. Keep it cooked for 5 to 10 mins to have a  nice gravy. Mixed  in the catfish pieces and cook for 5 to 10 mins. Gently stir at the ear of the vessel not to break/tore apart the fish pieces.

Túrós csúsza:  100 g bacon, 400 fg frilly squared paste, 200 g cottage chesse, 200 ml sour cream, 2 tbs oil.

Cooking:  Using  pasta instead of home-made noddles …Cook the pasta in salty water with a tbs of oil. Drain  the mix it with some oil. Add some crumbled curd cheese of cottage cheese on top. Cut the bacon into small cubes. Place some oil in the saucepan, fly the bacon, be careful not to get burned. Serve the bacon it on the paste.

… Guess became Hungry, so make your day with cooking this fine traditional Hungarian meal … Don’t have to be a pearl chef to prepare it,  goes quickly and very tasty.

sure no feathers are left on it. Can easily burn over the fire.

May read more about other traditional  Hungarian dishes by visiting previous recipe @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen. 

© by Aggie Reiter

The biggest scam of the last century … read onwards.

Why did scientists claim that Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s father was Moses?

From the pen of Gerald O’Farrell, a very dubious theory came to light, which he explains in the book The Mystery of Tutankhamun. This theory goes so far as to make Moses identical with the historical ruler, Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s father, Pharaoh Ehnaton.

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb was the greatest sensation of the 1920s and has remained so for decades. On the one hand, the story of the young pharaoh was a web of mysteries and intrigues, while two English-minded gentlemen, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, made an inventory of the finds for ten years, while the discovery of the tombs did not go smoothly.

According to several theories, it was a simple grave robbery, and the surrounding myth and curse may have been part of a propaganda that was a series of pre-planned murders and the disappearance of eyewitnesses was the main motivation.

Gerald O’Farrell goes straight to the point where Carter lost scrolls from Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb and damaged the tombstone and himself because he wanted information lost.

It was already known that Carter forged documents, manipulated photos, and wrote reports for the Egyptian Archaeological Office because he wanted to send most of the treasures found to America and Britain. Incidentally, it is worth noting that Master Carter was a collaborator of Heinrich Schliemann – German archaeologist who led the excavation of Troy, who also smuggled treasures home in a similar way.

In recent decades, several treasures kept in various institutions have been found to come from Tutankhamun’s tomb. The Metropolitan Museum has about 20 works of art from Tutankhamun’s tomb in its collection. The Brooklyn Museum owns a statue of a girl, an ointment spoon and a blue glass vase.

Many scholars have already explained the relationship between biblical figures and pharaohs. However, the most interesting theory appeared in Ammed Osman’s famous book, Moses, Pharaoh of Egypt.

He rightly claims that Pharaoh Ehnaton was an existing person, but the existence of Moses is questionable historically. On the other hand, there is ample historical evidence to support that the pharaohs may have been biblical Jewish patriarchs. Or Ehnaton was the first pharaoh to introduce the cult of Aton, monotheism, and it was among his teachings that salvation is available to all.

According to Gerald O’Farell, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon are not as heroes as we have considered them so far. He calls them downright ordinary grave robbers and history forgers.

We’ll never know how many artifacts Carter and Carnarvon have attributed and what happened to them, but we can be sure that if even a slight part of it was true, there was hardly a crime in history that would have ended in such a spectacular result.

I can’t promise that you can find anything evidence from Moses at the exhibition, but quite a few of Tutenhamon’s treasures can still be seen in the KOMPLEX @ Budapest. Tickets are available in limited numbers at known ticket offices or on the spot.

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #4

“Gödöllő” Style Stuffed Chicken –  Gödöllői  Töltött Csirke

To increase the taste buds pleasures we can add canned peaches

The name Gödöllő stand for a small city, a suburb area of Budapest. It was the summer resort of Queen Sissy – wife of Franz Joseph 1.

A peck into the background of the small city Gödöllő … The recipe for stuffed chicken breast from Gödöllő is an imprint of the former Baroque abundance. This dish has an upscale name, the name of an upscale place with a rich history. The stuffed chicken breast from Gödöllő and the honey kiss from Gödöllő preserve the memory of the former greatness of the eponymous city. Gödöllő was built in the XIV. century. It was founded in the 16th century, and although it became almost completely unpopular during the Turkish occupation, it was later repopulated in the XVIII century. In the 16th century, Antal Grassalkovich was the landlord of this, thanks to him, today, the defining structure of the town, the castle. Since then, Gödöllő and Gödöllő Castle have been direct witnesses to many turning points in Hungarian history, and the accommodation of countless famous figures.

Chicken breast is a good food in itself, but from now on it can be varied and it bears well if it is supplemented with all kinds of delicacies. In this way, mushrooms, liver and green peas can be included in the spirit of the Gödöllő filling. The stuffing could be a rich food in its own right, but along with the meat and the garnish it offers, it’s a truly fabulous feast.

The recipe  the most stuffed chicken legs, shows the love of hiding food in other food… Try with bigger parts in the beginning, it will be easier doing the fillings.

Ingredients for 4 persons – Preparing time cca 60-80 mins.

4 whole chicken legs with their skin  left on, or if taste may have chicken breast meat, 151-200 g chicken liver, 2 rolls of soft bread, 100-150 g green peas,100-150 g mushroom, 100-150 g bacon, 2 eggs, 50 ml milk,1 handful of chopped parsley, 1 tbs of lard or butter,salt, pepper to taste, 3 tbs breadcrumbs.

Chop the bread roll, mashroom, liver and the bacon.Star frying the bacon in a  cooking vessel. Remove the bacon, saute the liver and the mashroom in the grease of the bacon, then mash the liver when cooked. Add the peas, cook for a while, thenafter mnix parsley together. Season with salt and pepper. This will take only 10-15 mins. Poor milk on the bread rolls, mix it together with the liver, eggs and mash. Add some breadcrumbs to it and there you go the filling is ready. Now come the chicken legs. Use your fingers to loosen the skin of the chicken legs and take a small spoon to stuff the mixture under the skin. Put  a little grease into the roast pan or tray. Place the chicken legs in it, add some grease on top of the chickens. Bake them in the oven until the get a golden color. Upon the baking time grease them to avoid the skin to open while baking and skin won’t open with the stuffing.  The heat has to be 140-150 celsius that will bake the chicken and will not burn. Do the baking cca. 20 mins. Good to know … When working with chicken skin, make sure no feathers are left on it. Can easily burn over the fire.

May read more about other traditional  Hungarian dishes by visiting previous recipe @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen. 

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #3

Beef Style “Budapest˝  – Budapest Bélszín

“Q” What kind of  beef meat is to buy, to suit to cook ˝Budapest˝ Sirloin?

“A” The fillet beef is an expensive cut of beef but make sure to get the middle section and not the tail ends – the plumper the better – also make sure the butcher does not fold or roll up the fillet to make it look rounder. It needs to be the middle cut of the fillet.

The ˝Budapest˝ Sirloin is a beef roast dish with mashroom, goose liver and green pea ragout. It can also be easily prepared at home and is something typically found in restaurnts as well.  Can be served having rice or patatoes, but yet some like it with French fries.

Ingredients for 4 persons – Preparing time: 45mins

One large onion, salt, 1/2 tsp pepper sweet red paprika powder, 200 goose liver, 100 g smoked ham or bacon, 1 Hungarian sweet yellow pepper, 200 g mashrooms, 1 large tomatoe, 150g green peas, 600 g fillet of beef, 1/2 handful of parsley, oil for the stew and for the grill.

Cooking: Cut the smoked ham and the veggies into pieces. Dice the onion finely. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sweat the onion in it until translucent. Add the ham into the pan and fry until crisp. Deglaze the pan with some stock then add the sliced pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms and paprika powder. Cook over high heat, stirring lightly continuously til the veggies are browned. Add then the peas and continue cooking on lower heat until they are tender. Seasoning with salt, pepper and parsley. Now cut the beef and the the liver into slices, flatter a little with the palm of your hand. Heat the oil in a skillet and grill the for around 5 mins on both each side until the center is medium rare and in the same skillet grill the liver for about 1to 2 mins. (keep in mind only grill the goose liver when all is to be served cause it cools down quicky.) The place half of the ragout on a serving dish and on the  fillets and the liver on the top. Place the rest of the ragout on each of the fillets and on top the goose liver. For side dish can have rice, potatoes or French fries.

There are other beef styles in Hungarian which are popular, just as forexample the Beef Stroganoff Style with mushroom, gherkins and shallot in creamy sause (see here @ previous recipe: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2020/06/08/part2-continue-gastronomy-inherited-over-50-years-of-russian-rule-hungary/

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