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Under the 150 years of Turkish rule had the greatest influence on Hungarian gastronomy.

During the Turkish occupation, countless, previously unknown flavors entered Hungarian cuisine.

If we approach from the side of gastronomy in the 16-17. century history, meet positive effects with countless, previously unknown flavors and its development of today’s culinary culture.

Hungarian eating habits during the Turkish occupation were characterized by the fact that the dishes were prepared with butter, many dairy products were in use and the dishes were very seasoned. Cooked pasta and dumplings were added as a side dish or used in soup. Among the dishes were pies, sausages, sausages, jellies, donuts, pancakes, and strudel. The cooking methods included grating, pickling, stitching, draping, ablation, steaming, toasting. In the Turkish occupation areas naturally the Turkish culinary culture came to the fore, using the characteristics of Turkish cuisine. We took the patties, flame, bejglit and stuffed cabbage from the Turks. Parsley, cumin, anise and horseradish are among our herbs inherited in our kitchen. Among the sweets, they brought barbecue, cakes, sponge cakes, bird milk, gingerbread, Turkish honey and its typical coffee. Then poppy, tomato and eggplant appeared. Turkish influences began to grow almonds, cherries, figs, nuts, grapes, peaches and cherries in Hungary. Pepper has become an indispensable element in Hungarian gastronomy through Turkish mediation. It has enriched our nutritional culture, has resulted in many common meals, and as a result, the Turkish-Hungarian tastes are quite close to each other. All-in -all, we can say that in the Hungarian nutrition culture by the Turkish influence has brought about significant changes that are still effective.

Regarding the consumption of meat, the pork has become increasingly popular in Hungary in the 16th century, as pork was not consumed by Turkish soldiers, so it could remain intact even during looting.

Meaty and rice dishes: Basically the shepherd’s dish into the Hungarian cuisine came from the Turks. These foods are mainly porridge and pasta dishes, lentils, sturgeon, egg barley. The pilau – rice and meat, biber – stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage became our favorite food during the occupation and still today in the XXI century. Both peoples are well-known for their meaty buns, the only difference is that Hungarian cuisine pork was in use as the filling. Among the most well-known dishes of Turkish cuisine are the dishes stuffed with cabbage or rice in vine leaves which are available in tins at the local stores.

Sweets: From Turkish times, our cuisine becomes “sweeter” and finds its place in Hungarian cuisine with brittle cake, brioche, bird milk, honey brioche, turkey honey or quince cheese. Also arriving in the Turkish mediation the poppy seeds which later became in the Hungarian pasta and cakes, cakes.

Regarding to the Hungarian pastries, the „pogácsa” pastry (based on rather salty soft snack) and since the word itself is of Ottoman origin (called then Baghja), we have reason to believe that it was already known to the conquering Hungarians, only amplified by the Ottoman-Turkish era. Turkish honey was originally an Armenian sweet, but it came to us through the mediation of the Turks.

Turkish herbs and vegtables: Also played a significant role in Hungarian gastronomy. At that time it became an indispensable spice for peasant cuisine, but now-a-days these spices make our food even more colorful. Eggplants have been native in-and-around the Mediterranean and the Balkans since the 17th century, but to Hungary came through the Turkish mediation, which is a.k.a.  Turkish paradise.  One of the best known dishes made of it was the stuffed eggplant called “töltött padlizsán” “imam bayıldı” – “imam fainted”. Cannot skip to mention the seasoning with Turkish mediation includes sage, juniper, rosemary, thyme, peppermint, parsley, pepper, various onions, horseradish and saffron. The spread of maize in Hungary can be attributed to the Turks as well. Among the most well-known and favorite by many is cabbage stuffed with meat and/or rice in vine leaves.

Turkish Fruits: The influence may be also better discovered in the fruits that come to our land … apricots, strawberries, figs, medlar and Mediterranean plants and without them unimaginable in to-day’s Hungarian gastronomy.

We can see that in addition to our food, fruits and spices, the Turkish presence has influenced the long-term formation of our Hungarian dishes. Originally a fermented beverage made from millet, later made from different cereals, boza are very popular in Hungary. In addition to boza, the Turkish coffee as their traditional drink, appears in our country in the 16th century, and many people still to-day prefer to drink Turkish coffee. In the 15th century, like bozo, coffee was used as a medicine in addition to its enjoyment which shows an inpact to the Turkish presence and in our daily drinks.

Some recipes will be shared later, which we still consume to this day.

© Aggie Reiter

Celebrating 71st. Republic Day of India @ Budapest

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Many countries around the world today joined to celebrate India’s Republic Day, likewise in Budapest – Hungary.

The celebration was held on Sunday, January, 26. by HE Mr. Kumar Tuhin, Ambassador of the Republic of India & Mrs. Deepa Tuhin @ Heritage House’s Theater – Budapest.

Invited guests joined to celebrate India’s  71st Republic Day together with members of the DC, dignitaries, senior government functionaries, prominent representatives, the Indian community, Hungarian political, business and cultural scenes, also by India’s friends and supporters.

The  Republic Day commemorates the occasion on January 26, 1950 when India, after gaining independence from Great Britain in 1947, adopted its Constitution … 1949. January 26 was already an auspicious day for India because in 1930 it was declared as Independence Day by no less than “The Father of the Nation” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Republic Day also marks the completion of India’s transition from the British Raj to an independent republic. It also represents the anniversary of the declaration of Purna Swaraj, which translates to “complete freedom,” by the Indian National Congress in 1929.

Ambassador Kumar Tuhin conveyed his festive greetings to the audience and said that India’s relations with Hungary is steadily growing and the interaction in diverse sectors, especially in economic and commercial sector. Hungary had been one of the first to recognize India’s sovereignty and the two had established diplomatic relations in 1948. India was one of Hungary’s most important trade partners, and still today tit is continuing  exchange of Hungarian – India students in several fields of education. Also welcomed the cultural and economic relations between India and Hungary.

The Ambassador expressed his thanks to the guests for attending and celebrating this special day together.

The highlight of the evening was followed by the group rendered enchanting India music and dance performances.

After the entertainment program a reception followed having a taste of India’s traditional gastronomy delights.

Update and snaps © Aggie Reiter

Budapest Hosts First “Winternational” Gastronomy Festival – 2019

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District, XIV., Vajdahunyad Castle Promenade – Budapest

For a month you may taste the world’s winter festive meals.

December, 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020.

The organizers of the Advent Basilica, the most beautiful Xmas market in Europe elected on the basis of votes have launched another special event. Namely: Winternational is the first international winter gastronomy festival in  Budapest – Hungary.

What is actually Winternational, get to answer by visiting non less than delights from 25 vendors offering from 15 country‘s winter cuisine.  The organizers held a walk-through tasting press gathering by visiting the food booths. Entrance  to the venue is at the light-painted dome tent. Skip-the-line tickets, cause entry is free of charge.

As the visitors will be entering the venue will be greeted by eye-catching fairy tale settings: a lantern forest, light-painted dome tent, a magical miniature carousel for the kids to have fun on the chilly days of the season, and to view the iconic building of the renewed Liget park is just minutes away. Also reaching the spot many may be passing the Monuments of Hero Square and then will catch the eye of the magnificent sight of the Vajdahunyad Castle. 

When it comes to the winter traditions around the world may see not the same in every country. In Europe, Xmas is typically celebrated, but there are countries where there are other tradition such as the Western and Orthodox Christian. Not all keeping the holiday it the same way. However, when time comes in celebrating their special event, families gather and enjoying number of programs, along with traditional food and drinks.

In Hungary the main Xmas dish still kept tradition, for Xmas eve fish is prepared in several ways, famous Hungarian fish soup, baked fish with dressing and different fillings of beigli (cake).
In Eastern European origins flavor turkey with trimmings, keilbasi (Polish sausage), cabbage dishes, and soups.

Traditions kept around the world …. In the Anglo-Saxon culture, some regions  Santa Claus called (Chimney John) brings the gifts for the kids.. In Sweden, it is celebrated throughout December and traditionally until St. Knut’s Day on January 13. In Finland people believe that Santa Claus or Father Christmas lives in the northern part of Finland called Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle and they bring the gifts to young ones. Almost every year in Israel celebrate during the same time Hanukkah at Christmas. Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and it remembers the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, in Israel. This happened in the 160s BCE/BC (before Jesus was born). Hanukkah is the Hebrew and Aramaic word for ‘dedication’. In Australia, at this time of year it is summertime, schools out and celebration beside spending time to avoid the heat stay around the beach or in tents where the presents are normally exchanged between families on Christmas Day.  Santa sometimes gives the reindeers a rest and might use kangaroos to travel with the gifts for the kids. He also changes his clothes for less ‘hot’ ones! Children often leave out carrots for Santa’s reindeer and there might be some cake for Santa, with some cold beer but it’s often non-alcoholic because Santa has to drive his sleigh back home to the North.

There is also at this time of year around the world a certain identity for good wishes, spoken in local languages, for example: Sweden: God Jul, Finland: Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle and they greet each other by saying: Merry Christmas. Indonesia: Selamat Natal, Irish-Gaelic: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, Israel-Hebrew: Chag Molad Sameach meaning “Happy festival of birth”, Italy: Buon Natale, Malaysia-Bahasa / Malay: Selamat Hari Natal, Native American-Yupik: Alussistuakeggtaarmek, The Netherlands -Dutch: Prettige Kerst (Happy Christmas). Also China celebrating their most important holiday the Dongzhi Festival. So, if any of the visitors to the Vajdahunyad Castle meet any of these tourist may great them in the mother tongue language.

The Winternational is really just a few steps from the sumptuous Hero Square and the Budapest’s largest outdoor skating rink just across the Castle. Either of these hot spot venues are definitely to visit by tourists on the cool days. Spend your vacation, or relax  not missing this wonderful location while staying in Budapest making the fullest memories. A must-see and must-taste experience.

The gastronomy of these religious and cultural diversity was sought by the organizers to introduce and present to the locals, tourists staying, foreigners living in or outside of Budapest to  pay a visit to the Winternational Gastronomy Festival. Visitors can sample American (Buffalo Bill steamed meats), Germans (sausage delivery), Belgians (sweeties) French yummy (light vegetable and ham pies), Chinese (herbal drinks). Naturally, can be found in many places traditional Hungarian delicacies of the kitchen, and who are longing for hot drinks can have a taste of the delicious “AfterEight flavor hot chocolate, also with a touch of rum or with clove version. Also mulled wine and hot tea is not missing, to warm up the visitors. During the Winternational Gastronomy Festival, the Chinese Tourism Agency will permanently open a Pandah House with a special decoration, where besides the permanent programs (coloring, panda searching, photo tree) there will be exciting events, a fine place for the children to keep themselves busy.

But surely for the lineup of gastronomy delights the visitors need not have to get on a train nor fly over long distance and in hours to reach these delightful food.

At the Winternational feastival, expecting a decorated Xmas tree, don’t count on it, cause not all the countries at the venue keep … as said a bit earlier.  … the Xmas holidays in their country.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, Friday 10 a.m. -7 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. -7 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
Xmas: December 24. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., December 25 and 26. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
New Year’s Eve: Tuesday, December, 31. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Year:  Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Update, snaps © Aggie Reiter

Basilica Advent Feast – Ecumenical Aid Organization – Saint Steven Square @ Budapest

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The Advent Basilica has become a major tourist attraction in Budapest over the years!

This is the 9th occasion to have the Advent Feast in front of the Basilica on the Saint István Square and will in the coming days will host a series of events. Within the series of event last Sunday, children of needy arrived from Kaposvár and began their afternoon collecting experience with the support of the Ecumenical Aid Organization. First they could have their lunch served at the hut. Thereafter, were divided into four groups, visiting four venues at the Xmas Advent Fair.  The children skated on the ice rink set up on the square and meet well-known people. Daniel Gyurta – Olympic, three-time world and two-time European champion Hungarian swimmer was one of the most wanted person to meet personally. He told … it is wonderful to see as the kids explore the venue and from the corner of their sparking eyes they enjoy the hustle and bustle that goes around on the ground at the Xmas Advent gathering.

Another guest, Kisztina Rátonyi – public media presenter, also skated with children on an ice rink set up on the square. It was good to see as they avoided tumbling, then their sense of success.

The Director of Communications of the Ecumenical Relief Society, Kristóf Gáncs told that their presence is not just a one-time occasion. The impact of these adventure programs goes far beyond one day at Xmas. For the kids it is a great experience and they most probably will not forget what it was like to be at the Capital. The experience remains especially for those kids who had visited for the first time Budapest.

During the Advent event anyone can make a donation to the Ecumenical Aid Organization. In return will receive the chosen gingerbread baked on the spot and brought at the organization’s donation shop. The organization can also be supported on the local 1353 donation line. With a call or SMS can contribute 250HUF to the Advent collection.

The Relief Society’s slogan reflects … “FOOD” for the hungry, “HOME” for the homeless, “OPPORTUNITY” chance for the poor!’

Last but not least … Maybe needless to say at the Xmas Advent Feast, everyone has to watch at least once the 3D-animated movie projected on the Basilica building. It only takes a few minutes of screenings along with music, start every 1/2 an hour, telling a different story connected to the Advent time.

For locals and tourist rolling by … can’t be hungry on the spot … noway to be because can make up for the hunger feeling that the eye catch on the spot. Real Hungarian food, strudel cake, chimney cake, wine, pálinka, champagne, soft drinks and of course the spicy mulled wine in the season’s chilly weather will do it right.

Update, snaps © Aggie Reiter

“The Trail of the Female Chefs” – European Cinema Night – Budapest

The Trail of a Female Chefs – French film

Uránia National Film Theater – Budapest,

Screening: December, 6. 2019.

After the success of the 2018 edition, European Cinema Night is back again in Budapest!

The European Cinema Night tradition began in 2018 at the initiative of Creative Europe MEDIA and co-organized by Europa Cinemas, with the aim to becoming a great, joint celebration of the richly diverse and rich European film culture.

The European Movie Night will be held across 54 European cities. Free screenings of more than 40 European films supported by MEDIA, together with post-screening  Q & A discussions. At the Urania National Cinema Theater encompasses a special theme: the position of women in the world of contemporary gastronomy. Guests: Michelin-starred chef Eszter Palágyi, and two gastronomy bloggers.

Film-loving get your seat,worth it, cause the French movie is full of humor and great venues.

On the big screen gastronomy will play the leading role … Mind you don’t come there being hungry, cause it will get worse.

Entry is free and you can win tickets by completing a short quiz game starting November, 26, 2019 on the Uránia website and Facebook.

The French Institute of Budapest is the collaborative partner of the Urania event.

Update Aggie Reiter

First Edition “International Alessandro Narducci Prize” @ Budapest 2019

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Alessandro Narducci  the youngest Italian Michelin-starred chef!

Even though Alessandro Narducci did not live above a pizza restaurant … already had great passion in creating, preparing food specialties in his earlier age.

His parents already saw his addiction in cooking, so as a  gift enrolled him to a cooking school and from there he spread his wings chef’s career. Traveled around the world to catch up, learn through close observation the stratagems from other cook sciences.

Alessandro’s beloved career as a chef and as well been loved by individuals in the professional field was able to share with other individuals his professional life and his private values. His career was short in time ended with a car accident. His parents decided to keep the light on Alessandro’s heritage to the future chef generation as a model by creating an international prize named after their son “Alassandro Narducci Prize.”

The event was organized in the frame of the 9th World Italian Gastronomy Week in Budapest by the Italian Embassy in BudapestItalian Chamber of Commerce (CCIU), Italian Cultural Institute, Italian Institute for Trade Development (ICE Budapest), Italian Tourism Office (ENIT) and Italian Academy of Cuisine at the Budapest’s Italian Culture Institute.  The Tor Carbone IPSEDA School of Catering had prepared in tasting: “Rolling in Puglia on the Pasta Paths”, “Rolling in Tuscany on the Chanti Paths” and “Rolling in Lazio on the Oil Paths, also coupled with tasting the  typical wines from the region of Puglia … Chanti … Lazio.

About the International Alessandro Narducci Prize.

Following the success of the 1st edition of the prize which took place in Rome, the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary and the IPSEEOA Institute „Tor Carbone” decided to replicate this format for the italian community in Hungary, organizing a competition that will be held annually in Budapest- Hungary.

The goal of this unitiative is to promote Made-in-Italy and the Italian Know How, furthermore the synergy with italian hospitality and the training of future generations of chefs.

The rules and the principles behind the prize are coherent with the personality and the chef values represented by Alessandro Narducci.

The prize will be organized in two competitions, for 2 different groups of participants … the chefs and the cooks of the italian restaurant in Hungary with the students of the local cooking schools.

The aim of the competition is to reward both professional cooks and those who are in the beginning of their cooking career. The competitions and the award ceremonies of the Hungarian edition of the prize will take place in November, 2020, as the 5th Week of Italian Crusine will take place.

The competitions and the award ceremonies of the international edition of prizes will take place in the month of May, 2021 in Rome – Italy.

The participants of the 1st edition of the „International Alessandro Narducci prize” will compete in the gastronomic category and other more categories pre-added in the awards, such as: patissere, reception and mise en place.

The jury will be made up of representatives of „ Sistema Italia” of food journalists and of the Hungarian Confederation of Cooks and Hoteliers.

The prize for the winners will be:

A Plaque … A trip to Rome to join the International competition in May, 2021 … A voucher to purchase italian products and a prize kindly offered by Sambuca Molinanri.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

 

“Kapj Rá” – Get it!” – Let it Be Fish on Friday – St. Stephen’s Square’s Xmas Fair @ Budapest

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“Get it!” – “Kapj Rá”!

A press conference was held on  Friday, November, 22. at St. Stephen’s Square on the 2018 campaign to promote fish consumption, as well as on the advent appearance. Peter Ondra, executive director of the AMC emphasized that in 2018, promoted 34 events in Budapest and countryside of fish consumption in the marketing organization, including at a number of national events  and national exhibitions. All of these promotions by directly reached more than 1.5 million people. As has been said, is the positive experience of events unconventional, more special cooking methods – eg. with spicy fish balls or with different fish patties – many can raise the awareness of fish food and make them aware that we need to consume fish at least twice a week to maintain our health. The expert added that the recommended weekly amount of about 300 grams, that year more than 15 kg / person oily-fleshed fish.

Ferenc Lévai, member of the board and spokesman of the Hungarian Aquaculture and Fisheries Trade Organization (MAHAL pointed out that the autumn harvest has already begun and that there will be a large selection of fresh fish in stores and markets for the Xmas feast. The expert also said that it is not worth waiting for the holidays to buy the fish, because it retains its flavor and texture even after freezing for 2-3 weeks. On their home page, the fish shop search feature will help everyone find the shop nearest to your area where you can buy fish for the festive also emphasized that fish is not just a holiday food, as there are many creative and imaginative ways of preparing food.  The Kapj Rá”-“Get it!” recipe booklets also  support in giving tips. Last but not least added three comments were added: At first .. fish farming is a sector with zero ecological footprint and does not burden the environment. Secondly …  Let it be a „Kapj Rá„ – „Get it” campaign in Hungary … important for Hungarians to eat fish regularly, weekly.  Plan throughout the year for every Friday to be a Fish Friday.  Thirdly …  visit the chalet  to enjoy mouthwatering fish snacks, but also have interest to see a photo exhibition of fish farming and fish life are welcome.

At the Basilica, the Advent Feast  has started and at the wooden house awaits visitors every day at the spectacular kitchen on weekends for fish enthusiasts by  chef István Csesznegi, where may taste smoked bush paste, green spicy fish balls and carp crunch.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter