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Just in Time … Traditional Hungarian Scone with Pork or Goose Cracklings  – Sertés vagy Liba Tepertős Pogácsa

The cake is one of the oldest and most popular baked goods in the Hungarian-inhabited areas, but also in many other nations. The origin of the name is derived from the Latin word focus – fire. Although at first its sound not similar to that used in Hungaria, but when we think of the fried dough of Italian bakeries – the Latin focacea – it sounds more familiar. To this day, Italians call focaccia the flatter, smaller variety of bread. The Hungarian language took the name South Slavic pogača (which originally meant pie). In most European countries, “cake” baking sounds familiar. “Pogatschen” for the Germans, “poğaça” for the Turks,”hogaza” for the Spanish, and “fougasse” for the French.

From time travel, let’s just jump back to the present … Hungarians make typical cakes for the coming Xmas feasts, but the Pogács – Scone is popular to bake anytime throughout the 365 days of the year.  It is also a national yummy with wide spread of stuffings. There are so many varieties of  fillings of the “Pogácsa” – “Scone” with different flavors such as: cheese, potato, goose cracklings, sour cream, cottage cheese, sheep’s cheese, crumbly, cabbage, butter, different seeds, onion, green spice, and of course there can be different variations of them, regardless of the variety. In addition to the traditional flavors, may  find at different regions different fillings …  broccoli, chili, wild onion (especially in the town Orfű), bean (City of Sopron).

After a hearty heavy soup …  let’s say the “goulash soup” Scone with Pork or Goose chopped cracklings Tepertős Pogácsa is really heavenly!

Here is a reminder to the Gyulás heavy soup receipt: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2020/05/06/a-1000-year-history-cuisine-of-hungary/ along another receipt of beloved chesse scone – sajtós pogácsa.

Receipt to the Traditional Hungarian Scone Pork or Goose cracklings  –  Sertés vagy Liba Tepertős pogácsa

Preparation time cca. 2 hours. Cooking time ½ an hour up 1 hour.

Ingredients: 60ml /4 tbsp milk, 1 tsp dried yeast, 250g pork or goose chopped cracklings, 500g plain flour – plus extra for dusting, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, 2 tbsp grated parmesan or as taste, 1 tbsp caraway seeds, 120g unsalted butter, 120 ml soured cream,  2 eggs beaten, to cover the scone with beaten egg and a drop of water, to glaze.

Preparation: Gently heat the milk in a pan until it is lukewarm, then pour it into a jug and stir in the yeast. Leave it for 15 mins or so to get working and froth up. Meanwhile, heat a heavy-based pan with the already fried craklings a bits until crisp and golden. Remove them from the pan and leave to cool. Sift the flour into a bowl and mix with the baking powder and salt. Stir in the parmesan or other cheese and caraway seeds. Put the butter in a small pan over a gentle heat and allow it to melt until it is just liquid. Take the pan off the heat, stir in the soured cream and add the beaten eggs – make sure the butter isn’t too hot or the eggs will scramble. Add the cooled crispy cracklings and stir in the yeasty milk. Pour the buttery egg and chopped mixture into a large bowl, then add the flour and other dry ingredients, for a short time, until everything is combined. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for 5 mins or so until elastic. You can do this with a mixer and a dough hook as you like. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film and leave it in a draught-free place for about an 1½ hours until it has doubled in size.

Baking: Turn the dough out again and knock it back with your knuckles. Dust the dough with flour and roll it out to about 4 cm in thick  length.

Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F. Place on the a baking tray a baking sheet. Then place and leave  the pogácsa  scone to rest for another 10 mins before putting into the oven.  Brush the scone with the beaten egg and water to glaze and bake them for 25–30 mins until top just begins to turn golden.

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5th ArteKino Festival – December, 1-31. 2020.

During the Convid-19 Pandemic effect, not being able to go and sit enjoying movies at the cinemas therefore an attempt was made by the ArteKino organisers to make this year’s selection reachable in watch at home even more colorful selectionof moves than before. The organizers welcome cinema fans to make these hard times easier with online screenings of documentaries that mix with fiction and various combinations of these. Drama taps into comedy and then hyperrealism. We see European conflicts through the eyes of young filmmakers, with a new approach, overwhelming empathy and parade dramaturgy. Cat in the Wall is one of my favorite but also warmly recommended films for Ivana the Terrible, Son of Sofia, and Motherland. The film screened in original language with English/Hungarian subtitles.

Movies are available for free from December, 1-31. 2020 between the following link, after a quick registration: https://www.artekinofestival.com

Since it was first launched, ARTE has always championed a shared foundation of European cultural values by placing imagination and pluralism at the heart of its project. This European ideal pervades all its programmes and, thanks to digital technology, the channel is now able to share it with more and more Europeans. A genuine cultural policy cannot be the sole preserve of “those in the know”, it only makes sense if it is open to everyone, especially those who have no access to culture or may feel excluded.This is why ARTE is keen to address audiences where they are most likely to be found – on digital networks. The ArteKino festival, launched in 2016, is symbolic of ARTE’s ambition to promote the riches of European arthouse cinema and share them with as many people as possible.

For its fifth edition ArteKino Festival is showing a selection of 10 European films that have been made by young filmmakers, and which are freely available in 10 languages in 45 countries across Europe. Our aim is to create new links between works, their creators and a large audience that is keen to discover new and relevant views on contemporary concerns and themes. In an everchanging landscape, these films, fictions and documentaries offer a lens through which we can see our world, and decipher our link with history.

The ten feature length films, made by creators from ten different countries, pay homage to the cultural and linguistic diversity found across Europe. Our selection highlights new creators and their diverse sources of inspiration, along with how they address geopolitical changes and intimate crises. Being either documentaries or fiction, or blending the borders between the two, these films offer a range of views, from melancholic to cheerful, of a transforming world.

Established by the ArteKino Foundation, the festival has benefited from the support of Europe Media Créative as well as private sponsors. The ArteKino Foundation also supports feature length projects through the “ArteKino International Prize”, a bursary to help with their development, which has been awarded at a dozen large film festivals. Also, through “ArteKino Selection” a film or series is made freely available on ARTE’s three digital cinemas: artekinofestival.com, arte.tv, and the YouTube channel ARTE Cinéma.

Olivier Père, ArteKino Festival Artistic Director
Rémi Burah, President of the ArteKino Foundation

source: ArteKino

Update: Aggie Reiter

Virtual Vinyl Gallery – Now Actually Live – Vote for the Best 2020

First of all maybe for some would be unknown and asking …

“Q” What is Art Vinyl?
“A” Founded in London, England in 2005, Art Vinyl is the original way to display your favourite vinyl records. Perfect for music or art enthusiasts and those with an eye for stylish interior design.

With necessity so often the Mother of Invention, the Art Vinyl bringing this unique chance to wander round their gallery, featuring some of this year’s amazing sleeve designs, which is brought by Folkestone Harbour who enabled this one off Art Show. The gallery is situated in the harbour Customs House, and it is honoured to have this venue for Art Vinyl virtual exhibition.

Play & Display Flip Frames … The unique Play & Display Flip Frame gives the chance to stylishly display favourite vinyl albums or 12″ singles and their contents on personal wall. With this record frame’s unique design can also change over any display within seconds, without having to remove the frame from the wall.

Just a hint from the past years … the winners of Best Art Vinyl 2019 were announced on January 16th 2020 at the Koppell Project Gallery in Soho London. The public vote in 2019 placed French band “Klones” sleeve art, depicting the broken symmetry of sun and clouds for the album “Le Grand Voyage”, in first place; Nick Cave and the “Bad Seeds” fantasy landscape for Ghosteen in second; and in third, “Efterklang” the Danish bands 6th album “Altid Sammen”

The search for the most creative and well designed record cover of the year for 2020 has now begun.

Mind you, the Best Art Vinyl 2020 nominations will be revealed in November and the winner announced in January 2021. https://artvinyl.com/best-record-cover-design-competition/

Depending of your daily/evening mood, may change the sleeves and design your own gallery wall,  framed and listen to the vinyl record.

In the meantime like to share one tune of my favorit RollingStone album “Tattoo” that meant something so powerful about in the early Stones days. … Might take you into  the mood already to enjoy Art and Vinyl of your own: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKLVmBOOqVU

ie.: “Since 2019, we’re very proud that the Best Art Vinyl Award has been re-designed and manufactured by Vinylize. The Budapest based brand has been handcrafting glasses out of unwanted vinyl records since 2004 and is a design pioneer within alternative vinyl culture.”

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“India Hungary Dialogues” 2020



“India Hungary Dialogues” 
is an interview-based video series created by the Embassy of India to bring out salient aspects of India Hungary bilateral relations.

This video series, prepared in the format of a dialogue with accomplished Hungarian personalities and experts, covers many fields within co-operations to make the general public aware of the significant work being undertaken in both countries to strengthen their partnership and also throw light on many important but perhaps yet unknown aspects of this vibrant and dynamic bilateral relationship.

“India Hungary Dialogues” is being launched from  November, 18. 2020, the day of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Hungary.  The series would be broadcast and disseminated on television as well as social media platforms in both Hungarian and English languages.

The series would consist of a dozen episodes which will be regularly released.  Topics will be providing an incisive, in-depth interview series where India experts from different fields in Hungary would be interviewed to share their knowledge & experience about their field of India study. So beside a/m mentioned others such as insights through art and music, building cultural ties through networking relations with Indian partners, friendship and goodwill, tourism, culture, yoga, etc. In each episode, the interview aims open up different elements that bind India and Hungary together.

Update in the frame of press release by the Embassy of India – Hungary.
Dates and channels timing about the dialogues to be announced.

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18th Online Anilogue International Animation Film Festival – Hungary

November, 25- 29. 2020. – Budapest’s Toldi Remote Cinema – Hungary

The films can be viewed within original languages and English & Hungarian subtitles.

Anilogue is organized for the 18th in Hungary, but for the first time through the Toldi Remote Cinema will be covered throughout the whole country. For animation movie lovers between 25 – 29 November the newest and most fascinating screenings will be available. This year 24 short films are competing for the Best Film Award and 15 films for the Best Children’s Film Award. Viewers will be able to see 52 works, including three full-length animations.

Anilogue 2020 will focus on Portugal and two online workshops will also add color to the festival’s offerings.

The program opens with the wonderful adventures of director Anca Damian’s poetic and moving film, Marona. The protagonist of the film is an optimistic stray dog.The animal looks back on its human companions, whom it loved throughout its life. The dazzlingly colorful, overwhelming visual world is partly noted by renowned artist Brecht Evens. The film is a life-affirming story told by a dog’s patient and endless devotion that reminds us how little is enough for happiness.

One of the highlights of the festival is Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen’s
award winning My Favorite War that is a personal, animated documentary about the director’s life growing up in Latvia during the Soviet era 1970-1990, where Sovjet used WW2 as an ideological weapon to suppress and scare the population.

The closing film of the festival will be Ayumu Watanabe’s Children of the Sea. Based on Daisuke Igarashi’s original manga, this new Japanese anime excitingly combines traditional, hand-drawn drawings with state-of-the-art CGI technique.

The protagonist of the special visual film is 14-year-old Ruka, who feels an inexplicable attraction to the scenario and the two mysterious boys, Umi and Sora, whom he met there.

Tickets for 1500 HUF can be purchased through: https://film.artmozi.hu/anilogue-2020/.

Full program: FB: https://www.facebook.com/anilogue/events

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5th European Art Cinema Day – November, 8, 2020. @ Hungary

Celebration of European Films -along 37 countries  within 600 cinemas!

This year also features great movies such as romantic comedy thoughout provoking documentary film. Eight new European co-production and two new Hungarian films in the domestic range of award-winning Berlin, Venice film drama
on the European Art Cinema Day. The Hungarian art cinemas also joined the program. The event will take place across Europe in hundreds of movie theaters on Sunday November, 8 Sunday. The international cinema Day 26 Hungarian artists also joined the national program in eight new European co-production and two new facet Hungarian feature film. The films shown to the public several weeks or even months before the national premiere.

A tribute to the cinema this year, a hundred years ago was a master, Federico Fellini will be on display in the spirit of Fellini – portrait painter of the soul, in which he revealed the special relationship with the genius director of spirituality and supernatural. By The Sunshine (Sole), awarded in Venice Italian-Polish drama processing sensitive theme: a young pregnant girl travels to Italy to give the unborn baby for adoption money. Lighter waters in a row on Clear History, won the Silver Bear award in Berlin Franco-Belgian comedy, which is the main heroes must at all costs abolish unwanted content on the internet about themselves, so start dominating the fight against the lives of data clouds. The unconventional “natural history” by Gunda is both an intimate portrait of live pigs at a farm families everyday and striking power, no text, documentary, which makes serious moral issues.
In a different approach, but also in today’s social issues, Berlin, Alexanderplatz, which competes in five categories with the German Film Prize, is a fast-paced adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s cult novel, which has been completely updated and reinterpreted today. One of the biggest echoes of Cannes ’2020 selection, the Polish-Swedish co-production Sweat, touches on real-world and virtual world issues, providing an overwhelming, extremely honest insight into the seemingly perfect life of a fitness flu. The result of a special moving experiment is the DAU, which evokes the everyday life of a Soviet research institute in the ’60s, recognized by the Silver Bear in Berlin. Natasa, part of one of the most ambitious art projects of all time, was made from footage shot with hundreds of actors over the years in a set of entire cities. The Swedish drama The Life of a Humorist is a film adaptation of a bestselling novel, the protagonist of which is a successful comedian who is forced to face his childhood harassment again when an old schoolmate unexpectedly crashes into a stand-up night.
The program also includes two new Hungarian works. The premiere will feature Spirál, the first feature film by Cluj-Napoca director Cecília Felméri in the Hungarian-Romanian co-production, starring Alexandra Borbély (Body and Soul), Bogdan Dumitrache (Mother’s Heart) and Magdolna Kiss Diána (The Big Booklet). The psychological drama, subtly intertwined with humor and including thriller elements, is the story of a strange love triangle. The other Hungarian work is a romantic comedy by Viktor Oszkár Nagy, Sliding In Love. The main characters of the film, which presents a series of humorous situations and moral dilemmas, are played by András Ötvös, Viola Lotti Gombó, Szabolcs Thuróczy, Angéla Stefanovics and Réka Tenki.

The detailed program of the 5th European Art Cinema Day and the program of each cinema can be read at http://www.artmoziegyesulet.hu. The screening series in Hungary is supported by the NKA and the MMA, organized by the Art-Cinema Association.

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Author’s evening of Katalin Szlukovényi @ Budapest

Bodó Gallery and Auction House – Literary evening

November, 12. 2020. 7 p.m.

District, V., 24-26 Falk Miksa Str. Budapest

Katalin Szlukovényi (1977, Győr) Déry Tibor Prize winner, Radnóti Prize winner and Attila Gérecz Prize winner, as well as poet, translator, university lecturer and editor who received scholarships from Zsigmond Móricz and Mihály Babits. She graduated from ELTE BTK and Eötvös József Collegium with a degree in Hungarian-English, and then obtained a PhD degree at ELTE. She translates from English, German and French, mainly poems. Between 2017 and 2020, she was the literary editor of Móra  Publisher (Könyvkiadó). From 2018 she is an assistant professor at the Department of English Studies of Eötvös Loránd University.

She is the author of the monograph The Doubters: Irony, Self-Irony, and Humor in Twentieth-Century Jewish American Prose. Her latest volume of poems, Dream Kitchen, was published in 2020 for Poetry Day at “Jelenkor” Publishing House. Previous volumes of poetry: Experimental Rabbit Nose (2005), False Nostalgia (2013).

“The poetry of Katalin Szlukovényi creates an intimate closeness. She often begins his poems almost comfortably with ordinary situations, and then, with the next movement, sees the absurd, amusing, or ominous signs in them, and from there moves on to the unpredictable ending. “We talked about marriage on the study trail / fifth core leading to the Badacsony lookout tower”. Little is said of what the hikers said, but the exact geological description of the landscape suddenly begins to speak of the subsurface strata of human relationships. This bold polyphony requires exceptional technical knowledge. It is worth paying attention to the diversity of forms, the bold changes of style layers, the poetic references, the sure sense of proportion. But you need something more: playfulness and serenity that permeates every line of the volume. In the poems of the Dream Kitchen, a brilliant voice is completed, ”wrote Győző Ferencz about the volume Dream Kitchen.

The event was supported by the Ministry of Human Resources.

Admission is free. Due to the limited capacity of the gallery, please indicate your intention to participate by sending an email to info@artanzix.com.

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Herald News – FilmPicnic 2020 – Veszprém County & Balatonfüred!

At the first Veszprém-Balaton Filmpiknik the films will be screened with English subtitles.

To participate free of charge.

September, 3-5. 2020.

The three days event offers an exciting environment with cozy outdoor and urban venues so that Hungarian films and audiences can get a taste of the movie-going experience again after months of pandemic-forced abstinence.

Fascinating waterfront and at the city’s locations will host the Filmpiknik, such as the Hangvilla cultural center, the Expresszó underground bar and the Castle in Veszprém, and the fully renovated Balaton Cinema and the Tagore promenade in Balatonfüred. Film lovers can watch last year best films and great classics as well for free. Program of Veszprém-Balaton Filmpiknik will be enriched by many Q&As with the films’ directors, producers and actors,film industry programs and concerts on the spot. Eight features, two documentaries and a a handful of short films with English subtitles.

The opening film of the Filmpikni, Valan by Béla Bagota, Péter has to return to the Transylvanian mining town after receiving a phone call that the body of his sister might have been found. His personal investigation in Valan takes him back to the labyrinth of the past where he must face his own demons. On the Quiet (Szép csendben), directed by Zoltán Nagy,is also a dark drama that takes place in a conservatory’s orchestra, where we suspect that a 14-year-old girl’s suspiciously close relationship with their 60-year-old conductor is more than what it seems. In FOMO directed by Attila Hartung, Gergő and his teenage friends are into three things: partying, sex, and their online following. One night, at a party, Lilla falls victim to the boys. A dare gets out of hand and the youngsters’ world changes forever overnight. György Mór Kárpáti’s Guerilla is also about young people dating back to 1849. It is a minimalistic and excellently filmed moral drama about killing or being killed. Finally, Márk Bodzsár’s Comrade Drakulich – set in the 70’s – is a hilarious black comedy warning us that vampires are among us! But no need to worry: the Hungarian Secret Police are after them, and beyond the usual spy gadgets, they even use garlic to repel the beasts. A compilation of four short films and the award-winning documentary, The Euphoria of Being (A létezés eufóriája) will also be screened. Éva Fahidi was 20 years old when she returned from Auschwitz. Now, aged 90, Éva is asked to participate in a dance-theatre performance about her life with young, internationally acclaimed dancer, Emese. Adam Breier’s documentary, The Homecoming of the Baron can also be watched with English subtitles.  A portrait of László Krasznahorkai contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse’ as Susan Sontag described him – who is always looking for new ways to tell a story. Three great classics also be watched with English subtitles. It’s Rain and Shine Together (Veri az ördög a feleségét) is a satire by Ferenc András made in 1977. The story – which takes place at Lake Balaton – depicts late-Kádár socialism wrapped up in the ‘big blowout’ motif.The Age of Daydreaming (Álmodozások kora), István Szabó’s debut film from 1964, is a story inspired by personal experience that captures his own generation’s dreams, desires and search for a way forward. Finally Géza Bereményi’s first film as a director from 1985, The Disciples (Tanítványok) is based on actual historical events set in the 1930s and 1940s as seen from the perspective of a young man (Károly Eperjes) eager to learn who has moved from a rural farm to the capital.

Just a hint about the distance: From Budapest to Veszprém by car: 122 km. Estimated travel time: 1 hour 23 minutes. Budapest – Balatonfüred
Distance by car: 129 km Driving time: 1 Hour 29 Minutes. 

By Aggie Reiter

 

The 16th BuSho International Short Film Festival @ Budapest 2020

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The 16th BuSho International Short Film Festival kicks off on September, 1, 2020.,  with previous Sundance, Cannes and BAFTA awards nominees in the program, and we will publish a short film trailer every night on our Facebook. We’ll deal with these works in a little more detail in our announcer article below, but we’ll start by fundamentally transforming the short film “market,” what we’d rather call a system.
Whereas in the past different nations produced short films almost exclusively within their own borders, today it has become fully international, which means co-production has appeared within the category. Two Israeli directors have reached the competition, but one will be British and the other Serbian this year.
The distribution and festivaling makes things even more confusing, because in vain we believed at the time of entry that there were plenty of Spanish works from Promofest, and then we saw for example, Cargo is Malay, Low Tide is Irish, Archibald’s Syndrome is French and Overland starting in American colours. Among the short films of Aug & Ohr in Berlin, the other big package nominee, was O.I. and Oracle Canadian, Spoon American, W Greek, but of course there are rarely German ones, as in the genre rarity number menu short film musical, Bonbon. The experimental film Oracle, directed by Aaron Poole, will examine the point in a child’s life where anxiety and fear come to mind.
Of course, Agencies and Academies or Filmschools are different, because, for example, we continue to receive excellent domestic works from, among others, the Film Akademie Baden-Württemberg, such as The Captain in this year’s competition or Masel Tov Cocktail. In the film “Captain,” recorded by Steve Bache, lifeguard Frank tries to maintain his role as a model in his son’s life after a serious accident. Our other big comeback is Hamburg Media School, who this time, in addition to the opening film of the festival’s competition program, Among Humans, made it to the main table with 2 more films from the same school semester, these are Offense and Mall. Finally, we cannot pass by without mention about the new generation of Czech animated films, which give a third of the animation competition program, including Hide N Seek from FAMU in Prague and S p a c e s. BuSho Festival cannot pass without great Polish animated films, so we are pleased to present the work of Fumi studio, Piotr Milczarek Rain, which the creators have described as a simple animated film about collective consciousness.
Last year’s BuSho winner Salam’s French agency sent some exellent shorts again, for example the North Macedonian Sticker, directed by Georgi M. Unkovski, which premiered at the Sundance Festival.
Two shortfilms from Russia got selected, Meatgrinder, directed by Vladislav Bakhanovich as well as Praskovya, directed by Alexander Solovyov, who were both winners of the most recent Moscow Short Film Festival.
Every year we get more and more Iranian works, and the great 113 from Neda Assef is the proof that the reason is not only because of the entry fee waiver, resulting from the insolvency sanction, but the film industry is booming. In the film, Soldier No. 113 is so tired that he fell asleep in the conference room of the military base where the leadership meetings are held.
In 2019, Dekel Berenson, the above mentioned Israeli director was nominated for Anna in Cannes for the Golden Palm and recently got BAFTA nominations, otherwise he is a dual Hungarian citizen currently living in Cyprus. The film is the story of Anna, a war-torn Eastern Ukraine, an aging single mother who longs for change. The other Israeli director’s film Moon Drops by Yoram Ever-Hadani, when a factory worker assembles a mysterious machine that produces liquid droplets from the moonlight.
Without claiming completeness, we hope to satisfy the interested audience and we will meet in the first week of September at the 16th BuSho festival, we look forward to seeing you all: http://www.busho.hu.

Screenings @
Puskin Cinema
District V. 18. Kossuth Lajos Str. Budapest
BuSho competition 700 HUF/student 500HUF
BuSho daily pass 2500HUF/student 2000HUF
BuSho pass 5000HUF/valid for all programs

Art+Cinema
District VII., 39. Erzsébet Blvd. Budapest
BuSho competition repeat 700HUF/student 500HUF

Italian Institute – Free entry
District VII., 8 Bródy Sándor Str. Budapest

Herald news from busho organizers.

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“Q” & “A” Slovenian Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen

Slovenian unique culinary journey on “Slavic Cooking” 

Most of Hungary’s food was formed and influenced many centuries ago by the cuisines of many different people kitchen … Turkish,  Italian, German, Bohemian-Moravian,  Polish, Croatian, Slovenian, Slovakian, Romanian,  during the Austrian Habsburg Empires expansion and also Jewish dishes just to mention a few.

It is no surprising foods migration to one and another  countries and becaming popular dishes kept boiling in today’s kitchens.  The Sloven foods are often simple and hearty. Many dishes are made with cream, such as mushroom soup, and pork sour soup. Horseradish with cream, a specialty of northeastern Slovenia, is often served with beef dishes.

In Slovenia also by experience realized “Cabbage” is a veggie which goes with many version in their gastronomy.

The Slovenian Cabbage Soup made its way to Hungary namely “Káposztaleves” which is a meaty cabbage soup that is often eaten on New Year’s Day. Káposztaleves is also thought to relieve the symptoms of a hangover, and this is probably the reason why this traditional Slovenian Soup became tradicional Hungarian soup is so popular on New Year’s Eve, but not to be confused with Korhelyleves or “Hangover Soup” which is known as one of the world’s greatest recipes with lots of paprika and 3 kinds of meat, topped off with a dollop of sour cream.

Hungarians call the soup (“Man-Catcher”) similar to the Sloven Cabbage Soup

Ingredients:  Ham hock, good size with lots of meat, 1 smoked sausage, ½  large head cabbage chopped or shredded, 8  cups of homemade chicken stock as a broth base or substitute or combined with water to make 4 quarts of liquid, 1  large onion chopped, 3 ribs celery chopped, 1 heaping tbs Hungarian paprika, 1 – 2  cups diced tomatoes, 1 or 2 Bay leaves. Add Sauerkraut (as much or little as you like), Salt & Pepper previously taste it. Sour cream to garnish.
Cooking Instructions. Saute onions and celery in bacon grease or lard, Toss in your cabbage, Add some S & P, Stir around until beginning to heat. Add your stock or water, ham hock, bay leaves and paprika. Bring to simmer. Allow to bubble on low for at least 2 hours. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Remove ham hock and dice the meat, placing it back into the broth.

Sloven Baked Mashrooms filled with Chesse

Ingredients: 12 whole fresh mushroom, 3/4 pound good quality of sliced Parmesan, mild Cheddar or Muenster cheese.

Cooking: Preheat oven to 300°F.  Wash the mushroom caps under running water, and remove the stems. Dry with paper towels. Cut the cheese into squares to fit between two mushroom caps. Make a “sandwich” of two mushroom caps with one square of sliced cheese between them. Secure with a toothpick, and place the mushrooms into greased pie plate or baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 mins until the mushrooms are tender, until bubbly and the cheese has turned golden brown.

Can be served up to 15 to 20 snacks, as an appetizer, but depending on the number of mushrooms can be a prepared for main meal as well with the same cooking as a/m.

The stuffed mashroom became one of the favorit yummy food in the Hungarian cuisine. It can be varied in many ways throughout all seasons. There is no limit in making stuffed mushrooms with all kinds of delicacies. Most of the work will run through… by the oven, and the result is very appetizing.

These stuffed mushrooms are full of flavour and a great way to start a dinner party. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Slovenia Potica Bread

“Q” What does Potica mean?

“A” A cake or bread filled with (ground) nuts, popular in Slovenia and in Croatia. (In particular, the Slovene variant of this pastry, in contrast to the Croatian variant, termed a povitica.

Slovenian nut roll is a celebratory bread baked for almost every important occasion and it is essential to the celebration of Palm Sunday and Easter. It resembles a jelly roll and is made of very thinly rolled yeast dough spread with a nut paste. The nut paste or filling may differ from region to region.
In Hungary namely different  … Chocolatey cocoa swirls, puffy dough and sprinkle of powdered sugar … this is the divine kakaós csiga (literally “cocoa snail”- cocoa rolls) and the dough can be include with chopped walnuts, pecans, poppy seeds, honey, butter, and dried fruits. There are around 75 sweet and savory traditional bread rolls around the world.

Ingredients:  3/4 cup of butter, 1 1/2 cup of sugar, 4 eggs, 3 cups sifted flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 2 cups sour cream, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

Prescription: Have butter at room temperature; cream with the sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Re-sift flour along with the baking powder, and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients alternately with sour cream and vanilla beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spread 1/3 of the butter in a greased bundt or 10 inch tube pan. Top cake mixture with 1/2 of the filling. Repeat; spread remaining butter over all.

Filling: 1 cup ground nuts, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tbs. flour, 1 tbs. cinnamon. Mix together nuts, sugar, flour and cinnamon.

Bake at 350 °F  (175 °C) on lowest oven shelf for about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Make sure cake is cooled completely before taking out of pan. Before serving, dust with confectioners’ sugar.

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