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Taste Gastro Locations Around the Lake Balaton

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Last Rays of Summer @ The Lake Balaton

Balaton Circle – “Taste the Circle!” … This year’s first event of the “Kostold Körben” – “Taste Around” wine & gastro festival with restaurants, wineries was held in a worthy location … where else … than at the middle of Lake Balaton, on the ferry between Szántód and Tihany.

GasztroFerry gave gastronomic presentations within 10 restaurants and 10 wineries out of almost 50 members of the Balaton Circle. Find out what flavors, scene, experiences and programs awaited the invited guests and media representatives.

We were one of the One Million passengers on the ferries on Lake Balaton!

In recent years, September has also become a summer month, and it is during this period that Lake Balaton shows its most beloved face. There is no more mass tourism, so they can deal with the guests even more and organize a quality program that promotes the region and the restaurants of Lake Balaton. The goal is to even out the often extreme fluctuations in terms of the number of guests, and to allow entrepreneurs in the region to plan with a year-round opening time. Also added…Many new quality restaurants have opened around the lake this year not only for local businesses, but for the interest of all of them to make Lake Balaton not just a weekend destination. In the future, travel decisions will not be determined solely by the weather report, as in all circumstances and every month, guests will find the right place to visit where programs, attractions and gastronomic experience are in favor around Lake Balaton. With the services and local products of the members of the Balaton Circle, they contributed in making Lake Balaton one of the outstanding gastronomic regions of Hungary – told Lajos Szilágyi – President of the Balaton Circle.

Alíz Markovits – CEO of Veszprém-Balaton 2023 Ltd., spoke about the framework of the European Capital of Culture 2023 project, it had already been recognized in the tender phase that only the region and Lake Balaton could achieve outstanding success. “This aspiration is confirmed by the fact that more than 103 settlements have already joined, and together with them, they can support the aspirations of the Balaton Circle with diverse cultural programs”

“This year celebrating the 175th anniversary of the BAHART was pleased to join the initiative of the Balaton Circle. During the autumn season must be filled with meaningful programs and quality services, which include wine, gastronomy and shipping.” – emphasized Gábor Veigl, CEO of BAHART.

A total of 26 restaurants, confectioneries, wineries and brandy distilleries of the Balaton Circle were presented at the Autumn Opening GastroFerry event. All dishes were freshly prepared on portable hotplates. Participants could get a taste of the yummy finger-food and delights.

“Taste the Circle!” The fleet was divided into two parts, serving on one side were the gastro delight and on the opposite side the wines, Pálinka and gin.  There was an abundant supply of wines and Pálinka. Wineries such as Attila Hajdú – Olaszrizling ⋕1 from Fürjes Winery. The winemaker. former goalkeeper later found his future occupation in hospitality – deals with wine production and can be reach at Fürjes Villa PensionBalatonfüred, Pócz WineryBalatonlelle, Kemendy Traditional Champagne Workshop – Balatonfüred, Szabó and Son Wine Cellar – Balatoncsicsó, Martinosa Winery – Mount Tagyon … just mention a couple brilliant wines from a/m wineries.

An everday Q! …Wanna be loose well all who tasted the „Dare-Devil” – „Fenegyerek” selection of Pálinka from Zamárdi surely felt the succulent fruit flavors. Gábor Pach, one of the founders of the Balaton Circle, opened his pálinka distillery in 2014, but he calls it the Wellness Fruit Center. Gábor Pach has been dealing with pálinka over12 years, but he would not have thought at all that he would moor in this area, in fact, he didn’t particularly like pálinka. Then, through an old business relationship, he started working with the Zimek Pálinka Distillery and was completely enchanted by this world. He completed all the training related to pálinka in Hungary, but he actually learned a lot in practice. At the Zamárd plant he still practices the cooking of mostly fruits around Lake Balaton. Was a real pálinka oasis, on the spot to taste almost complete offer of Fenegyerek pálinka and Gin … such as: blueberry, apple, married with apple+raspberry, peach, quince, grape, grape+late cherry. Every sip was exploding and powerful. Tasted a couple and must say Gábor Pach’s pálinka deserves to be known not just in Hungary and/or Europe but overseas as well. Succulent fruit world – wizard of man.  The COVI-DINKA pálinka within the series of “Dare Devil – “Fenegyerek” bombastic within 73% Alcohol. It is a booster of mix fruits. Furthermore, it is so strong that could probably kill the COVID as well :-). A guy who tasted the „Dare-Devil” „Fenegyerek” pálinka said „Leaps and bounds better than anything in showy boutiques or that you can find in a store. We made sure to get a few extra bottles to take back to Texas this time.”

The invited guests on board the ferry were invited to sample the region’s traditional and flavors.  On board the John’s Pub (Restaurant in Keszthely) served a mini mangalica burger with all the goodness of flavors, sweet potato bars, celery salad and various homemade sauces. Tasty cold appetizer were amazing, the salmon trout with beetroot remula and wasabi salad. Next to it, the Lavender Terrace – Balatonvilágos offered pistachio duck liver on top “ice cream” with a cake stick. The sweet tooth lovers made their day as the taste buds felt like being in heaven tasting the MóniSüti Confectionery – Gyenesdiás. The guest tasting plum pie and “Rákóczi” cottage cheese cakes along other sweeties. Walking along the fleet the eye caught the sight of the catfish ceviche of the Vocational Training Center – Siófok – could not resist offering their avocado slices, decorated with sprouts and burnt dough donuts and the pear-chocolate cream dessert.

The “Taste Around!” Lake Balaton following stations of the wine & gastro festival series will be on  October, 9. 2021 – Siófok, November, 6. 2021 – Kövestál, December, 12. 2021 – Balatonfüred, January, 29. 2022  – Zamárdi, February, 12. 2022 – Keszthely.

Riport & Snaps Aggie Reiter

The Best Light Painters Are Coming To Pécs – Hungary

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Pécs brings the highlight of autumn!

Attended at the press conference organized at the Cella Septichora Visitor Center @ the City of Pécs where a full overview  was given to the upcoming Festival of Light presented by Csaba Ruzsa, Deputy Mayor of Pécs. Péter Bleszity – festival organizer Zsolnay Heritage Management NKft. managing director. Tapodi Gabriella – Festival Director of Zsolnay Light Festival. Tamás Zádor – Zsolnay Light Art Light Painting Competition professional partner – Burning Bulbs
Serbian Light Beings – Mirror Crew

Was told … The Zsolnay Light Festival @ Pécs arrives between September, 30.  to October, 3.  with nearly 150 programs, including breathtaking attractions not found anywhere else in the country. The best light painters in the world compete with each other, and their international competition reveals who can best enchant the Cathedral of Pécs.

 Was told that the Zsolnay Light Art International Light Painting Competition attracts tens of thousands of audiences every year, three-dimensional light creations come to life on the façade of the Cathedral. The festival will feature the top 10 light artists, including Japanese, Italian, Ecuadorian, Spanish, French, Romanian, German and Hungarian artists. They receive a prize of € 1,000 to reach the finals, and the € 5,000 grand prize and the audience prize will also host the competition.

The country’s first and only light festival will be shown upon 23 venues @ Pécs, features dazzling light paintings and light installations, which form the Way of Light, which takes visitors into a dazzling fairy tale world during the festival … Day &  Night. 

After New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Toronto, the grandiose work of light entitled Talking Heads will make its debut at the Zsolnay Light Festival in Hungary, in the fountain in front of the Theater Square! The two human heads of 4,000 LEDs communicate with each other with light – providing an astonishing experience.

For the first time, there will be a Path of Light station outside the city center: in cooperation with the University of Pécs, a 6-meter-high light installation will be seen on the new campus of the Faculty of Medicine (12 Szigeti Rd.), forming a detail of a neural network symbolize the flow of information between.

The works come to life at the Csontváry Museum …The spectators can can see of leaves on the branches moving of the lonely cedar … a breathtaking vision bringing it to life.

The lightwork of the award-winning Italian fuse * art studio depicts the eternal birth and death of parallel universes through its spectacular light installation. The installation of László Zsolt Bordos invites the visitor to a meditative experience of three-dimensional Space and Time. In addition, the visitors can admire the magical garden of light, walk on the carpet of light, control illuminated mandalas with a touch, see a rainbow slide and there will be a “foliage coronation” that shows how to organically interweave forms of nature with light.

Exciting programs await visitors not only in the evening, but also during the day: concerts, street art productions, acrobatic circus performances, as well as breathtaking performances by international street theater, dance circus and fire juggler companies.
Peruvian-Brazilian Equilibra has already performed in more than 20 countries, a fire show reminiscent of a love story, spiced with a rope dance.
We have already met Papito, the diaphragm-moving clown, at previous light festivals, this time he sees his previous success as coming with his partner, Pepe.
Arriving Joli Vyann Company  – UK, creates an innovative fusion of circus, dance and theater performances; and the first variety company of Pécs, Savage Works, is also introduced; their latest performance, MAZE, leads you into a maze.

Thoughout  the Light Road – (Fény út) free to visit according to the current  health regulations, the Zsolnay Light Art Light Painting Competition, street art programs and concerts  will require a certificate of protection.

Most of the programs are free of charge, but the Light Path Extra locations can be only visited by redeeming an armband.

Riport & snaps: Aggie Reiter

 

 

Wind Gate Park @ the Millenary – “Musical Budapest” Closing Chord – 2021

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Sunday, August 29 – Millenáris, Wind Gate Park
District, II.16-20 Kis Rókus Str. Budapest

Herald News: … 7 years, 12 venues, 2 months, 350 concerts were performed this year – the end of the seventh season of the “Zenélő Budapest” – “Musical Budapest” free program series brings the historical and cultural past and present of the capital to life in a unique way in the world; concert series. This year, the musicians of Zenélő Budapest gave 350 concerts in the cult venues of the capital, crowning the rich program with an unforgettable closing chord. Children are also welcome with colorful programs

On August 29, they will say goodbye to the 2021 season as part of a full-day closing event hosted by Millenáris, Wind Gate Park.

During the all-day free program, brass players in hussar costumes, popular classics will be sung by the string quartet, as well as the greats of Hungarian romance and the evergreens of the swing era. The closing concert of the evening will be performed by Micheller Myrtill – Tibor Pintér “Voice and Guitar” duo formation and Götz Saxophone Quartet gives.
Artistic director: Nándor Götz
Brainstormer: Béla Götz
The concert series is supported by the Ministry of Human Resources.

Update: Aggie Reiter

The “St. Stephen’s Day Bread” Award Ceremony & “The Cake of Hungary”- 2021

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The press representatives, award-winning, cakes and loaves at to-day’s media gathering was held on the terrace at the Castle Garden Bazaar @ Budapest.
A lot of people are looking forward year-after-year to see what the Hungarian bakers and confectioners will present  for the public on St. Stephen Day Hungary’s national holiday. The competition to win the title of “Bread of the Country” is ongoing for 10 years.
This outstanding holiday is connected to the year’s first made wheat bread. The competition was held in 3 categories. In the traditional wheat bread the “Bread of the Country”. In the line, the concept was with the needs of the age, in the innovative and wholemeal category.
József Septe, President of the Hungarian Bakers’ Association, led the award ceremony. As he said, the professional jury judged 7-7 loaves of bread in two categories. The title of St. Stephen’s Day bread was finally given to the “Pearl of Solymár”, which was made by the Hel Bakery at the village of Solymár. The innovative bread of the year was the seeded artisanal bread of the Princely Bakery from the town Tiszakécse, aside on the banks of the River Tisza.

In the competition of cakes Sándor Fodor confectioner -the “Sunflower” won the title of “The Cake of Hungary”, which was also presented in person on the spot. The Habcsók Confectionery @ Budapest introduced the roasted sunflower seeds, vilmos pears, honey and chocolate. Krisztián Füredi won the title of Hungary’s sugar-free cake namely: “The rose of Bistrița”. He already has been involved in a row with cakes participating in the competition for ongoing three years. As he said he is experiencing there is a growing demand for sugar-free and all-free, quality cakes and pastries. The rose of Bistrița is made without added sugar, and the apricot plays the main role in it, the fruit appears in several layers and harmonizes well with the nuts as well as the dark chocolate.
“A Drop of  Attention Foundation” was also on the spot giving an opportunity for free test of blood sugar and blood pressure measurement. Due to the extremely high temperature, getting to know the sugar intake before and after tasting the cakes was a good opportunity to scale oursleves.

Riport/Snaps: Aggie Reiter

Make My Day … Bake Your Day – Bakery … “Magic Pencil” Civil Road Foundation

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As to kill two birds with one stone.

The press gathering was held at the Bake My Day – Bakery located at district, XII., 34/A Böszörményi Road – Budapest whereas a collection box is placed at the store. The bakery is the second in line to be open whereas the bakery employing disabled people in Budapest. Bake My Day is a real success story – not only because they increase the number of wild sourdough bread sites, but also because they employ people with altered working abilities in their stores. After their first store at the Kérő Street Őrmező, they can be found from no one at the Hegyvidék -Mountain area on the Buda side of Budapest. In addition to their mouthwatering breads and pastries, there you can choose from a variety of breakfasts, sandwiches and a couple of salads throughout the day. Daily changing pieces, wholemeal spelled bread, sourdough brown, 100% rye, as well as onion, beetroot and cranberry bread. In addition to baked goods and breakfasts, you will also find a variety of cakes on the counter – in the form of cheesecake, brownie or truffle slices.

And about the organized event …  “Magic Pencil” – Draw a Smile on the faces! This stands for a charitable fundraiser for the benefit of injured children; As part of the action, 6265 packages of drawing tools were collected and distributed last year to children with disabilities in cooperation with the National Association for the Protection of the Interests of People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Assistants (ÉFOÉSZ) with the assistance of the Directorate-General for Social and Child Protection.

Andrea Gulyás, the curator of the Civil Road Foundation, said that with the charity action of the Magic Pencil we want to draw even more smiles on the faces of injured children this year. Let’s smile even more this year! They would be happy for more people to get to know our action and support the initiative this year – Andrea Gulyás – curator of the Civilút Foundation.

The drawing tools will be collected by the Civil Road Foundation from today until September 10, 2021. The initiative can be joined in several forms by those who wish to support the action. The drawing tools can be submitted to the Bake My Day Bakery Mountain Budapest XII. In a collection box located in the shop at 34 / A Böszörményi út.

In addition, the charity initiative can be supported with a monetary donation to the following account number: GRÁNIT Bank Ltd. 12100011-10545117. Enter in the box: Magic Pencil! From the proceeds, the Civil Road Foundation will purchase mainly drawing tools, colored pencils, crayons, paints, felt-tip pens, but they also welcome painters, stickers, booklets and pen holders other items for children with disabilities.For example, a pack of colored pencils can draw a big smile on the faces of injured children and art therapy sessions for people with disabilities, the process of creation, self-expression contributes to the communication of injured people.

Last year the Civil Foundation were very pleased to receive the items which was a great help during the pandemic period. This year, on the Day of Injured Children, will be hand over many drawing tools at th large-scale event – said Piroska Gyene – president of ÉFOÉSZ.

Alexandra Pintácsi also immediately joined the charity. As said she considers such initiatives to be very important. Anyone can get involved and help to draw a smile on the faces of injured children.
The collected drawing tools will be handed over to the EFOÉSZ by the Civil Road Foundation on Monday, September 20, at a large-scale ceremony to be held on the Day of the Injured Children at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. Magic Pencil – Let’s smile even more this year!

Riport/Snaps: Aggie Reiter

From Leonardo to Miró – The Paper Side of Art @ Budapest

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Under the Spell of 150  years of Collection in Prints and Drawings.

 The Museum of Fine Arts  finally  reach the time to reopen its gates to the visitors to the world of Fine Art at the Michelangelo Hall.

From June, 4. – August, 15. 2021

Just a couple of minutes walk from Heroes’ Square

Around midday the Director of the Fine Art Museum Mr. László Baán opened  to the media representatives and talked about the reopening of the museum again for the public after the pending pandemic. He spoke about facing a brand new catalog and an extraordinary exhibition, whereas marking the 150th anniversary of the Collection of Prints and Drawings. With this exhibition and the catalog they are celebrating the 150th anniversary of their unique European ranking collection. Also added…“Last time the finest pieces in the Collection of Prints and Drawings were published was 22 years ago, in 1999.  Then the exhibition was entitled Dürer to Dali. Master drawings in Budapest at the Museum of Fine Arts.  The 150th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to revisit the history of the collection in  the light of new  criterion and can present the finest works of collections of the two institutions reunited in 2012, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian Gallery – Budapest. Following the museums tradition, the new richly illustrated volume “The Paper Side of Art. Eight Centuries of Drawings and Prints in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery – Budapest, containing 50 of our most excellent works on paper, is so accompanied by a cabinet exhibition. The Paper Side of Art: from Leonardo to Miró. Spellbound by 150 years of collecting Prints and Drawings. The pieces on display are among the most sensitive drawing and prints, therefore can be exhibited only rarely. Some exceptional pieces are along well-known artist such as: Leonardo Raphael,Rembrandt, Picasso,Miro, Schiele,  Mihány Munkácsy,  József Rippl Rónai, Jenő Zichy and Miklós Barabás. In the frame of the exhibition can also discover some outstanding new acquisitions as well as some hitherto  less familiar works.”

The various collections at the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery hold over 10000 drawings and almost 200000 prints, dating  back from the mid 14th century to the 21st century.

The new catalog gives a comprehensive overview of the entirety of paper-based art, shining light on the parallels that appears throughout the centuries … e.g. chiaroscuro prints, creative copies, autonomous landscape drawings, the emergence of printmarking as an autonomous genre and the expanding of the boundaries of drawn and printed techniques and the distinctive artistic attitude that derives from  the use of paper.

The visitors  to the exhibition and readers of the album are likewise guided behind the scenes of the museum. In the catalog, curators write e.g. about the museum’s involvement in research and about how the collection are managed and operated. In addition contemporary artist speak for better understand of the special relationship that artists have with paper. The  album can be purchased on the spot at the “Gift Shop”

The editors of the volume and the curators of the exhibition are art historians  Ms KInga Bódi and Ms Kata Bodor. The Exhibition can be visited… Wednesday – Thursday: only the temporary exhibition entitled From Leonardo to Miró is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: temporary and permanent exhibitions are also open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
checkout and last entry: 5 p.m.
closing of exhibitions:, 5.30 p.m.

On Monday – Tuesday: closed,

Updated and snaps  by Aggie Reiter

Jazz Picnic – Paloznak – Hungary 2021.

Here’s a peck into the mood to get into…

Paloznaki Jazzpiknik Aftermovie 2019

North to Lake Balaton is set to be held between July, 29 – 31 featuring Candy Dulfer – saxophonist, Mario Biondi – singer and groups MF Robots and De Phazz.

The artists were scheduled to play at last year’s festival, but cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 9th jazz picnic, held in the Village of Paloznak which is one of the popular holiday resort in Hungary. Will feature music for all ears …  soul, jazz, funk. English jazz-funk band Level 42, Dutch singer Caro Emerald and Dutch group Kraak+Smaak will color the world  for music lovers.

One of the superb timeless classic UK bands the „Level 42” was formed in 1979 and the rest is history.

Just in case for the younger generation haven’t heard their  awesome  music earlier. Their  career started squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups like Atmosfear, Light of the World, Incognito, and Beggar & Co.
As reaching the ’80s their music was instantly recognizable from Mark King’s thumb-slap bass technique and associate member Wally Badarou’s synthesizer flourishes . Then came a point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock likely to be placed in the context with Sade and other danceable pop/rock.

The Early Tapes Featuring Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards. Released in 1981, their self-titled debut album was a slick soul – R&B collection that charted in the U.K. Top 20, resulting in the release of The Early Tapes. Level 42 had several minor hit singles before 1984’s “The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)” hit the British Top Ten.

I then late ’85, World Machine broke the band worldwide with the “Lessons in Love” hit  which gain number one in Britain and “Something About You” hit number seven in America and this catapulted the band tot he international stage.

Their next two records, Running in the Family (1987) and Staring at the Sun (1988), were a big success in the U.K., yet made little headway in the U.S. Both of the Gould brothers left the band in late 1987; they were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989; he was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for 1991’s Guaranteed. The band followed Guaranteed in 1995 with Forever Now.

Level 42 released a studio album, Retroglide, in 2006. Four years later, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special tour, as well as a box set, Living It Up, which included a disc of fresh acoustic versions recorded by Mark King. 2010 also saw Husband leave the band once again, replaced by Pete Ray Biggin.

The group continued to tour over the next few years before releasing new material in 2013, in the form of the EP Sirens. Supporting the release with an extensive tour of the U.K. and Europe, the group also recorded the live release The Sirens Tour, at their stop in London in 2015. The band continued to tour into 2016 with performances at festivals across Europe and South America.

Tickets prices: 
3-day pass: 28990HUF … Daily: 12990HUF
More info follow: jazzpiknik.hu

Updated Aggie Reiter


Tutenkamon’s Treasure Exhibition Extening Until January 2021 @ Budapest

At the archaeological reconstruction exhibition Tutankhamun’s Mystery and Treasures, almost a thousand objects from the unique treasure finds and a lifelike reconstruction of the tomb can be seen, with family and children’s programs in the autumn break, @ Budapest Complex – District VII., 26. Király Str.

Perhaps the most famous pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history, one of the last kings of the neo-imperial 18th dynasty, Tutankhamun, who died young at the age of 19, owes his world fame not to his reign but to his almost completely untouched tomb. Until the excavation of the tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, many even questioned the existence of the mysterious pharaoh. Tutankhamun, however, remained as mysterious after the discovery of his tomb as it was known before. One of the most controversial debates culminated around the question of the king’s descent as well as his life appearance.

Tutankhamun was lifted out of the famous golden coffin in two saws … see previous update regarding to Budapest’ exhibition: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2019/11/08/tutenkamons-glitering-gold-the-mummies-society-waiting-for-visitors-budapest-2019/

© Aggie Reiter

#1 Some Hungarian Appetizers … “Körözött” Hungarian Sheep Cheese – “Liptauer” Spread Cheese

Have a “traditional Hungarian” breakfast with a fresh salad adding to it the “Körözött” Hungarian Sheep Cheese spread sandwich or two with some other fresh veggies, tea or coffee and bread rolls.
Liptauer is a seriously addicting, paprika-infused cheese spread that is perfect for fancy appetizer as well. It could make a light meal  and goes well with dark rye bread, radishes, hard-cooked eggs, green onions, mild or hot green pepper.
Prepairing time: 15 mins. served for 2-4 persons.

Ingredients: 250 dkg  the variaction of chesse can be in use … Liptov sheep cheese – Liptói Túró or Bryzna or farmer’s cheese (it can be from sheep milk or cow milk – júh túró or tehén túró), 1 small onion minced or grated 60 dkg softened buttersalt, red pepper powder, 1 clove crushed garlic, 2 pinch of cumin seeds or 1 tsp. cumin ground powder, chopped green fresh parsley.

Prepairing: The cheese is broken through and then mixed with the mixed butter, add the ingredients mix well and at the end garnish with some parsley leaves to have the inviting look. Let it chill for an hour or so for the flavors come together, but as made it is also beats the taste.

While a soft farmer’s cheese is most traditionally used when making authentic liptauer – farmer’s cheese can be a bit hard to find overseas, but, not to worry if you can’t find some farmer’s cheese then goat cheese are perfectly acceptable substitutes when making Hungarian “Körözött” – Liptauer cheese spread. The American-style cottage cheese will not really benefit this recipe (instead go to a good cheese shop and ask for farmer’s cheese or quark. First and foremost the sheep’s curd must be fresh and tender just as the butter.

The sweet or mild paprika (not hot paprika), onions give a nice base layer of smoky flavor with a hint of cumin. Also goes well as a dip for raw veggies. Slightly skeptical about how the flavors would come together, but it is safe to say this spread will probably become one of athe new flavors  of snack! 

Liptauer = “Liptói túró” is a popular appetizer spread throughout Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Northern Italy, where it can be found as Liptauer or named Liptó.

The name Liptov  come from a region of Slovakia. There, this spread is traditionally made with bryndza the soft, sheep’s milk cheese.

Liptauer is one of those dishes that is best when you make it. The secret is not to add too much ingredients, but to tweck to your own stlye and taste.

The liptauer paired incredibly well with wine on a lazy afternoon and its ability to be spread on anything makes it the perfect appetizer, no matter what beverage you’re serving.

© Aggie Reiter

#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