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Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #2

Here comes another favorit foodie #2 by Hungarians, and now may be on your tables as well. Check it out!

While it’s easy to get lost in the country’s food, the promise of “typical local cuisine’ doesn’t always provide the truly authentic experiences that locals have at home. Hungary is no different and, while goulash is certainly a familiar national dish, the cuisine that most people enjoy is often simpler and easier to prepare. Here see & cook yourselves to explore the meals that Hungarians actually eat.

Cheesy, sour cream, eggs layered potatoe” & a.k.a. Casserole potatoes 

Sajtos, tejfölös, tojásos rakott krumpli

A pure comfort food –  baked until bubbly and golden.

Literally meaning ‘layered potato’, rakott krumpli may not appeal to the uninitiated, but it is one of the most popular comfort foods in Hungry. Layered potatoes are made in more than 30 different ways in the regions of  Hungary. What makes it even more unique is that each family has its own subtle twist on the basic recipe. It is often on the table in most Hungarian families, even the children love it, and the head of the family is full of it.

For the real  gourments the traditional  Hungarian layered potatoes is a “must” with Hungarian smoked sausage “füstölt kolbász”.  Can’t find it on your end, may obtain other smoked sausages … or possibly bacon will do in the meantime (without sausage will not be tough to stomach but worthwhile once to have a try).

There’s a whole family of layered dishes as well, though each recipe comes with its own unique twist. For example layered cauliflower – rakott karfiol, involves pouring a creamy cauliflower sauce a top a minced meat and rice mixture. As well layered cabbage – rakott káposzta uses cabbage leaves for a similar effect.

“Q” From where did the layered potatoes come to Hungarian cuisine?

“A” The layered potatoes are derived directly from the French, they call it Tartiflette.

Q” What is the difference between the French Tartiflette and the Hungarian Layaered Potatoes?

“A” Tartiflette contains camembert-like cheese, bacon, onions and fries, fooled by a little white wine. However the Hungarian version contains eggs and smoked Hungarian sausage – “füstölt kolbász”  which are missing from the French version,  so needn’t to say after tasting the traditional Hungarian layered potatoe dish will make your tasting bubs want more-and-more. It is more than a fully main meal with mixted flavors.

“Q” When did appeared as a Hungarian meal for the first time?

“A” First mention of it in Hungary was made in the 1840 edition of István Czifray’s Hungarian national cookbook.

Recipe:  Serves for 4 – Preperaing time: 1h40′
Ingredients: 500g potatoes,  50g butter or sprinkle of oil  70g grated cheese, sliced smoked sausage or bacon, 4-5 hard-boiled eggs, salt and black pepper to taste, 500ml sour cream May double the amount to serve for 6-8.

Preparation time cooking the potatoes: 30-40 mins –  Bake 1h at preheat oven to 150C
Cook previously the potatoes in a bowl with cold water. With a fork see if it is cooked wait until it cools down. Strain the water. Place peeled sliced potatoes into a glass bowl that stands the heat or in the right size baking tray. Use 1/3 oil to grease a dish. Layer 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom of the dish and sprinkle with salt and a little black pepper to taste and place around the sliced smoked sausage or bacon Thenafter again a layer of sliced potatoes and grated cheese then the sliced eggs. Place the rest of the potatoes on top. Pour over sour cream “telföl”  on top and with the rest sprinkle with grated cheese. At the end dot with a little oil

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

© 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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Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #1

It was and is nice to have you around. Don’t know how many of you have tried to make your own mouthwatering “Cook Show” with the soups during last week post. Whether your tummy was full of the results of your wonderful taste … will not stop here, cause the traditional Hungarian main foodies yet to come.

As the situation around the world by coronavirus (COVID-19) the numbers of infections are high and low, it is a great preoccupation to enloose your mind by occuping yourselves a little and enjoying the pleasure of cooking and deservedly eat the delicous soups made unsubstituted.

Now lets talk about Hungarian food that local and foreigners are fond of without mentioning Goulash which already is a crusine landmark in-and-out of Hungary. A couple of soups, meat dishes, veggies, sweeties have had already wrote about at the previous: “New Theme on its way – “Q” & “A”.

This week starting with 

Chicken Paprikash with Nokedli – Hungarian egg noddle-dumplings – Nokedlis Paprikás Csirke

Chicken in sour cream, which is not only by locals but as well touched by the flavor of foreigners after the most favorit the Hungarian Goulash soup.

“Q” Is it a stew?

“A”  Not exactly … the chicken cooked in cream and paprika along with olive oil and bell peppers.

“Q” What is the role of the paprika?

“A” Most of the Hungaian stews do not rely on flour or roux for thickening. Paprika takes over the power in thickening. Also is in use in many kitchen to add color, flavor to the dish.

“Q”  What does it taste like?

“A” The paprika as the main ingredient gives it a piquant hotness. If you’re not into chilies, be careful with this!

Good to know … The first use of the word “paprika” in English is from 1896. It came from the Hungarian word “paprika” which was a diminutive of the Serbo-Croatian word “papar” meaning pepper. Hungary is a major source of paprika and it is more commonly used.

Paprika is likely Hungary’s most popular spice, and these are a series of dishes in which it’s the star ingredient.
Paprikash is composed of a creamy, paprika-rich sauce added to a number of different options: chicken, catfish, or
mushrooms are the most common variations. Garnish Nokedli (Hungarian egg noodle-dumplings), and the meal is complete. This is comfort food at its finest, very easy, flavorful meal … but caution … should not have read this with an empty stomach.

Ingredients for 4 person, preparing time: 60-90 mins.

4 pieces of chicken legs, 2 small onions, 1 and a half tbs sweet red papreika powder, 1-2 tomatoes, 1-2 Hungarian sweet yellow paprika. 200 ml sour cream, 2 tbs flour, 2 tbs oil or lard. For the Noodles – Nokedli: 2 eggs, 411 flour, salt 300-350 ml water for the batter, 1 tbs oil and a pan for water  for cooking them.

Cooking: Sauté the finely chopped onions in a little oil until “glossy”, remove from the heat and stir in the paprika powder, watch out not to get it burned. Season it with salt and pepper. Mix well and add a touch of water and simmer. Add some water if it is getting too thick, not too much only not to burn  chicken. Add the cut chicken pieces and return the pan to the stove, leave the skin on c aíuse  by this it will not fall apart by cooking and the end may peel it off, if not prefer to eat it.  Now add pepper and tomatoe. Place the lid on, reduce the heat and simmer chicken until tender. Next, using a bowl, mix into the sour cream. Stir until smooth. Take some of the gravy mix it to the sour cream mixture and repeat it two times until homogeneous.  Before puring the  sour cream into the the pan, remove the chickens. Add the sour cream mixture  to the sauce. Mix it well then put the chicken back and simmer for ccya 4-5 mins. … Now this ain’t too complicated receipt… right 🙂

Now come the most loved by Hungarian and foreigners the cooking of Nokedli Hungarian egg noodle-dumplings.

In a deep bowl mix flour, salt, eggs and  water. Bring 4-5 liters of water to boil point in a large pot for cooking the Nokedli – dumplings.

Mix 1 tbs oil in it so that you get a batter that is easy to stir but not to be sticky and careful not to make it too loose. This will be perfect by experience. Form little dumplings  from the batter and cook them in the salted boiling water. The Nokedli will rise to the top cca. 2-3 mins as boiling, drain and rinse with cold water. Add cca. 1 tbs of oil and mix well. toform the Nokedli place alittle pasta on a cutting board and with a dipped knife cut a little one-by-one put in hot water.

May also achieve a further increase in taste by adding on top of the ready chicken a spoonful sour cream, as you please. Have a great experience cooking!

© by Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day #5 … Hungarian Cruisine – Palóc Style Soup

Palóc Style Soup – Palóc leves

The Palóc were a tribe of people of Slovak origin who settled in North-Eastern Hungary from where this soup originates.

The writer and MP, Kálmán Mikszáth, who is often referred to as the Great Palóc, asked János Gundel, the founder of the most famous dynasty in Hungarian gastronomy, to make him a dish that would be characteristic of the region where the Palóc folks live and with their cuisine. The most widely known village of the Palóc region is Hollókő – Hungary. The village is declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. The landscape of the village perfectly fits into fairy tale. The venue comprises 58 heritage buildings that are representative of 17th century village architecture.

The origin recept calls for mutton or lamb, yet if  prefer can also subsitute for pork or beef. Keep in mind, different meat pieces cook shorter and/or longer. Many people add some fresh dill or some drops of vinegar to it  depending on theindividuals taste.

Receipt for 4 people – preparation time 40 to 90 mins.

Ingredients: 900 g pork, beef or mutton, 1 big onion, 250 ml sour cream, 1 handful green fresh or fozen beans … In Hungary green and yellow beans are available. Growing in the season having fresh and if out of it the frozen one are cooked. Two médium size potatoes, 4-5 Bay leaves, sweet red paprika powder, dalt, ground caraway, ground pepper to taste and 1/2 tbs flour. A hint … add as many or as a few potatoes and beans as prefer, but roughly cca 1 medium potatoe and about 150 g beans/person to serve.

Cooking: Chop and fry the onions and season with bay leaf and caraway. Cut the meat in cubes, Wash and place them into a saucepan with the fried onions. Season with red paprika powder and some ground black pepper and stew slowly until about the meat is half tender. Add potatoes, cook and sauté them a little bit longer. Pouring water on it if needed and boil. Add the green or yellow beans and cook on for 10-15 mins more and look afterwards that all parts are cooked well. When the soup is ready, set aside to cool down a bit.

Next to thicken with the sour cream first take a seperate bowl in which add a little flour and mix together. Be careful when addig sour cream. Make sure to have non boiling temperature. Might wish to use a strainer, but addig the sour cream to the less hot soup it will be easy to mix the two.

To read more about traditional Hungarian soups, visit previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© Aggie Reiter

Kashmir @ Kupwara District Receives Electric Current – India

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The Kashmir’s Kupwara District Gets Electric Current Power for the First Time Since Independence.

Last village along LoC ( land of Control

The Keran village is cut off from the district for nearly six months every year due to the heavy snowing- heights of nine to 12 feet during the harsh winters, and the COVID-19 lockdown. The Kupwara district administration connected 3 villages located along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran area to the national electricity grid, ending a wait since Independence for power supply. The tasks  ere not easymcaused by the  shortage of manpower for the work after restrictions of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is an arduous five hours journey to Keran on a fair-weather road that meanders through apple and walnut orchards of the Kashmir Valley and the Pherkian Pass at 10,000 feet in the Shamasbari Ranges.

A power grid has been installed. This will now provide the village with electricity for 24 hours. It will also help residets get rid of noise and pollution caused by the diesel generator set in the area. With the electricity project nearing its completion, the local administration constructed and improved roads in the area.

The government has also given the go ahead to plans to construct 100 new panchayat offices adding to repair another 100 buildings.

For three hours of electricity, the Keran area, with a population of 14,000 in four panchayats, was till recently dependent on three old diesel generator (DG) sets, for which fuel was transported from the district headquarters.

Installed over decade back, the three DG sets were prone to frequent breakdowns further disrupting the meagre power supply, more so in winters when conducting repairs are next to impossible. In 2012, the area’s residents were hopeful that a solution to their power problems was found. The plan was to extend power lines to Keran and establish a grid station. But hopes started to with as no substantial progress was made on the project for nearly seven years, apart from the installation of some solar lighting systems that had limited efficiency even during the summers for some villagers. Not being directly connected to the national power grid threw Keran into extreme backwardness with lack of industries and limited access to medical facilities and television.

All the essential commodities, especially food items and essential drugs are stored in advance for an year in the area to cater to the winter requirements during the cut off area. It was among 112 districts of the country that were chosen for quick and effective transformation.

The Kupwara district administration swung into action deploying multi disciplinary teams to ensure corridor clearance for the entire stretch of the electricity line, that passes through several villages, steep slopes and dense forests.

It may seem as a  small project for the district, but has hugely triggered revolutionary changes in the lives of the common masses starting from switching on a television set as and when they want, to better healthcare, water supply, lift irrigation systems and impacting almost every walk of life now dependent on power supply. The people who were living on the zero line are very pleased for the change to come.

Cultural heritage of Kashmir is multi demensional as the variegated backdrop of its phyisical exuberance which has nursed and inspired it all along. Its sanctity and evergreen stature can be conveniently inferred from the chast shimmering snow, with its virgin top to toe, adorning the towering peaks of its mountainous periphery. Rosy blush lending perennial health to our warbling brooks, roaring waterfalls and sedate and solemn lakes. To crown all, this verynectarine glow has most meanfully groomed out metal  attitude to glean unity  amidst  seeming diversty.  It is a nonstop mental journey with no mile-posts to cool its heels upon. This is a Happy Valley..

Adding Culture – Tradition – Dance, Craftworks and Cuisine.

Culture and Traditional … Jammu’s Dogra is very different from the Kashmiri culture. The Dogra culture is instead much similar to that of neighbouring Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Traditional Punjabi festivals such as Lohri and Baisakhi are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm throughout the region, along with Accession Day, an annual holiday which commemorates the accession of Jammu & Kashmir to the Dominion of India.

It is important to note that Kashmiri culture is predominantly followed only in the Kashmir valley and Doda of the Chenab region. Jammu and Ladakh have their own distinct cultures that are very different from that of Kashmir.

Handicrafts … Handcrafts have been the main-stay of the State’s Economy since Centuries. The dawn of modern era of industries least affected the viability of the crafts that always had the capacity to hold sway in even International Markets. The Wanvun, Roaff, carpet/shawl weaving Kaleenbafi and Koshur Sufiana forms a very important part of Kashmiri identity.

Traditional Dance … The Dumhal is a famous dance in the Kashmir valley, performed by men of the Wattal region. The women perform the Roaff, another traditional folk dance. Kashmir has been noted for its fine arts for centuries, including poetry and handicrafts.

Cuisine … holds a unique place among different world cuisines … having  good resources of  water spread area in the shape of streams, rivers, springs and Irrigation sars. Thus has tremendous  scope for development in fisheries  sector both in trout and food fisheries. Also keeping up with the tradional the Salted tea or Noon Chai also called Sheer Chai is the traditional drink and is cooked in a Samavar, a Kashmiri tea-pot. Kashmir has been noted for its fine arts for centuries, including poetry and handicrafts. Kehwa, traditional green tea with spices like cardamom, Saffron and almond, is served on special occasions and festivals. Kashmiri weddings are regarded incomplete without the Kashmiri traditional food known as Wazwan, which is typically spicy food cooked by the traditional cooks (Waz). Wazwan is a multi-course meal in which almost all the dishes are meat-based.

Kashmir a.k.a. witnessing many spiritual gurus who migrated from their homeland to Kashmir.

© Aggie Reiter

 

“Q”&”A” Jewish Delicious Food – @ Hungarian Cuisines – Journey Through the Taste Buds

The Hungarian Jewish cooking may be rooted in the past, but its recipes aren’t staying there!

Don’t have to be Jewish to love the Jewish cuisine, it is enough to be a gourmet.

 

There is hardly a culture in which Jewish food and its preparation are not known in the world.

Just a little insight into the countless inherited and localized Jewish food at Hungary

The first Jewish cookbook was published in Hungarian in the 1880s, followed by several other, practical, kosher recipe collections. Due to the dispersion of Judaism, as many communities, as to many food choices and tastes.

Of course, Hungarian Jewry cannot be an exception. The borders of East and West, the typical Hungarian countryside, or even Budapest’s Jewish circles distinct types of food have become popular with a variety of ages.

The Old Jewish Food, was first published in 1984 and presented traditional Eastern European Jewish food, with the aim of preserving Hungarian Jewish dishes from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and the first half of the twentieth century. The food descriptions are a bit concise compared to the recipes, the author entrusts the method of preparation partly to the imagination of the chef or cook.

The Hungarians make many spice mixes at home, most of which include cumin, a few cloves, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, seeds, leaves, mint and, of course, salt, pepper, and the essential peppers, but of course the climate in Hungary is not favorable for all of them. cultivation.

From this abundant gastronomic offer here is one of a good … but  heavy crunchy-munchy

Goose bump with red onion

Goose bump It can also be considered akind appetizer. The Hungarians eat it with alot or without red onion.

(Good to know to avoid smelly onion in the breath, eat a tsp of fresh parsley, also when having garlic and its gone.)

Ingredients: cca 1/2 kg of goose skin, little water.
Cooking: The goose skin is carefully peeled off the meat (usually from the breast and back) … usually Hungarians buy at the market goose  bump …  cut into 2 x 2 cm cubes and then placed in a pot. Add enough water to cover it and cook it on a moderate fire, stirring sometimes. By the time the water evaporates, the crumb will turn nice yellow. Bake for a few more minutes, then pour a cca. 2 tbs of water into the fat and squeeze the lid of the pot. This will make the crackling crispy. Filter and pour the goose fat into a jar  and let it cool, later place it in the fridge and can be in use for cooking ie meat soup  by adding 1 tsp to richer the flavor.
Carefully pour the water into the flag fat, it is advisable to pull away from the oven.

 

Another yummy appetizing … Chicken Breast Bags with Rosemary

Ingredients: 600 g chicken breast, 16 slices of bacon, salt, pepper, rosemary thread

Instructions: Cut the bacon slices in half. Slice up and tenderize the chicken and put salt, pepper and rosemary on it, then cut it into 16 pieces.
Roll each piece into two slices of bacon and fix the whole thing with a piece of thread. Fix a piece of rosemary on each little bag. It will intensify the mouth watering smell of the dish. Place the bags on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 40 minutes.

Hungarian lunch is not lunch without soup on the table.

Meat soup with matzo dumpling

In Hungary, matzo dumplings are not so much made of mace flour, but there are those who make a mixture of coarsely crushed mace. Adding ginger and parsley is the secret to good matzo dumplings. Here is the recipe for mace.
Ingredients: 250 gr mace, 6 eggs,, 4 tbsp goose fat,, 2 bunches of chopped parsley, 2 heaped tsp. ginger powder, black pepper, salt and to make it more  a mocha spoon of soda bicarbonate as well and will be more lighter.
Cooking: eggs are mixed with the fat and the same amount of water is added to it as the amount of egg mixture in deciliters. Add the hand-crushed Passover, the finely chopped parsley, and then season with salt, freshly ground black pepper and lots of ginger. Once kneaded, place in the refrigerator for at least 60 mins. By hand form balls the size of a ping-pong ball out of it and cook it in hot goose soup or it can also cooked in the beef soup or chicken soup.

Stewed cabbage with smoked goose leg

It is very popular … heavy meal … by the Hungarians, but rather cooked in the season of winter.

Ingredient: 2 smoked goose legs, 3 tablespoons goose fat, 40 dkg barrel cabbage.

Cooking: Wash goose legs thoroughly with warm water and soak for an hour or two. Melt the goose fat and heat it over your thighs. Then add the washed sauerkraut and the whole thing, stirring occasionally, just simmer until soft.

Can almost hear the “Q” … where is the famous Jewish cholent? Not missing!

Goose leg and beef meat with boiled egg

Most probably many people have had already tasted the real Jewish Cholent, but maybe only a few have not cooked it yet. So here is a Hungarian cholent guided tour:

Before the recept … First things First …

“Q” Where does the name Cholent come from?

“A”  The word of uncertain origin …  it is a Jewish Sabbath meal consisting of beans mixed with meat, peas, or a mixture of beans and rice, or pasta. The Jews are forbidden to cook on Saturdays, therefore this food is placed on the embers of the closed stove on Friday, where it is cooked until Saturday.

“Q” How to cook cholent
“A” In a ceramic pot, iron pot or enameled pot.

“Q” Making it on a stove or an electric hob?

“A” The point is to put the dish in the oven, it should be well closed to bare cooking for long hours , also to prevent evaporation.

Ingredients: 40 dkg brown beans 40 dkg beef (for soup), 2 goose thighs, 40 dkg of smoked meat (smoked goose leg or breast is best), 1 small head onion, 1 tsp red pepper, 3 tbs oil or 2 dkg goose fat, 1 tbs flour.
Preparation of brine:
Fry the chopped onion on the fat, sprinkle with the red pepper, add the beans and smoked meat soaked the night before and thaw for approx. With 2 liters of water .Add the meats and sprinkle on top of the flour we mix. Cover the whole thing and bake in the oven until the garnishes are completely softened. Usually in large pots it is good to prepare and make sure the water at the beginning covers all. You only need to salt if the smoked meat in it is not salty enough. Many people put gerslit in the brine, but it is excellent without it. During cooking the water is absorbed by the beans and meats, if so it is recommended to add a little water, but it should be served with short juice, it should be dense.

Life is sweet but better to make it really sweet non the other way than baking Flódni. It is also prepared for some famous event or celebration. Its essential ingredients are all symbols of abundance: poppy, walnuts, dense plum jam, wine and apples. the most famous cake of Hungarian Jewry.

Flódni

Ingredients: 1/2 kg of flour, 1/2 kg of sugar, 1/2 kg of walnuts, 1 kg of apples, 3  tsp of honey, 3 egg yolks, 1 dl of oil, 1 lemon grated peel.

Baking instruction: Knead the flour, oil, egg yolks and a spoonful of honey. Divide the dough into three and then roll each out to the size of a baking pan. Oil the baking sheet and put in the first sheet. Lubricate it with oil, water it with honey and sprinkle it with the nuts mixed with half the sugar.  Lay the second sheet on top, oil it, water it with honey and sprinkle with half the grated apple mixed with sugar. May bake with other ingredients as listed a/m. Put the last plate on it, water it with oil and honey, smear it on it, and then bake it ready in the oven. Baking time 50mins.

Hopfully, the Hungarian Jewish delicacies cuisine took you on a yummy tour.

©Aggie Reiter

“Incredible Construction” World’s Highest Railway Bridge – Connect @ Kashmir With the Rest of Incredible India

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Kashmir has often been referred to as “Heaven on Earth.” The heart of the area is the fertile “Vale of Kashmir” (The Valley), which lies between the Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range.

The world’s highest railway bridge in India over river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir will be completed by December 2021, and will connect the Valley with the rest of India by rail for the first time.

The construction work of the bridge was accelerated in the last one year under the direct supervision of the top echelons of the central government. It is most challenging task in the 150-year-long history of the railways. 

As seen above the massive arch-shaped structure, being constructed in hostile terrain. Had been in use over 5,462 (18,379 ft) tonnes of steel  above sea level on the India side of Kashmir and will be 359 metres above the river’s bed level. The bridge has a central span of 467 metres. The height of Qutab Minar – Delhi 72 metres and that of the Eiffel Tower – Paris  324 metres.  The maximum designed wind speed for the bridge is 266km/h.

Designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 266 km/h, 1.315-km-long, by withstand Blast, Earthquake of Intensity 8. An incredible “Engineering Marvel”!

The Srinagar Leh power transmission line 220 KV Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil–Leh power transmission system have also been completed. Ladakh now stands connected to the national grid. This has ensured grid connectivity and reliable quality power supply to the Ladakh region in winter and surplus power can be evacuated from there in summer, reducing reliance on diesel, boosting economy and protecting environment. The semi ring road in Jammu will be completed also by next year and all land acquisition and related hurdles have been removed. In this project, 30% of the work has already been completed. Major roads like Jammu–Akhnoor Road, Chenani-Sudhmahadev Road works has been accelerated and also has been earmarked for rebuilding of health institutions.

The Udhmapur-Katra (25 Km) section, Banihal-Quazigund (18 Km) section and Quazigund-Baramulla (118Km) section have already been commissioned. The last remaining section, the 111 km Katra-Banihal section is currently under execution. The 126 km out of 174 km of tunnels on this section has already been completed.

There has been a greater push in the last one year for implementation of various projects, practically every sector and provides for massive investments in basic infrastructure also  meant for strengthening socio-economic infrastructure and balanced regional development of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chenani-Nashri Tunnel is the India’s longest road tunnel under construction in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. The 9.2 km long road tunnel is a major road tunnel project in Northern India and biggest of the country. Chenani-Nashri road tunnel is also known as Patnitop Tunnel also one of the longest tunnel in Asia. The Shivalik mountain range of the great Himalayas will host the India’s longest 2 way traffic road tunnel

Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Kashmir witnessed the worst-ever floods in 2014 therefore a number of projects have been taken up to prevent floods. The Jhelum recovery project was a key one aimed at increasing the carrying capacity of the river Jhelum and the flood spill channel.

Further might be  of interest:

Tallest … Fastest … Longest Railway Tunnel … Under Sea Level  … High Speed Rail in India.

Tallest: Since 2019, the tallest building in India has been Lodha The Park 1 in Mumbai at 268 metres (879 feet). Multiple taller buildings are under construction as well as multiple taller buildings are on-hold. Mumbai has the highest concentration of high-rise buildings in India.

Fastest: The ambitious “bullet train” project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is set to be a test of the credentials of the country’s infrastructure prowess. India’s first bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is likely to be completed by 2022, the year marking 75 years of India’s Independence. Also incated that the project would be completed by 2022, much before the earlier deadline of December 2023. The foundation stone of the project, which will get a soft loan of Rs 88,000 crore from Japan, will be laid on September 14 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Longest: India is the fastest growing industry of mega structure of Civil work,whether its bridges, amazing cloverleaf or elevated freeway in Indian cities. Indian road and rail network are one of the largest transport network in the world and bridges,Tunnels play a major role to complete the connectivity across the country. There are many longer tunnels under construction in the Himalayas ranges as part of Indian railway. Most of the tunnel in India are located in Western Ghat and Himalayas ranges. Maliguda Tunnel is the highest broad-gauge railway tunnel in India and the second highest in the world.

Under Sea Tunnel for India’s bullet train project to be conclude by August, 2022.
Presently both Japanese and Indian professionals are working diligently on ensuring to build a tunnel inside
the creek near Thane/Mumbai.

The dfference between tall and high bridges can be explained in part because some of the highest bridges are built across deep valleys or gorges. For example, (as of 8 February 2020) the Duge Bridge is the highest bridge in the world, but only the tenth tallest. This bridge spans a deep river gorge. The bridge’s two towers, built on either rim of the gorge, are 269 m (883 ft) tall, but due to the depth of the river gorge,
the deck height of the Duge Bridge is 565 m (1,854 ft).

Longest Railway Tunnels of India: The 11.2 km long Banihal railway tunnel is India’s longest railway tunnel and and Asia’s 2nd longest railway tunnel. The great tunnel is located on the highest mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal range in middle of Himalayas. Indian Railways is closer to finish the work on India’s longest transportation railway tunnel. The longest tunnel of India is successfully pass its train trial run through Pir Panjal tunnel being the longest rail tunnel in India. The Karbude tunnel is 6.5 km long and one of the India’s biggest engineering marvels is located on the Konkan Railway route near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. Karbude tunnel is known to be the longest rail tunnel on Konkan railway line situated between Ukshi and Bhoke station.

Last but not least … For many, when they hear the word KASHMIR, Kashmir shawls, women’s top garments and shoulder bags would slip through their mind. Many may know they are ancient Indian industry products in the Himalayan mountains, lower Kashmir province. Even today, many people know and are looking for these special products … and now @ Kashmir also to be known about the World’s Highest Railway Bridge.

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Antonio Tempesta Painted on Precious Stone @ György Ráth Museum – Budapest

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Exhibition open: January, 17. – March, 29. 2020.

District: VI., 12. Városliget fasor 12.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets on the spot.

Been to György Ráth Villa Museum? Worthwhile not only art lovers by locals and/or tourists, foreigners staying Hungary.

Officially open exhibition @  Budapest on Antonio Tempesta – precious and rare – Lapis Lazuli stone of Old Testament painting cannot be seen anywhere else in the World.

An Antonio Tempesta was rediscovered in the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts – Budapest at the storage parcel on the basement level whilst the buildings was going through an enormous renovation. The paintings were absolutely unknown when found with severely damaged and some pieces were also missing. Took several years for the restoration of the paintings. Also required research and coordinated efforts with experimental restorers. Thanks to the high level of knowledge by the restorers painstaking and subtle work the Tempesta’s marvelous handwork can be from no on viewed at the György Ráth Villa in fully return original paintings experience.

Antonio Tempesta’s two-side painting in this exhibition is an exceptional work of art in many respects.

The color of a marvelous shades in blue magnified Antonio Tempesta who was born in Florence and active painter in Rome in the early decades in the 17th century. His works were ordered and prepared for aristocratic patrons. Tempesta painted on various types of stones, bringing life without boundaries to figures and venues with its original color of the stone, showing the perfect collaboration between nature and art.

While most paintings are done on canvas or wood panels, Tempesta used a semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli   to his painting. This rare stone was imported from Afghanistan, the only known location of such deposits in the 17th century. Both sides of this thin, unbelievable  1-millimeter thick translucent slab presents scenes on both side from the Old Testament. The images are not just paintings, but from the multicolor stone forming an intergral part of the depictions. The frame itself with its mother-of-pearls inlays, is also unusual of its complicated, contrived image field.

The stone’s name Lapis Lazuli comes from Latin word „lapis” meaning „stone” and the Persian lazhward meaning „blue” It is one of the most sought after stones in use since man’s history began.

Only three of Lapis Lazuli stones survived around the world throughout the centuries. One of the Tempesta’s works can be viewed at the György Ráth Villa – Budapest and are housed in the Louvre – Paris and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Certainly recommend this wonderful place to  visit by art lovers, once home to a wealthy family, and today a gem of a museum in Budapest. The exhibition rolls back in the past under the spell of the magnificent objects.

Whilst walking in-and-around the corridors and rooms  can  see besides Tempesta’s painting a couple of goldsmith works out on display. These magnificent artistic works are examples how the fusion of an object brought together with nature. The goldsmith works are from the former collection of Miklós Jankovich, a renowned Hungarian art collector of the early 19th century.

Mind you, there are no guided tours, yet there is a booklet on the front desk that summaries the story of the villa.

Take your time to see, learn about the background of entire collection whilst enjoy stepping into every room of the villa unique piece of furniture and decor. A very unique and special museum!

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Miraculous Acrobat Winners @ Budapest – International Circus Festival Budapest 2020

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District, XIV., 12/a Állatkerti Blvd.

The Capital Circus bringing to the circus ring the International festival competition’s winners from January, 15. up to March, 15. 2020. Whether by any reason missed to be present at the “A” or “B” showtime now will be the time to come, see the best-of-.the-best circus show. The audience can count on it to view the magical artists by watching their breathtaking presentations which will indeed promise their stay with highly entertainment experiences. A superb showtime for the locals and foreigners staying in Budapest. Join the circus show, and gain an uplifting experience for whole family.

Beside the locals, many foreigners, tourist staying in Budapest where also present to attend at an international circus festival. It was a cavalcade of mixed real languages hearing the audience awaiting for the ring to be open to occupy their seats.

To purchase tickets is possible just before the performance and/or also in advance on the spot at the ticket booth.

On weekdays and on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. (just before show).

Just a note to one of the participating group arrived directly for the days to see all the show acrobats at  the international competition from Denmark. They said that since there is the international circus festival in Budapest they have been coming within a group to watch the amazingly selected the already known by them the fabulous shows  and will be curious to see who will be the winners and can not wait to see back home the list of seen performers results. See the group’s snap.

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Transparent Sound New Music Festival @ Budapest

The highlight of the festival is the work of female music composers.

January, 7 – 20. 2020.

Does female and male music really exist? Do these only consist of female or male sounds? Is there a difference between men listening to the music of female composers and women listening to music composed by men? Is it possible to compose accompaniment to a concerto using insect sounds? And to lead a soloist of electroacoustic instruments with hand-gestures? To tell a story with beatbox sounds? Is there a musical work that has two versions, which can be performed both separately and together? How can we describe generative art, and how does it relate to gender?

The outstanding events are at prominent venues for those interested in new music and can visit as many venues as they wish, such as: the Müpa, the Trafó, the Music Academy and the French Institute in Budapest.

There is still a week ahead at the festival will include concerts – paired with interactive introductory sessions, – workshops for professionals and the public, children’s events, an international symposium, a sound-theater for the whole family, an exhibition and movie screenings. This year the festival will focus particularly on the works and performances of female musicians and composers.

The main mission of the festival is to make the colorful and innovative world of new music approachable for everyone. The invitation also goes to the audience who wish to join the open workshops organized around the events, which will lead participants empirically into the instinctive world of music listening and orientation. The scores of the performed works will also be made available during the festival in our reading corner in the library of the BMC – Budapest Music Center.

LONGLEASH – PAYSAGES – CURATOR: ADAM MCCARTNEY

January, 16. – 6 p.m. – CEU, Oktober Hall – District, V., 7. Október 6 Street. A forest makes sounds of its own — remarkable sounds. Perhaps these sounds also mark the breadth, depth and borders of the forest space itself. There are also other sounds that signify “forest,” and yet other more enigmatic sounds that express embodied experiences, interactions and intensities between human and forest bodies.

Exhibition opening – Vernissage and lecture by Étienne Rolin

January, 17. – 5 p.m. – French Institute – District, I., 17. Fő Street . Étienne Rolin about the vanishing points of music and visual arts says the following: Q.: “What is the connection between music and painting. In a nutshell, I give a sweeping answer that both disciplines are two variations of vibrations produced by gestures. Each discipline has its particular techniques and materials that allow me to create. What I find stimulating is to experiment with my own brain and body to examine and cross-examine the ongoing process of creative activity in two domains. It appears obvious to most that music and painting share a common ground with a deep taste for the technique of composition and the art of improvisation.

UMZE – VOICE TWIST

January, 17. – 7.30 p.m. – BMC – Concert Hall – District IX., 8. Mátyás Street. What do we associate with the human voice? Singing on the stage, singing together, humming to ourselves, talking, whispering, baby cooing – just to mention the most obvious ones. We will meet these sounds, and many more, at the concert of the UMZE Ensemble, in the form of singing mixed with electronics, instrumental arias, the instrumental of Offenbach’s work “overmumbling”, beatbox, musical allusions and recaps from music history.

GARDRÓB MŰVÉSZETI CSOPORT – LILLA and TÜNDÉRBOGYÓ

January, 18. – 10.30 a.m. – Nádor Hall – District, XIV., 3. Ajtósi Dürer line. Instrumental fairy tale-theater for young children in Hungarian

MAO – MELIS

January, 18. – 7.30 p.m. – Budapest Music Center, Concert Hall – District, IX., 8. Mátyás Street – Tricket available on the spot. Modern Art Orchestra performs pieces and transcriptions of songs and other works composed by László Melis. Artistic director: Fekete Kovács Kornél. Tickets on the spot.

PATHS OF DEATH AND ANGELS (1991)

January, 18. – 9.30 p.m.  -Screening after the concert – written and directed by: Kamondi Zoltán. Music: Melis László.  – Free of charge, yet registration is needed in advance papp.krisztina@bmc.hu

ÉTIENNE ROLIN, IFJ. GYÖRGY KURTÁG

CONCERTO FOR ELECTRONICS AND SOUNDPAINTING ORCHESTRA

January, 19. – 7 p.m. – French Institute – District, XI. 17 Main Street- Tickets on the spot –  The French composer, Étienne Rolin, plays several wind instruments (such as the clarinet, or the Indian bansuri), but at the same time he is excellent at improvisation as well. Tickets on the spot.

COMPONENT

January, 20. – 6 p.m. – Budapest Music Center – Library Screening – District, 8th Mátyás Street.

When Leipzig pianist Kyra Steckeweh realized that her repertoire almost exclusively consisted of music composed by men, she began searching for pieces written by female composers. With her selection, she has brought to our attention and delight four very different composers, all of whom left a diverse body of work – Film by Tim van Beveren and Kyra Steckeweh. – Entry free of charge.

LUX:NM – Anamorphoses

January, 20.  7.30 p.m. – BMC Concert Hall – District, IX., 8. Mátyás Street  – The Heroines of Sound concert at the Transparent Sound Festival 2020 puts the spotlight contemporary composition in Germany with works by Laura Mello, Oxana Omelchuk, Lisa Streich and Sarah Nemtsov, alongside the Hungarian composer Judit Varga. Tickets on the spot.

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