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Upon the Era of Austro-Hungarian Monarchy Gastronomy Influence on Hungary

The Hungarian cuisines are as just sailing on flavors cruise through the waves on the gastronomy history of Europe.

Upon the era of Habsburg influence culture and gastronomy during – Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in the 17th century added tastes into the Hungarian kitchen and the Austrian cuisine often became into play visa-versa.

The influence beyond no doubt in gastronomy from the time of the Austo-monarchy turning around in the Hungarian meals. Still today the below meals are very popular for the Hungarian restaurants and in homemade kitchen. In addition to the various regional specialties, the Hungarian menu offers many dishes, as an influence from different countries such as Austria, the former monarchy. There was so much going along in Hungary’s history that even often the Hungarians themselves don’t have a clue where their favorite food comes from. Indeed the Hungarian people are especially masters of presenting different cultural influences on a plate. Foreigners  and tourists may consider many recipes and foods typically Hungarian – country-specific – that’s right in a way, but they could never have been created without the appropriate Austrian intercultural effects.

For Instance… For the Hungarians beside many other inherited cuisine with the spread of Wiener schnitzel made it’s way into homemade foodies and restaurants throughout Hungary. But let’s start with the soup …The famous Tafelspitz was also taken into Hungarian gastronomy. Especially fond of the beef meat soup. … Cooking meat (instead of baking) is an ancient cooking process. But to cook beef exclusively is already an Austrian invention, namely the XV. century. The Viennese at that time liked the meat of the Hungarian fattening ox the most. A piece of meat cut from the back of these animals by proper technique was also called Tafelspitz due to the thin layer of fat surrounding the meat.

The “Tafelspitz” (Marhahúsleves) is considered as a national dish of our neighbor country Austria and is equally popular in Hungary especially in the wintertime having to warm up with the rich tasty soup.

Preparation time 120 – 140 minutes  – Ingredients for 4 persons – Meat soup (broth), in Hungary it is typically made with chicken (chicken soup – tyukhúsleves), or beef (beef soup – marhahúsleves). The slower you cook, the more parts of the meat you use and the more bony parts you use – the better it will get. Recipe: 1 big piece of beef and/or beef bones for beef soup, 1 full  chicken for a chicken soup, 2 carrots  (don’t put too much it will make the soup too sweet, 1 celeriac root, 1 parsnip , 1 onion with the outer leaves  (it gives nice color to the soup , some people like the cooked onion but if not leave it). 1 tomato ,1 Hungarian sweet yellow pepper, 2 Chili’s if you like a little kick, salt and peppercorns just season. Cooking: Add the meat pork bones cover them with water cook slowly for an hour. Add your vegetables according to their cooking time. Seasoning is limited to salt and peppercorn. While cooking take off the foam from the top from time to time. You have to make sure you filter and strain it well.

Good to know … one of the local favorit here the Chicken soup  – Újházi tyúkhúsleves (was named after Újházi Ede a famous actor of the 19th century.) He liked his hen soup extremely rich with a lot of meat and fines strips of homemade pasta, plus carrots, celery, mashroom and green peas.) Good to know … the boiled beef in broth, (Főtt marhahús) is popular here to place aside and after eating the soup and eat he beef meat with horseradish.

The“Viennese schnitzel”  (Bécsi szelet) was originally not from Vienna but from Venice-Italy.

Italian chefs already in the XVI. century, roasted meat into breadcrumbs, and indeed the Jewish population of Constantinople probably even earlier roasted that way. Legend say that the Viennese schnitzel arrived in Austria in 1857, thanks to the Austrian General Radetzky. Subsequently, in imperial times, the food was further refined to become what we know today as the Viennese schnitzel, and one of the most popular and made its way into main course throughout Hungary. As the  legacy of centuries the two countries have been as one: deep fried meat is  number one main dish in Hungary. Can be prepared from pork or as here  in Hungary often from poultry or veal meat.

Preparation time: 60 mins. –  Ingredients to 2-4 persons –  Recipe : 4 big slice of pork or veal medaillons (about 150-200g each),  4 eggs, 250 g flour, salt, pepper, 250 g breadcrumbs, oil for deep-frying. Cooking: Prepare and tenderize the meat to thin slices. Salt and pepper then turn both sides first in flour.Then dip them in the salted beaten eggs. Finally coat with the breadcrumbs. Heat enough oil to cover the slices in a pan util very hot, then fry both sides until golden brown (just takes a couple of minutes) don’t let it get dark brown as it will become dry. Just a tip… it is  also very popular to coat precooked cauliflower and mashrooms  and roll them on in breadcumbs and deep fry.

Good to Know .. The food was first described in a cookbook in the 19th century. Yet many assume the food “Cotoletta alla milanese” from the middle age is pretty much the same … so we are talking about an Italian dish that became in top seller in Austria and Hungary alike.

Not only for sweeties lovers, worth to give it a try when in Hungary

“Kaiserschmarrn”  (Csásármorzsa).

The Austrian desserts have lived through the centuries and welcomed the sweet tooth individuals both in Austria and Hungary. It is a substantial dish, usually served as a main course even though it is sweet and is basically pancake  batter prepared like scrambled eggs. There are two ways to prepare this meal: the labor-intensive way, on top of the stove or the lazy way made in the oven.

Preparation time: 40 minutes – Recipe for 4 persons – Ingredients:  200 g grits, 15 g flour, 250 ml milk, 5-6 eggs separated, 200 g sugar, 2 tbsp raisins, for baking 20 g butter. Cooking: Mix the grits and the flour with the milk. Stir it well. Add raisins and let the mixture rest for one hour to let the grits absorb the milk. After one hour whip the eggs yorks with the sugar and add it to the mixture. Whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt and add this to the mixture as well. Melt the butter in a pan and pour ove the mixture. Heat should be low. Stir with a wooden spoon until it falls apart to smaller pieces. This might take  up to 10 or 20 mins. depending on the strength of the cooker. Serve it warm, sprinkle with sugar, jam or maple syrup. Usually served with apricot jam or castor sugar, but naturally stewed fruit, but make enhanced taste by adding vanilla or rum to the milk at the outset.

Good to know … Well known the Austrian German name for the dish is Kaiser-schmarrn  – Kaiser meaning “emperor” and the “Schmarrn” nonsence. Generally the dish was 1st prepared for the Austrian Emperor Franscis Joseph (1830-1916).

© Aggie Reiter

 

Enter into the fantastic music library of Hans Zimmer – Budapest – 2020

Tuesday, February, 17. 2020.

@ 7.30 p.m.

District, XIV.,  2. Stefánia Rd.

Hans Zimmer is Hollywood’s most sought-after film composer, who has written music for more than 100 movies and is now heading to a European concert tour and for Hans Zimmer music lovers it will be their place to be at the László Papp Budapest Sport Arena.  which will be an important stop in Budapest in February.

Get to hear Hans Zimmer’s greatest hits as you have never heard them before! The Sony Classical released the double-album The World of Hans Zimmer – Symphonic Celebration spring of 2019.

The album features the music from the Zimmer-curated World of Hans Zimmer international concert tour by Semmel Concerts. Regarding to the celebration „The World of Hans Zimmer” has been newly arranged his greatest hits and placed into an electrifying concert to suite for orchestra, choir and soloists. Each to the concert melodies will ring the bell right away.

From the ears … down to the soul … legendary scores as: The Dark Knight , The Da Vinci Code , Lion King , Pirates of the Caribbean and M:i-2 Mission: Impossible 2 will fill the air in the Budapest Arena.  The Orchester,  famous soloists and singers adds  to a fantastic listening experience. Amongst these accomplished musicians are several of Zimmer’s long-time musical collaborators such as Gavin Greenaway (musical director), Lisa Gerrard, multi-instrumentalist Pedro Eustache, and renowned opera singer Valentina Nafornita.

The recording took place at the famous traditional Concert Hall Wiener Konzerthaus featuring renowned ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the choir: Neue Wiener Stimmen – conductor Martin Gellner in the course of the Hollywood – Vienna festival.

World of Hans Zimmer – Symphonic Celebration also includes concert suites of the scores of King Arthur, Pearl Harbor , Rush , Madagascar , Spirit , Kung Fu Panda, The Holiday, Hannibal , Gladiator and Inception.

Mark the date on your bootlist and reach the ticket before they are sold, not to miss to be wondering in the world of  well-know music by Hans Zimmer.

Update Aggie Reiter

75th Anniversary of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day @ Budapest

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day held at the Italian Cultural Institute Budapest open by H.E. Mr. Massimo Rustico – Ambassador of Italy to Hungary who emphasized in particular that not only men, women and children of Jewish identity were taken from Hungary to the Nazi camps, but unfortunately also from Italy and from all over Europe…. NEVER FORGET – NEVER TO HAPPEN AGAIN! H. E. Mr. Yacov Hadas-Handelsman – Ambassador of Israel to Hungary expressed his thanks to the Italian Culture Institution in offering the grand hall to keep the anniversary and gave a speech in the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Mr. Gian-Luca Borghese – Director of the Italian Cultural Institute talked about Italy’s Jewish and those non-Jewish political opposite viewers under the naci dictatorship taken also to Auschwitz.

After the speeches a screening to place of the documentary film „Numbered” Holocaust film which is a reminder of how many people counted in that era. The movie is a collage of narratives and photographs of Auschwitz survivors. Auschwitz prisoners were tattooed with serial numbers. The  documentary is a highly visual, emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of these survivors. The film director Uriel Sinai.

After the screening a concert on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day was held by Deviant Music Concerto of Davide Casali on clarinet and Pierpaolo Levi on piano.

Attention was brought to the audience of the Italian Jewish composers, Leone Sinigaglia, Alberto Gentili Renzo Massarani and also of the Jewish identity were Ernst Krenek and Viktor Ullmann.

The clarinet-piano duo spoke about the music which was constantly present and played a central role in the life at the death camp, offering theme of remembrance. Their works on two instruments are rarely heard originally written in Auschwitz. Unfortunately, the topic was overshadowed and seemingly overlooked in the traditional studies in the Shoah. Their aim is to spread, introduce, especially emphasized for today’s generation, to get to know, hear, feel the feelings behind the notes as listening to the Getto’s music.

The two artists presented:

Leone Sinigaglia (1868-1944): 12 Variazioni su unema di Franz Schubert, Op. 19

Aldo Finzi (1897-1945): Pavana per clarinetto e pianoforte

Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944): Sonata via Pianoforte solo n ° 5 durata

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942): Susi per clarinetto e pianoforte

Renzo Massarani (1898-1975): Preludio

Ernst Krenek (1900-1991): Sonata per clarinetto e pianoforte

Alberto Gentili (1873-1954): Serenatella per clarinetto e pianoforte

Update, snap © Aggie Reiter

62nd Annual World Press Photo Exhibition @ Budapest 2019.

Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, Hungary

September, 19. –  October, 23. 2019.

District, VIII., 14-16. Múzeum Blvd. – Budapest

Connecting the world to the stories that matter … happend … stunning, impressive and shocking!

The unique photos and new perspectives playing a key role. Each year it shows a dramatic impression of the world. Aims to inform and to inspire the understanding of the world.

The global platform of visual journalism and storytelling was founded in 1955 with the aim of connecting the audience and professionals.

The travelling exhibit is presented in 114 locations worldwide of which the Budapest event is the second most visited. Last year more than 45 000 people visited the award-winning photos in the Hungarian National Museum.

In 2019 photographers from 129 countries entering 4,738 photographs, reviewed by international panel of judges #78,801 photographs and the best 143 were chosen. The 21 journalists and reporters, decided to award 43 photo reporters. One of them was Bence Máté who is a young Hungarian wildlife photographer, received a first price for the second time. His winning photo, “Harvesting Frogs’ Legs”, depicts the sad truth of frog’s legs being chopped off (and sold for gastronomy purposes) while they are still alive.

Ticket Prices: Reduced ticket: 1000HUF, Full price ticket: 2100HUF, Family ticket: 4400HUF

Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday: closed.

Update: by Aggie Reiter

Leisure and Pleasure … Come Rain Come Shine!

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To-day Neckermann Travel Tours – Hungary held a presentation regarding to introduce the variety options of the Thomas Cook Tourist Agency offers to the “New Generation of travellers”. These were … Sentido … a little luxury, CC Cook’s Club … New Generation Hotels, Sunwing … Tailored for Kids, Sunprime Hotels … Adults, Casa Cook Hotels …Bohemian lifestyle, Sun Connect Resorts … Families … Family vacation , Smartline … Vacation wisely.  Both partnership goes back to 2001 to Germany when Thomas Cook Travel Agency  joined Neckermann group. Thomas Cook family, one of the best known and respected brands in the travel industry operating 21 markets and offer holidays to most countries around the world.

Cook’s Club Design Hotels… Cook’s Club builds on the success of the boutique hotel: youthful style, demanding care and services to meet the needs of the digital generations at a price that can attract a wider audience.

Looking for a laid-back spirit … for like-minded people to revel, lower stress levels, explore or enjoy some well-needed downtime not too mention having tasty farm-to-table ethos, sharing food.  Thomas Cook’s Club – “New Generation Hotels” … unique color palette for each hotel … well-being for the body, mind and soul … locally sourced menu, inspired by destination. Not only do these hotels focus on good music, great drinks and fantastic food, but can find an incredible atmosphere that’ll define the guests.  Love seeing what’s under the waves?  Find the most inspiration and will not be boring. Visiting the most breathtaking natural attraction? Thomas Cook hotels have change their in-and-outside style from the hotels that “looked like hospitals” from in-and-outside. They refurnished the rooms with more friendly Swedish made products. Upgraded with unique color palette for each hotel kept in mind, well-being for the body, mind and soul. The food is not just the usual old buffet style served, but from locally sourced menu, inspired by destination. The guest may have a chat with the local chief about the food received on their table … where the ingredients are from. DJ’s are to comfy the guest whether morning, daytime, evening or late night.

Retreats to value-for-money possible to choose from many different types. Whether skipping away from the daily routine to a land of striking ancient ruins, glorious emerald coasts, enjoying  stunning holiday resorts and so much on the travelers mind,  The beautiful sandy beach is also great for „Y” generation. These trips can be for short stays depending the time to spend out of the daily rush at home.  Retreats to value-for-money possible to choose from many different types. Whether package holidays, last-minute offers, reaching the dreams, travel with their new premium brand Thomas Cook Signature will take their travelers to the most beautiful hotels in the world to relax with the signature comfort.

In a nutshell: The Thomas Cook Group is the oldest and best known name in leisure travel with a history of innovation that started in 1841. By the end of 1850 Thomas Cook began to contemplate foreign trips to Europe, the United States and the Holy Land. Expanded his business in Britain and Europe in 1855. In the coming years traveled almost throughout the globe. In the 21st century launched the largest travel groups, with new logo and brandy identity. Today, Thomas Cook one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups. Thomas Cook’s vision is to be the best-loved holiday company, delivering inspiring, personalized holiday experiences for all its customers.

Update Aggie Reiter

ITEC Scholars Day – Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation @ Budapest

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ITEC Day – Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation – Budapest – 2018.

The ITEC Day was celebrated organized by the India Embassy, at the Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Center Auditorium in December, 14. 2018. by the newly appointed Ambassador of India to Hungary – H.E. Kumar Tuhin, who has had replaced H.E. Rahul Chhabra – Ambassador of India to Hungary after his term of office has expired.

H.E. Kumar Tuhin open the floor by welcoming over 70 individuals, including Dr.Sándor Sipas, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and members of press, members from Indian community, ITEC alumni attended persons and briefly talk about the ITEC itself Q.: „The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Program was instituted by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on September, 15. 1964 as a bilateral program of assistance of the Government of India.” Continued: Q.: „The importance is placed on relations with Hungary and the enormous potential that both countries hold for each other. Our bilateral trade is growing very fast. Working towards positive economic impact. The Government of India delivering technical assistance, technology and in many other fields. ITEC offers unique training courses, both civilian and defence, in different centers in India. There are short-term, medium-term and long-term courses every year in a wide and diverse range of skills and disciplines. The useful knowledge and experience gained in India is value, and that undoubtedly bring to their organization national development and experience to their employer by sharing the gain technologies.”

This year 30 individuals from 18 countries arrived in the framework of ITEC scholarship to India and from India 45 persons arrived to Hungary. This year still 3 students left out of ten in participating the ITEC scholars, leaving soon for their courses to India. Within ITEC programs, India shares its experience and expertise together in various fields over 160 developing countries, such as: Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Pacific Island States.”

Overall, the three ladies stepped on stage and shared their experiences gain during their ITEC participations. Melinda Irtl Földiné – Yoga teacher attended in 2016 at a ’Special Training Program for Yoga Trainers. She came along with her student Ágnes Demeter who attended in 2018 a Yoga Cyclic Meditation course. As she described the course, in her class were 55 persons from 16 countries. She also underlined that within the number of participants from all religion and colors from around the world were present. There were no problem of differences in faith, nor color they all behaved as a one big family, nothing stopped them from being just-as-one!  Thereafter, Edina Barna – author and digital artist shared her experiences who participated in 2014 at a web designing course. Participated on a 10 weeks web design course with 100 people from the four corners of the world. There were participants from countries that she has never heard before. Appearing as a “full stop” on the world map, and with to-day’s tech she keeps with many the daily contact. She expressed in her name that most probably the participants had a pleasant stay in India within the wonderfully organized course and sightseeing days and well took care of them.

In between the presentations, traditional dance  performance written in the 16th century  took the stage by Sonali Roy – Kathak Dancer and Table artist’s music entertained the audience. There were stunning classical raga fusion show by  Pandit Rajesh Gangani played on Tabla and Zoltán Lantos, performed on Violin. The event was closed with a reception in serving traditional India Food.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Albinoni Chamber Orchestra Jubilee Concert @ Budapest

Italian Cultural Institute – Giuseppe Verdi Hall
Friday, December, 14. 2018. –  6.30 p.m.
District VIII., 8. Bródy Sándor  Street – Budapest

On December 14, the Albinoni Chamber Orchestra celebrates their 50th anniversary of its founding at the Giuseppe Verdi Hall in the Italian Cultural Institute. The Orchestra was founded in 1968, with  physicists and physics students later on music teachers and professional musicians  joined the ensemble. Within their work, they carry out a kind of folk-educative, educational work. They hold free concerts and before each presentation say a brief introduction on the composers and works presented before the pieces.  In their performances pieces of pre-Baroque composers and lesser-known authors can be heard.

The highlights of their anniversary concert … Alessandro Stradella: Christmas Symphony and KantátaTomaso Giovanni Albinoni: D minor oboaverseny – oboaszólista: Ágnes Girgás Giacomo Antonio Perti: Magnificat – with the Albinoni Chamber Choir Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto C-minor RV 509 Giuseppe Torelli: Christmas Shepherd Game (Op. VIII / 6) Alessandro Marcello: D-moll oboaverseny – soloist: László Hadady –  French oboist of Hungarian origin, currently a soloist and professor at the Conservatoire de Paris.

Obligatory reservation is needed through: iicbudapest@esteri.it
Only members of the Italian Cultural Institute with a valid membership card (+1 person) can participate at the concert.

Update by Aggie Reiter