LIEBLINGS IN UNGARN

 

Our favourite Hungarian dishes

Goulash soup

"Gulyas" means cattle- or sheep-herder in Hungarian. This hearty soup has traditional roots in the foods prepared by rustic herders, long ago. Serve the soup in bowls topped with sour cream.

 

Recipe - Ingredients
2 1/2 c Cubed beef
1 c Green peppers (cut in small pieces)
1 c Onions cut in small pieces
1 Tomato
5 tb Oil or shortening
Salt, pepper, garlic
1 tb Hungarian paprika
ct Seeds
800 Gr. potatos
Add meat and sl.Keep

Instructions for Gulyas Soup
the meat is browned add carraway seads and a small amount of water. Let simmer (covered) on slow heat adding water if necessary and stiring occasionaly. When meet is almost tender add potatos, green pepper and tomato (cut into cubes). Add water and boil 20 more minutes.

This is the basic recipe. There are endless variations (with a kind of pasta, with different vegetables etc.)


Mákos guba

Mákos guba is a special Hungarian dessert made of crescent rolls, poppy seed and milk. Poppy seed is a common ingredient in the Hungarian cuisine. No need to worry, its not a drug in this form and quantity!

Recipe - Ingredients
15 dkg ground poppyseed
15 dkg icing sugar
1 liter milk
4 egg whites and yolks
1 vanilla sugar
10 piece crescent rolls

Prepare
1. Slice up the dry crescent rolls and place the slices into the baking dish.
2. Put the milk and the poppy seeds in a pot and cook about ten minutes. Add vanilla sugar and icing sugar and mix well.
3. If the milk is lukewarm, add the yolks to the pot and mix carefully. Beat up the egg whites until they are stiff and mix with the other ingredients.
4. Pour the entire mass into the baking dish (cover the crescent roll slices with the mass) and bake over medium flame for about twenty minutes.

 

Our favourite places in Budapest

Türbe of Gül baba

The tomb, which can be reached through the steep little streets of the Buda Hills, was built in the 16th century. The octagonal, domed structure typical of Turkish architecture is surrounded by a roofed portico. Next to the tomb, a statue was erected in honor of Gul Baba, the Father of Roses. The building was restored in 1962, it currently operates as a museum.

 

Ice skating rink in City Park

Historic environment Similar to the excellent transportation connection the Ice Rink's history is also exceptional. You will sense a rare atmosphere if you skate on the ice just a few ten hundred metres from the wall of the 100-year-old Vajdahunyad Castle. When the white ice outshines the lights illuminating the rink, and the lines of the castle appear mysteriously in the background; pedestrians sweep the sporting public with curious eyes from the bridge on the other side.

 

Our favourite words in Hungarian

Szerelem: love
Tavasz: spring
Pillangó: butterfly
Megszentségteleníthetetlenségetekért: the longest word in Hungarian, has no real sense whatsoever

 

Our favourite Hungarian books

Sándor Márai: Embers

1942, published in English in 2000), Hungarian title: A gyertyák csonkig égnek His 1942 book Embers (Hungarian title: A gyertyák csonkig égnek, meaning "The Candles Burn Up to the Stump") expresses a nostalgia for the bygone multi-ethnic, multicultural society of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, reminiscent of the works of Joseph Roth. In 2006 an adaptation of this novel for the stage, written by Christopher Hampton, was performed in London.

 

Our favourite Hungarian films

Péter Bacsó: A tanú (The witness)

Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó's 'The Witness' has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native land. Known as the best satire about communism, 'The Witness' has become a cult classic, which was also well received by critics and general audiences alike when it was finally released outside of Hungary. Its candid and realistic portrayal of the incompetent communist regime has earned great acclaim for both the director and the film itself when it was shown at Cannes Film Festival in 1981.

 

Our favourite Hungarian dog breeds

Hungarian Vizsla

The Vizsla is a natural hunter endowed with an excellent nose and an outstanding trainability. Although they are lively, gentle mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive, they are also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct. The Vizsla thrives on attention, exercise, and interaction. It is highly intelligent, and enjoys being challenged and stimulated, both mentally and physically. The Vizsla wants to be close to its owner as much of the time as possible. Many Vizslas will sleep in bed with their owners and, if allowed, will burrow under the covers. My vizsla girl, named Tücsök ('Cricket' in English)

 

Our favourite Hungarian singer

Palya Bea

Great singer, mostly of Hungarian, Gipsy, South-Slavic folk music, world music, and jazz.
www.palyabea.hu

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