Csalamádé, a Hungarian sweet and sour summer pickle

Csalamádé, a Hungarian summer pickle of mixed grated vegetables

I have talked about preserves last time, summer being the perfect season to put aside all kinds of seasonal fruits and veggies. Apart from cherries in syrup, that I made with the leftover of our recent harvest, and kovászos uborka, which I intend to prepare with my freshly bought pickling cucumbers, there is one preserve I never miss the occasion to make when this time comes. And it actually turned out so well this time that I’m afraid the jars won’t last till winter at all.

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Tonka bean mulled wine (+ mulled-wine mix DIY)

Tonka bean mulled wine and ready-to-serve mulled wine mix DIY

I’ve been kept busy last weeks, but I eventually have more time to jump in the Christmas spirit currently overflowing the blogosphere. We set up the Christmas tree, purchased the last gifts and more, started thinking about more sophisticated food.

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Parsley root patties or vegetarian burgers

Parsley root patties or vegetarian burgers

As I mentioned some time ago, root vegetables season is in full swing. I took profit of this matter of fact to ask my grandmother – who’s very willing to provide me the good Eastern European stuff that I can’t find around here – to send me some parsley root.

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Dairy-free Austro-Hungarian scrambled pancake, aka Emperor’s crumbs, Császármorzsa or Kaiserschmarrn

Austro Hungarian scrambled pancake smarni kaiserschmarrn

I don’t have any proper pre-Christmas recipe to display here. Yet I hope this one would fill some of your comfort food needs until celebration time comes, and perhaps also once it will be gone. Indeed, smarni  as it is called by much Hungarians, seems like an ultimate comfort food to me, that homey dish you typically make when it’s cold outside and you have little time to cook or are in a lazy mood.

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