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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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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Hungarian mushroom stew or gomba pörkölt 

Hungarian mushroom stew, gomba pörkölt

Autumn has been creeping in slowly, inspite of still frequent electric blue skies and warming sunbeams. The colors of flowers and fruits are now fading away, squashes of all sizes and colors started invading the kitchen, and the cooler evenings and first rainy days remind us of comforting, hot dishes. And apart from some sore throats and blocked sinuses, autumn carries so much goodness ! Mushrooms, especially.

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