A Superstitious Push for Extra Luck in the New Year: Walnut and Almond Ball Biscuit

“Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,  Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” Alfred Tennyson The last day of the year is often being seen out with parties and celebrations, whilst many will still keep to olden day traditions, to bring the good fortune and to chase away bad luck. It is traditional to […]

Traditional Winter Baking Ingredients

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” Edith Sitwell According to traditional Chinese medicine, there is a close relationship between having nutritious food in the winter season and finding the rights balance. […]

Potato, Soured Cream and Goose Fat Sourdough From a Traditional Household

“There is more food in a pennyworth of bread than in a gallon of ale.”  Joseph Livesey In the “good old days” on the farm where my ancestors grew up, all the bread was made at home for two reasons: firstly, everything was on hand within reach, it was obviously cheaper. Secondly, rural people did not […]

The Lazy Godess’ Sunday Treat based on My Mother-In-Law’s Advice: Stripy Cake

“You gotta know when to be lazy. Done correctly, it’s an art form that benefits everyone.” Nicholas Sparks   There are many recipes that are easy, simple, requiring only little effort from the maker, transforming them into the perfect post-festivity bakes and cakes. Majority of them, however, will not look impressive enough for any self-respecting […]

A Tasteful Healing: Crumbly Salted Bites

“If you don’t take care of this the most magnificent machine that you will ever be given…where are you going to live?” Karyn Calabrese During the festive periods people often eat too much food and drink too much alcohol. These intakes act as diuretic substances, that make one’s biological needs and urges  more regular, the process resulting in dehydration of the body the […]

Honey in Its Festive Costumes: Turkish Layered Honey Cake and Honey Biscuit

“I shouldn’t think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.” Dodie Smith   Fossil records show that honeybees have been around for 150 million years or  more. No one is sure when the treasure hidden in the hives was discovered, but  paintings of beekeepers lining the […]

For What The Silent Night Means: Deep Preparation, Respect, Sweet Love and Traditions – All in a Mirinda Slice

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Steve Maraboli   Linzer Rings, Ischler Hearts, Vanilla Crescent, Walnut Horseshoe Biscuit “Christmas waves a magic wand over this […]

Homecoming to Mama’s and Papa’s House in The Winter Wonderland of Advent, Traditions, Roots, Family and Good Advice: The Perfect Meringue

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” J.R.R. Tolkien Memories from the local market with its original people and ingredients… Nagykanizsa, Hungary   “Language is the only homeland.”  Czesław Miłosz   Producer and […]

A Baked Selection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent: Stollen Bun and Fruit Cake Cupcake

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:  Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;  let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to […]

The Gift of Giving: Poppy Seed Brioche Roll Baked By a Young Chef

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa Around Christmas time, the best lesson to teach young children is the gift of giving: giving something truly special – like knowledge in a form of secretly guided family recipe or a sweetly scented cake made following it. It […]