Purity, Simplicity, Perfection: Overnight Sponge Bread

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates Being healthy, the idea of health-consciousness is a very modern and popular approach to eating and food preparation. There are millions of nutritionist, biologists, researchers and doctors who, after scrutinizing soil, crops, animals and nature, keep arriving to the ultimate solutions: avoiding the modern civilization […]

Back to Traditions: Dried Prune and Walnut Loaf

“Fruit falls when you shake the tree. You have to keep making things happen.” Brandi L. Bates Dried fruit and nuts were popular snacks in my grandparents’ younger life. Some people of the older generations, including my father-in-law, still posses the knowledge of building a small brick and mud oven to dry the fruit, however it […]

My Unique Hungarian-Transylvanian Bequest: Kürtőskalács also known as Chimney Cake

“Young people need something stable to hang on to — a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them.”  Jay Kesler Chimney Cake, Horn Cake, Hungarian Twister, Cozonac Secuiescust all refer to the unique twisted pastry, that is a […]

Sunshine Award – Hot and Golden Sunshine Bread

I am extremely delighted to have received the award from Not So Creative Cook. Receiving the award inspired me to rethink my blogging year and bake a fiery, warm, golden sunshine filled and coloured bread to honour fellow bakers and makers. The bread is a usual dough divided in two parts, a flavoured inside being wrapped in […]

Orange, Ginger and Cinnamon Palmiers

“Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup!” – “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.” French Saying The name of the Palmier cookies mean “palm tree” in French, called so for their shape resembling a palm leaf. Palmiers are made by rolling a sheet of puff pastry in sugar, and folding it twice in opposite directions.The name suggests […]

A Different Kind of Valentine’s Day, A Different Kind of Love: My Sister, Eva’s Simple Biscuit Cake Pops

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” […]

My Mother’s Carnival Doughnuts

“Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.” Victor Hugo Many cultures around the world have festivals in relation to the carnival season and also many festivals have their rendition of fried dough. The Italians celebrate with frittelle, Mexicans make long, skinny churros, and the French eat beignets. Funnel cakes are the American version of […]

Little Home-coming Celebration: Original German Marble Cake

“Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.” Buddy Valastro Spending a couple of days in my native Hungary, I have started to look through some of my family’s old recipes. Amongst many other jewels, I have found marble cake that was a […]

Inspired by the Movements of a Young Man: Rowing and Politics

For Matt at P(olitics)M(ade)P(ublic). “The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.” Abraham Lincoln    “The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit… a reputation, character.” John D. Rockefeller   “No young man ever thinks […]

Child’s Play Bread: Mint and Lemon Dough Balls

“Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” Guy Fieri Making bread at home seems far away from being child’s play, however, children love creating the simplest, tastiest version of bread, dough balls. Mixing, measuring, shaping these little knobs of delight are really easy processes, perfect […]