Chicken Stock Bread

“And believe me, a good piece of chicken can make anybody believe in the existence of God.” Sherman Alexie Stock is usually one of those things that busy housewives don’t have time for at home, however, there are really easy methods for making a great one. Being the basis of many sauces or other dishes, chicken […]

Home-made Tortilla and Tortilla Chips

“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.” Samuel Pepys Tortillas date back to 10,000 years before Christ. It was the principal food of the Aztecs and Spanish conquerors looking for gold, when reached the highlands of Mexico, found the civilization that had the most delightful and unusual food. The main diet of […]

A Healthy Beast: Wholemeal Tiger Bread

“Oh, the tiger will love you. There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw   Tiger bread, also cold Dutch crunch and giraffe bread is the commercial name for a loaf of bread which has a unique mottled crust. Tiger bread originates from the Netherlands, where it is known as […]

Homemade Burger Buns

“Food history is as important as a baroque church. Governments should recognize cultural heritage and protect traditional foods. A cheese is as worthy of preserving as a sixteenth-century building.” Carlo Petrini   Tracing history back thousands of years, one can learn that even the ancient Egyptians ate ground meat, and down through the ages we also […]

Child’s Play: The Simplest Allergen-free Chocolate Traybake

“You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.” Barbara Bush     Researchers estimate that millions of people have some type of allergy. In most people, allergies first appear during infancy or childhood. Allergic disorders rank first among children’s chronic diseases. Any child may become allergic, but children from […]

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 […]

Macaroons Versus Macarons: An Almost Guilt-free All-nut and Chocolate Version

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” Julia Child Think of macaroons one will recall  sweet lumps of  shredded or ground nuts with a golden crust. Thinking of vibrantly colored airy meringue sandwiches equaling a Parisian Kiss, one actually refers to macarons. Though these cookies share similar […]

A Perfect Relationship of Fiery and Romantic: Chocolate and Chilli Cupcakes

Have you ever noticed that I never made recipes for leftover chocolate????….. “If there’s no chocolate in Heaven, I’m not going.” Jane Seabrook Chocolate comes from the Cocoa Plant native to South and Central America. Its earliest traceable history is found in Puerto Escondido, Honduras. Bottles with traces of cocao residue can be dated back to […]

Against Traditions: Cheese, Nut and Chutney Chelsea Buns

“Does progress mean that we dissolve our ancient myths? If we forget our legends, I fear that we shall close an important door to the imagination.” James Christensen As legend and history has it, the original Chelsea bun  has a distinctively clear origin, being associated with just one traditional source, the Bun House in Chelsea. This […]