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Foodie Penpals: feeling Hungary

2 May

This month’s package of foodie goodness came from Szilvia, who lives in Budapest, Hungary. Once again, another cuisine I knew nothing about, but her incredibly thoughtful parcel has hopefully put paid to that.


Inside was a wealth of lovely items:

* Jokai Bableves and guylas soup mixes
* Tubes of guylas crem and porkolt izesito to use as bases for stews and soups
* Magyaros fuszerkerverek spice mix for marinading meat
* Wild garlic
* Paprika
* Goose liver pate
* Home-made rosehip jam
* Local sweets
* Beautiful home-made lollipops



Szilvia also sent me plenty of local recipes, including one for pasta and potatoes with paprika, which I can’t wait to try next time we have a chilly day (knowing British summer, I’m sure I won’t have to wait long). I think I’m most excited about using the rosehip jam on toasted bagels for breakfast – it’s deep, complex-tasting and not too sweet – and about experimenting with the spice pastes and wild garlic, which I’ve been meaning to try cooking with for some time now.

Thank you very much, Szilvia!

My other partner this month was Gill at Tales Of Pigling Bland – fingers crossed she liked her parcel from me, too.

If you want to get involed with Foodie Penpals, you can check out how it works over at Rock Salt.

Foodie Penpals: cheese from Holland

28 Feb

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I haven’t been this excited to receive post in a long time. I arrived home today to find my first Foodie Penpals parcel awaiting me. It was very kindly sent from the Netherlands by my penpal for the month, Lielle – and I had little idea what to expect, seeing as my knowledge of Holland is entirely garnered from a couple of trips to Amsterdam back in my slightly wilder days. (I certainly experienced some culture, but it was not exactly the type to inform me of the country’s culinary traditions…)

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Still, despite my utter ignorance, I knew it would be worth my eager anticipation seeing as I’d received an email from Lielle, asking what my favourite food was, and if I’d like to try the cheese that Holland is famous for. The answer to the first question is ‘cheese’, so the second didn’t take a lot of thought. As such, this was a postcard that filled me with glee.

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Inside, there were cheese straws, a mix of miniature cheeses, two different Wyngaard Affineur cheeses and some kletzenbrood (a sort of semi-sweet fruit and nut loaf).

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The Wyngaard cheeses are undoubtedly the stars here – one is with wholegrain mustard (let’s be honest, never going to be anything other than a winning combination), the other with ginger (not a pairing I’d have thought to try, but one that definitely works). The cheese itself creamy-tasting, with just the right amount of bite to stand up to the additional flavours.

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Things I have learnt from this plate: Holland seems to do cheese very well indeed; ginger and cheese is a good mix; exactly what kletzenbrood is. I would say that these are lessons extremely well learned.

Thank you very much, Lielle!