Three ingredient pancake

What happens if you are craving for something sweet but have no time to make anything?
What happens if you are on a diet but still… pancakes?

I have a simple solution for you.

These are the ingredients of this very healthy, sweet and very fast to make pancake recipe:
– 2 eggs
– 1 banana
– 1 pinch of cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients together, make sure to smash all the banana pieces. Then put some oil into a frying pan and a small portion of the mixutre into that. Your pancake’s diameter shouldn’t be more than 7-8 cms. It gets ready very quick, so be careful. Bake both sides of the pancakes and you can eat it with whathever you want (jam, Nutella, chocolate sauce, fruit, honey). The recipe will be enough for 3 small pancakes.

Bon appétit!

 

The Three Chocolatiers

Now is the time for me to tell you a little bit more about my true identity.

(*Serious and very meaningful pause…)

I am a member of an ancient and royal group called the Three Chocolatiers.

Now I’ll let that sink in.

With only one little exception. There is only one member, that is me, but I promise you that my love for chocolate is worth of three people’s. What did I learn through these years that were full of hard work? I’ve been through a lot. I saw the dark side of the chocolate industry. But I can’t say more about that, because if I did, I would have to… you know. So let’s stick to the positive things that won’t get us into trouble.

May I present you to the best chocolate brands on Earth?

Stühmer
The first Hungarian chocolate factory was founded by Frigyes Stühmer in 1868. His business grew fast and he had shops in Paris and Vienna too. Stühmer is famous for its vintage packaging, very good quality chocolate and traditional Christmas candy they realesed in 2014. It is the first company that has an official tasters club.

Nestlé
We have all heard about this Swiss company before, but did we know they produce Kitkat and After Eight? (Yes, I’m that minty type.)

Milka
The Swiss seem to be up to something! What makes many children around the world thinking cows are purple? Only the world’s most delicious chocolate bars can do that.

Lindt
The best!!! Nor more comment needed.
Ps.: Switzerland again… I should spend more time there.

Ferrero
They produce Ferrero Rocher, Raffaello and all kinds of Kinder chocolate! The company (that produces 365 000 tonnes of Nutella a year!) was founded in 1945 by Italian confectioner Pierre Ferrero.

Toffifee
Caramel cups with nougat cream and one hazelnut and a chocolate button on top. This is genius!

 

Favourites of March 2018

Book experience of the month:
First of all I read The white king written by Hungarian writer, György Dragomán because I saw the trailer of the movie that was made from the novel last year. I haven’t seen the it yet because I wanted to wait until I read the book. The book reminded me of Imre Kertész’s Fateless because it explains a tragic period of history from the point of view of a young person and the way he sees that world doesn’t seem as terrible as it actually was.
Then I moved on to something completely different with Alice Wonder’s Paris, c’est le vie. Alice is a Hungarian lady who spent 7 years living in the ‘City of lights’ and she shares her experiences with her readers in a smart and funny way. I loved it, can’t wait to read the other three books of her series.

Movie experience of the month:
If you want to just sit down and laugh, Central intelligence will be a great choice for you. It stars the Rock as a wierd but lovable CIA agent who gets in touch with his old high school pal.
Planetarium tells the story of the sisters (Nathalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp), who make a living from performing paranormal seances. Very sensitive story.
To see the reflection of current society’s, watch Manifesto with Cate Blanchett starring in 13 different roles. A teacher, a homeless guy, a scientist… all played by her.

Cinema experience of the month:
March has been a very busy month. First I saw Fifty shades freed, but it was a bit of a disappointment for me… It was a crime story filled with some romantic scenes. I still think the first movie was the best of the trilogy.
I absolutely loved the new Tomb Raider movie! Alicia Vikander is such a lovely and talented actress, I really adore her.
And finally, Red Sparrow. Most of the scenes were shot in Hungary, it was amazing to see Jennifer Lawrence walking to Nyugati Railway station, where I’ve been a couple of weeks as well. Some Hungarian actors appeared in the movie too. The thriller is about an Russian ex-ballerina who becomes an intelligence officer because she has to support her mother. I don’t want to make spoilers but it is a great movie if you want to get to know more about true human nature.

Travelling experience of the month:
15th March is a national holiday because of the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence 1848-49. So that weekend I went to a Hungarian spa town, Harkány with 3 of my very best childhood friends. A blog post come soon with pictures, I promise! 🙂

Food experience of the month:
It recently became clear that I’m lactose intolerant, so one of my friends suggested me to try almond milk. Yummi, yummi!

Super healthy and yummi garnish recipe

What you will need?
– 0.5 kg of potatoes/carrots/turnips/beetroots/sweet potatoes
– 1 coffee-spoon of salt
– 1 coffee-spoon of pepper
– 1 tablespoon of oil

How can you prepare it?
Prepare your oven for 200 degrees.
After cleaning and peeling all the vegetables, take a large bowl and put the salt, the pepper, the oil and the vegetables in it. Mix them well together.
Take a large frying pan and put baking parchment into it.
Roast it for 40 minutes. For checking out its readiness, stick a toothpick into the vegetables.

Why is it great?
You only need 4 ingredients and it is super easy to make.
It’s much healthier than real French fries.

Favourites of December 2017

We are getting very close to the end of this year. It is the time to think and remember. Let’s see what I was up to this month.

Book experience of the month:
I was finally able to read Dan Brown’s Origin and it was worth the wait! Most of the story takes place in Barcelona and it even has a Hungarian character. If you are interested in art, science or artificial intelligence, I truly recommend this book for you! There were 5 twists at the last pages and I couldn’t really put it down.
The other book I read this month was about my favourite Hungarian actress, a true legend, Mari Törőcsik. Written by director László Bérczes in an interview form, it was very interesting to read.

Audiobook experience of the month:
I continued with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling, but I’m not finished yet, because I wasn’t travelling by tram every day, I am at home since 21th December. So Harry, see you next year as well!

Movie experience of the month:
Fortunately I was able to watch a lot of movies this month, but I’m only gonna list the ones that are not Christmas related, because I made a blog post about them earlier (click here!).
First of all my family’s old time favourite, Much Ado About Nothing. The movie is only one year older than me and it was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays the main role of Benedetto. You can see other actor icons like Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves and Kate Beckinsale. I consider it the best Shakespeare adaptation ever.  ‘Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner;’ there’s a double meaning in that…” /Benedetto/ Hilarious!!
My other favourite movie this month has to be Tulip fever. It reminded me a lot of Girl with a pearl earring, because both of them takes place in the Netherlands, have a painter in the center of attention and gave me the same mood after watching them. Alicia Vikander continues to amaze me.
The Lost City of Z is based on the true story of Percival Fawcett, a Britisch explorer. After King Arthur and this movie, Charlie Hunnan made a good impression on me, I consider him a great actor. Fun fact: the new Spiderman, Tom Holland plays the role of his son.
Inspired by the book about Mari Törőcsik, I decided to watch her first movie, Merry-go-round from 1956. It was nominated for a Golden Palm and has been named one of the best Hungarian movies of all time.
I was very curious about Beguiled, Sofia Coppola’s new drama/thriller movie from 2017, but it wasn’t that exciting as it seemed in the trailer and the scenery was sometimes so dark it was hard to see the characters.

Cinema experience of the month:
I went to the cinema yesterday to see the new Star Wars movie. It was hard to be on the internet with no spoilers or opinions, but somehow I managed. The movie is 2,5 hours long, but time flies fast if you are having fun. I really liked the new creatures, especially the little half bird-half hamster cuties. It’s hard to believe that the last Star Wars movie was the very first role of Daisy Ridley, she is very talented. Since that she appeared in the new Orient Express movie that I unfortunately missed in the theatres. Kylo Ren’s character is also very interesting and it was lovely to see the darling Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, R2D2 and C3PO as well. I’m looking forward to the next movie, which is promised to come in 2019.
I also saw A Viszkis (I checked, there is no English title of the movie yet, it means someone who drinks whiskey). It is the movie of Nimród Antal and is about Attila Ambrus, a robber who became very famous in the 1990’s. It has been an awesome year of Hungarian movies (Sing, Kincsem, About body and soul, Budapest noir) and this is also a great one.

Series experience of the month:
The 5th season of Vikings started and it is as amazing as usual! I thought it would be wierd not to have Ragnar in the cast, but I still love this show. I’m very excited about Ivar, the Boneless’s character.

Travelling experience of the month:
I went to see Bratislava for the first time, you can read my thoughts about it here.

Photography experience of the month:
It has to be all the Christmas fairs that I’ve been to this year, and fortunately there was many of them.

Music experience of the month:
Besides Richard’s Clayderman‘s Christmas music, it was Camila Cabello’s earworm partysong, Havana. It always makes my legs move.

Food experience of the month:
Gingerbread
!! And the minestrone soup I ate in my favourite restaurant for my birthday dinner. 

See you soon in the new year!

 

Kecskemét Christmas Fair

Half way from Budapest to Szeged there is another county town called Kecskemét. It has a center that was built in secession style and this time of the year all of the streets are decorated with lights (even the trees and the lamps!). The most beautifully decorated building is the City Hall, which is next to the fair. The town’s Christmas tree is in front of it (also decorated only with lights) with a nativity play.
The speciality of its Christmas fair is the skating rink. It is a bit small but it serves perfectly its purpose, fun. Next to the rink there are many facilities for children. Merry-go-rounds, bumper cars and fishing for presents stands.
The vendors are selling toys, ornaments (many of them are handmade), food (like honey and jam) and clothes (for example hats from real sheepskin to keep your head extremely warm).

So what to eat or drink here?
– mulled wine (from red or white wine and specialities like sour cherry mulled wine and gingerbread flavouring)
– regular and fruit wine
– punch
– tea
– chimney cake (kürtőskalács)
– gingerbread
– sausage
– trotters and other kinds of roast meat
– roast joint
– cheese
– roundel filled with cheese/sour cream/pickles/ham

Go and see the beautiful winter lights of Kecskemét!

 

Hungarian Christmas habits

Can’t believe this week’s Sunday is already Christmas Eve! Although this year has gone so fast, I’m still looking forward to Christmas, because it has always been my favourite holiday. Now let’s see how we celebrate it in Hungary:

When the first Sunday of Advent (the fourth weekend before Christmas) takes in, people decorate their homes with ornaments, but the Christmas tree has to wait till 24th December. The Advent wreath is decorated with 4 candles, symbolizing the 4 Sundays and they are each lit with the weeks passing by. Advent Calendars are made for children. They get 24 pieces of chocolate or small gifts that they can open every day. Advent is the period of waiting and it is fulfilled with Jesus Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve. During this 4 week period, everywhere in the country betlehem scenes are displayed that represent the birth of Jesus in the manger. It can be specially made or people can play the roles of Maria, Josef and the Three Kings. And of course we can’t forget about Christmas fairs!

Christmas Eve or Holy Night /December 24th/ is the day when the Christmas tree is decorated, usually in the evening. The decoration consists of Christmas lights, spherical ornaments, little angels and the so called szaloncukor (jelly, or coconut/rum/caramel flavoured sweet coated in chocolate), which is a true Hungaricum. When the tree is ready, it’s time to open presents! At 12 p.m. the midnight mass takes place. Christmas Eve in Hungary is for an intimate celebration with only the closest relatives.

Christmas Day /December 25th/ and Boxing Day /December 26th/ are for major family gatherings and dinners.

What do we eat at Christmas?
Stuffed cabbage and fish soup are the most common dishes, followed by bejgli (cake roll filled with hazelnut or poppy seed), but of course it differs in every family. Some people eat beef soup, pork chops, deep fried fish or turkey (cooked in whole or stuffed with marron). Garnish can be potato salad or purple cabbage. Gingerbread, yeast rings, zserbó (4 layers of pastry filled with hazelnut and apricot jam, chocolate on top) and snow crescent rolls are also very popular.

The Christmas holiday ends with 6th January /Twelfth Night/, when all Christmas decoration are collected and put back to boxes to rest for 11 months.