My first ramen

The original ramen is a noodle soup that comes from Japan. The noodles are specially made from white flour and the broth is usually made from chicken or pork. When the basics are ready, other ingredients are added such as meat (mostly pork), mushrooms, onions, eggs, bamboo and nori (which is dried sea algae). The combination possibilities are endless that resulted in all different regions having their own ramen in Japan. The idea of this dish spread through Asia, so it easy to find it in China, Taiwan or Korea, but it has also been introduced to the other parts of the world.

I myself always wanted to try ramen. I am a huge fan of all kinds of soups and Asian food of course. Unfortunately I couldn’t try it in my hometown, although it has many great Asian restaurants. On my last trip to the Hungarian capital, I decided to fulfill my dream. I attended a restaurant and only asked for a bowl of ramen. I chose the vegetarian version first to feel completely safe. A couple of minutes later my long waiting has ended. I recieved a huge (I mean like half a liter), colourful, messy but still beautiful bowl of food. And then I fell in love with a soup. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Shitake mushroom, zucchini, carrots and different types of onions gave a tasteful and not to mention healthy lunch for me.

And this is how my story with ramen ends. I hope only for now, because I’m ready to try all the other types!

Thai ice cream

Although thai ice cream existed since 2009 it only became known worldwide in 2015 when videos about the preparation process hit millions of views on Instagram. It is also called stir-fried ice cream or ice cream rolls and is handmade by using a big ice grill. First of all milk is poured on the grill with the chosen ingredients, then the maker start mixing the whole thing together. He has to be fast, because the milk starts to freeze. At the end he smears the whole cream and makes small rolls from it.

I tried thai ice cream for the very first time last week, when I went to Fluffy in Szeged with great excitement. When you enter the place, you have a lot of options to choose from. First of all, the base milk can be normal, lactose-free, fat-reduced or cocoa. After that you have to choose maximum 3 tastes to your ice cream. The variety is wide: fruit, everything chocolate or cookie related and cottage cheese. I myself chose the diabetes menu: Oreos, Kinder Bueno and Nutella. On top I chose caramel sauce.
All together I found thai ice cream very tasty and a perfect treat on summer days.

Fluffy Szeged (Instagram)
Fluffy Szeged (Facebook)

Click on the video to see how thai ice cream is made:

Gastro movies

‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food’ /George Bernard Shaw/

It’s one thing to hurry to eat your lunch and than get back to work. It’s another thing to really enjoy the food you eat. And another to watch people making or eating food (yep, that’s me…). Here I’m going to list all the food related movies I love.

I dedicate this post to my friend, Helen, who is a sweet tooth just like me. ❤

My favourite food related movie is Chocolat from 2000. It features Juliette Binoche, a chocolate maker who shakes things up in the conservative town she moves to.

What can be cuter than an animal chef? Nothing! This movie not only stole our hearts but the critics’ as well, because it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year 2018.

I know it’s not a classic gastro movie, but I have to include Eat, pray, love too. Julia Roberts travels to Italy, India and Indonesia to find all the things that are important in life.

Johnny Depp seems to know his way around chocolate! This is a classic visionary and direction of Tim Burton. The movie was based on the novel of Roald Dahl.

Based on Lasse Hallström’s novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey captures the funny competition between a French Michelin-starred restaurant and an Indian one that moves to its neighborhood.

This animated movie is about a young and passionate inventor who designs a food machine. Is it raining burgers? It can happen!

Bradley Cooper plays a chef who has a lot of drama going on in his life. Definitely watch it if you are interested about what days are like in a classy restaurant.

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?

StĂĽhmer
The first Hungarian chocolate factory was founded by Frigyes StĂĽhmer in 1868. His business grew fast and he had shops in Paris and Vienna too. StĂĽhmer 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 KertĂ©sz’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.