Recipes

Ajvar - BBQ sauce

This BBQ sauce, which originates from Serbia, used all over the Balkan and is becoming popular around the world is a poweful flavour symphony with deep, sharp, smoky, fresh and sweet notes in a…

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Angel food cake - with mango and passionfruit

This is our latest discovery and what a sweet one! It has long been a popular cake in the States and in Asia also, but only now that it is a trendy cake in Paris, it got our attention. A sweet…

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Apple and salted butter caramel pie

This pie was just the perfect remedy after returning from the summer holiday in France back to winter Down Under! Apple and caramel goes together so perfectly that maybe only a bit of vanilla ice…

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Baba ganoush (aubergine cream)

  This is one of our favourite dip that we often serve with the aperitif snacks. Char grilling the eggplants (mostly on the BBQ) lends this cream an incredibly nice, smoky aroma, so it is a…

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BBQ sausages: chevapchichi

I still remember eating them the first time on a picturesque beach in Croatia. On my paper plate I got two sausage shaped grilled meat that were insanly good, some bright colored relish that was a…

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Bird`s nest cookie - oriental delight

When I stumbled upon the beautiful blog of Délice d`Orient, and I saw the image of her "Nid d`oiseau" (bird`s nest) here, I was just smitten immediately! I have a soft spot for a lot…

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Boeuf bourguignon

A classic French, comfort food, that is good to have among the entertaining menu ideas: you can cook it a day before and just warm it up when you need it - it even tastes better the second day. The…

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Catalan tomato bread (pa amb tomàquet)

Our family favourite ever since tasting them in Barcelona! This is one of those rare, geniusly simple and addictive foods out there. We are having this iconic Catalan food for breakfast quite often…

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Cheese crackers

Crackers are really easy to make at home and they are so satisfying! Not to mention that they are also very good to impress your guests! So when we found a "lost" pack of Petit Pont…

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Cheese slice with blueberries (Rákóczi túrós)

This Hungarian slice has been always a favourite of mine. The original version has a lovely, buttery linzer at the bottom, then a sweet cottage cheese layer and then meringue and apricot jam stripes…

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Chicken noodle soup

There are not many things that a lovely chicken noodle soup could not cure! That I can safely say from experience! If anyone has a cold, soar tummy, heart ache or just need some extra comfort, we…

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Chickpea tagine

This tagine is a very popular one in the family and one of the most often requested recipe by friends and guests. The exotic aromas of the best spices of the Middle East, the powerful, refreshing…

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Coconut bread

Coconut bread will always remind me of the small, paradisiac, tropical islands along the Pacific with the incredible hues of turquoise. Coconut is a staple fruit there and they have all sorts of…

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Farci Niçois à la Tata Mimi

Please find the whole story and step by step pictures of the recipe…

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Feijoa linzer crumble

This linzer crumble is delicate, melting in the mouth and it lets the feijoa be the main hero. If you do not have fejioa or it is out of season, it is nice also with several other fruits like apple,…

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Gougères or cheese puffs

This is a great little savoury treat for apéritif, or to accompany a nice salad. It is a variation on the choux…

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Heavenly baklava

Baklava has been a long time favourite of us, but I never really attempted to make them at home, until I read the book of Deborah Rodriguez, The little coffee shop of Kabul. In the book she describes…

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Honey cookies

This is a truly special recipe and not just because it comes from the family in Hungary, but also because this is one of the heroes of Artisan Cakes, our cake business. Lots and lots of brides and…

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Lentil soup with ham

A true comfort food: warms the soul and body! This satisfying, one meal soup was inspired by my Hungarian mum's bean soups…

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Linzer tartlet biscuits

The idea of these little biscuit tartlets came to me seeing some nice French biscuits with real strawberries on the top a while ago. As one of our favourite biscuits is the buttery, smooth textured…

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Madeleines - the real deal

These little, shell shaped, sof and delicate cakes are big favourites of our girls. Our little on, Lili can eat a dozen at once without even blinking! That is why for long time I had been searching…

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Mango and passionfruit sponge and meringue cake

I prepared this cake for husband's birthday, which happens to be in summer lately, though he was born in winter (side effect of moving to Down Under). Hot summer days call for light but indulging…

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Nokedli - spaetzle (egg pasta dumpling)

This lovely, little, fresh pasta dumplings are our absolute favourites inherited from the Hungarian part of the family. The dough is basically like that of the pasta with a softer, stickier texture.…

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Pie crust dough with sour cream

This recipe is a must in every family repertoire! Easy to prepare, it has a nice flaky texture with lovely taste and suits both savory and sweet…

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Plum and cinnamon dumpling (szilvás gombóc)

This sweet and irresistible dumpling (szilvás gombóc) is a big favourite in Hungary and it has its own cult, with some variations, in the neighbouring countries, too. My lovely grandma…

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Potato paprika - "paprikás krumpli"

This is a classic Hungarian dish, that is ever so versatile, flavoursome and simple. This is our Hungarian grandma`s favourite food in the whole wide world. You can also prepare it without sausage…

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Pumpkin cream soup

We love pumpkin and eat it in many ways when in season from roast, risotto, pie to soup. It is so versatile that the soup version itself can be prepared in many ways: our two favourite of them is the…

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Quince paste

It has been a tradition in our family to prepare this fragrant fruit paste in season. Though its sugar content is unfashionably high these days, its long shelf life will allow you to enjoy it the way…

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Quince tart

We love this fragrant fruit in any form from soup through sauce, jelly, compote, tart to paste. Poaching it in a fragrant and sweet syrup makes them easy and lovely to be used in cakes and…

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Ratatouille "chez les Meron"

This is a staple vegetable dish in the South of France that is world famous and for the good reason! When the gorgeous summer vegetables and fragrant herbs that grow in abundance are at their best…

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Raw blueberry jam

I have seen the concept of raw jam popping up lately everywhere, so when we had a LOT of blueberries from a PYO garden, I decided to try it! The concept of having a spreadable fruit the was not…

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Rhubarb-strawberry almond crumble

Crumbles are a great way to enjoy the fresh juicy fruits in summer as a quick dessert. We love our crumble full of fruit and with a crunchy, not too thick topping. We avoid flour for the crumble part…

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Salted butter caramel

This is a staple sweet at our home as it is going so well with so many things like pancakes, cupcakes, spongecakes, chocolate cakes, sauce for puddings, glazing buns, dipping fruits and nuts and you…

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Settembrini - biscuits filled with fig

"Settembrini" from Mulino Bianco was one of my favourite biscuits back in Hungary, long time ago...I have often longed for these great little, fig filled biscuits with a nice, crumbling…

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Speculoos - cookie cream butter

Speculoos is a lovely, spiced up shortbread type of cookie that originates from the Christmas traditions of Holland and Belgium, but now has its own year around cult all over the world. So much so,…

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Stuffed zucchini - light, summer version

I bumped into these lovely round zucchinis at the market of Bagnol-sur-Cèze and I immediately envisioned them stuffed for a light, summer lunch. I created the below recipe with things that I…

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Sweet pastry

This is a classic recipe for a base for…

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Tarte fine - chocolate and pear

There is something extra in these very thin, fine tarts that keep attracting me...Whether it is the texture, the finesse, the sweet look or the overall, very satisfying expererience, I cannot get…

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Tarte tatin

This classic, French, upside down tarte is so easy to make (especially if you have a handy little apple peeler-corer-slicer machine) and easy to love to eat it too! The buttery caramel softens the…

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Thai style pomelo salad

On a hot summer day, I was doing veggie shopping when I discovered some nice looking, big pomelos in the corner. It is rare to find even imported ones here, so I jumped on the occasion and bought…

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Watermelon sorbet

Watermelon is a happy fruit for me! My earliest summer memories include visions of big family lunches in the lush, green garden heavy with still, hot air that is scented with the perfume of freshly…

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Zucchini fritters

These fritters are easy, light, full of flavour and very versatile! You can eat them as snack, side dish or, accompanied with some ham for instance, a light…

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