Hungary

Why Hungary?

I’m not sure why Will has chosen Hungary but he has. Therefore, we’re going to Hungary!

My experience of Hungary

I have never been to Hungary but I understand that Budapest is a must-see city.

Getting the factsheet together taught me quite a bit about Hungary – it is a very interesting country. The rubik’s cube and Volkswagen beetle were created by Hungarians. The number 96 is hugely significant in Hungary, and Hungary was the first of the communist-bloc countries to open its borders to western Europe.

Preparation

Lunch in Hungary would normally be on Sunday 30 September, but Lauren and Will are going away for Grand Final weekend, so we’ll have lunch in Hungary on Sunday 23 September. It seems like ages since we had an international lunch – we had lunch in Norway before Elysia left for Norway in mid-August.

The menu

There’s a good range of recipes for Hungary. We have to have goulash of course. And paprikash. But I’ll be careful not to put too much pepper on it (what would Harry say to Sally about too much pepper on the paprikash!).

Here’s the menu so far:

  • Mushroom soup
  • Braided white bread
  • Beef in bay leaf gravy
  • Chicken paprikash
  • Goulash
  • Cucumber salad
  • Beans and mushrooms
  • Short ribs
  • Dobos torte
  • Crepes (maybe)

I’m looking forward to making the Dobos Torte – I’ve never made a proper torte before, so that’ll be fun.

Our cocktail will be the Mad Hungarian. That sounds interesting – spiced rum and root beer. They’re both fairly strong flavours: people are either going to love it or hate it, I suspect.