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Néprajzi Ínyesmesterség / Ethnographic Gastronomy
Néprajzi Ínyesmesterség / Ethnographic Gastronomy

This piece describes in detail how that characteristic ancient cooking pot called bogrács is used to prepare various „paprikás” dishes, as well as „pörkölt”.

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Erdei Ferenc

Cifraszűr – The Embroidered Shepherd’s Cloak
Cifraszűr – The Embroidered Shepherd’s Cloak

Even if it’s not on the list of Hungarikumok as yet, the cifraszűr definitely belongs there.  It is the lavishly embroidered cloak worn by shepherds in the past.

 

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Erika Papp Faber

Hajós Alfréd - The First Hungarian Olympic Champion

Hajós Alfred
Hajós Alfréd - The First Hungarian Olympic Champion

Although 2019 is not an Olympic year, preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Games – not unlike for the presidential elections in the United States – have already started.  Ever since any of us can remember, the quadrennial Olympic Games have been part of our lives, pausing only for World Wars I and II.  Many of us knew that the Games had originated in ancient Greece, but few were cognizant of the fact that there was a hiatus of over 1500 years before the modern Games commenced.  It was in the end of the 19th century that a French nobleman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin dreamed up and presented the idea of reviving the tradition.  Sports, in general, were getting popular in the Western world by then, thus the concept fell on fertile soil. The first Modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, in 1896.

 

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

Bakonyi Betyárleves
Bakonyi Betyárleves

Many versions of the betyárleves are known. They can be made with different kinds of meat, vegetables or spices.  They can be spicy or not. Many things you have in your pantry or kitchen can be added. Any kind of soup pasta can be used. 

Our version is from the Bakony Mountain area and it is served with homemade pasta, called csipetke.

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