Hot cross buns © Reka Csulak

Hot cross buns

Around Easter, this is the most popular pastry in the UK. The buns traditionally eaten on Good Friday since they mark the end of lent. Different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning: the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signifying the spices used to embalm him at his burial. English folklore includes many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns: buns … Continue reading Hot cross buns

Yellow curd © Reka Csulak

Yellow curd

The yellow curd is a typical Easter dish at the Northern-East area of Hungary among Greek catholics, but the tradition of making this dish after the 40 days lent became popular in Roman Catholic community as well. Usually it’s sweet but some people like it savory. One of our Easter traditions is ‘food blessing‘ when the family brings some festive food in a basket -usually … Continue reading Yellow curd

Spring lamb burger

I’ve created a burger to Easter, based on typical festive ingredients and home grown greens from my window sill garden. This post is related to the previous one, since this burger is served in my home baked challah buns. The colours make it a real spring inspired street food, reflect to sunshine and fresh green leaves. INGREDIENTS Challah buns Lamb patty 400 g minced lamb … Continue reading Spring lamb burger

Easter challah

Easter is one of the main Christian feast. In Hungary we have some customs and typical Easter food of course. A main custom on Easter Monday is called ‘Locsolkodás‘. Men reciting a poem to women and then “sprinkling” them. Originally they poured a bucket of cold water over women’s body but nowadays a friendlier version is using really cheap cologne. It has links to earlier pagan … Continue reading Easter challah

Christmas Princess Cake © Reka Csulak

Princess cake

You already know that I’m in love with Scandinavian baked goods, so now I share the recipe of the Princess cake that has a truly fresh outlook which perfectly fits a special occasions during Spring. The original recipe was published by Jenny Åkerström in the Prinsessornas Kokbok (1948) -Princesses Cookbook-. She was the teacher of the three daughters of Prince Carl, the Duke of Västergötland. The name of the cake came … Continue reading Princess cake

Semla © Reka Csulak

Semla

In my previous post I’ve shared, why Shrove Tuesday is all bout eating. On the same day when there is Pancakes Day in the UK, Swedes celebrate ‘fettisdagen‘ with Semla, which is the first sign of the spring after a long and dark Scandinavian winter. So let’s celebrate the light, new life, green leaves… and bake Semlor! Let’s introduce a nice Swedish tradition into your life. … Continue reading Semla