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Pork fillet with chorizo © Reka Csulak

Chorizo stuffed pork fillet

Since we normally celebrate together with my husband only, we don't need a huge turkey on our festive table. I normally prepare a roll, stuffed meat or other smaller roast. This year

White wine poached pears © Reka Csulak

White wine poached pear with zabaglione

This Christmas I try to spend more time with relaxing and spending valuable time with my beloved ones, so I've created some easy but luxurious desserts. What if we serve

French cheese board © Reka Csulak

Cheese board guide

Home-made cheese boards are so popular when you have a bunch of people invited for special occasions, so regarding the upcoming holidays, I share some tips about what to consider

Red Wine Poached Pears © Reka Csulak

Mulled wine poached pears

Look at these pears on the plate: they look so luxurious in their marzipan coat. Today I show you, how to prepare this dessert that takes almost no effort to

Chestnut cream horns © Reka Csulak

Chestnut cream horns

Sweet chestnut desserts are so popular in Hungary, and I wanted to prepare a super easy dessert as a weekend treat, this is how the idea of these chestnut cream

Spicy plum galette

Autumn means plums. Isn't it beautiful how plum turns into deep purple during baking? The best way to show this gorgeous fruit is definitely the galette. This dough is so

Croque Madame © Reka Csulak

Croque Monsieur and Madame sandwich

I've heard about this gorgeous French sandwich in the 'It's Complicated' movie.  Fortunately, nothing is complicated about the recipe.  The gentleman, called Croque Monsieur has an elegant lady on his right:

Plum dumpling © Reka Csulak

Potato dumpling with plum

These potato dumplings filled with plum is a Hungarian classic. This dish can work as a sweet main or dessert too, depends on how many dumplings you put on the plate.

Orange is the New Black Burger © Reka Csulak

Orange Is The New Black Burger

It was so difficult to wait for the right moment before I show you this recipe. I think October is the best month to introduce a new burger, I call

Savoy cabbage oven bake © Reka Csulak

Layered savoy cabbage bake

Back from our hiking getaway in Wales. I'm full of the memories of the beautiful sceneries, colorful leaves, wild animals, challenging walks, see sheep climbing up to unbelievable heights, face

Strudel spiral © Reka Csulak

Strudel spiral

We normally find the savory versions of these filled filo pasty spirals, sometimes they called spanakopita (Greek) or börek (Turkish). But strudel is a filo pastry, normally sweet, but not really

Panna Cotta with Gooseberry Compote © Reka Csulak

Edelflower panna cotta with gooseberry compote

I still have some home-made elderflower syrup I've made this Spring, grabbed some gooseberries at the store to make a fruity, tangy Panna Cotta. It's a light dessert that you

Vegan beetroot brownie © Reka Csulak

Beetroot brownie

This recipe was my plan to share for a while and it was a great opportunity to do it for a special occasion as well. My blogger friend, Nicolas from Blogtastic

Goat cheese and fig sandwich © Reka Csulak

Sandwich with goat cheese and figs

I really love to eat brunch, but sometimes I keep breakfast as simple as possible and I like to keep some meat-free days during my week. Autumnal harvest brings much delicious

Hummingbird cake © Reka Csulak

Hummingbird cake

Recall the memories of those tropical nights, the fresh air at the seaside, sunkissed skin, delicious fruits from the market and lots of sunshine with this Hummingbird cake. INGREDIENTS Crust

Tiramisu cupcakes © Reka Csulak

Tiramisu cupcake

Do you like cupcakes and delicious Tiramisu as well? This time you can merge your favorites in one dessert. This Tiramisu cupcake recipe is the best choice for parties or

Sicilian Canolli © Reka Csulak

Sicilian cannoli

I'm dreaming about visiting almond orchards, pretty little cafès where I can enjoy my day-starter granita, then enjoy afternoons at the coast, visit the fish market, and a sheep farm

Croquembouche © Reka Csulak

Croquembouche

I always wanted to try and build this dramatic choux pastry tower we call croquembouche.  A few months ago Betty Binon and Rodica Godlewski made and took pictures from a gorgeous

Curd cheese and lemon ice lolly © Reka Csulak

Curd cheese and lemon ice lollies

Next part of the summer ice lollies series is based on a typical Hungarian flavor combination: curd cheese and lemon! This frozen treat is full of protein, so for me,

Mediterranean meatballs in tomato sauce © Reka Csulak

Mediterranean meatballs with tomato sauce

I cannot highlight this topic enough, but everyone should take some effort, spend about half an hour in the kitchen and prepare a proper lunch even on working days. No excuses.

Beekeeping © Reka Csulak

Honey: the immortal​​ form of flowers

Honey. The immortal form of our beautiful flowers and the result of the life-long work of honeybees, the sweetener of our dishes. I think many of us use honey for

Chocolate tonka bean ice lolly © Reka Csulak

Chocolate, tonka bean, cinnamon ice lollies

Next part of the summer ice lollies series is my favorite hot chocolate flavor combination during wintertime. You can freeze a creamy hot chocolate and it surprisingly gives wonderful texture to

Strawberry Prosecco soup © Reka Csulak

Strawberry Prosecco soup

Probably I'm getting old or something has changed during the extreme heat wave in the UK since I'm not able to eat hot food for lunch at all. I start

ZsF Mangalitza Farm © Reka Csulak

The secret of Mangalica pigs

It's not easy to find premium meat and charcuterie. The majority of pork has been bred to be extremely fast-growing and low in fat and as a result of this, the

Avocado lime coconut ice lolly © Reka Csulak

Avocado, lime and coconut ice lollies

We always craving for delicious chilling desserts together with my husband, so I've made a decision to stop buying ice cream from the store and preparing homemade ice lollies. I

Statue of liberty © Reka Csulak

Budapest Gastro Adventure #3

If you follow the Holy Whisk Blog, this post won't be a surprise since every time I go for a visit to Hungary, I try to catch up and try

Curd cheese bags © Reka Csulak

Curd cheese bags

Hungarian cuisine is rich in filling soups so it's a common thing that women bake some kind of sweet dough instead of preparing a normal main course. Curd cheese bags are quite

Sourdough Ciabatta © Reka Csulak

Sourdough ciabatta

Since I have my sourdough starter I love to introduce it to different bread and dough recipes and see how they work together. Sourdough requires more patience than industrial yeast,

Swedish almond cake © Reka Csulak

Swedish almond cake

If you've never been to Sweden, but like to visit IKEA stores, you probably know this dessert very well. Swedes call it 'mandeltårta'. The crust of this almond cake doesn't

Eldelflower syrup © Reka Csulak

Elderflower syrup

Elderflower is the taste of summer for me. This year I have plenty of plans using this delicious ingredient. This is the end of elderflower season, but you still have

Nudli potato dumplings © Reka Csulak

Nudli

When you're craving for sweet flavors, it's a good idea to choose a sweet main dish instead of eating a ton of chocolate. Hungarian cuisine offers many options and one

American pancakes © Reka Csulak

Nutella and strawberry breakfast pancakes

Especially on Mondays, when you feel the weekend is so far away, it's good to set the emotional balance with a nice breakfast. I normally go to sleep when the

Sour Cherry sponge © Reka Csulak

Sour cherry sponge

This recipe is based on my grandma's sour cherry sponge. Sometimes she randomly prepares a large batch because she loves to surprise us with freshly baked cakes or some food, no

Mediterranean salad in a jar © Reka Csulak

Mediterranean salad in a jar

I love hiking. This passion started at primary school where I’ve joined a hiking group to discover the beautiful mountains of Hungary. When you climb for hours to glimpse the

King prawn and profiterole party bites © Reka Csulak

Sweet chili prawn and ricotta profiterole skewers

Just a few days until calendar Summer and outdoor party season officially starts. I'd love to help you wow your guests with an easy recipe.  These skewers look so good and

Scones with greaves © Reka Csulak

Scones with greaves

Another Hungarian classic: scones. Such a nice snack, great for a summer picnic, birthday parties or other family occasions. Greaves are the fried fat of pork. A few decades ago it

Sourdough pizza

Nowadays the most enjoyable challenges in my kitchen are the recipes where I replace normal yeast with a sourdough starter. This is how this pizza recipe came alive. I believe

Gundel pancake © Reka Csulak

Gundel pancake

The first Gundel pancakes were created by Károly Gundel around the '40-s. Officially it was a family recipe of Lola, the wife of Gundel's friend Sándor Márai, but Gundel upgraded the

Carrot cake loaf © Reka Csulak

Carrot cake loaf

One of the best things on Earth is a good carrot cake. This time I've baked a loaf instead of the classic shape, even if the baking takes a bit

Irish soda bread © Reka Csulak

Irish soda bread

I prefer a good sourdough bread, but sometimes I have time only for a quick bread. This is when soda bread is a good option because it would be mixed

Veloute sauce © Reka Csulak

Espagnole sauce

We discussed how to make roux, bèchamel, and veloutè so it's time to continue our journey in the world of sauces. Espagnole or brown sauce is one of the 5 mother

Chocolate lavander cookies © Reka Csulak

Chocolate and lavender​ cookies

Maybe you've tried the chocolate-chili combination before, but it's not usual that people use spicy ingredients in desserts, right? Because of some unknown reasons, I like experimenting with spicy desserts

Sourdough making © Reka Csulak

Bread as it should be

The best point of my week is when I can start to make my own sourdough bread and I think you should try it at least once, to see if

Floating islands © Reka Csulak

Floating island

During my childhood, the only time, when I ate Floating island, was when the old lady from the neighborhood of my grandparents invited me to watch some old TV shows

Langalló © Reka Csulak

Langalló

During my latest trip to Hungary, I had the chance to visit Sárréti Chilifarm, the place where award-winning, Hungarian chili sauces come from. I discovered their products in 2017 when

Budapest at night © Reka Csulak

Budapest Gastro Adventure #2

When I visit the family in Hungary, I try to meet my friends and family members in a short period of time, but I've figured out one of the best

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

Curd cheese doughnuts © Reka Csulak

Curd cheese doughnuts

I love this quick doughnut recipe. So easy to prepare, the doughnuts are not too big, only one or two bites each, you could serve it as an awesome party

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

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