Hungarian Vegetarian Dining - Menu E
Hungarian Finger Food
The Hungarian finger food is an appetizer. They are bites which are called as soldiers in Hungarian. Generally they consist of a piece of bread, and then some vegetable paté or curd cheese spread (körözött). On the top you can see some vegetables, for example Hungarian sweet paprika, tomato, a slice of onion, or radish. This bites go well with Hungarian fruit brandy (pálinka). This drink is very strong, so it can do harm very easily but this finger food helps.
Green Pea Soup
This is a light vegetable soup with peas as the main ingredients. In Hungary we make it with or without meat in every season. In some areas of Hungary pea is the symbol of fertility (just like lentils, beans or poppy-seeds), which makes it an ideal soup for wedding dinner.
Mushroom Paprikash With Homemade Dumplings
As a long time ago ordinary Hungarian families had meat for lunch at the weekend only and they could find lots of mushrooms in the forest, they had dishes like mushroom stew and later mushroom paprikash. I love preparing it from forest mushrooms as it has a fantastic taste. I often feel a bit angry too and ask myself the question why I do not make it more often.
Pancakes Gundel Style
Few people know that the inventor of Gundel pancake was Lola Matzner, wife of Sándor Márai (1900-1989) the famous Hungarian writer. After the first night of a Márai play they were having a banquet in Gundel and Lola modified an old family recipe and had her own dessert made, chocolate pancake filled with walnut, raisin, sugary orange skin. Károly Gundel loved the dessert so much that he put it on the standard menu of the restaurant as Márai pancake. After the emigration of the Márai couple the state-owned restaurant could not have this name on the menu, so it was renamed Gundel pancake after the original owner.