From twelfth-night till cremation is the time of carnival. This the time to party to attend balls, eat and drink. So the traditional meals this time of the year contain a lot of meat so that after drinking alcohol, these heavier dishes can help to settle the stomach, body and the soul when you are having hangover. Let’s start the carnival dishes with a traditional smoked pork leg soup, which I had learnt how to make from my dear father, so cooking it brings back nice memories too.
My mum makes the most delicious sour cabbage & stew that is why mine tastes similar to hers. This can be an excellent dish in between the holidays since it is does not take too long to make it, and it is a bit like kocsonya, we can eat it for days and it does last for days. It is on top of all, an excellent immune strengthener therefore I only wash it through once before cooking so that all the good beneficial vitamins stay in there.
Salami roll-ups - filled with cream cheese and hot green paprika served on crackers
Mushroom strew with sour cream - and with home-made summer fermented cucumber
Stuffed Paprika - with a tomato-kapia sauce and new potatoes
Spring lecso with home-made noodles -mushroom-pea-paprika lecso (a Hungarian type of ratatouille)
Lamb chops with vegetable puree (from veggies cooked with the lamb), paprika new potatoes