Forage

Foraging  is a great way to get outside and reap the benefits of being in a nature park or on the road.  Foraging is good for your body as well as your mind and soul! 

A Gift of Foraged Mushrooms
Just having a little giggle to myself. Our neighbour brought over a variety of ingredients including a bag of foraged mushrooms.  Through a mix of sign language and charades he conveyed he’d brought me these ingredients to cook. With advice from the hungarian recipe pages I deduced I was to make  Gombás puliszka.
I found an old recipe and assumed the red liquid in the bottle was some type of paprika stock.
Why the giggle? I can’t believe I’m tasting mushrooms i have no idea what they are and drinking a red liquid to taste it won’t poison me!
What makes Hungarian Mushroom Soup Hungarian?  Paprika!

Paprika at its most basic is simply dried, ground peppers, and it is a spice that is believed to have originated in Hungary as early as the 15th century and is today a defining flavor of Hungarian cuisine. All paprika is not created equal, though. For our Hungarian mushroom soup, sweet, mild Hungarian paprika is the classic choice.

Opinion – Very Nice!

Hoping this isn’t my last message
MY FIRST FORAGED WALNUT

We have a walnut tree on site but there was no yield this year.  Hungary usually produces approximately 6,000 tons of walnut every year, and most of it is sold abroad, the biggest buyers being France, Germany, and Great Britain. on, because this is the best way to keep the nuts fresh. 

These walnuts came from a walk behind the campsite.  I’ll be honest I have never seen a fresh walnut, just the ones roasted on the fire at christmas so I found this fascinating.  Once the black sticky and shell was removed the nut itself whilst similar to those I have tasted there as a clean freshness about it.

Sadly there is a species of fly called Rhagoletis completa which destroys walnut trees it spreading throughout Hungary and causing significant damage to their trees. 

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