Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Hungarian suggestions?

One of my book clubs is reading Embers by Hungarian author Sandor Marai, and we're getting together for a potluck Hungarian dinner before the discussion on Monday. The host is making Chicken Paprikash--mmm! I'm in charge of a dessert, but when I checked Epicurious for Hungarian desserts, most of the reader reviews were unimpressed with the recipes. Any ideas?


Blogger ringloss said...

Have you tried Recipesource.com?


Just a database of recipes, without user reviews or anything. If memory serves, I've found more interesting recipes at Epicurious, but it still might be worth checking. FWIW, Cynde's executive-chef-brother Doug uses it.


12:02 PM  
Blogger lis said...

I got nothin. Maybe just try a google search for hungarian desserts? I love this idea of having book club with themed meals.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Todd! I had forgotten about that site. I take it with a grain of salt, though: once when I was looking for quiche recipes, it offered some very strange combinations, including "Quiche de Vers de Terre"--earthworms!!!

This book club is through the public library. The Hungarian theme won't be too hard to pull off, but some of the other books (both fiction and nonfiction) will be harder to plan a meal around! One is the Jon Kraukauer book about Mormonism, so I'll have to consult you for suggestions, Lis. (Jello?)

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Vinnie said...

There's another site called Recipe Zaar
Their search mechanism is lame - a search for 'Hungarian dessert' returns results like Goulash, which is decidedly non-dessert-like. But you can also filter the results by course, which actually works well. There's a buttload of recipes there, some of which sound good to me!

I did a search for "Hungarian fruit" on google and found a bunch of recipes, including a simple broiled grapefruit and port dessert that sounds yummy.

9:56 AM  
Blogger lis said...

Sarah,when you get to the Krakauer book, jell-o is a good Mormon food, but there are also these potatoes called "funeral potatoes" which are a version of scalloped potatoes with corn flakes. I think they are the ultimate of Mormon ethnic food (if there is such a thing).

And a non-food note: that Krakauer book is so sensationalized. After reading it, I realized why so many fellow Everest hikers had a problem with Into Thin Air.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Lisa B. said...

I would just like to endorse funeral potatoes, not only as the ultimate Mormon food, but also as one of those foods that are dang delicious. You could keep eating 'em till you explode.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I ended up picking the prosaically-named "Hungarian Dessert Cake" from Recipe Zaar--it involves a stack of crepes layered with apricot jam, whipped cream, and bittersweet chocolate, then topped with meringue and baked. I'll let y'all know how the Hungarian dinner turns out!

1:35 PM  

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