Many very fine garden books I had purchased in the past had recipes included in a chapter towards the back. ‘Herbs: Gardens, Decorations, and Recipes’ was one. I am wondering if that isn’t a trend to look for again in the future. Not predicting it, but it seems that everywhere food and cooking is moving onto the (ahem) front burner of the community consciousness. Probably due to the economy, but maybe because we are looking for the simple pleasures of life, and cooking a great meal to eat with family and friends is among those.
So, while on Squidoo, I had fun creating a lens (what they call their blogposts) on Hungarian food. Maybe you don’t know much about me, but I am half Hungarian in ancestry. I find Hungarian cuisine to be my own brand of comfort food. I suppose you wouldn’t find my recipes on here unless I started growing my own cabbage- which I have yet to do. True confession. I do like well prepared cabbage rolls. And paprika.
Hungarian peppers are a vegetable I grow every year, though now plants are labeled as “Banana peppers”. I did get a chance to go to Hungary back in 2004 and taste a Hungarian pepper fresh from my hosts garden; he took out a small pen knife and cut it up for fresh eating right then and there in the garden. It somehow had a sweeter taste than those I eat here in the USA, but it might have just been the sentimental notions of the moment.
I wondered whether anyone reading likes to see cooking and gardening combined? I have had mixed feelings about that in the past, but am coming round to the idea that maybe that is the most “organic” way to learn about growing food…. along with the preparation and enjoyment of it. What is your opinion?
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