Posts Tagged ‘bakery’

Learning to Make Soup

New culinary adventure: I’ve been trying my hand at making soup.

Monday, I made garlic broth, though I think I should have put in some more garlic, and followed a recipe that had me poach an egg in the soup, which turned out quite well, considering I’d never poached an egg before. And being inspired by my soup from Klassz that had a poached egg, I was definitely more than happy to try my hand at it. Unfortunately, the recipe also called for putting dried bread in the soup, which I didn’t like at all–it got so soggy, I threw most of it out. I think I could have also used a bit more garlic–and I wish I would have added some other vegetables. I consider it a moderate success.

Today, I went to the market–I actually found a new market that I didn’t know about at all. It’s just a few blocks away, and by a great import food store called Culinaris. I noticed a few people selling vegetables at stands on the outskirts of the park across the street, and I went over to take a look. There wasn’t a big selection–the vendors were packing up for the day. But I looked back across the street, where someone was opening a large wooden door, and lo and behold, I saw a whole display of fruit! I crossed back to the other side of the street and went in, and there was a large indoor market with about five different fruit and veggie stands, meat counters, a bakery and more. I bought some bread and a chocolate croissant at the bakery. Found some big Israeli avocados at a fruit stand, and bought a leek and an onion, thinking they’d be good in my next incarnation of soup.

They were! I made broth from chopped up leeks, onions and garlic, and I seasoned it with salt and pepper and some spice I bought at the market–maybe tarragon? Evan had his broth plain, since he isn’t feeling fantastic, and I poached another egg for myself and added some diced tomatoes. Much better than the first attempt.

Also, I was excited that I got to carry everything home from the market in my new tote bag (pictured below–yes, it has a weird monster on it) that I got at Bolt–a small, quirky shop that sells art objects, T-shirts, accessories and more for the environmentally conscious Hungarian hipster. I’d been looking for a fun tote for a while since stores rarely give you bags here.

Tote Bag Monster

Past Outings: Szemlo-Hegy Cave

Szemlo-hegy cavesThe Szemlo-Hegy cave is one of the first places Evan and I went together in Budapest. Not too far from the city and set back slightly in the Buda Hills, it was a great escape from the July heat. We had a bit of trouble finding it, since the streets in the area seem to change names about every block, but after nearly giving up while walking up a hill in a residential neighborhood, we found it.

There are tours every hour, I believe, and our guide spoke English well. All the other people in our tour group were Hungarian, and there were only about eight of us. The caves had a clear, paved path through them, and the walls were covered in bumpy rock formations called “peastone.” There are areas with so much of these cauliflower-like formations, that they call it an underground flower garden.

The guide also pointed out a rock shaped like a heart–“for the ladies,” he said.

There are also areas of the cave that are quite wet, with a lot of water seeping through the limestone, and toward the end of the tour, they play music to demonstrate the cave’s acoustics.

Also nearby is a fantastic little bakery called Daubner Cukraszda–it’s inexpensive, has a huge selection of cakes cookies and ice cream, and from what I can tell, it’s always packed.

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