Boxnote 126: July 12 Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi – Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului


preparing pickled walnuts

We are still in some kind of elated state of recovery  after the Valeni zilele//the Valkoi napok. Everyyear it gets better .. maybe because we feel more at home? … mmm …. a question that was posed by Akos at the round table event that took place around the pavillion (100 year old cultural building) on Sunday. Always a goody pondering question, ‘what/where is home?’

I think we , with Misi and Mihaela during the wild flower walk rain storm would say, ‘shelter’. Home is shelter. It is a very good thing, getting very very wet occassionally! It makes you appreciate a roof and walls.


original slide show celebrating all the good stuff that is happening in Romania made by Carmen Orasanu

We were so happy that Mihaela made it to Valko and we could enjoy the ‘G/K’ together with her and Edit too. Szekely Edit and Attila and Kozma ur all arrived earlier in the day on Saturday and as soon as we saw their smiley faces we knew all would go well with the tastings. They organised everything (including us!) so beautifully. It always fills us with joy working with Edit and her family!

Here is your (mega) box this week!

Unusual mixed salad leaves – if you don’t know what something is, please ask us! … garden and wild rucola…. baby lettuce … endive (pale green and crinkly), … nasturtium leaves . quite a few blue borage flower (with a lovely cucumbery taste!) red leaves Douglas and Agi and Csipet csapat, Huedin, Damos, Alunis and Valeni

extra ruccola Csipet csapat, Valeni

Herbs/verdeturi/fuszer: …spearmint …. lemon balm….sage/salvia/zsaja Agi, Alunis , Douglas in Huedin, and Damos

Green corriander seeds Agi, Alunis. I love approx a teaspoon of these crushed and fried at the beginning of cooking with onion and chilli.

chives Csipet csapat and Douglas, Huedin, Damos, and Alunis.

perpetual onionsDouglas, Damos

Parsley Piroska Ketesd

celeriacDouglas, Damos

Basil/busiouc/Bazilia Zsofi, Huedin. Bozse, Bicalat. Bozse can’t always come to market because she’s pretty old and not so well. Hajni brought her produce including the chamomile flowers which we are drying.

Calandula and buza virag Agi, Alunis. The flowers are good in a tea or just rubbed on your body. I have tried with cornflower to use it as a dye .. to no avail!

Ceapa verde /Zold hagyma/ spring onionIldiko, Fildu de sus and Erzsike, Bicalat

Fresh garlicDouglas, Damos,

Little carrot bundles – Ildiko, Fildu de sus

celeriac Eva, Ketesd, or beetroot thinnings for soup ( I so adore a soup made of these, check out ‘botwinka’ recipes or ‘chlodnik’, and celeriac leaves and blue pea snack – Agi, Alunis

beans spotty ‘gyalog’ .. walking beans – Hajni, Bicalat; and Green beans like British runner beans and ‘korus’ ,tall, like runner beans but with white flowers! From Piroska, Ketesd.

perpetual spinach and rainbow chards – Zsofi, Huedin. And Agi and Douglas, Alunis and Damos and Huedin.

Kohlrabi/guliZsofi, Huedin, two Evas (Farkas es Kis), Tetis.

radish/ridiche/retek Eva, Tetis

dovleci, tok, zucchini Agi, Alunis. I can imagine the delight Agi neni had when she filled the bag with zucchini. She really is the most amazing collector/gardener! .

Castraveti/ugorka/cucumber Kata, , Ketesd. Kata really need money so whenever we can buy something from her, she is always so happy and so are we.

Krumpli, cartofi, Potatoes Gyongy Jakotelke fertilised with sheep shit and no colarado (because they are earliest).

Ribizli/redcurrantsAgi, Huedin. .

Summer apples/nyari alma/mere de vara – Domi Huedin

Flowers two lovely stems from Maria in Huedin containing feverfew flowers (the white and yellow – Deni tells me – good or headaches!)


a world famous G/K salad


Green corriander seeds Agi, Alunis. I love approx a teaspoon of these crushed and fried at the beginning of cooking with onion and chilli.

EGGS – Viorica, Hodis; Kati, Damos; Kovacs Erzsi, Valeni

Flowers – Maria, Huedin. Maria prepared a rose and a sprig of feverfew, crysanthemum – check it out; I hear it is good as a tea against headaches.

Honey – Olimpia and Nelu, bees are now in Huedin, resting after their late spring journey for the bees to Bihor for the salcam/akacfa …

Apple Juice – The csipet csapat (the little people! Three generations of women and Benjemen), Valko. Made from local variety, autumn Valko apples and pressed, pasteurized in Bica village.

Always get everything out of plastic as soon as possible; even things in clean plastic like Pasta. I’ve been asking how pasta was stored pre-plastic days and I was told that it was put into a clean fabric napsack and suspended. We recommend this!


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