Boxnote 135 September 13th Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi – Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

Carmen and Repair Cafe with the Cargo bikes made a lovely Gustare tasting (cheese, nut oil and Jebuc bread .. it is brown and local). Once again, a change was made at PMV corner thanks to them.

Tomorrow, we dash to my mum in England and ‘a meet the builder’s event’ at Turners (yes, JWM Turner’s small 1812 house) which is being repaired and a cello recital in a converted church/art centre; and Scotland, where we are revamping, naturally Yellow Castle. Hopefully, you’ll find another group doing exciting stuff on the PMV corner next week!

Missing you and everything already (and we haven’t even left yet!) X

.. nasturtiums and Douglas happy with his marrow for seed …

Here is your (mega) box this week!

Unusual mixed salad leaves – garden and wild rucola … nasturtium leaves … purslane/grasita/portulaca (even Erzsika is searching her garden for this ‘weed’ – she can’t believe it is so healthy!) … baby turnip tops ( a bit hairy .. picked in error by Agi neni! She was to pick chicory .. but I actually really love the flavour of the turnip top in salad too!), … cress …gyermek lancfu/dandelion, … jack by the hedge/ustoroita, …borage leaves and flowers … turbolya/chevri/hasmatiu… mallow flower ( I was reading how healthy the little flowers and young leaves are in salads; nutty in taste) and nasturtium leaves and flower Douglas and Agi Huedin, Damos, Alunis.

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

chives/metelo hagyma/snidling (and, thanks to Mihaela) cepsoara!) Douglas, Damos

perpetual onions Douglas, Damos and Agi, Alunis

Parsley Bozse, Bicalat and Annus neni, Tetis

Basil/busiouc/Bazilia . . Zsofi, Huedin and Bozse, Bicalat. Be sure to remove the lower part of the stems before using/drying (and don’t store in water, you’ll get a mouldy taste. If you want to make a tinctura, see Deni’s

Alma paprika (the small round pale green Zsuzsi,Bicalat,

onions Bozse II Bicalat

Fresh garlicBozse Bicalat

Little carrot bundles – Erzsi, Damos

pasturnak/parsnip Marianna, Ciuleni. SUPER size due to all the manure she uses! ,

Radish/retek/ridiche Zsofi, Huedin. I admired these AMAZINGly large radish of Zsofi’s .. she told me she’d grown them next to garlic; companion planting.

cabbage/varza/kapuszta Agi, Huedin and Zsofi, Huedin.

sfecla/beetroot/cekla Piroska, Ketesd

Zucchini/dovlecul/tok – Agi, Alunis OR leek/por/praz Eva, Ketesd

patrunjel ridichini/hamburg parsley/petrinzselm gyokor – Erzsi, Damos

perpetual spinach and rainbow chards and kale – Douglas and Agi, Damos and Huedin.

Rainbow chards are so beautiful; eat the stems too!

Peppers, paprika, ardei – . Bozse II Bicalat. These are grown from her own saved seed.

Castraveti/ugorka/cucumber Erzsi, Ketesd

Tomatoes/rosii/paradicsomCucum(nickname!), Melinda Ketesd, The last time they sprayed against blight was a month ago; others sprayed more recently.

Ossze barack/autumn peachesEva, Ketesd and Boske, Bicalat .

Mere – batul and Sovary Douglas and Agi neni, Alunis.

Pears/pere/korte – Emilia, Hodis

FlowersBozse, Bicalat and Zsofi, Huedin, and Maria, Huedin. Maria adores collecting flowers in her garden and making little arrangements. She has such a sense of colour. Her posies have the ‘braduluti’ this amazing pinky branch; and rose.



Honey – Olimpia and Nelu.

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. If you know anyone who is a fan of Alunis cheese, please do get them onto Gustare group and the order chart. G/K is the only weekly delivery to Cluj of Szilard’s cheese. New flavour from Szilard is coming up, Leurda/Medves hagyma flavoured cheese in about two weeks time.

Tomatoes/rosii/paradicsomZsuzsi Bicalat. Inima de baut and saved seed, sprayed against blight with milk.

Kale – Agi neni

ghee – Butter from Gyongy (Damos) and Viorica (Morlaca)

nut oil – Valko cold pressed Kalotaszeg nuts

Eggs – Erzsebet (she has 15 chickens and is always so pleased when we buy something from her!), Huedin; ibolya, Damos; Piroska, Damos; Zsuzsi, Horlacea; Erzsi, Damos … you’ll notice many eggs come from Damos … this is because Damos is a country living power house and all grow their own food for chickens. Bozse, Bicalat, Erzsi, Ketesd, Kati, Damos and Zsebe Kati, (with the best hat at market for all time!), Hajni, Bicalat.

Juice – the csipet csapat’s apples in Valeni; pressed in Bica.


Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean packaging like Pasta and bread. 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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