Something I like about seasonal eating and this time of year, is that all the veggies we eat are coming out of a cellar; out of sand; out of a good cellar which was very necessary this hard winter. All this produce and not from the earth The season has not begun and we wait; we are defined by the season. Suspended like the lambs lettuce/valeriana in the gardens, waiting for the thaw and the chance to grow!; Marta is desperate to get to the forest in Jebuc to collect nettles; and for me it is to be in Damos with Kuratorne Kati collecting salatica/lesser celandibe/salataboglarka in sunshine and laughing.
It was great to catch up with some of you last week in Cluj; and experience my first FAB Transilvanian yoga (thank you, Edo). This week, the joy will be repeated for Douglas as he will come with Szilard and your goodies, to StudCoop, Bld dec.21; 16-18 courtyard . Also there, you’ll be able to meet and chat with Digi TV’s Roxana and Radu who are making a report on HPM/GK, the producers, the supporters and the helpers, so if you can make it to SC office to give your views, it would be great!
Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it for you and where!
Onions, ceapa, hagyma – Torok Erzsi and Kati Damos
Garlic – Annuska Ketesd
Carrots, morcov – Kati and Kuratorne Kati , Damos,.
Sfecla/celkla/beeroot – Eva, Ketesd;
pasturnkak – Kuratorne Kati , Damos
petrinzselm gyokor/hamburg parsley/ petrinzel – Kuratorne Kati , Damos and Valeria, Nearsova
celeriac/zeller – Kantorne Kati Damos, Gyorgy Erzsi, Horlacea
Apples/alma/mere – Nelu, Hodis and Juan, Morlaca
Herbs – from the market or collected in gardens/wayside; and dried by us/Pandurne sometimes in a solar drier. Cooking – Basil and parsley Tea – Peppermint and Lemon balm/cirtomfu/roinita
Beans – Valeria, Nearsova. Valeria is one of the triplets; today I discovered she has two other sisters who live in Rasca and they have lots and lots of land and fruit trees. What I love about Valeria is her immediate family is still in the neighbourhood..
Honey, Olimipia and Nelu, Poliflora and Salcam.
Honey, Szilard and Csilla, Damos and Kispetri. Polifora, with nuts (i’m told that many in the city find this is a very good, healthy lunchbreak ‘meal’, and immunobomb!
Cow cream – Veronica, Hodis. Cream is like gold at the market at the moment. Me and Dana were lucky enough to get some!
Buffalo/Cow butter – Viorica Cline and her nephew, Hodis. Together Viorica and her nephew mix their excess creams and make this deliciously fresh butter!
Ghee – when we have excess butter, we turn it into ghee for you to enjoy at a later date.
Faina de malai/puliszka and Dara/malai – Erzsi, Ketesd freshly ground this weekj.
Magiun/Szilvaiz – Pocz Kati; our neighbour makes amazing magiun.
Cheese – Szilard, Alunis.
Nuts – Torok Erzsi, Damos
Wheat flour – Kadar Kati, Damos;
Taietei – Eva, Iz. Cris. Eva surprised us all this week by producing some spinach and some whole wheat pasta. She sourced both flavours locally in the village and produced this interesting pasta!
Eggs ; sinko Erzsi, Damos. I am often keen to buy Damos eggs because the whole village farms in a big, sort of professional way (even though often there are 2 or 3 in a family!! It is their village stereotype; the VERY hardworking farmer. And true to stereotype, they nearly all grow their own grain; although some spray certain crops. It is very hard to find someone in the whole region, isolated growing grains, not spraying, keeping freerange hens and selling at market. This type of nouveau farmer hasn’t grown yet; but I feel she comes.
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!