Boxnote 151 March 7 2017, Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

Today, we discovered an empty seat in the dairy section because Viorica Cline now has only one buffalo and calf. She is an older single woman farmer and for sure it has been

 

very hard work with three buffalo to care for since her husband died. It is a loss on many levels as usual, but especially to us addicts of her outstanding buffalo cream. plakat_magcsere_2017

On a brighter note, Csaba (the market manager) gave permission for the third edition of the schimb de seminte/mag csere to take place in the market next week; and we shared today’s adventures with Guirec.

As usual the fun stacked up. I got the chance to interview a Rroma iroasszony from Kispetri; and my new friends, Emese and her mother shared wonderful new local information and offered to help with this work. Then I received a ‘vad boroszlan (daphne plant) and snowdrops from Marta for women’s day tomorrow. We all joked with 81 year old Ilus neni, Tetis about men and flowers and life (Ilus neni was in VERY good form after a week’s rest at her daughter’s place in Nearsova). Finally, I had the great joy to bump first into duszka Kati mama en route to the policlinic, cradling huge bunches of flowers for her doctor and the doctor’s assistant.

Guirec collected your salad, arranged your goodies with us and brought your GK to Cluj! Thank you to him!

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it for you and where! Guirec said what a bumper box; and I declared how much i’d like to get this box of goodies!!

Tea herbs – calandula and lemon balm; dried in the solar drier in Valeni by pandurne Erzsi.

Onions, ceapa, hagymaValeria, Nearsova

Garlic Annuska Ketesd

a little salad – Huedin garden; collected at the eleventh hour (late!) by Guirec, Sara and Douglas (see photo) .. papadie/valeriana/ustoroita/hasmatiu .. and a few green onions!! Spring is here!!

Carrots, morcov – Torok Erzsi and Kuratorne Kati , Damos,Pista,Bicalat. Pista told us he is growing carrots from own saved seed; as opposed to seed from ‘hollandia’ like most in Damos!

Sfecla/celkla/beeroot Eva, Ketesd; Anna, Huedin

pasturnkakKuratorne Kati , Damos; Marianna, Ciuleni

petrinzselm gyokor/hamburg parsley/ petrinzelValeria, NearsovaIMG_3964

celeriac/zeller Kantorne Kati and Vincze Husszar Andras Kati – we have to say Kati’s husband’s name, Andras because in Damos there are 2 husszars!! Damos, Marianna, Ciuleni

Varza/Kapuszta/cabbage – yes at this time of year! Ibolya, Damos

black radish/fekete retek/ridiche negruAnna, Huedin.

fasole crud (la congelator)/sau soi frumos uscat! Eva, Ketesd

Apples/alma/mere – Valeria, Nearsova and Agi neni/us (collecting/storing) in Alunis – sovary.

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extra Beans – Zsofi neni, Huedin.

Honey, Olimipia and Nelu, Poliflora and Salcam. Last years honey collection is coming to an end.

Ghee – Viorica, Morlaca

Faina de malai/puliszka and Dara/malai – Erzsi, Ketesd freshly ground this week.

fasole crud (la congelator)/sau soi frumos uscat! Eva, Ketesd

Apples/alma/mere – Valeria, Nearsova and Agi neni/us (collecting/storing) in Alunis – sovary.

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extra Beans – Zsofi neni, Huedin.

Honey, Olimipia and Nelu, Poliflora and Salcam. Last years honey collection is coming to an end.

Ghee – Viorica, Morlaca

Faina de malai/puliszka and Dara/malai – Erzsi, Ketesd freshly ground this week.

Magiun/Szilvaiz – Pocz Kati; our neighbour makes amazing magiun. Simona told me last night that her father used to call his mother’s magiun, ‘miere de pruna’; and when Simona was a girl, she cooked ‘melcisori’ pasta, strained and mixed it with magiun! Simona’s father devised a recipe with polenta and the liquid from dried plums. No wonder Simona is STILL adicted to Magiun!!

Gem de macese – Szilard, Alunis (macese collected by Erzsi neni)

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis.

Nuts – Viorica, Huedin

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 ; Valeria, Nearsova, Vincze Husszar Andras Kati, Magdi, Ketesd.

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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