Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului
The last market of 2017 for us! It was a quite a whirl of kisses; hand shakes and good wishes.
I had the good fortune to run into Hayden (friend at OAR); then Diana … I gathered them both up and with Guirec and Douglas, we had a last coffee (American, Romanian, French, Scottish and English a truly international coffee) and chat in a corner at Jenica’s.
I managed to meet dear Csilla (Kalotaszegi Kincsei), get some pollen from her husband’s bees and discuss the work we’re coordinating for Christina (Little Hungarian Hearts). Lavender bags made from hemp, decorated with irasos (open chain stitch) are being made by the ladies in Kispetri; as are some divan parna (traditional patterned pillows decorated with the irasos) for Kath at Parna.
Back at base, Guirec and I puzzled over the chart (you’ll see from the photos, how many times we puzzle it out and how much we laugh!); and packed your biscuits; while Doulgas froze off his fingers, gathering the last of the kale and sprouts! You’ll see them in the photo alongside the savoy cabbage harvest only 2, but Douglas was very proud of them! Unfortunately he left your jerusalem artichokes in their unfreezing safe spot in Bagolyvar! All being well, they will wait for us and the first GK of the new year in February.
Packing the veggies, Sisi Bondi ran into us. Bondi helped us repair the roof and protect casa 208, Valko against the snow! You’ll also see Bondi and Douglas in the photos(festive fun!)
At the station, yet another encounter, our neighbour, Laci. We first knew Laci when he was a wee boy. He has always been exceptional. Now he’s studying Physical Education in Cluj and is a highly ranked judo expert. He helped us with your many packages. You can see him as well in the photos.
Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!
Dried tea and cooking herbs/verdeturi de ceai/teat – varied. Collected by various members of GK gang in the TKDgardens and dried either on the tarnat or in the solar drier in Valcau by Erzsi neni.
garlic/ustoroi/fokhagyma – Bozse neni, Bicalat and a big one from us! We managed to catch up with Bozse (86), her son, Istvan and the cats, Gyuri and Peti. Various known neighbours popped by(see photos). It is all a bit gloomy in Bicalat actually. Now the special market bus has been cut which makes it VERY difficult for the older ladies to get in to town. Many people are ill in the village and they are not so well off as other villages. Bicalat was once known as the flower of the Kalotaszeg, full of local grape varieties and fruits including the special osszi Barack (which grows in the vineyards).
Salad – – an incredible variety of leaves – rucola garden, lambs lettuce, cress, chevril, sorrel, endive, chicory, corriander, red lettuce, parsley, dandelion..collected by Douglas, and Sara in TKD gardens (Valeni, Damos, Huedin) Yes, we had some luck and managed to collect in all gardens except Damos before the snow came down!!! But we still weren’t beaten; banging off the snow; truly foraging for the leaves!! See the photos!
kale/kel levelet/Varza furaje and swiss chard and perpetual spinach – Douglas, and Agi neni, TKD gardens .. eat the stems .. cook these first for a few minutes before you throw in the leaves.
Spinach, Spenot, Spanac – Gyongyi, Jakotelke/Horlacea. She grew the last spinach of 2017, so like us in the neighbouring village to Damos*, she was knocking of the snow and picking with gloves on Monday afternoon!!
* local saying, ‘Damos is the middle of the world, and Jakotelke the end’ .. from Jakotelke/Horlacea there is no road/nowhere to go!
Savoy cabbage, Grown in Damos by Douglas or Red Cabbage/Kapuszta/Varza – ,Hajni, Ketesd. She grows from saved seed.
Leek/praz/pori hagyma Grown in Huedin by Douglas or swede and black radish Agi, Huedin. I love boiled swede mashed with butter; it tastes of the earth! OR brussel sprouts/kel bimbo/varza bruxelles – Grown in Huedin and Damos by Douglas
Celeriac/Zeller, Celer – Piroska, Tetis, Grown from saved seed.
Parsnip/Pasturnak and Haikaido pumpkin – Kuratorne Kati and grown in Damos.
Onions/ceapa/hagyma – red, and white, – Hajni from Bicalat and another Hajni from Tetis
Carrots, murok, morcov – Agi, Huedin
Hamburg parsley/Petrinzsel radacine – Ibolya, Damos and farkas Eva Tetis grown from her own saved seed
Sovari apples, TKD garden, Valko Mogyoro, . And Batule apples, Viorica(one of the triplets) , Huedin.
Cheese/sajt/cascaval maturat – from cow milk – Szilard, Alunis.
Honey from Nelu and Olimpia,
Paine cu maia, Kovasz kenyer, sour dough bread, with rye flour (from Damos, Torok Erzsi), and wheat flour (Both kiraly Kati). Kati bakes bread for three shepherds in the village daily.
Beans/Fasole/Paszuly, Agi, Huedin; Buske neni, Bicalat; Etelka, Tetis;
Eggs – the red ones, Maria, Huedin. She has red hens who produce red eggs!! Erzsi Ketesd’s hens produced the others!
Apple Juice; suc de mere; almale, from Marianna Ciuleni local variety apples grown in her orchard pressed in Nearsova
Catina/homoktovis/seabuckthorn, collected fresh by Marta in Nadas area. Marta knows the areas where these little gems haven’t frozen! Marta also made the Christmas wreaths in the photos. She is our local woman of the forest.
Lavender sacks; zsak – naturally grown Valcau, Tihan variety and made into these cute bags by Budai Levente and family.
Healthy biscuits, sweet or salty– Both Kati, Valcau. Kati uses adapted Cranks (pioneer veggie restaurant in the 1960s in UK) recipe (adapted to be rich in Kalotaszeg ingredients!). They are made of Kati’s flour and bran; her sheep milk butter; her nuts; honey from Mori in Valcau, herbs or flavourings from her and TKD Valcau gardens (see photo).