Boxnote 131; August 16th

Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi – Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

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Pista’s flowers (Bicalat) .. incredible gladioli

Yesterday we had a fine treat when Edina came to help In Damos; besides collecting for G/K we also collected the rye crop (we have a little crop from every garden this year; later Erzsi neni and I will beat them in Valko and see what sort of harvest we have). We would very much like to get some more organic rye seeds as local as possible so if someone knows of anyone with them, please let us know. Agi neni’s family have been involved preparing the small field we have in Alunis to sow and in September, we’ll need the seed. We are also looking for sor Arpa/bere Orz/Barley seed to grow so that Acasa can make more beer!

Today, I was helped once again, this time by Erzsike (flowers), who came and very calmly prepared your mixed herb bag and spinach and salad. She was quite surprised by some of the weeds (like purslane and garden herbs, like turbolya!) that we eat. Hopefully, she’ll be able to help again next week; her hard work and the calm atmosphere was very helpful to me!

Szilard as usual helped us to the station with our many packages. Indeed there were so many that the train had to wait for us to load it up; off it went with a bag of herbs almost falling out of the door! A G/K supporter just wrote me, ‘ Funny Douglas, he had a lot of luggage, gosh, how did he manage with all of them, i was quite amazed at the station. When the train arrived, the bags kept coming and coming, and finally Douglas too came out of the train with its bike!

Here is your (mega) box this week!

Unusual mixed salad leaves – garden and wild rucola … nasturtium leaves … sorrel … purslane/grasita/portulaca, gyermek lancfu/dandelion, jack by the hedge/ustoroita, turbolya/chevri/hasmatiu… blue borage and nasturtium flower Douglas and Agi Huedin, Alunis.

Herbs/verdeturi/fuszer: …peppermint …. lemon balm…marjoram (digestive aid/soothe bee stings/pain reliever)Agi, Alunis, Douglas in Huedin, and Damos

Marjoram –add two teaspoons of marjoram to a cup of 7 ounces of cold water. Let it soak for 24 hours and add honey to it. An even stronger tea may be made by adding 6 teaspoons marjoram to 7 ounces of water. Marjoram contains antioxidants, Vitamin A/C/Calcium and iron. It aids digestion; protects against common illness, such as influenza, food posoning) antiinflamitory (migraines, body aches); it’s also an antidepressant; – Agi, Alunis

chives Douglas, Damos

perpetual onions Douglas, Damos

Parsley Bozse, Bicalat.

Basil/busiouc/Bazilia . Bozse, Bicalat. be sure to remove the lower part of the stems; and don’t store in water.

Alma paprika (the small round pale green is HOT), ardei Iute, csipes paprika, hot pepper Zsuzsi,Bicalat, Zsofi, Huedin,

Red onions Ildiko, Fildu de Mijloc !

Fresh garlicBozse Bicalat

torma/chrean/horseradish Hajni, and Zsofi neni

Little carrot bundles and celeriac – Agi, Huedin

Guli/KohlrabiAgi, Huedin

cabbage/varza/kapuszta Agi, Huedin.

sweetcorn/kukorica – Annus neni and Tunde, Tetis.

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

Rainbow chards are so beautiful; eat the stems too! http://www.thekitchn.com/just-dont-get-kale-try-swiss-chard-instead-ingredient-intelligence-18101

Kohlrabi/guliZsofi, Huedin, little Eva, Tetis.

Zucchini – Agi, Alunis. Or Pattison, Agi, Huedin OR Hokaido, Agi, Alunis. http://www.hokkaidopumpkin.com/

Green beans/fasole/paszuly .. Piroska and Farkas Eva Tetis,

Peppers, paprika, ardei – . Bozse II Bicalat.

Sfecla, beetroot, ceklaZsofi, Huedin

Castraveti/ugorka/cucumber Hajni and Tunde, Ketesd.

Tomatoes/rosii/paradicsom .. Zsuzsi, Bicalat (the cherry varieties .. the little yellow ones are super sweet. She seed saves and just lets the plants self sow). Most of the cucumbers and all the tomatoes that we are able to buy have been sprayed with blue stone/kek ko against blight, I’m sorry to say. Eva and Csirpe Erzsi and Annuska Tetis, Agi, Huedin, Bozse and Pisto, Bicalat.

Ossze barack/autumn peachesthe first at market. Morika, Bicalat. I’m sorry about the lack of fruits in your boxes this year; this is due to the carabus/cserebogar in the spring and the strange weather conditions. The summer apples have been virtually non existent along with the plums.

FlowersErzsika, Huedin and Agi, Alunis (the galbanele/korom virag)

Other

Honey – Olimpia and Nelu.

PASTA/LASKA/TAIETEI – Zsuzsa, Izvorul Crisului

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.

Kale – Agi neni

Dill stems, Farkas Eva

garlic – Annuska, Tetis

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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Boxnote 130; August 9th Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi – Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

We were treated to an AMAZING apple cake made by Tibi and Simona this week using as many Kalotaszeg ingredients as possible. Let’s hope there is a bit left for Mihaela, Misi and the Popp family who are coming tomorrow to repair Valeni 208, naturally.

We were also excited to see how fast and how delicious looking and healthy sounding Klara made this amazing flan, ‘Kalota flour, egg&walnut frangipan and tasty plums’

(.. there is some hungry bees and tricky hens and beautiful cheese rind info. In the extras section! … )

Here is your (mega) box this week!

Unusual mixed salad leaves – garden and wild rucola … nasturtium leaves … sorrel … purslane/grasita/portulaca, gyermek lancfu/dandelion … blue borage and nasturtium flower Douglas and Agi Huedin, Alunis.

Herbs/verdeturi/fuszer: …peppermint …. lemon balm…marjoram (digestive aid/soothe bee stings/pain reliever)… sage/salvia/zsaja Agi, Alunis, Douglas in Huedin, and Damos

Healing herbs comfrey, nadaj, tataneasa Make a poultice of comfrey leaves for use on bruises, external wounds, and sores. Take macerated leaf; mix it with hot water to make a paste. Place this directly on the affected area and use a warm cloth or bandage to hold it in place. Comfrey has tissue regenerative abilities and is helpful in destroying harmful bacteria. Comfrey should not be placed on deep puncture wounds; it may heal the surface of the wound too fast! – Agi, Alunis

Marjoram –add two teaspoons of marjoram to a cup of 7 ounces of cold water. Let it soak for 24 hours and add honey to it. An even stronger tea may be made by adding 6 teaspoons marjoram to 7 ounces of water. Marjoram contains antioxidants, Vitamin A/C/Calcium and iron. It aids digestion; protects against common illness, such as influenza, food posoning) antiinflamitory (migraines, body aches); it’s also an antidepressant; – Agi, Alunis

https://www.facebook.com/salbaticiuni/

is a great page created by Deni with some good links. If anyone, like me, is getting excited about making tincturas and would like extra herbs, special plants collected, let me know before Monday morning!

chives Douglas, Damos

perpetual onions Douglas, Damos

Parsley Bozse, Bicalat.

Basil/busiouc/Bazilia Zsofi, Huedin. Bozse, Bicalat. be sure to remove the lower part of the stems; and don’t store in water.

Alma paprika (the small round pale green is HOT), ardei Iute, csipes paprika, hot pepper Zsuzsi,Bicalat, Zsofi, Huedin, Piroska, Ketesd

Red onions – 2x Kati, Damos !

Fresh garlicHajni and Bozse Bicalat

Little carrot bundles – Agi, Huedin

CeleriacLittle Eva, Tetis.

sweetcorn/kukorica – Mariana, Damos. Marianna provided Gustare with amazing fruit last year; but this year, after the ‘karabus’ we struggle to find Kalotaszeg fruit for you!

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

Rainbow chards are so beautiful; eat the stems too! http://www.thekitchn.com/just-dont-get-kale-try-swiss-chard-instead-ingredient-intelligence-18101

Kohlrabi/guliZsofi, Huedin, little Eva, Tetis.

Zucchini – Agi, Alunis.

Green beans/fasole/paszuly .. Vekony Eva Tetis,

Peppers, paprika, ardei – . Bozse II and Zsuzsi, Bicalat.

Sfecla, beetroot, ceklaZsofi, Huedin

Castraveti/ugorka/cucumber Hajni, Bicalat.

Tomatoes/rosii/paradicsom .. Zsuzsi, Bicalat (varieties inima de baut and htp 1 – she has seed saved both for several years!) and Piroska, and Eva Tetis, Zsofi, Huedin,

potatoes/krumpli ...Zsuzsi, Bicalat. Zsuzsi sprays against colorado like most but her flock of sheep fertilise the land naturally.

Summer apples/nyari alma/mere de vara Agi, Huedin. Sadly there is so little fruit this year.

Ringlo plums – Pisto, Bicalat.

Little plums – Jolanka, Bicalat

FlowersBozse Bicalat and Zsofi Huedin

Other

EGGS – Kati, Damos.

I had an amazing conversation last week about the difficulties of egg collection with free range chickens with Pandur Erzsi neni in Valko. She told me that hens have particular favourite laying spots; but then the mood changes and a new favourite is discovered; or another hen ousts the first and the first must develop feelings for a new favourite place. The egg collectors job is not easy especially if someone has many hens, occasionally an egg is lost, found and can be rotten, especially in warm weather.

Honey – Olimpia and Nelu. I asked Nelu about propolis and ‘spirt/szesz .. ooo I love those words .. 96degree alcohol sounds so flat by comparison! Nelu said this is the only medium that propolis will dissolve in. If anyone needs any propolis in spirt or raw stuff let me know!

We also asked Nelu about feeding the bees with artificial honey stuff .. he said now they get some food; and also in the spring (the exact timing is weather dependant). If the bees do not have food, they are not strong to survive illness/adverse weather/create their hives. Every commerical producer does this and there is only one year in ten when you don’t have to do it.

PASTA/LASKA/TAIETEI – Zsuzsa, Izvorul Crisului

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. We spoke to Szilard about his amazing orange, attractive cheese rinds and he told us that he has been experiementing with different cultures to achieve this beautiful affect!

Kale – Agi neni (and we) were delighted again to find decent sized kale leaves ready to pick. Kale is always better after the first frost, but it is super healthy all year too!

Bread – Berde lldiko, baked in Alunis with nut and wheat flours from Valeni and kovasz/maia. The bread becomes more kovasz/maia … it is amazing.

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!

Boxnote 129: August 2nd Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi – Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

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Today started early when Iulia arrived at 7.30am in Huedin and we all sprung into action, not only to make Gustare but also to prepare for the first ever (in the 700 year approx history of Huedin market) information giving event, ‘Heal yourself – Back to Nature’. Last week, Csaba (the market manager) gave us permission; Zsuzsi, Iulia, and I with help from Deni and Melinda Vincze made some really wonderful, concise general information and specific information was given about seven of August’s wild goodies, in (at least!) three languages . We also got to try some amazing homemade soaps, and more besides; made by Zsuzsi at Organic Art Ranch.

It was truly wonderful to see how many (mainly ladies) visited the beautifully prepared table and to feel how empowered they were when they left it! Even the ‘placinta ladies’ who didn’t even make it to the table, (couldn’t leave their ‘rulota’), were suddenly full of medicinal plant names, and uses and how to dry. Great thanks to Iulia and Zsuzsi for their time and their enthusiasm for this event (i’ll write something up on the blog tomorrow about the good stuff I learned today; it is a wonderful thing to realise that the more I know, the more I know what I don’t know).

As soon as the event wound down, Iulia put her Gustare hat on (not literally, but gosh … maybe we need Gustare hat!!); Szilard appeared and we all leapt with your goodies into his motor car only to discover when we met the rest of today’s team that the line was flooded and Iulia was bringing Gustare to Cluj later on the next train!

Here is your (mega) box this week!

Unusual mixed salad leaves – garden and wild rucola … nasturtium leaves … sorrel … blue borage and nasturtium flower Douglas and Agi Huedin, Alunis.

salyata/salata/lettuceMaria, Huedin

Herbs/verdeturi/fuszer: …peppermint …. lemon balm…marjoram (digestive aid/soothe bee stings/pain reliever)… sage/salvia/zsaja Agi, Alunis, Douglas in Huedin, and Damos

chives Douglas, Huedin,

perpetual onions Douglas, Damos

Parsley Bozse, Bicalat.

Basil/busiouc/Bazilia Zsofi, Huedin. Bozse, Bicalat. be sure to remove the lower part of the stems; and don’t store in water.

Alma paprika (the small round pale green is HOT), ardei Iute, csipes paprika, hot pepper Zsuzsi,Bicalat, Zsofi, Huedin, Piroska, Ketesd and Bozse II, Bicalat.

Red onions Ildiko, Fildu de sus

Fresh garlicKati, Damos

Little carrot bundles – Agi, Huedin

sweetcorn/kukorica – Tunde, Ketesd. Tunde comes every year with her sweetcorn. I asked her if she sprays her crop; and she told me she doesn’t. The small local sellers who come to market to sell their excess are the most unlikely to spray as they and their children also eat their produce.

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

Rainbow chards are so beautiful; eat the stems too! http://www.thekitchn.com/just-dont-get-kale-try-swiss-chard-instead-ingredient-intelligence-18101

Kohlrabi/guliZsofi, Huedin, Eva, Tetis.

Hokkaido pumpkin or zucchini – Agi, Alunis. We were SO excited to find Hokkaido growing in the Alunis garden on Sunday .. weeeelll, it wasn’t actually us who found them, it was Agi neni! She declared them to be very unusual pumpkins not like last years at all; and then we all looked more closely; all balancing between shoots; and (even though on the map we had note, ‘Damos type zucchini’), we realised they were Hokkaido! And ready early too! To make things even stranger, they are growing under a walnut tree! Agi told me that cucumbers … and now it seems Hokkaido are keen on that spot!! http://www.hokkaidopumpkin.com/

Green beans/fasole/paszuly .. Piroska and Eva Tetis, and Pisto, Bicalat

Peppers, paprika, ardei – . Bozse II, Bicalat.

Castraveti/ugorka/cucumber Kis Kati and Hajni, Bicalat.

Tomatoes/rosii/paradicsom .. Zsuzsi, Bicalat (varieties inima de baut and htp 1 – she has seed saved both for several years!) and Marta, Huedin. Zsuzsi

Summer apples/nyari alma/mere de vara Lidia, Hodis

Ringlo plums – Pisto, Bicalat.

FlowersBozse Bicalat and Zsofi Huedin

Other

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.

Kale – Agi neni (and we) were delighted again to find decent sized kale leaves ready to pick. Kale is always better after the first frost, but it is super healthy all year too!

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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