Boxnote 164 June 20 2017

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Erzsike and ‘ropogos’ cherries grown in Huedin

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

Wooo, we were all challenged this week when news came of the railway bridge going up between Stana and here; and scuppering our GK journeys!! After exploring various options, Szilard sprung to the rescue and brought your goodies to the station in Cluj and Beti organised the whole shebang Cluj end

Great thanks to them both! This end, at the market we sorely missed the help preparing your GK, so we are living in hope for bridges and train journeys happening next week!!

I also have to thank Beti for making possible our latest attempt to find solutions to the lack of cows/facilities for cows in villages. See https://www.facebook.com/HuedinPiataMarket/photos/a.320541011383633.64211.311503925620675/1163413947096331/?type=3&theater

If you have any links/ideas, message on the FB.

I spoke to Viorica in Hodis today on the subject and she told me how many can’t get to market with the milk; etc. and how their cow milk goes to the pigs. She thought it would be AMAZING if they could create a Hodis brand.

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roka Magdi and Buska neni from Tetis and Bicalat.  Enter a caption

For info./stories about individual goodies and producers, find the veggies below! **

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh tea herbs chamomile/musatel/kamilla – sBozse neni,Bicalat, once again got her collections to the market via her nephew. A little note was sent back to her with her money. I know she is so happy to be a part of Gustare in this way. I

melissa Agi neni in Mogyoro,, mint – ; – Domi in Huedin.

Salad young penny cress rucola – wild and garden; cress-cresson; red lettuce; sorrel, wood sorrel/madar soska/macris de iepure! (this is the little leaf, like a three leafed clover with yellow flower; doesn’t it have lovely names in all of our languages?) From TKD gardens..collected by , Sara in Damos; Agi neni in Alunis, Bozse in Bicalat; ..

lettuce/salyata – Zsofi, Huedin; Torok Erzsike Damos.

cooking herbs flat parsley, bozse, Bicalat., dill Zsof or dsimru/csombor, Huedin chives, marjoram-oregano – Sara in Damos; leustcean, corriander – douglas in Valcau, celeriac – douglas

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi, Huedin; Buske, Bicalat.

Fresh garlic – Zsofi, and Douglas< huedin

perpetual spinach – Zsofi neni., Huedin. Eat the stems too! They contain much goodness. We also run our hand along the leaf to separate stem from leaf and then we chop the stems and cook these for a little longer than the leaves.

Radish – Maria, Bolic,

Peas – Roka Magdi, and Buske, Bicalat. Magdi decided to give us all her pea shucks/empty pods. She’s washed these, but I suggested giving them a quick dunk and boiling them up and mashing down for a tasty stock or look up on line, pea pod soup recipes!

I was admiring Magdi’s top in the market and she told me I’d given it to her. It shows how bad my memory is!

Tomatoes – Domnule Pandale, grown in Huedin.

Ropogos cherries/? Cruncy cherries. . These are a local variety. Erzsebet, Huedin. .

Rhubarb . Erzike, Petrinzsel. Csilla helped with the transport.

flowers Agi sent these lovely posies of calandula and cornflowers from Alunis.

Other

vine leaves agi neni, Mogyoro. I’ve got some of these and am excited to make the stuffed vine leaves that Apai Emese shared with me at TIFF. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/vine-leaf-herb-and-yoghurt-pie-shop

Kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Agi neni in Alunis

soc/bodza virag/elderflower – me, Damos .. it was the last there.

Mature cheese -sheep and cow – Szilard, Alunis.

Taitei – thick and wholemeal – Annus neni in Ketesd. Annus neni’s second time at making this for us. We and Mihaela really like it. This week we sent flour to her via Annuska (Annus neni didn’t make it to market as she was out ‘kopalni’ing/’sapa’ ing around the grape vines.

Next week I will give Annus neni some more wholemeal flour to make more wide pasta and to make an experiment for thin pasta too (it will be ready the following week; 27 June)

Lavender plants – Levente, Valcau. Levente dashed to visit his mum in hospital. She has a virus. Many of the older ladies in the village have a cold that won’t budge.

Honeys – poliflora from Nelu in Huedin.

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.); Florica and Hussar Kati.

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. 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!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when it is very hot or the small birds are very hungry in which case we hang it in the toilet!

Boxnote 163 June 13 2017

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

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Our group becomes more unique. Last night, Mihaela stepped in to help out Agnes with her collection today; then this afternoon, Agnes stepped in to help out Zsolt but Darius beat her to it and helped Zsolt receive his honey in the end!

That’s a pretty helpful group especially when this week we were so few. As a group, I feel we have remained loyal to two essential beliefs,

. food as meaning

seasonal, health, pleasure, fun, shared, local, positive impact, knowledge, gift, discovery, relationship

market as source.

And it feels hopeful. If we can be and can do all this, surely we are encouraging to others and we can think about and try to overcome the problems our dear food creators are facing.

Today I heard that in Hodis, there are more than a hundred cows. There is a cow herder but no milk collection which is why so many from Hodis come to market with their milk and make cream, branza dulce. And the people get older.*

I think it is only by working together that we can bring about lasting change and our group seems to be very good at doing that! Our day of help started when Darius arrived to prepare your packages. Szilard helped us arrive at the station and Darius escorted the goodies to Cluj, and distributed them to you at the station and further afield.

* We have formed a small sub GK group for those of us who would like to share info. About cow/buffalo situations in the village and develop ideas to create solutions for this and other happenings where the problems are hitting. Let me know if you’d like to be added to the group.

for info./stories about individual goodies and producers, find the veggies below! **

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh tea herbs fenyfa hajtas/mugur de pin – sophia in Belis. I was surpised to see these at market and delighted. Cool Belis still has them at a good size! I’m going to cut mine up and infuse in water for 24 hours; then i’m going to add honey to taste and pasteurize.

blackcurrant leaves – sARA in Damos, melissa, soc/elderfower/bodza virag;; – Agi neni in Mogyoro,, mint – ; – Agi neni in Mogyoro, sARA in Damos, Domi in Huedin.

Salad young penny cress rucola – wild and garden; cress-cresson; red lettuce; sorrel, young beetroot leaves*, wood sorrel/madar soska/macris de iepure! (this is the little leaf, like a three leafed clover with yellow flower; doesn’t it have lovely names in all of our languages?) From TKD gardens..collected by , Sara in Damos; Agi neni in Alunis, ..

* today I had sad news about Piroska’s beetroot in Tetis. Every year we enjoy her delicious beetroot but apparently this year deer have eaten the lot. All too often we hear about deer and wild pig destroying crops.

lettuce/salyata – Zsofi, Huedin.

cooking herbs flat parsley, Zsofi, Huedin. curly parsley kurator Kati, dill annus, Tetis; chives – Agi neni in Alunis, Sara in Damos; sage, leustcean, corriander – Agi neni in Alunis,

vine leaves agi neni, Mogyoro. I’ve got some of these and am excited to make the stuffed vine leaves that Apai Emese shared with me at TIFF. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/vine-leaf-herb-and-yoghurt-pie-shop

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi, Huedin. Zsofi sold her goodies in record time today, hence the photo of her (nearly) empty space.

Fresh garlic – Zsofi, Huedin

perpetual spinach – Zsofi neni., Huedin. Eat the stems too! They contain much goodness. We also run our hand along the leaf to separate stem from leaf and then we chop the stems and cook these for a little longer than the leaves.

Zsofi thinks this is all she will bring to market next week. This is still the hungry gap period. We can see at market even the Crazna, market gardeners with solar and cars, don’t have a great variety. It is they from Paleo (near Oradea) with cherries grown in their hectare of cherry tree orchard; and others with peppers; tomatoes; who steal the show! It is impossible for Kalotaszeg to compete.

Radish – Maria, Bolic,

Peas – Roka Magdi (her hair was red when she was young), Tetis, and Buske, Bicalat. Magdi was popping her peas on the spot and when I asked her what she was going to do with the shucks, she told me she would throw them away … I told her about pea pod soup so we got the pods! That will be our starter tonight!

Tomatoes – Domnule Pandale, grown in Huedin.

gooseberries/egres/ageres – l. Annuska, Tetis.

flowers Agi sent a lovely posy from Alunis, which inspired Darius and I to rustle up a little look alike from the Huedin garden! I love the smell of the calandulas and the leaves.

Other

Kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Agi neni in Alunis

chives/snidling/metelo hagyma – douglas in Damos,

Mature cheese -sheep and cow – Szilard, Alunis.

Taitei – thick and wholemeal – Annus neni in Ketesd. Annus neni’s second time at making this for us. I’m very excited to try it and to get your feedback. The thin pasta is with shop bought flour and made by Olimpia.

Next week I will give Annus neni some more wholemeal flour to make more wide pasta and to make an experiment for thin pasta too (it will be ready the following week; 27 June)

Barley/Rye flour – Damos, Kadar Kati and Torok Erzsi. I was a bit sad that these flours got mixed at the mill especially when Kadar Kati told me what a weak flour barley is! In spite of this, as our sour dough bread rises on the tarnat in sunshine; it looks like it’s all performng well! Mihaela is trialilng the flour with her father’s well loved recipe. Boiled flour with a little jam on top. It sounds a bit like semolina pudding and deliciously healthy. We wait for her opinon.

I was telling Darius how the merges Neni (her nickname) always had mamaliga/puliszka made from barley flour and not corn when she was a girl. Darius immediately realised that it was/is probably quite difficult to grow malai/kukorica in Kalotaszeg. This makes good sense!

Lavender plants – Levente, Valcau. Levente dashed to visit his mum in hospital. She has a virus. Many of the older ladies in the village have a cold that won’t budge.

Honeys – salcam; Szilveszter’s in Damos and Nelu in Huedin. They both take their bees to the same salcam spot after Almas to drink in the nectar.

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.);Kantorgyurine Kati,

Cream – Jenica, Hodis from cow milk

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. 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!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry

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Boxnote 161 May 30 2017

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

Gosh! So many interesting stories and chats this previous week!! Out of the one about the thickness of Annus neni’s pasta (the thicker version of which she will roll and cut thicker – she has no machine – will be coming to us in two weeks time due to the whitsun holiday next week) came an idea that some healthy things are also time saving (which could and are be deemed lazy in some cultures), eg. not peeling veggies ………. milling flour with a stone and not separating the bran from the flour …… not washing hair with soap (Douglas has done this for years, only with water – maybe that’s why he’s gone white!) etc.  

Maybe Douglas’ hair is even whiter recently due to dashing very early to meet Levente on the school bus.(who this week brought Emese’s collections from Bagolyvar, Valcau; Both Kati’s delicious sheep butter; and his lavander plants). This week, Douglas made a second journey to meet Andras and the Mogyoro school bus with his mother’s Agi neni’s pickings. Later, during our coffee break, he dashed again to meet Szilveszter who had brought goodies out of Petrinzsel/Kispetri).

This week we had the joy to share our coffee break with Viorica from Morlaca. Viorica brought us some butter, so we were overjoyed! This means there will be a little ghee from next week. Punkasd and Rusala colliding may mean a smaller than normal GK next week .. (three consecutive days of church services are in store). There won’t be bread but you are okay for cheese.

It was good news for, and about the cows in Morlaca. They have two ciordar in the village of 600 approx. inhabitants! And the cow herds are at either end of the village; I think there could even be a third one too. The ciordar are a large gypsy family; they have a house there and are part of the community. We have formed a small sub GK group for those of us who would like to share info. About cow/buffalo situations in the village and develop ideas to create solutions where the problems are hitting. Let me know if you’d like to be added to the group.

**** for info./stories about individual goodies and producers, find the veggies below! **

Thanks to the Gustare team who helped us bring the goodies to you this week: Deni arrived just when we’d ‘scored 35 eggs!!’ .. which meant everyone who ordered could get eggs! Yes, we were very lucky that the teacher’s wife in Valcau sent late and we were in the right place at the right time. We were for sure in the right place because I also had the good fortune at the same time to meet Annus neni from Iz. Crisului (see photo)  I haven’t seen her for probably a year and we chatted about the old sewing greats in her village.IMG_5062

Deni and Douglas collected your Gustare in Huedin; and organised all the packages with help from me! Szilard helped us arrive at the station and we helped Deni onto the train. Deni accompanied your packages and organised everything for you. Our very great thanks go to her. We are all the more appreciative because we know the sunshine is calling and before long all the Gustare support will have flown. It would be great if you can start thinking about how your Tuesday schedule looks and whether occasionally you’d like to join in the game here in Huedin!

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh herbs all mints in all gardens (Erzsika’s too) are resting!, melissa, lemon balm, blackcurrant leaf tips from

Curatorne Kata in Damos, Agi neni in Mogyoro, Emese in Valcau

elderflowers from Agi neni in Mogyoro and The ladies of Petrinzsel (wooo cool name for a rockband!! ha). They assured me they had oregano and sent their collections but unfortunately when it arrived we discovered it to be the humble marjoram once again!  Next week we hope for Oregano from Bagolyvar garden! 

Salad ustoroita-kanyarzsombor-jack by the hedge/red lobodo/young penny cress/ lamb’s lettuce/ rucola – wild and garden/chevril – turbolya-hasmatiu/macris-sorrel- soska/ cress-cresson /spring beauty/red lettuce/chickweed

(Agi neni collected this for the first time .. it was hard for her because there are many similar non tasty weeds nearby .. but look how lovely the little leaves are! See photo /

/, From TKD gardens..collected by me, Curatorne Kata in Damos, Douglas, Deni in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis, Emese in Valcaul

notice that we already wave goodbye to chicory leaves (despite protests from Agi neni!) and leustcean which have become bitter, as the plants begin to shoot …..

cooking herbs parsley Maria, Huedin; dill Annus neni, Tetis; sage – Agi neni in Alunis, Emese in Valcau, chives/snidling/metelo hagyma – Curatorne Kata in Damos, Douglas, Deni in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis, Emese in Valcaul, marar-kopor-dill Annus neni in Ketesd

lettuce/salyata – Eva Ketesd,, Zsofi, Huedin.

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi, Huedin

Fresh garlic – Annus neni,Ketesd, Zsofi, Huedin and Douglas in Huedin

Spinach/spanac/spenotMaria, Huedin

perpetual spinach – Zsofi neni, Huedin.

 Macris/soska/sorrel Maria, Huedin


Cabbage/Varza/Kapuszta Domnul Pandele, Huedin. Domnul Pandele

Carrots/moroc/murok – erzsi, Damos, and Hajni Tetis – saved, cherished and finally dragged out of cellars before the whitsun holiday. Take comfort in knowing what Deni and we received were worse!!

If you are desperate for roots, head for PMV (Piata Mihai Viteazul); just in case you didn’t get chance to see Simona’s useful info. From last week, fresh carrots – the table near the producers who now have “rasaduri” – they are 2 brothers (sometimes there is their mom or wives too) one brother is wearing glasses, the other is tall and smiley (i think Joszef is his name) and the table is facing Oncos; they have mint too (and besides them is Iulika neni who has rhubarb, macris and eggs

and the other ones, with the carrots; are one line before these brothers, and perpendicular; husband and wife, and they have oil,and poppyseed and a few types of flour (I bought fresh baby potatoes from them – scumptious’

Broccoli/Brokol Domnul Pandele, Huedin. Yes, wow .. I was blown away when I got to market and saw these goodies early this morning. Silvia, Domnul Pandele’s mother was pretty excited too. Unfortunately the great man (and he really is a good chap) was having a lie down probably (it is ALWAYS a very full on morning for him and his family!). She told me he sowed the seed and picked out each plant individually. Next week, fingers crossed we may have more; and more info. About the seed!

Rhubarb – The ladies of Kispetri/Petrinzsel

bodza rozsa/peony/ – I love this ‘plosive’ Bo…. in the hungarian name; just so onamatapeic! Hajni, Ketesd (SEE PHOTOS)

Other

Kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Agi neni in Alunis

Corriander – Agi neni in Alunis and Emese in Valcau

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. Today I thought Szilard had invented a new flavour cheese, Plum!! Then I saw a small 500 ml next to it and realised it was palinka!!

Nuts – Erzsi from Valcau and Florica from Huedin/Damos. We see Florica and her husband in their field whenever we cycle to Damos and we salute them. .

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.); Hajni, Babony .. Olimpia, Hajni’s daughter in law asked me for feedback about the quality and yolk colour of her mother in law’s hens’ eggs! So i’ve started writing on the boxes whose eggs you’ve got. Feedback encouraged!! No news yet though from Arany about the iroasszony/pattern drawing ladies in the village but we are working on it! Hajni, Ketesd and Erzsika, Valcau.

Cream – Jenica, Hodis from cow milk. I was able to pay off my galeata debt to Livia thanks to the returned pots Deni brought with her. Keep them coming!! You should have seen the joy the sign of these WITH matching lids brought!

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Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. 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!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry

Boxnote 160, May 23 2017

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

Remember we are in the hungry gap .. HPM is FULL of palanta/rasadari .. and many are coming to market to buy these. We could see the market filling up with cars and people from our window as we organised boxnote chart/mailed cheese order to Szilard/gathered together the dry goods packages collected yesterday. All washed down with a cup of tea and homemade biscuit (made from Kati’s flour and Nelu’s honey of course!).

Douglas dashed down the road very early to meet Levente on the school bus. This week, for the first time, Emese picked in Bagolyvar garden in Vălcăul (I saw the spelling of this locally used name for the first time today and am grateful for it. The village name, Valeni is NEVER used by locals. This is so in many villages which adds to the general excitement of being in the area!). Mandru Kati picked at 208 Vălcăul ;. Both of these women sent their pickings with Levente who sent his lavender plants. Some of you will have noticed the GK chat newsflash about Levente’s goose eggs; on Monday and later,chatting with Kati in Damos, I discovered that she has duck eggs. Let us know if such exotics ever take your fancy!

After Levente, Douglas whizzed to meet Szekely Edit with your kale in front of the station. Kuratorne Kati picked with me in Damos; Agi neni in Alunis (or once again, the name all the locals use,Monyoro) .. and then later, Gil and Douglas collected in the Huedin garden; but I reach the end of the morning before we have even sniffed a story …

As I rushed to market, passing by large producers (Oradea, Arad etc). These people are not ‘en gros. …we were thinking this is possibly why people travel from far afield to buy the ingredients for making their jams, syrups, zacuskas etc. because they know where they come from and the quality.

These larger with their tomoatoes and peppers and goodness knows what other goodies stacked on their full tables all flashed before my eyes; but when I reached the old market, the Kalotaszeg sellers squashed between Krazna’s plants, or popped out of their usual spaces onto the back tables, we were lucky enough to collect some of the pre organised lettuce and elderflower collections (Eva) and pasta (wholemeal and oh so very new world) and gather some other goodies for you. All voluminous and all green.

If you are desperate for a root or a tattie (Scottish word for potato) to chew on, the news hot off the press from PMV (Piata Mihai Viteazul) and our roving reporter Simona is fresh carrots – the table near the producers who now have “rasaduri” – they are 2 brothers (sometimes there is their mom or wives too) one brother is wearing glasses, the other is tall and smiley (i think Joszef is his name) and the table is facing Oncos; they have mint too (and besides them is Iulika neni who has rhubarb, macris and eggs

and the other ones, with the carrots; are one line before these brothers, and perpendicular; husband and wife, and they have oil,and poppyseed and a few types of flour (I bought fresh baby potatoes from them – scumptious’

I believe these farmers are larger than ours (probably equivalent to the Crazna sellers who come to HPM in terms of status); and from the warmer villages east of the city.

Thanks for sharing that Simona!

Other local goodies will come, slowly unravelling as they are first thinned out from their rows in the plot and finally collected. There will be carrots and onion and cucumber .. and … and …. and .. but it just takes time when you grow on a small scale without plastic. Personally, I love it. I feel as though my body slowly receives what is locally gathered and this is exactly what it needs. It is almost like the beginning of spring; when you see the first flower, the second, and then come a crescendo and then before you know where you are, it is harvest and we are bombarded with the beautiful excess of nature.

**** for info./stories about individual goodies and producers, find the veggies below! **

Thanks to the Gustare team who helped us bring the goodies to you this week: Gil arrived with many packages. I had great hope he was coming to stay and help us out (he is SUCH a great help), but no, he was carrying Carmen’s archive. Yes, our dear Carmen is beginning an adventure .. sooo in the meantime, until she is settled, Douglas will be arranging the blog. It won’t be so lovely (unless someone else would like to volunteer?). If yes, let us know. It is a case of selecting/arranging photos and boxnote text

Szilard helped us arrive at the station and Roger to get your packages onto the train. Gil accompanied your packages whereupon Deni met them and organised your GK to be collected!

If like me, you haven’t had the great pleasure yet to indulge in Guirec’s other life (or one of them!)

read on.. https://organicartranch.org/2017/05/15/in-the-shoes-of-a-shepherds-apprentice/

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh herbs spearmint, peppermint, marjoram (many find this pretty weak as a tea but try it out, or in cooking and check it out online. It’s pretty healthy),

Kuratorne Kati, Douglas, Agi neni, in Damos, Huedin and Alunis.

peppermint and other garden mint variety in a bunch – Erzsike and Domi, Huedin

Salad ustoroita-kanyarzsombor-jack by the hedge/red lobodo/young penny cress/ lamb’s lettuce/ rucola/chevril – turbolya-hasmatiu/macris-sorrel- soska/ cress/spring beauty, From TKD gardens..collected by me, Curatorne Kata in Damos, Douglas, Gil and Guirec in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis, Emese in Valcaul

lettuce/salyata – Eva Ketesd, Curatorne Kata, Damos, Zsofi, Huedin.

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi, and Domi, Huedin

Fresh garlic – Annus neni,Ketesd and Douglas in Huedin

parsley/petrinzsely levelet/patrunjel/marar-kopor-dill Erzsika and Domi in Bicalat/Huedin, and Annus neni in Ketesd and Eva, Ketesd

notice that we already wave goodbye to chicory leaves and leustcean which have become bitter, as the plants begin to shoot …..

Spinach/spanac/spenotMaria, Huedin mainly and Annuska in Ketesd

perpetual spinach – the first to arrive at market from Zsofi neni. Zsofi now has a small leaf variety (her seed) and a large leaf variety (our seed) from which these leaves came. She was SO excited to have this speciality so early in the year!

Cabbage/Varza/Kapuszta and Radish Domnul Pandele, Huedin. Domnul Pandele came to Kalotaszeg from Bucharest and is a market gardener in Huedin with polytunnels. He is passionate about growing and selling, so he’s pretty successful and doesn’t need our regular support. He uses small amounts of peat to fertilise his soil (because of the lack of cows and manure in Huedin) but because peat use is very detrimental to planet, we only buy from him when rather desperate, ie. In the hungry gap period.

Macris collected by Emese in Valcaul

or Kale or kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Szekely Edit and Agi neni in Alunis and Mandru Kati, Vălcăul

or pea tops or bean tops we love these crude or in a salad. Agi neni in Alunis and Mandru Kati and Emese in Vălcăul

or extra cabbage – Domnul Pandale

The reason you each have one of these bags is we didn’t have enough for all. We feel the shoots are better stir fried now as the plants are a bit bigger. They are the last and we bid them also farewell from our boxes until 2018.

Preparing your boxes,we ran out of time. Everyone declared it was because I spoke too much during the process .. but Gil, dear fellow, said, ‘ it is just all part of the game!’ … the game of Gustare/Kostolo. This certainly encapsualtes the cut and thrust quality of market day!

Other

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. The mature sheep cheese has arrived.

Pasta/Taietei – Annus neni made this using Kadar Kati’s Damos flour with korpa/tarate/bran(she wanted to mix in as much as possible so she ground what I gave her very finely with her coffee grinder. So thereis a good tip for us; if you want to increase the bran content in your flour grind the ‘tarate’/’korpa’) Her own hazi eggs (21 chickens – 3 cockerels, 2 of which are lili – little cockerels. They eat greens and home grown corn. They love the greens (just like us!) at this time of year! .

Cornflour/Faina de Malai/puliszka liszt – Eva in Ketesd. Eva has one more kg if anyone needs it.

Nuts – As you know, nuts last year were very bad quality in general and because of this we are very cautious and ask many questions about the nuts we buy for Gustare. We are now paying 20lei/500g if someone is cracking the nuts on the spot, in the market, checking them well and removing any dodgey ones. Erzsika, Huedin started this good idea so the nuts are from her.

apple rings – dried in the solar drier by me and pandurne Erzsi in Vălcăul. These are the last of the year. They have been very popular with us all. If we can get our hands on enough Kalotaszeg apples (our Sovary tree in Mogyoro is resting this year), we will prepare many more together for you

Kale/Kel levelet/Varza furaje – Szekely Edit – Huedin. Sadly this will be the last for a while as Edit has pulled out these plants to replace with tomatoe plants.

Flour/Faina/Liszt with Korpa/tarate/bran – kadar Kati, Damos. Kati’s husband has cancer and is gai old (gai = scottish english for, very very) but he still potters about in the yard. One of his sisters died a couple of weeks ago; his other sister had a stroke on Tuesday and was whisked into hospital; you can almost imagine the feeling is that he will be the next to go.

The sadness is overwhelming Kati and it makes me sad and even more desperate to record her wisdom. She is a very intelligent woman; baking bread for her father and siblings from the age of 12 when her mother died. At a young age she started to learn about agriculture. She is well aware that very few in the village are left holding the knowledge that she has and is happy for me to record in any way I can (if anyone can magic me more time please for these wonders, please do so!).

Walnut oil – Levente’s nuts turned into oil in Valcaul by Gil and Guirec and Darius and Douglas. We’ve now run out.

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.); Kadar Kati – Damos; Kuratorne Kati – Damos;, Agi – Huedin, Huszar Kati – Damos, Ibolya – Nearsova, Hajni – Babiu/Babony (if you have super yellow yolks, you have Hajni’s eggs. Her daughter in law, Arany, told me that she feeds her hens with a lot of homegrown corn). I am always excited to hear of the remote village of Babony. Books were written about it in the past. It is small and isolated. I’ve put Arany on the iroasszony (pattern drawing ladies for the large square closed chain stitch) liviing or dead trail. Hopefully, there will be some names and news next week.

Cream – Jenica, Hodis from cow milk. I now have no plastic cream containers and I have cream container debts to Jenica, Vio and Livia. Next week it will be VERY hard if not impossible to buy cream without paying off my container debts and exchanging. Please think about how you will get the containers to us before ordering!

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. 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!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry

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Boxnote 157 May 2 2017, Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

Spring is here. Everyone has grippe/meghullve which always rather worries me; I think I speak to ghosts (the similar sounding to me, meghalt=dead (hungarian)!. The voluminous light vegetable box is underway! Bye bye root veggies; here comes the Green.

Something this week that isn’t padding the box out (but could have been) is bureti de prun/szilva gomba and bureti de spin/tovis gomba. Marta collected these in Bolic. She is an expert at mushroom collection; the spin/tovis we didn’t even get a look at because the collectors came to her house to get them! She told me that they have pores, and a very disinct smell. However, we were lucky enough to get the former variety, de prun/szilva which unsurprisingly, have a very distinct smell of plum trees. They are gelatinous and make a very nice tocanita she told me.

The mushrooms weren’t in your box because we know that some have fear of mushrooms .. but some don’t. Sooo, iIf you would like to receive mushrooms in your box when we are lucky enough to have them at market, please let us know.

Another beautiful, unusual moment, a ‘spargo’ one came up with Eva from Ketesd. Eva had these big ferny plants for sale and I asked what they were; she said they were lovely flowers; I looked more closely, got Douglas over and we all started to wonder if she had asparagus plants. She was sure she didn’t have them, but I wasn’t so sure. Zsuszi arrived and we too had a big chat with Eva and by now, Ertsey (her husband) too .. and now none of us were sure! Later Zsuszi looked on the internet and Eva and I started to talk about male and female plants and the way they seed and grow. Sooooo, we bought a plant and are all investigating. If if if, she has asparagus; we have to work out the best way for her to cultivate it so that GK and the market can enjoy it!

Finally, Marioara in the grocery shop just declared Tuesdays, market days to be ‘bolonzeaza’ crazy …. origin, bolond? Hungarian for crazy … is this a lovely crossing over regionalism? I do hope so.

Thanks to the Gustare team who helped us bring the goodies to you this week: Guillem and Roger who prepared the packages; Oana (chart preparation); Roger helped get us and the goodies to the station and onto the train; Guirec accompanied them to Cluj whereupon Deni met the train and organised your GK to be collected! Later, Carmen will create this weeks blog post. Check out Carmen’s new wonderful work on the HPM blog https://huedinpiatamarket.wordpress.com/about/

Lots of local small farmers with fresh food, free range, organic eggs, cheese, herbs; some with seasonal craft such as soc ks in winter, christmas decorations, other …

and https://huedinpiatamarket.wordpress.com/how-can-i-get-involved/

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh herbs are here! Yesterday in Damos, Kuratorne Kati and I collected some spearmint; Guirec and Douglas some lemon balm today and Agi neni, yesterday in Alunis, unbeknown to us, some blackcurrant leaves and (if you were lucky enough to get the extras …) sage and peppermint (but only Zsolt – our teeaholic – was lucky enough for the first taste of 2017 peppermint).

and still a little

Dried apple to snack on; dried by pandurne Erzsi neni in Valeni,

Szent Gyorgy virag/cow slip/Ciubotica cucului useful as a tea herb. Dry and good for coughs or add the flowers to your salad. Collected by Agi neni by surprise. We actually do not advocate picking such large quantities of a wild flower, or any action which may lower the number of species in any area.

http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/herbs/cowslip-herb.html

Cowslip Herb. Other Names of Cowslip: Cowslip primrose, key of heaven, key flower, fairy cups, palsywort, primrose. Useful Parts of the Plant: Flowers, leaves, root

The narcissus (sp?!) are not edible!!! Just for air freshening Eva, Ketesd

Salad ustoroita/kanyarzsombor/ chicory/ lamb’s lettuce/ chevril – turbolya-hasmatiu/ parsley, cress, broad bean tops, pulmonaria-dongo virag (translates as bee flower) good for the lungs as the name suggests. From TKD gardens..collected by me, Douglas, Guillem in Damos and Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis

Onions, ceapa, feher es piros hagyma Eva and Evika, mother and daughter Ketesd and Zsobok. Neither woman sprays her crop. Eva said she grows in a field near the beginning of the forest and has never had a problem there with onion fly. I started asking about this again after visiting Bozse neni (86) in Bicalat at the weekend. Bozse told me she spayed with Masopan twice last year; it reminded me that a couple of years ago when at a Kispetri seed swop, I remember everyone in the village told me they spray their onions and that if they didn’t there would be no crop. Kispetri was a very large producing village during the communist times; I don’ t know if there is any connection.

The question for us is what do we do about it; how far do/can we take it? We are in a powerful position because we buy for you so we can ask lots of questions and we can choose to buy the most organic; but a lot more information needs to be given to producers and supporters of them in order for us all to make an informed decision…….. Mmmmmm ……… Please let us know your thoughts on this

Fresh garlic/perpetual onion leaves/leustean-loveage/rucola/snidling-chives- metelo hagyma (or as Agi neni has christened them, Pasztor Hagyma)/hasmatiu-turbolya/ us, Agi neni, Kuratorne Kati, Guirec

Hamei/komlo hajtas /hop tips – collected by surprise by Eva in Ketesd, with a little from Agi in Alunis. The tips are very delicious. Remove the lower woody part of the stems and fry with onion, toss in garlic and add tomato or cream. Or the traditional way is to follow a bean soup recipe subsituting the hops for the beans.

Radish Gyongyi, Horlacea

green onionsKurator Kati, Damos.

Spinach/spanac/spenotMaria, Huedin. Maria has grown this on her plot in Huedin. Maria lives in a block but has a piece of land nearby which she loves tending. She says everyone has been admiring her spinach and so did we. No polytunnel; she fertilises the ground with chicken manure. She was so pleased to be able to sell us so much.

Carrots/morcov Viorica, Rasca. Rasca is famous for very suitable soil for growing potatoes and carrots. Viorica told me that these are grown with her own saved seed.

Beans – buffalo beans white and colourful from Piroska, Ketesd/Ibolya, Horlacea and Piroska II, Ketesd (we were so pleased to be able to give Piroska some money and she was so pleased that at the eleventh hour we remembered her!)

rhubarb The second picking of the year in Kispetri. Collected by Bodis Ilonka and Kantorne Erzsika. I LOVE a rhubarb crumble or a fool for desert. You can also use it in a curry (with spinach is good). You can make a drink. There are lots of recipes on line. Let us know if you make something amazing and would like to share it!

Other

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. IMG_3486

Pasta/TaieteiOlimpia, Huedin (made last Thursday).

HoneyOlimpia and Nelu, Mesteaca,/Huedin

Nuts – Pista and Erzsi, Bicalat.

walnut oil – nuts Kovacs Levente, Valeni. Darius, Guillem, Gil and Douglas cold pressed this oil for you. It was a great team! The second nut machine has now been repaired so we hope the csipet csapat team will be back in action when more oil is needed.

Walnut butter – the thick stuff …

Eggs ; Maria, Huedin (Maria is one of 7; 2 died young, triplets and 2 in Rasca .. one of her sisters has the most amazing name Savara). Eggs are all a bit thin shelled and strange at the moment! We always check that the hens are eating locally grown food.

Palinka – de prune, Szilard.

Cream – Anca, Hodis.

Malai/kukorica – Eva, ketesd

Kale/Varza Furaje/Kel levelet Agi neni , Alunis

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. 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!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tornat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry

Boxnote 152 March 14 2017, Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

 

Early In the day, I had the joy to receive some AMAZING butter from Viorica in Morlaca; and to give her the scan of the Morlaca section of the following book (in 3 languages).

There are many photos taken by Galloway around the end of the 1920s. Viorica’s mother immediately started scanning for people she recognised, as though time, (ninety years) had stood still. If you manage to open the above, the amazing ‘crown’ the young Morlacan girls wear is called a maruna and there is still an older lady in the village making them!

The third edition of the ‘Schimb de Seminte/Mag Csere’ took place today; and as all great events it was the most exciting to date, which is not to say that the first year was lacking in the excitement stakes! I suppose we, Kalotaszeg producers, in Huedin’s ancient market, as time passes, know each other more and become more used to trying out and experiencing new things together.

Viorica, from Huedin, kept us on our toes by asking for some Caragiale (isn’t that an author?); her/local (maybe) name for craita/barsany virag/tagetes. We shared these moments with Guirec and Deni who came to help. Fortunately, we collected, mainly in Damos a small mixed salad made up of garden leaves and wild spring leaves, which we could refer to. All the while, we snacked on and enjoyed the dried ‘sovary’ apples Erzsi neni prepared in Valeni (you’ve also got some in your boxes, Mihaela and Simona!).

You’ll probably have noticed the absence Agi neni news in our 2017 boxnotes to date. She hasn’t been picking in the Alunis garden until now, because we were a bit worried that she wasn’t well enough; however it seems that she’s healing well after her operation; so next week, we’re hoping she’ll be back in action.

Guirec and Deni organised your GK and brought it to Cluj! Our thanks to both of them!

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!!

dried – mint and sovary apples for snacking dried in the solar drier in Valeni by pandurne Erzsi. – peppers, bought at market and dried on the tarnat in Huedin by me.

Onions, ceapa, piros/feher hagymaPiroska, Nearsova; Erzsi in Sarvasar.

Garlic Annuska Ketesd

a little salad – aaaaah spring makes itself felt as the different (13) varieties clock up in the garden.. papadie/valeriana/ustoroita/hasmatiu/padbal/untisor/sorrel/chicory/dock/coada soarecului/urzica violeta/lobodo sprouts/lambs lettuce … collected by us in Damos and Huedin

lettuce and radish and spinach, and green onionErzsi and Voszi, Saula. This couple have a poly tunnel and told me that they have used some mutragya/azot on the land; but we felt their honesty and the fact they are In our dear Kalotaszeg zone, that we should try their goodies.

Carrots, morcov – Gyongy, Nearsova (Gyongy told us she is saving her own carrot seed)

Sfecla/celkla/beeroot Eva, Ketesd

pasturnakKuratorne Kati , Damos

petrinzselm gyokor/hamburg parsley/ petrinzelPiroska, Huedin, Eva, Ketesd

celeriac/zeller Kantorne Kati and Eva, Ketesd

topinambur/arva krumpli/ jerusalem artichokesus, Valeni. YES, pandurne Erzsi neni in Valeni and I were chatting about these veggies and how she enjoyed ‘arva krumpli’ as a child.. they were small edeskedvu to her and her husband. They munched on them raw.

Apples/alma/mere – Pirsoka, Bicalat (dubla deliciousa and golden) and Agi neni/us (collecting/storing last year) in Alunis – sovary.

Other

Beans – Annus neni, Ketesd.

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. Szilard’s got some smoked cheese and some cow/sheep (contains only 10% approx sheep but gives a lovely sheep flavour); medveshagyma/wild garlic/leurda flavour is coming too!

Nuts – Elena, Sancraiu. The first time we met at market; and she with these lovely crunchy nuts.

Eggs ; Vincze Husszar Andras Kati (Kati has SUCH a mouthful of a name!)

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 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.

OtherIMG_3953

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.

Other

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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