Chickpea Soup with Root Vegetables

When I was a child growing up in the socialistic Czechoslovakia, there were no fresh vegetables available during December, January and February. Our fields and gardens were covered in snow and the temperatures stayed below zero for the better part of winter. There were no imported or indoor-grown vegetables in the winter months either. Instead, … Continue reading Chickpea Soup with Root Vegetables

Buckwheat Groats with Braised Cauliflower and Carrots

Buckwheat is another ancient food staple returning to our cuisine. It used to be a common ingredient of our ancestors, as Ján Babilon - the author of the first cookbook in the Slovak language says. He was a chef and the owner of a restaurant in Pest (today's Budapest), where he published Prvá kuchárka v slovenskej … Continue reading Buckwheat Groats with Braised Cauliflower and Carrots

Bryndza Cheese Crescents

Last year I explored the history behind kiflicki, an ancient name for yeasted rolls that originated in the old Kingdom of Hungary centuries ago. Slovaks were part of the kingdom alongside other nations like Hungarians, Romanians, Croatians, Bosnians or Rusyns, so you'll find variations on kiflicki in all these cuisines, albeit under slightly different names. My search … Continue reading Bryndza Cheese Crescents