• Rutabaga, Celery, Dill, & Smoked Chicken Soup
  • Matcha Whoopie Pies with Sakura Buttercream Filling
  • Chicken with Oyster Mushrooms, Portobellos, & Napa Cabbage
  • Mushroom Chicken Pie
  • Pistachio Wasabi Beets
  • Sichuan Chili Oil, and variety of cold-chicken-based lunches
  • Lemony Pea and Radish Salad with Mint
  • The Fort Greene
  • East African Sweet Pea Soup
  • Lazy, Rustic, Haphazard, and Amazing Sour Cherry Pies
  • Malaysian Chicken Satay
  • The Wildman’s iPhone App
  • Welsh Cakes with Dried Apricots and Candied Ginger
  • Farmhouse Pork with Black Beans and Green Peppers (and Trotter Gear)
  • Black Pepper Tofu with Pork
  • Peposo
  • Toasted Hazelnut Chai
  • Kentucky Coffee Spread
  • Banana Guacamole
  • Spicy Shrimp with Wine Rice
  • Double Ginger Chocolate Chunk Scones
  • Artichoke and Blood Orange Salad (with frisee, parsley, and cardamom)
  • Chevre Truffles
  • Clementine Sassafras Ice Cream
  • Jack is Closed (but you can vote for our pie on Sunday)
  • Our Wedding
  • Pecan Mole
  • Son-in-Law Eggs
  • Saffron Turmeric Cake with Meyer Lemon Sorbet, Argan Oil Whipped Cream, Almond Brittle, and Thyme
  • My Triumphant Return, with a Book Giveaway!

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Husk Tomatoes, a/k/a Ground Cherries (Still in Hungary)

These photos were taken back home, before I left for Hungary. I picked up these cherry husk tomatoes, which look quite a lot like tomatillos to me, at the farmer’s market in Brooklyn Heights. They smell like a mango and taste like a firm persimmon, almost. Delicious! I threw a few into a sort of Dutch apple husk tomato pancake the morning before we left, but mostly I preferred them straight from the husk to my mouth.

I am still in Hungary now, about halfway through my trip. We’re doing great here. Dave and I are in Debrecen today, and we will be heading up to Tarpa (the village where my grandmother grew up) to meet up with my family tomorrow morning. The architecture here is just stunning, as is all the sausage. We even stopped by the Pick salami and paprika museum in Szeged. (Did you know that Pick was started by a Jewish man? What a strange origin for a porcine treat.)

I have been less than impressed by the restaurant food, though. It simply has not been as good as the Hungarian food my grandmother and mother have made for me all my life. But as we travel north, the menu options have come more and more to resemble my grandmother’s cooking. It is a wonderful voyage.

I have been taking many photos, which I will post, along with the stories, when I return. And more than anything, I have been absolutely inspired to cook more Hungarian food when I get home – fusion dishes, yes, and the dishes my grandmother makes, and more. Being disappointed by restaurant food in a cuisine that I love makes me want very badly to go home and try to get it right.

On a completely unrelated note, here is an article about Dave, who left his job to come live with me in NYC. He is my co-counsel on almost everything I cook. He is my traveling companion, my partner, and he pats the hotel bed in the morning until I remind him that we left the kitty at home. And he always listens respectfully to my grandmother when she tries to give him cooking advice.

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6 Responses to “Husk Tomatoes, a/k/a Ground Cherries (Still in Hungary)”

  1. Helen says:

    so glad to hear you are having a good time. Interesting article about Dave.
    Try as many local foods as you can. Can’t wait to “read” you back!

  2. Rosa says:

    You must be having a very good time there with all the great food and the place’s magnificent landscapes/architecture!

    I’m looking forwards to seeing your pictures and recipes! I just bought a great book about Hungary’s culinary traditions (Culinaria Hungary, K├Ânemann), so it’ll be very interesting to see what you’ll come up with… Do tell us everything and share your experiences with us!

  3. Tanna says:

    Cute little tomatoes – would love to try one.
    Love to travel – yours sounds like a wonderful trip. Hope to hear more about it.

  4. Lisa says:

    Great article on Dave. It sounds like a good trip too. :)

  5. Danielle, what a beautiful blog! I love your potluck idea so contact me when you return from Hungary and let’s try to organize something.

  6. Julia says:

    Holy cow. I have a quart of those husk tomatos I got at a local farmer’s market and have been trying to figure out what the heck they are.

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