Bachelor-Catcher Hungarian Soup (Legényfogó Leves) Recipe


Ingredients (4 people)

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 onion
  • 200 g carrots
  • 200 g turnip
  • 200 g  mushrooms (I used dried black trumpet /Craterellus cornucopioides)
  • 4-5 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 200 ml sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil



  1. In a large soup pot add oil and fry the diced onion.
  2. Add the diced chicken breast and seasoning, then simmer briefly until they change a bit their color.
  3. Add the mustard and diced vegetables then fill the pot with water.
  4. Boil the soup until both the chicken and vegetables are done.
  5. Put the flour in a bowl and add the sour cream mixing into a smooth paste.
  6. Add this thickening sauce to the soup and boil for another 2-3 minutes.


Gefilte Fish – Traditional Jewish Recipe

This is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish Holidays treat, but because there are no Jewish shops around my place, I had to adapt it a bit, using non-kosher ingredients.

Ingredients (4 persons)

    • ¾ kg carp fillets (I used bighead carp)
    • 3-4 slices Sweet Bread, Brioche or Challah
    • 1 egg
    • 3 medium onions
    • 2 carrots
    • 8 slices of crackers, crumbled
    • parsley leaves
    • Sugar
    • Pepper

Preparation method:

  1. Check carefully the fillet slices for any bone, then grind them. If you don’t have a meat grinder you can use a cleaver to mince them.

  2. Mix thoroughly the minced / groundfish with the soaked slices of sweet bread, cracker crumb, an onion chopped, the egg, salt, and pepper.

  3. With wet hands, form the paste into 4-5 cm balls.
  4. In a pot with water boil the remaining onion, green parsley, sliced carrots, sugar and salt.
  5. When the carrots are softened, carefully add the fish balls and simmer them until done.

  6. Add to a skillet/wok some oil, I used grape-seed oil and about 2 tablespoons of semolina.
  7. When the semolina’s colour changed to golden, add 1/3 of the fish balls and stir them shaking softly the skillet until they encompass the semolina and change their colour to golden-brown.
  8. Serve the fish balls with sliced carrots and grated horseradish.
Happy Hannukah!

Chicken with Grapes and Plums Recipe

Ingredients for 2 persons

  • 2 whole chicken legs
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2-3 slices canned, salted, minced red peppers (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 3-4 sage leaves
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 50 g of butter
  • 10-15 plum eye
  • 2 small bunch grapes (red and white combined)


      1. Season the meat with salt and pepper, rub it with thyme, 2 cloves of crushed garlic and the salted mince peppers.
      2. Place the meat into a nonstick, lidded pot then add the bay leaf, sage, rosemary, 3 cloves of garlic in their skins and the butter.
      3. Simmer lidded at low heat for 50-60 minutes, turning the meat from time to time to get an even roasted colour.
      4. Then pour in the wine and simmer for another 20 minutes
      5. Add the pitted plums, the grapes picked from their clusters, and simmer for another 20-25 minutes.

Serving Ideas:

It can be served with potato noodles, potato pancakes, other potato garnishes.