Back in Zalaegerszeg

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. Mahatma Gandhi There was a certain symmetry to the timing of the week.  I left the apartment Monday morning to catch a 5:17 a.m. train that had me arrive in Budapest around 8:45 and I…

All the whining that’s fit to print, or The War on Brunch

When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” A.A. Milne Credit for…

Chocolate

The Spanish ladies of the New World are madly addicted to chocolate, to such a point that, not content to drink it several times each day, they even have it served to them in church. Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste Although not a Spanish lady, I was madly addicted to chocolate in the United…

How my diet has changed

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart. Cesar Chavez The quote reveals a Mexican soul. He doesn’t say go to a restaurant and split the bill. He doesn’t say go to a drive-through and then…

Common smut (Huitlacoche)

Entre menos burros, más olotes. (The fewer the donkeys, the more cobs of corn) Mexican proverb I had heard about huitlacoche (also spelled cuitlacoche) for many years, but never had the opportunity to buy it. I’d tasted it , but never had the opportunity to cook with it. After a rain the fungus can develop…

Hot Chocolate, Round 3

man cannot live on chocolate …. but women can Hannah, Wayfaring Chocolate While shopping at Mega last weekend – the day that suddenly announced, with its high 20s (mid-80s) temperature – the end of cold weather – and just as suddenly announced – through its winds – the beginning of serious daily household sweeping I…