My mom made a pretty authentic goulash in certain respects. In certain other respects it wasn’t really goulash at all. I’m now making something somewhere in between.
The Hungarians would make a sort of soup called goulash and serve that with or over cubed boiled potatoes. The Germans like a thicker version and serve that over spaetzle. My mom used elbow macaroni. I have a spaetzle maker but usually just reach for a nice orzo lately.
My mom used a combination of tomato juice and tomatoes. I skip the juice. Feel free to include some to make a thinner version. You could also add chicken stock to take it more into the soup dimension. My mom used stewed tomatoes but I use just diced.
My mom used ground beef, but I’ve gone more traditional here and cube nice beef and brown that.
Finally, my mom didn’t use paprika (I know!) and I use a lot. If I can brown the beef and saute the onions over fire I use Hungarian sweet, but if I can’t I use Spanish smoked paprika instead. Or maybe a combination. I’m not too picky about this detail.
1 lb beef (browned)
2 large onions (sauted but not browned)
1 T garlic (optional)
tomatoes (2 cans of Muir Glen diced is typical for me)
salt and pepper
¼ paprika (yes, a lot)
brown beef and set aside
saute onions in whatever fat remains, scrap up the bits, and let them go translucent (take your time)
add everything into the pot (except the pasta) and let that simmer for a long while, relax
cook the pasta you chose (or potatoes or make spaetzle)
you can combine the starch and sauce together and server or serve portions (I usually combine in the pasta just prior to serving time so it’s a one pot stop)
My mom makes chocolate zucchini bread. Well, she did when we were kids. I don’t think they eat so much dessert foods now that we’re grown. Regardless, I asked her to send me the old recipe. The poor card has seen better days!
I’ll do my best to get those interpreted correctly here.
2 ½ C flour (unsifted)
2 C sugar
½ C cocoa [presumably Dutch processed but certainly powder]
2 ½ t baking powder
2 t vanilla
1 ½ t [baking] soda
2 t orange peel (grated) [zest]
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 C zucchini (shredded)
¾ C butter or margarine [seriously, butter though]
½ C milk
[ewe] 1 C pecans or walnuts (chopped) [No nuts! obviously optional]
Pour [something] greased and floured [something] [maybe cake] pan or Bundt pan
Bake 350° for 1 hr
Cool in pan for 15 min
Turn out on wire rack
2 C powdered sugar
3 T milk
1 t vanilla
I have no specific memory have actually eating it, but I know we greatly enjoyed doing so.
Day 427 of the plague: Dinner is a frozen meal pack and some more boxed wine from the cellars of Ernest and Julio Gallows.
–– MC Lemony Fresh
There are innumerably more ways to fail than to succeed. You needn’t try them all, though you will try quite a few.
My neighbor is a hunter and a fisher which has been a boon for my access to random unexpected proteins. We were talking the other day about the jerky he makes (nearly all of his goose breast ends this way). He uses a recipe from a friend of his and I told him I could post it to my blog so it would be easier for him to find. So, here it is.
3T coarse salt
1C brown sugar
3/4C soy sauce
3/4C Worcestershire sauce
2T chili powder
3T ground (black) pepper
2T (red) pepper flakes
I am going to try it out at some point. From there I will likely play with it and see what works for me. Anyway, perhaps it will be a good starting point for you as well.
At the end of my time at Seattle Central, I took a class on public speaking. Part of the class involved giving reasoned arguments in public talks (public meaning the rest of the class). One day there was some time left in the class period but no one had a speech to give so the floor was opened. I gave a spontaneous off-the-cuff speech arguing in favor of transforming the Kingdome (grunge era Seattle, eh?) into the world’s largest indoor rainforest. This was either 1993 or 1994 (as I graduated from Seattle Central in 1994).
Unbeknownst to me, only a couple of years later some English folks had similar inspired thinking and eventually were able to construct what is in fact the world’s largest indoor rainforest. Called the Eden Project and built in Cornwall in a former clay pit (and movie set), they have built a series of dome structures with different themes based on regions.