The Rich Tradition: Episode 10 Hungary



Elisabeth starts her trip to Hungary spending time with descendents of the Magyar nomads who drove the Romans out of the area and who now farm the land and fish in the Danube, with whom she shares the latters' paprika-spiced Szeged fish soup. Paprika is so important that she investigates its history and production, before being shown how to make the traditional chicken paprikas, while the male members of the team sample the wines and the beef paprikas of the Swabian population across the valley. Rural handicrafts include hand-made baskets and fine embroidery. After a visit to the market square in Buda, she finishes up spending the evening in a folk-dance club, a tradition revived during the period of Russian occupation to preserve the Hungarian cultural identity.

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In Revisiting "The Rich Tradition", Elisabeth Luard gives an updated introduction to the video series based on European Peasant Cookery. Other episodes in The Rich Tradition include: the Island of Mull; Andalucia in southern Spain; The Ruthines of Slovakia; Mediterranean Seafood; Provence in France; Holland; Sweden; Slovakia; the Black Forest in Germany; Friuli in Italy; Cork in Ireland; Lent and Easter in Eastern Europe; and the bonus episode, Home from the Sea, in Tangier, Morocco.

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