My husband and I came to Central Europe to spend 3 days in Budapest and then 3 days in Prague. This class was by far our favorite experience of the entire 6 days. There are extras and surprises all along the way. The dishes we learned were wonderful, but the best part was Marti herself: We met her at the front door of the Market and accompanied her as she purchased ingredients for the class. She answered questions and explained various things as we made our way along the stalls. Goods in hand, we went to the car, rode a short distance and parked near, or in, the Jewish Quarter and entered a building like all the others in the area. That is to say, an old and stoic structure several stories high, rich in history, a building that has seen better times. Up to the 2nd floor and we were ushered into a fully equipped, bright, modern kitchen and adjoining diningroom. At this point, we knew we were in for a great experience! These rooms were designed and furnished by a professional; someone with passion for the culinary arts. In short order, we were very pleased to see that Marti’s skills matched that passion.
As we worked our way through our chosen menu, we veered off-topic several times in our conversation (which I recommend) and learned many things which we will remember long after we have forgotten how to say “thank you” in Hungarian (keurseunum). If you care to scratch the surface of this soft-spoken, unassuming person, you will discover that she holds multiple degrees and has much more on her mind than paprika and dumplings. What a delight it was to spend some hours with a modern, young Hungarian who is firm in her respect for Hungarian heritage, AND with a keen and fearless eye to its future! Long story short - we were impressed. Oh, the food, you ask? Our menu was: Goulash, which, to be authentic, is - well, take the class and then you will know. :) We also made Pancake Hortobagy Style and Gerbeaud Layer Cake. Everything was very tasty and I can attest to its authenticity - my grandparents immigrated from Hungary.
On our first night back in the states, we both agreed we could do no better than to have the pancakes and the dessert again. Here they are, in all their glory.
Marti - keurseunum!!!