What do Hungarians think of Persians

Lots of Hungary and a pinch of Persia

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Half-Hungarian, Anikó Pusztaszeri always likes to be inspired by her father's local cuisine. The 32-year-old was born and raised in Rostock, studied biology in Göttingen and is currently doing her doctorate in Kassel. When she finished her diploma five years ago but still had no job prospects, she began to make her passion for cooking public. She started her blog Paprikameetscardamom.

“A lot of paprika is used in Hungarian cuisine, the noble sweet variety,” says the biologist. The Hungarians, on the other hand, hardly use cardamom at all. “That part of the name alludes more to my second favorite cooking culture: the Persian one.” In her university town of Göttingen there was a Persian café right next to the Botanical Institute, where she often studied. Since she no longer lives in Göttingen, Anikó Pusztaszeri has been cooking the delicious dishes from the menu in her own kitchen.

She travels to Hungary at least once a year to visit her three aunts and grandparents. "Every time I get to know at least one new dish," says the Rostock native, who speaks fluent Hungarian. “Then I often ask: Why didn't you show me that earlier? The answer is often: This is not a meal that can be served to guests. ”In Hungary, there is a big difference between the dishes that a housewife of the family serves and those that are prepared for guests, says Anikó Pusztaszeri . And although she actually also belongs to the family, the relatives usually try to impress her with elaborate guest dishes rather than serving her the simpler family meal. "But that's a shame, because the simple dishes taste really delicious and can also be cooked quickly."

The doctoral student particularly likes to eat the cold fruit soups that are available in Hungary when summer temperatures are hot. Another Hungarian favorite is the Letscho vegetable stew. Her food blogger career began with this dish in 2008.

However, Anikó's absolute favorite dish does not come from either Hungarian or Persian cuisine. It's a German classic: mustard celebration. "For me this is the ultimate comfort food," says the hobby cook. "No matter how bad the day was, it gets better with mustard celebrations."