Goulash (Hungarian: gulyás) is a soup or stew of meat, noodles and vegetables (especially potato), seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating in Hungary, goulash is also a popular meal in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scandinavia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and some regions of Italy.
Etymology: The name originates from the Hungarian gulyás, pronounced yuja. The word gulya means ‘herd of cattle’ in Hungarian, and gulyás means ‘herdsman’. The word gulyás originally meant only “herdsman,” but over time the dish became gulyáshús (goulash meat) – that is to say, a meat dish which was prepared by herdsmen.
To read the entire fascinating history of this stew/soup, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goulash
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Word for the day… tuck in!
As I reread my Harry Potter books, I am fascinated by the (largely British) expression of “tucking in”, meaning to eat a large amount of food, and it got me wondering how that expression came about.
The online dictionary didn’t help with where it came from, but here is the definition:
1. (tr) Also tuck into to put to bed and make snug
2. (tr) to thrust the loose ends or sides of (something) into a confining space tuck the blankets in
3. (intr) Also tuck into Informal to eat, esp heartily
(Cookery) Brit informal a meal, esp a large one
Source cited: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tuck+in
Do you have any favorite expressions that you’d like to share with us? If so, feel free to add to this thread!
My homemade cranberry sauce recipe for the holidays…….
I use three bags of fresh cranberries washed and rinsed, add fruit juice to about 1 inch below the top of the big pot I make it in, add a couple handfuls of nuts, sometimes a handful of raisins, shred some fresh orange rind in it, add a bunch of cinnamon and brown sugar and honey to it and then let it come to a low boil.
I then stir and boil it some more, making sure to squish or “pop” all the cranberries as it’s brewing. Keep adding sugar until it tastes semi-sweet (don’t want it to be too sweet), and then let it cool. Mine comes out kinda slushy, not in jellied form, like the canned cranberry sauce, but everyone in my family raves about it. Can be served with traditional turkey dinner, delish with ham and served over waffles and pancakes too!
Hugs, Diane T. and furfamily
Basta is an Italian word for “enough.” (interjection)
When someone is filling your plate and there is enough food on it, you may say “basta”.
Or “I’m sick of this election…Basta, I’ve had enough!”
Source cited: http://www.yourdictionary.com/basta
Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian readers!!!
Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday in October, to give thanks at the close of the harvest season.
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada has been traced back to Martin Frosbier’s 1578 voyage from England. While searching for the Northwest Passage, his fleet was scattered by ice and storms. When finally coming together again at Frosbier’s Bay, Robert Wolfall, the expedition’s chaplain, held a godly sermon asking the members to be thankful for their strange and miraculous deliverance. (from the care2.com newsletter)
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Have you ever heard of Fair Trade Goods and wondered why it might be important to support them? Here’s a snippet of an article from Mother Earth News…..
“You see it on labels for coffee, chocolate, flowers and more, but what does it really mean? Fair Trade is a designation developed to help consumers support products that come from farms that have been certified to provide fair wages and safe working conditions (forced child labor is prohibited). In addition, producers on certified farms are paid a premium to apply to projects such as healthcare, women’s leadership initiatives and micro-finance programs, as voted on by the farmers and workers themselves.”
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/2008-06-01/What-Is-Fair-Trade.aspx#ixzz25iLsCgFn
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There are lots of free newsletters out there, but this one is worth its weight in gold. Written by Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, author of 14 books on how to be healthier with a natural diet, she explains simple ways to prepare food, and how to help you recover your health by eating the right kinds of food.
Our word for the day comes from her most recent newsletter, it’s: mirepoix.
Mirepoix (pronounced “meer-pwah”) is a fancy-sounding French word that simply means chopped onions, celery, and carrots. These are among the cheapest vegetables and they add lots of flavor to your meals.”
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