She came up with a BIG winner: an English language Hungarian cooking class! Chef Parade (http://www.cookingbudapest.com) offers numerous classes and venues in Budapest and the surrounding areas (they have 4 locations). The English language one we found was in Pest.
Getting to the venue proved to be somewhat challenging. There is no way we could ever have found it on our own...but our hosts supplied a taxi from our hotel to the cooking class site...very convenient (paid for as part of our cooking class fee!)
The taxi ride itself as a journey through the narrow back streets of Pest giving us very non-tourist view of the life styles and residences of the local population.
There were seven students and the teacher which was perfect for the four fully equipped workstations.
|Goulash in the works|
|Chicken Paprikas in the works|
I learned a lot about the use of paprika in this class...it, initially needs to be combined with an oil based solution (the sautéed onions). You use sweet paprika to cook with and spicy/hot paprika to flavor your dish at the end!
Finally, we tackled Csirkepaprikas Nokedlivel or, simply, Chicken Paprikas and Noodles! I won't go through the whole preparation here, but believe me, the end result was both tasty and fun to make.
|Paprikas with noodles|
|Chocolate and Vanilla Rum Cake|
If you have some time in Budapest, we would highly recommend this foodie adventure.
After our adventue on the rivers of Europe, we did actually prepare the Chicken Paprikas at home...and found it to be almost as good as it was in Hungary...guess the atmosphere was a bit different...