Like many people, I’ve had my summer travel plans severely disturbed by COVID-19. My upcoming trip to Hungary has been canceled, and unless I want to spend fourteen days quarantined in a hotel room, I pretty much have to limit myself to New York and the surrounding states for future getaways.
The pandemic, however, doesn’t affect our ability to cook food and eat it. So if you need inspiration for your summer recipes, here’s a selection of posts from the past twelve months:
- Looking for a cold meal, so you don’t have to sweat by the stove too much? I would suggest a Russian scallop tartare or a Montenegrin cheese mousse with peach sauce and walnuts. Going on a picnic? Make my foie gras sandwich!
- If you’re planning a sojourn by the sea, you’ll probably have seafood on your mind. My recent posts on Pomor cuisine might give you some ideas: how about a cod fish soup, or cod and potato fritters?
- But what would summer be without grilled meat? My Montenegro series and the recipes that go with it have got you covered, whether you’re fancying a Njeguški veal steak or a stuffed pork loin.
- To finish on a sweet note, my Rigó Jancsi is really a crowd pleaser in any season.
And to think I could be wandering through the streets of Budapest in search of my next dessert recipe, or sipping cocktails on a Montenegrin beach… Sigh.