Monthly Recap: January 2018

So we were looking forward to some snowshoe hiking. But we said we need snow first. Then it was snowing. But we said that driving on the roads, especially on narrow mountain roads, in this kind of weather is dangerous. So let’s just go somewhere in the Buda Hills that we can reach by public transport from Budapest. But then we said the sun is not shining and the gloomy landscape is not nice. The sun started shining. Shit, no more excuses… The truth is, we didn’t want to go out.

Each winter we decide to spend more time outdoors and each winter we find our excuses not to. And why should we? Oh, wait, we don’t have to. Our way of enjoying winter is supping hot chocolate in lovely cafés, baking cookies, reading books and watching movies at home. If not for shopping and commuting to work, I think we wouldn’t even go out of our cosy flat for weeks. And we’d be absolutely happy.

Budapest, Hungary

On the other hand, we enjoyed running outdoors on some of the warmer, sunny days. We also went ice-skating once, and we realized we enjoy it just as much as we did years ago. But we made peace with the fact that we just don’t like being outdoors in winter in general. I don’t know why it took such a long time. Probably because we are passionate about nature and being outdoors. But we hate winters. We definitely hate chilly, bare, grey, snowless winters, but we don’t like white winters either – at least, not for more than a week. 😀

It’s just who we are. So here’s to some more sweet chocolate flavored lazy days in February. And here’s to the first snowdrops soon. Snowdrops are the first flowers to bloom in Hungary – sometimes as early as February. They are the pretty, happy messengers of coming spring.

Highlights of January

Csepel, Budapest, January 2018

Ice-skating. We did ice-skating a lot during our university years in Szeged but it was a long time ago. We missed it. The small, open ice-rink in Csepel (one of the outer districts of Budapest) was a nice place to start. We had a good time and we plan to explore other options for ice-skating in Budapest. The most obvious is the famous open ice-rink is Városliget with Vajdahunyad Castle in the background. That could be pretty, but also very crowded and touristy. We’ll see.

Cooking, baking, trying out new recipes – which leads us to our next topic…

Our favorite new recipes from January

Food photography

Since we tried out a tons of recipes in January, we thought we’d share our new favorite discoveries. January was the month of soups. We like cream soups and we have some favorite vegetables that are just perfect for a delicious cream soup – like mushroom or broccoli. Winter is the season for these soups, anyway.

But we wanted to try cream soups made of fruits, as well. The slightly sweet, cold chestnut cream soup with cherries is our special recipe for Christmas Eve. But this January we added new recipes to the list of our favorite cream soups: cold plum cream soup (with cinnamon and vanilla) and cold banana cream soup.

Food photography

In terms of sweets, our favorite new recipe is the Japanese cheesecake. This is a ridiculously simple cake made of delicious ingredients (anything containing mascarpone and/or chocolate has good chances in our house) and we were quite satisfied with the result.

I’ve also started taking pictures of the food we eat or make. Uhm… there’s room for improvement. Food photography is something I’ve never tried before. I’ve never thought I’d like it either, but I find it challenging now.

(Since we have these recipes in Hungarian, I don’t see the point linking them here, but you may find similar recipes in English if you just Google them. Then twist and tweak them as you like – it’s what we end up doing most of the times. 😀 )

Destinations visited

Budapest, Hungary

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Coming up in February

We still have a lot of new ideas in our online recipe book to try. And a never-ending must-see movies list. 😀 No travel plans for February yet. Probably we’ll spend some time exploring Budapest and maybe even go for a short hike if the first snowdrops appear. But a lot of stories are waiting to be written from our travels last year, so don’t worry, we won’t just post pics of our favorite cookies on the blog in the following weeks.

And we are busy planning our travels for the rest of the year! We are going to be roadtripping along the Eastern coastline of Australia for 3 weeks this spring. Do you have any suggestions for great stops on the way?

How was your January? What are your plans for the next month?

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By Beata Urmos

Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)

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