Crackle Cookies

mami kerekenHello Everyone!crackle cookies 3.jpg

Today I am sharing with you a simple but decorative cookie / pasty (debatable which one it should be called) that you can make any time.  Don’t worry this recipe won’t disappoint.

You will need simple ingredient from the pantry and fridge, so you don’t have to run to the store every time you want to bake this delicious dessert.  I always tell you to keep a spejz 2few items in your kitchen in case you don’t have a pantry.  Flour, salt, oil, cocoa powder, vanilla sugar or extract and spices must be included.

Many of you wrote me that you don’t have space to create a pantry.  That’s not a problem, you can create a pantry in part of your kitchen cabinet.  Just put aside a section and organize your pantry products in there.

You will see how easy that makes life when it comes to cooking and baking.

Here is my pantry, that I created using workshop shelving.  I also love to make pasta sauces, however I’m not always in the mood 🙂 So on those lazy days I grab one of my favorite sauces from the pantry and create my meals that way.  However I still add veggies, meat, herbs, spices and / or cheese to these dishes.  So I never use them just out of the bottle.  cocoa powder 3

But lets get back to the cookie / pastry and see what you need for the recipe.


400 grams regular sugar
120 grams unsweetened cocoa powdereggs 2
120 ml vegetable oil
4 eggslisztes zsak
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
240 grams all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar (for coating)
1/2 cup regular sugar (for coating)

Place cocoa, 400 regular sugar and oil into a large mixing bowl. Mix together well, then beat on medium speed; add eggs 1 at a time and continue mixing. Then mix in everything except for the powdered and regular sugar, that is for coating.

Cover bowl with lid or plastic wrap and place in fridge for 1-4 hours. Up to you. I left it for 3 hours (was watching a movie 🙂 )

Place powdered sugar in a small (individual) soup bowl and regular sugar into another.

Take 2 tbsp. of the cookie dough and roll into a ball; roll in the regular sugar, then coat well with the powdered sugar. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet (leave about 2 inches in between cookies).

Preheat oven to 375F (180C) and bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from heat and leave in pan to cool.



Bikini Season is Coming

mami kerekenHello Everyone!fogyi-konyv-best-seller

Yes, Bikini Season is coming and we all want to lose a few pounds to get into our favorite bathing suit or perhaps surprise ourselves with one that will be the envy of every lady around us.

But the first step is finding the right plan to lose weight safely and not starve ourselves.  The second step is finding dishes and yes, desserts that don’t taste like you are on a diet.

That’s where the book that my daughter, Helen Radics and I created together to help everyone lose diet-book-reklamweight and also live a healthier lifestyle.  Remember, losing weight never tasted so good!

Our book is called Don’t Bitch, Get Skinny! which became a best seller during its 1st week of publication.  For a limited time only it is also available with the title, Tasty Weight Loss!  as we were playig around with the titles and after an online vote our customers decided that the original title, Don’t Bitch, Get Skinny! would be more fitting and fun.

Please remember that before you start any ask-your-doctordiet you should ask your doctor if it is right for you.

It’s best to be safe

You are probably asking what sets this book apart from the countless other books on the market.  My answer is that this is not only a diet book to lose weight quickly and safely, but a tool to lead you to a better lifestyle without robbing you of your favorite dishes.  It also gives you tricks that could make cooking fun again.

Below you will see a photo that gives you a quick glance into the content of this colorful book that will be your favorite tool and recipe book for years to come.  Your family will never know they are on a diet with you as they will be eating delicious foods such us Chili, Spaghetti with Meatballs and delicious Roasts.  And of course you shouldn’t forget about your ice cream as it is a part of your diet plan.


There are several parts to this diet, but my menu planner guide will make it amazingly simple to follow.  There is a printed book and e-book version of this book and if you choose the e-book version you can download it right away after the payment.  Its easy, clickable table of content will make navigating this book fun and fast.


One thing we must keep in mind.  Just like any normal day, we will have cravings from time to time. However the choice is ours.  Should I reach for that delectable cupcake or a piece of fruit.  Yes, I know, when we crave cake we don’t want fruit.  But this book gives you more choices.

How about a luscious cup of ice cream?  That sounds much better doesn’t it?

That’s exactly how this book works, you will have choice and options.  It doesn’t leave you hungry and craving food or dessert.

woman-walkingExercising is another part of every diet.  However in our book we tell you that it could be as simple as walking.   Of course walking doesn’t need to bee exercise walking either.  It could be as simple as walking to the store or even when you drive to the store you cold park a bit farther from the entrance in order to fit in a little walking.

spa-water-brightSee?  These are simple steps you can follow.  You will also have delicious spa drinks that you can create in a few minutes and keep in your fridge or fill your water bottle with.  You won’t ever want to be without it.  However there is a problem with these drinks.  spejz-2

If your family ever finds it in the fridge and tries a sip of it, you will have trouble making enough of it.  As everyone just loves these refreshing delicious waters.

We will also help you set up a pantry so everything that you need to arrange your diet and also to cook for your diet and family meals will be on hand.  No need to run to the grocery store every day.

This will also save you money.  Which is a good thing, after all you can spend it on a new wardrobe.

The book will also tell the about the healthiest juices, oils and spices to use in order to be a healthier, better version of yourself and also to burn fat the delicious way.

chili-for-book-3Another important step of any diet is NOT TO STARVE yourself.  That will only work for a day or two, then your cravings comes back with a vengeance.   Best to start with a diet that satisfy you and fulfil all your needs.smoothie-kanallal-bright

We also tell you when it’s the best time to get a makeover.  The answer will surprise you as it is not what the experts tell you.   When to eat is another part that is the building block of any good diet.

Having dessert is a must in most of our lives, especially for us ladies.  Our ice creams to die for and don’t worry your family will fall in love with these delectable, silky and not to mention healthy ice creams.  They will never know that they are also healthy.  So instead of buying hidden fat and sugar filled ice creams from the store, make your own.


We also know that you are very busy, just like every woman that we know.  We juggle millions of things daily and tend to forget about ourselves.  That’s where this book comes in.  It will remind you to take time out for yourself and start caring for your body in order to take care of your loved ones.

And of course remember to reward yourself.  But we will tell you about that as well.  ice-cube-wall-bright

We will also tell you the health benefits of salad greens and herbs.  Also share with you several delicious fat burning spa drinks that we already talked about.  But this time we should also mention our fruit and also herb ice cubes that will be the hit of any party, family gathering or barbecue afternoon.

We also have a “Diet Boost System” for those who wish to lose weight very fast.  However because its so effective we only recommend it once, then start following the regular meal plan.baked-eggs-ala-helen-brightturkey-soup-2017-6

Egg dishes and Soups are also another important part of any diet.  If you have issues with eggs you may also buy egg whites in the store to create these delicious recipes.

You will find delicate gourmet soups and rustic, robust home made soups in this book.  So any type of craving is satisfied.  Your gulyas-leves-brightwon’t heart your husband complain about the “fancy” soup that you try to make him eat.

As you know I am Hungarian.  Even my delicious, rustic Hungarian Goulash Soup made the soup list of this book.  As it is healthy and fulfilling.chipotle-chicken-with-quinoa

Our Main Dishes will just amaze you with its variety and flavor.  Each dish that you create will be another family favorite that your loved ones will be asking for regularly.

So creating something delicious will be easy and guilt free.  Don’t worry, even if you are not an experienced cook, you will love these recipes.  Remember 🙂 you will not only lose weight, become healthier, fitter and more attractive but learn new dishes and perhaps learn how to cook in the process.

Please click on the books below to purchase them.  EBOOK VERSION is $ 20.00 and the PRINTED BOOK VERSION is on sale now, with $ 5.00 off shipping of an already discounted book (limited time offer).

For a limited time only, you may also purchase this book with the title of Tasty Weight Loss! with a discounted price.

Fries, Pasta Dishes, Meats, Roasts, Ice Cream, Smoothies, Fish, Salads and delicious drinks are all part of this book.  So, come and join the club of Don’t Bitch, Get Skinny! to become a healthier, better version of you.  You may also put your family on a diet without them even realizing it.











Romantic Dinners – New E-Cookbook

mami kerekenHello Everyone!


PRICE $ 15.00

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Today I will share with you my latest e-cookbook that I created just in time for Valentine’s Day, which became a sudden best seller.

However the most important thing that you should know about this book is that it is NOT  only for Valentine’s day but is one of the most useful tools to create special dinners for family get-togethers, dinner dates, celebrations, birthdays, work parties, holiday dinners or make someone feel special any time of the year.


The book contains a section dedicated to Aphrodisiacs, Herbal Dictionary, Healthy Salts, Healthy Oils, Menu Planning (Sample Menus), Appetizers, Main Dishes and Desserts.




This was just to give you a little taste of the recipes that you will find in this book.  This year I will also publish it as a printed book to add to my collection.

PRICE $ 15.00  Buy Now



Boxing Week Sale

mami kerekenHello Everyone!boxing-week-sale-truck

Boxing Day has finally arrived and because many of you asked me about our special this year, I thought I would share with you my official website link where you can find savings up to $ 86.00, including free shipping.

kitchen-library-with-shelfThere are different sale options, so why don’t you just click on the link and browse through my offers.  My sales will continue for the entire week, so don’t miss out.

Create your own cookbook library so your favorite recipes would be on hand all the time.

To give you some idea of the saving I will mention 1 particular package, the 6-book-special which contains 6 of my full cookbooks discounted with $ 48.00 + FREE Shipping (shipping value of $38.00) which is a total savings of $86.00.  Remember this special will only be available this week.





Holiday Appetizers

mami kerekenHello Everyone!granat-almas-appetizer-1

The holidays always bring to mind love, friends, family, a sparkling Christmas tree and of course tasty bites and mouth-watering dishes.  Today I am sharing with you some holiday appetizers that would satisfy everyone’s appetite.  Their simple elegance suits any party.

CREAM CHEESE & MANGO CHUTNEY APPETIZERcream-cheeseAaron Tait Photographymango-chutney


3tbsp. of regular cream cheese

1 tbsp. of chopped fresh chive

1 pie crust (store bought or homemade)rolling-pionm

Chop chives and mix them together with the cream cheese.  It wasn’t hard at all was it 🙂 ?  Next is the equally hard task of opening a jar of mango chutney and put aside.

chutney-appetizer-4-watermarkForm your pie crust into a circle and using a mid-sized cookie cutter cut out as many little discs you can and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Pre-heat the oven to 375F (180C) and pre-bake them for about 10 minutes or until starting to turn a pale golden color.

Remove from oven and leave on cookie sheet to cool for a few minutes.  Spread about a tsp of the cream cheese on top of each little disc and add 1/2 tsp of chutney on top.  Bake for another 3-4 minutes and serve.fresh-thymechili-jelly


3tbsp. of goat cheesethyme

1 tsp of fresh thyme leaves

1 pie crust

2 tbsp. of chili jelly for toppinggoat-cheese

Mix together the room temperature goat cheese and fresh thyme; put aside.  Follow the previous steps to create the pie crust discs.  After pre-baking them, leave to cool for a few minutes.  Spread about a tsp of goat cheese mixture on top of each and add a bit of chili jelly on top.  Bake for another 4-5 minutes and serve.


3tbsp. of goat cheese (room temperature)

1 tbsp. of fresh pomegranate pomegranate-2

1/2 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped

2 tbsp. of pomegranate port topping


Mix together goat cheese and herb; cut out pie crust as previously instructed; pre-bake them and place 1 tsp of goat cheese on each and add the topping and 3 pomegranate jewels (to me they are like rubies) on top of each.

Bake for another 3-4 minutes and serve.


3 tbsp. of cream cheese

1 tsp of taragon (fresh) chopped

1 pie crust

2 tbsp. of caramelized onion with brandy (or any topping you enjoy)

Mix together cheese and herb; cut out pie crust and pre-bake; cool and spread a tsp of cream cheese mixture on each.  Top with the caramelized onion topping and bake for another 5 minutes.







Hungarian Savory & Sweet Kifli

mami kerekenHello Everyone!kifli 4

Kifli has always been a favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl and that wasn’t yesterday 🙂 . Now I will share with you this simply, easy to recreate, delicious alternative to regular bread.  Not that there is anything wrong with bread, but having variety is never a bad thing.

You may eat Hungarian Kifli as a snack with milk, as a sandwich bread or simple serve every time you would serve bread.

Following the savory recipe you will find the sweet “kifli” recipe that my daughter invented.lisztes zsak


500 grams of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon saltwine for sugar 1
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 pack of fast rising dry yeast
1 cup of warm milk (not hot)
100 grams of melted unsalted buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon caraway seed for top of Kifli


Warm milk, but do not make it hot as it would kill yeast. Pour in dry yeast and sugar, cover and let stand until foamy, which is about 5 minutes.

caraway seeds 2In a bowl mix together all the ingredients, except caraway seeds. Form a round dough, place in bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.

Cut into four and form four round balls. Cover with bowl and leave to rise for 30 minutes.baking sheet with parchment

Roll out each ball and cut into four, like a pie. Roll up each flat section, starting at the wide end. Let rise for another 30 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and put aside. Also bring to boil 6 cups of lightly salted wine for sugar writtenwater; also add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to it.pot with water

After the kifli has risen for 30 minutes, dip each kifli into the boiling water with a spoon for 5 seconds. Remove and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.

baking brushPre-heat oven to 375F (180 C). Whisk together an egg white and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush each kifli and sprinkle with caraway seeds and if you are not on a salt restricted diet, with coarse salt.

Bake until golden.

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It is wonderful for breakfast with butter, milk, tea or coffee; at a picnic with your favorite pate or just on its own. You can also use it as a base for a sophisticated deli sandwich.

arugula 2My daughter loves to make her favorite arugula sandwich with “kifli”. She cuts it in half (lengthwise), spreads a teaspoon of blue cheese dressing on it and covers the dressing with baby arugula. As much as you can fit into it. It is healthy and book with porkolt

Kifli is served in Hungary every morning for blue cheese dressingbreakfast with milk or coffee.

Learn about the legend of Kifli from my cookbook, Treasured Hungarian Family Recipes® 1 (the red book).


For the sweet “Kifli” which is not a traditional Hungarian invention but my daughter’s who wanted to have a chocolate dessert. As she couldn’t make up her mind as to which pastry to make, she decided to mix together some unsweetened cocoa powder with sugar and used it as filling.  The en result what a wonderful, chocolate filled croissant.


2 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp. of regular sugar

Place 2 tsp. in each kifli before rolling into share


Sprinkle generously with sugar right after water bath



How To Make & Serve Hungarian Goulash

mami kerekenHello Everyone!red book with porkolt

Yes, I know I’ve written many times about Hungarian Goulash and this is another one of those posts, but I keep getting e-mails about people confusing Hungarian Goulash (which is called Pörkölt in Hungarian) and Hungarian Goulash Soup (which is Gulyas Leves in Hungarian).  The culprit is Google Translate as for some reason it keeps confusing people by giving them the wrong term.  The other problem is the language barrier.

So, here I share with you one of my old blog posts and hopefully it will help.

hungarian gulyas cookingThroughout the ages Hungarian food has always fascinated people regardless of their heritage. The most famous of them all is the fiery Hungarian Goulash, the national dish of Hungary. It’s hard to believe that Goulash wasn’t always painted red by red paprika powder.

Herdsmen of Hungary, “Goulash” in Hungarian cooked “Goulash Meats” in their cauldrons over fires on the great Hungarian plains. There were many varieties and none of them resembled todays world famous version.

Hungarians did not know the paprika plant until the Ottomans invaded Hungary in 1526. During the 15th century they brought with them exotic spices and the still loved coffee plant, that made Budapest Café Houses flourish in later centuries.  paprikakak 2

The paprika plant also came to Hungary at the same time. First these beautiful pants were mostly decorative, but slowly it found its way into the kitchens of the Hungarian peasants and the cauldrons of the herdsmen.
They had more contact with the invading Ottomans and learned from them how to dry and ground the fruit of the paprika plant, and started using the fiery red powder to spice their dishes, including the “Goulash Meat”. Hungarian Goulash as we know it today, was born.

Now a little science(don’t worry not much)Capsicum pepper, used to create “paprika powder” is unusually high in vitamin “C” this fact was discovered in 1932 by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was awarded the Nobel prize for the discovery. Much of the vitamin “C” content is retained in the paprika, which contain more vitamin “C” than lemon juice by weight. Paprika is also very high in antioxidant, containing about 10% of the level found in Acai Berries. In my following blogs learn the magic of this wonderful spice as it breaths colour into many of our favourite dishes.
I will share with you the most cherished recipe of Hungarian Goulash passed down from generation to generation in my family. Don’t worry, it you don’t like hot and spicy food, simply leave out the hot paprika.

  • 500 grams of pork shoulder, washed, cut into 1 inch sized cubes
  • 1 large onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, choppedtomato bright
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of sweet red paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp hot chili pepper flakes or 4 slices of fresh
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1tsp smoked red paprika powder
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oilred paprika bright
smoked paprikaPlace oil in a medium stock pot, add onion, tomato, garlic, pepper and sauté for about 2-3 minutes on medium high heat. Add red paprika, smok3ed paprika and stir fast, add meat, salt, hot peppers and sauté for another 10 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add enough water to cover meat, roughly about 1 cup.
Cook on medium high heat for about 40-45 minutes. Check liquid, if needed add another 1/2 cup of hot water. If you add cold the meat will stiffen. If meat is tender serve with “nokedli” which are Hungarian egg noddle droplets or boiled, cubed potatoes.

“Nokedli” Hungarian Egg Noddle Dropletslisztes zsak
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggseggs 2
1/4 cup of water
1 spätzle maker as seen in video
Place flour in a mixing bowl, add salt, eggs and water. You need to get a sticky batter. Mix with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes. Almost beating it. Follow my video to cook. Place 5 cups of water and 1 tablespoon salt in a large stock pot to cook “nokedli”. When ‘nokedli” floats to the top, ready to scoop out with a draining spoon. You are ready for the next batch. When all done, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to it, mix well and serve with goulash.

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Boiled Potatoes
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 teaspoon saltwine for sugar 1
4 cups of water

Cook potatoes until soft, not mushy. Drain, place in a bowl, add 1 tablespoons of olive oil, and serve with Goulash. Hungarians also eat Goulash with pickles, pickled peppers or the most popular way is with “Hungarian Cucumber Salad” as seen on photo.


Hungarian Cucumber Salad
1 English cucumber, sliced (or any cucumber)
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon saltminced garlic
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons of white vinegar
1.5 cups of water
Slice cucumbers, place them in a glass mixing bowl, mix salt into it, and let stand for about 5 minutes. Add sugar, vinegar, water, mix well and serve instead of pickles. If you’d like it a little more sour add a little vinegar.

You can also make Hungarian Sour Cream Cucumber Salad. sour cream2
1 large English cucumber, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, peeled, sliceddill
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons of sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dry dill weed
Slice cucumbers, place them in a glass mixing bowl, add salt, mix well. Let stand for 5 minutes. Now add sour cream, garlic, dill. Mix well and serve.



LECSO – Hungarian Ratatouille

mami kerekenHello Everyone!lecso from my youtube channel

Today’s recipe is an old-time-favorite in Hungary.  There are few ways to make this mouth-watering dish and I will share with you the most popular and original way to re-create it.

I know I said this many times, but you will fall in love with the rustic elegance of this traditional Hungarian dishkolbasz e3.

yellow pappers


  • 4-5 Hungarian white peppers or colored bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, green) stems and seeds removed; slicedhagymacska
  • 1 large onion, peeled, slicedcolored bell peppers
  • 3 large or 4 medium sized tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 long or 2 smaller link of Hungarian sausage (or any red smoked sausage with red paprika, such as chorizo) sliced
  • 1 tbsp. of olive tomato brightoil
  • 3 eggs, whisked together lightly with a fork

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Please remember when you add sausage to Hungarian Lecso, you don’t add any salt because the salt content of the sausage is enough for the entire dish.

Place olive oil into a large skillet; add sausage and sauté for 2-3 minutes while stirring peasant breadonce.  Add everything, EXCEPT  the eggs.  The eggs are put aside after you cracked and whisked them together with a pinch of salt.  eggs 2

Cook dish on medium high heat for about 25-30 minutes or until peppers are soft and the liquid is almost gone.  If you have too much liquid, please cook until it’s reduced to almost none.  Add eggs and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes while stirring continuously.

Remove and serve with crusty bread.


Vegetarians could use veggie sausages or leave out the sausage altogether.


Perhaps one of the most popular dishes of Hungary is Lecso (pronounced: Lecho) or Hungarian Ratatouille with Hungarian smoked sausages, that breath life to this unique and original dish.The interesting fact about Lecso is that accept for the sausages, its ingredients are the bases for Hungarian Goulash, Hungarian Goulash Soup, Potato Paprikash, Chicken Paprikash, Hungarian Fish Soup and many more mouth-watering recipes from the goulash family. All painted bright red by Hungary’s National Spice the Hungarian Red Paprika.


I always like to prepare everything before I start cooking. It saves time during the busy dinner hour. Slice sausages, peppers, onion, tomatoes and chilli peppers. If you can’t find Hungarian smoked sausages, you may use kind of smoked sausages.