The Height of Summer

And it’s HOT! [To be quite precise: we are in-between two heat waves over here in Hungary…]

And there’s so much to do in the Summer, wouldn’t you agree? For instance, one might choose to plunge deep into organising an IGeLU conference…

OR: have fun! 😉

Although Hungary has no seaside, we boast the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe: Lake Balaton , also home to one of Hungary’s 22 wine regions.

[For a concise introduction to Hungarian wine regions consult this downloadable brochure]

Talking of wine and heat: the Hungarian answer to fighting the latter by drinking the former is “fröccs” (aka “Spritzer”  in German-speaking regions) which is as much a Hungarian invention as soda water: we, Hungarians, firmly believe so 🙂

[As to carbonated water: it is a fact that Jedlik Ányos (also inventor of the electric motor *) constructed the first contraption he called “”apparatus acidularis”   to make large quantities of it in 1826. He published his findings in the “Zeitschrift für Physik und Mathematik” in 1830 under the title “Bereitung Künstlicher Säuerlinge”.]

Fröccs comes in endless varieties (with as many names), depending on wine/soda ratio. (For details consult the links above or google it.  🙂 )

[*For more on Hungarian inventions and inventors see our special timeline.]

Hot as it is, one sometimes gets hungry as well as thirsty…

What do Hungarians do if they get hungry on the beach? Buy some Hungarian fast food, of course! 🙂

Well, the most typical Hungarian fast food is “lángos”,  a sort of deep fried flat bread, topped with salt, garlic, sour cream, cheese, or all of the above.

Fortunately, you don’t have to come all the way to  Hungary to taste it: the New York City also has a Lángos Truck!


If, however, they would rather cook something (which is also quick & cheap),  it must be “lecsó” , a vegetable stew with only four basic ingredients: oil, onions, peppers (“paprika” – but not the ground variety!) and tomatoes, seasoned with salt (to taste) and a bit of sugar to accentuate flavors.

Whatever else you add is totally up to you!

Happy cooking!

[More Hungarian recipes here]