A little heads up that I’m running a Hungarian food and wine pop up with my partner Donald at D Vine wine bar in Clapham High Street. It’s one of those situations that turned from ‘ok let’s write the menu together’ into ‘ok I’ll test the recipes’ and finally into ‘right ok now I’m doing some of the cooking.’
The idea behind it was to highlight the great wines from the region and serve them with some appropriate flavours. This isn’t a ‘strict’ Hungarian menu – although we did consider serving an entire meal of langos – but more one which takes the best flavours and incorporates them into dishes we want to eat.
It’s winter, so this is a generous, warming meal full of big flavours like pickles, chilli, pork CRACKLING, spices, loads of garlic, fermented bits, fresh herbs and so on. If you like Central European flavours you’ll love it and if you don’t know Central European flavours this is a fun introduction!
It’s also a chance to taste the third vintage from BSE Wines. This is a wine Donald makes in Hungary in partnership with Gergely Barsi Szabo and is a Tokaj wine made from a traditional blend of two-thirds Furmint and one-third Hárslevelű, sourced from Tállya and Mád. There will be 4 matched wines served in total on the evening.
Here’s a flyer with the menu! We are perfecting these recipes right now and they’re going to be ace by the time they’re in front of you. It’s nothing fancy – just good food served family style with plenty of lovely wines from an outstanding region. Oh, and we’ll finish with shots of Pálinka (fruit brandy) alongside dessert.
The team at D Vine are awesome and it’s basically going to be a great laugh and brilliant value for the amount of food and drink. See you there, hopefully!