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A Taste of Hungary: A Recipe for Tejberizs

by Good Advice Publishing Company on 25/05/10 at 3:41 am

This overview of Hungary was prepared by Chelsi Ardoin while an Accounting student in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Hungary, which is located in central Europe, has a wonderful historical past and is a growing tourist attraction. It’s the place where you can find 2000-year-old Roman ruins, Turkish monuments, or beautiful Parliament buildings.

The recipe I am presenting is Tejberizs (pronounced Tay-Bay-Kasha) which literally means “milk into rice.” It is a very traditional Hungarian recipe and was consumed by the poorer people because it was very inexpensive to make and contains very few ingredients. It is a very sweet recipe, usually considered a dessert, but it was not uncommon for this to be eaten as a meal because of their low incomes.

Geographic Facts About Hungary:

1. Hungary is located in central Europe, northwest of Romania. It is landlocked between the countries of Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. The land is mostly flat and rolling plains with some hills and low mountains on the Slovakian border. Hungary has a temperate climate, with cold, cloudy, and humid winters and warm summers.

2. Hungary has a population of about 9,905,596 people. They have a population growth rate of 0.257%. The majority of these people are Roman Catholic at almost 52%. The average life expectancy is 73.44 years. 93.6% of the people speak Hungarian.

3. The formal name is Republic of Hungary. Hungary is under a parliamentary democracy government and has been part of the European Union since May of 2004. There are 19 counties, 23 urban counties, and 1 capital city which is Budapest. Their independence is celebrated on December 25.

3 “Serious” Facts About Hungary:

1. The Hungarian flag consists of three equal horizontal bands of red, white, and green. The color red stands for strength, white for faithfulness, and green for hope. Alternatively, the red is seen as being for the blood spilled in defense of the land, white for freedom, and green for the pasture lands that make up so much of the country.

2. Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in 896, before France and Germany became separate entities, and before the unification of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Like neighboring countries, Hungary was part of the Celtic world, then the Roman Empire. Following the fall of Rome, the Huns settled in the plains of Pannonia and gave their name to Hungary.

3. Hungary has one of the most important thermal spring cultures in Europe. The country has more than 1,500 spas featuring Roman, Greek and Turkish architecture. Hungary also has 450 public baths.

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May 25th, 2010

Wonderful share.. very nice info

Authoress Terry E. Lyle

May 25th, 2010

Great information about Hungary but why aren’t they called rice cakes instead of pancakes? (Oh well anything fried in a pan could be considered pancakes from that perspective) good share of Hungarian history.

Long Lost Hungarian

Apr 8th, 2011

Happened on this site by looking for a childhood favourite recipe of mine – tejberizs. Not sure how you came upon the pronunciation but it is not correct. It\’s more or less said as it is written (to a hungarian anyway) i.e. tey ba rizs (with the zs sound being the same as the G in genre). sorry but it\’s the best way I can describe it.

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