An Antiques Bazaar, A Goulash Cook-off, and Honey Drinks
Nearby where I live is Červený Kameň, a preserved castle/museum that regularly hosts cultural events like medieval festivals and, in this instance, antique bazaars.
Well, to call it an antique bazaar might be stretching it a bit. There are swords and furniture and old books. There was also plenty of what my British friend calls ‘tat’, which urban dictionary tells me refers “to the kind of junk sold by crafty Cockneys to unsuspecting tourists in central London.” But then again, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
The bazaar was quite big, with three areas bigger than what I could fit in my camera, sellers operating out of the backs of cars. Places like this are a source of struggle for me, between the desire to buy anything that is pretty and useful (textiles and dishes/pottery) and the cheap/minimalist side of me.
“Oh, look! It’s so beautiful! I want it! I must have it!”
“Wait, wait…how much is it? They want how much? Gah, I wish I was a bargainer. Seriously, get real, you’re never going to use it and it’s going to sit on a shelf collecting dust.”
“But I may never find the same again! It’s one of a kind!”
Usually the cheap side of me wins out, unless the item in question involves linen or hemp and/or the textile arts (I’m a sucker for drawn thread). Because it’s useful AND beautiful, and someday I will make something with it.
Banjos are uncommon in Slovakia, but there were a couple six string banjos. Lying on the ground all day (gulp).
Some of the sellers didn’t like me photographing items, for some reason, like the lady who was selling this Bible with intricate wire work.
The large wooden tubs are called koryto, although the term seems to apply to any wooden bowl of any size, even meal sized . These large koryto were used to mix large amounts of ingredients, especially used during zabíjačka, a pig slaughter (read about it), to make jaternička or klobasa, for example. Now they are often used for small flower gardens.
Ceramic roasting pans for roasting duck and goose – the spout on the end is for pouring out the fat.
Brown outdoor kettle, blue milk cans, and red container often used for lard, as it can be poured in hot.
There were lots of wooden hand planes.
There were a couple dish sets that I had serious longing for (I need them for food photos! I told myself) but didn’t indulge.
Next up, a goulash contest held in our village, each group of contestants had their own particular take on the classic (originally Hungarian) stew. (Here is a slightly smaller one from last year)
In our town, Smolenice, is a world-wide award winning mead company. Mead is wine made from honey and sometimes herbs, and it is very sweet. They had a small event introducing honey beer, honey cider, and infused honey drinks. I can’t say the beer and cider tasted much like honey but it was a nice place to relax with friends.
Temporary bench and table with beehive boxes.
And I’ll end with one random photo – wild onions and thyme from the hill top. The thyme smells just heavenly in the sun. And tea made from wild herbs tastes completely different than from a tea bag.
That was May! Which of these three events would catch your fancy?
Jun 21, 2016 @ 00:26:23
Do you have a recipe for goulosh? Firemen in Tucson have a chili con carne cook off for charity in the fall.
Jun 21, 2016 @ 06:47:32
I’ll try to get one up soon. My husband makes an amazing goulash but it’s difficult to catch actual amounts of ingredients.
Jun 21, 2016 @ 07:27:20
Your flea market had lots of more interesting stuff than the large flea markets we
have here in Texas; looks like real useful antique stuff. Also the goulash cook-off
is similar to our chili cook-off as you know.
Thanks for your entire site , it gives me a reconnect to my long lost heritage; all
four of my grand parents came from Parnica on the Orava river about 1905 or
so. As a youth I experienced all the ethnic happenings you describe; even the
hog killings…much thanks.
Jun 22, 2016 @ 21:58:42
There was so many interesting things…many more than I could take pictures of! So neat that you know where all four of your grandparents came from. I’m glad you enjoy the blog!
Jun 21, 2016 @ 08:49:51
@Carolyn, the recipe varies, but an abolute sacrilige is putting carrots in. I live in Liverpool, technically a land of Scousers.(inhabitants of Liverpool). They have a dish very similar to goulash, called scouse. They make it sometimes with a mix of lamb and beef.
Back to goulash. Depends what meat you prefer. Mix equal amount of pork and beef for stewing. (or use just one kind). Plenty of fried onion to start with. peppers 1x green, 1xred, if you like…loads of paprika, (if you like chilli), otherwise use sweet one. Some serve it with knoedel or boil in it potatoes. The recipes should be in English…
we call the similar sales, car boot sales, but I can assure you it is a different type of “tat”. This Slovak was more likeitems belonging to SKANZEM in a few year. Original items, you won’t get at Cockney-land.(East End of London).
The blue ceramics of Modra are beautiful. Have a couple of jars…
Vcelovina – mead- is a grt ambassador of Slovakia, better than Slivovitz. You do not have such a humangous hangover after drinking it.:)
Jun 22, 2016 @ 22:04:33
When my husband makes goulash he uses a number of spices, although they sometimes vary. And, in my biased opinion, he always makes excellent goulash. Marjoram also goes in at the end, also caraway and bay leaves.
I didn’t really photograph what my friend called tat. Tea cups and stuff that’s not really that old.
I loooove mead. A very small amount is enough. I haven’t yet learned to like slivovica although it is very good medicine for an stomachache. 🙂 Some marhulovica (apricot spirits) was very good with grapefruit juice and sparkling water, although my husband can’t imagine mixing any -vica with juice.
Jun 23, 2016 @ 11:05:02
With this Slovak alcohol, I don’t drink it, but can recommend a tablespoon of borovicka and ground pepper when you suffer from what’s called here Noro virus, in other words, violent vomiting bug. Slivovica is good for toothache. It takes all the pain away. But no breathing at a dentist:) Just joking. On refelection, one of your images has a double decker red bus, so not so old stuff. Just a bit of a technical q. with blogs. Do I need to tick anything to get reply to my comment. Does it need – the system- repeatedly inputting my email address, or enough just once.
Aug 13, 2016 @ 23:20:28
Whau! I would had bought a few things I tell you! Love that blue /white tea set. Just gorgeous! Oh I hope you got an old sword! Pretty!
Aug 23, 2016 @ 00:57:15
I loved that tea set too…but made do with photos. I didn’t even think about an old sword actually – when I get a new place I think I will!