The Barber from Budapest and other Stories
The Barber from Budapest & other stories is a memoir of survival, hope and love. It follows the life of Andras, born in Hungary before the cataclysmic changes of World War II tore at the fabric and heart of his world, and it is written by Andras' daughter, Liz.'By luck or by miracle', Andras lived through childhood tuberculosis and extreme hardship in the years leading up to and during the War.A gentle man with great strength of character and a quirky sense of humour, he enriched the lives of all he met.Serendipitously, he befriended Iren, the spirited and beautiful 'girl from the Tobacco Factory', who was every bit as industrious and courageous as himself. In time, she would become his sweetheart, and then his devoted wife.Escaping poverty, the oppression of Soviet-occupied Hungary, and the clutches of the AVO (secret police) after the Revolution of 1956, Andras fled his homeland and brought his family to Australia. After spending time in Bonegilla, they settled in Canberra and it was here that Andras achieved recognition as The Barber from Budapest. The family has ties to Canberra's old history, having lived in The Buggy Shed at the rear of The Constable's Cottage on Lennox Crossing in Acton from early 1959 to circa 1961.Determined to give her children a better life than her own, Iren, Liz's mother, nurtured the family with a delicious repertoire of Hungarian dishes - the recipes of which have been chronicled within the book.This poignant memoir is Liz's tribute to her forebears, and is a powerful glimpse into their lives as refugees and as a family at peace. The book comprises three parts: Part One, Reminiscences Andras: is a narrative spanning 1916 to 1957 in Hungary and Austria, captured by the author in a 1997 oral history interview with her father, and woven into a series of stories, together with his writings.Part Two, Recollections and Musings Liz: is a collection of vignettes, in which the author reflects on the past, the present and the past - taking the reader from Bonegilla in Victoria, to Acton in Canberra's old inner north, back to the 'old country' in Hungary, and Malua Bay on the NSW south coast.Part Three: is dedicated to a handful of treasured family recipes, in which Liz offers inspiration through richly evocative stories and the gift of a wonderful Hungarian feast. Sprinkled throughout the book are remarkable photographs - old and new - from the author's private collection.A percentage of royalties from the sales of The Barber from Budapest & other stories will be donated to The International Organization for Migration (IOM).
A percentage of royalties from the sales of The Barber from Budapest & other stories will be donated to The International Organization for Migration (IOM).The Barber from Budapest and other stories by Liz Posmyk is available now for purchase from Parsley Lane Press www.parsleylanepress.com and from Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things www.bizzylizzysgoodthings.com/ and selected stores in Canberra. RRP $32 AUD, plus postage and handling.
Award-winning Canberra writer, Liz Posmyk (nee Jasso), was born into the loving arms of a Hungarian migrant family in 1958. Inspired by food, Liz has combined her passion for cooking, writing and sharing recipes for many years. She is best known for her blog, Good Things, bizzylizzysgoodthings.com and a long-running weekly newspaper column. Previously, Liz co-owned Canberra's leading cooking school, while simultaneously managing a 32-store fruit and vegetable market. A 'Gold Canberran', Liz has raised a family of her own in Canberra and lives by her father's credo, 'Every day is a gift'. The Barber from Budapest & other stories is her first book.
Prologue 7 Map 8 Phonetic pronunciation guide 9 Introduction 13 Part One - Reminiscences - Andra s The day the snow fell in October 19 Sharing our shoes 25 The Barber from Budapest 31 The gypsy life 35 A wedding and the war 43 Not the homecoming I expected 49 Serendipity in Sa toraljau jhely 55 Ire nke - a portrait of my mother 61 The girl from the tobacco factory 67 The entrepreneur 73 Are you asking for my hand? 77 A gentlemen's agreement 81 The gypsy and the letter 84 A parcel from America 89 Thanks to a piggy 91 The challenges of parenting 97 Leaving everything behind 102 Over the ice-covered Dra va 113 On the other side 115 Across the waves to freedom 119 Part Two - Recollections and Musings - Liz New Australians 129 The Buggy Shed at the Constable's Cottage 141 A winter's walk 2013 152 The Buggy Shed evolved 155 Motoring in a little Fiat 157 Home sweet home 165 Yarn over hook 179 The Song of Homesickness 182 To Hungary with love 185 Erzse bet - a portrait of my grandmother 189 The barber shop 193Dusting the books 199Back to the 'old country' 203The summer of '94 208 Memories of the sea 211Thunder and lightning 228Epilogue 230 Part Three - Recipes A note for the cook 237 Milk coffee in a thermos 244 Furry bread (French toast) 245 Scrambled eggs with csabai 246 Semolina porridge 247 Rice pudding 248 Semolina dumplings 249 Pinched soup noodles 250 Soft boiled noodles 251 Fried bread 252 Potato bread 255 Meat or chicken broth with vegetables 258 Bean soup 260 Goulash soup 262 Cauliflower soup 264 Roast chicken with parsley and mushroom stuffing 266 Pot roasted veal 268Pan fried steak with paprika and onions 269 Perfect crackling for roast pork 270 Chicken paprika 272 Rissoles 274 Herbed beer battered fish 276 Stuffed capsicums 278 Stewed capsicums, tomatoes and onions 280 Braised red cabbage with apple 281 Cucumber salad 282Creamed spinach 283Cold cherry soup 285 Apricot conserve with vanilla and almonds 286 Ribboned carnival doughnuts 288 Jam buns 291 Pancakes 293 Plum dumplings 295 Gerbeaud slice 297 Honey cake 300 Cherry sponge 302 Walnut torte 304 Pumpkin strudel 306 Rattle or angel wing doughnuts 308 Cocoa snails 310A moment shared 312 Index of recipes 316Acknowledgements 319 Bibliography 324