Tesco sell a coarse (thick) minced meat as well as traditional thinner minced meat. Either way, always buy the most red meat (i.e. 70%-85% meat).
Supermarkets and local shops in Hungary tend to sell minced meat that is 50% fat, which is not worth buying and has a vulgar fatty taste.
Welcome to Cook It Yourself - Whether you are a beginner cook, student, bedsitter, person on a food budget and/or someone who considers cooking certain foods difficult (such as making a soup, baking a sponge cake, baking bread and roasting a chicken), I, John Cairns, will show you how to prepare ingredients and make meals out of them by giving you clear, easy-to-follow, instructions and explanations.
As I live (off/on) in Hungary and London (UK), with my Hungarian girlfriend Tünde, I have included a few of her Hungarian dishes together with their Hungarian ingredient names.
This website is also a part of my Hungarian Project - Living In Hungary, a free information website about buying and renovating property in Hungary, as well as Hungarian leisure and lifestyle information, and Basic Hungarian, a language website for the complete beginner that teaches pronunciation, syllable-by-syllable, via Tünde's voice recordings.
Although many of the meals shown on this website use international ingredients (such as rice, pasta, lentils and potatoes), some meals use ingredients more readily found in Hungarian supermarkets and local Hungarian shops within Hungary. Hence why I have given Hungarian ingredient names and shown packaging where possible/needed, so you can easily identify them when living in Hungary or shopping in a Hungarian shop within your own country for example.
NOTE WELL: The ingredients, meals and cooking methods on this website are NOT about Quick Meals, Food Presentation, The Science Of Cooking or Healthy/Diet Food but ARE about Preparation, Cooking Method and Taste whereby a meal can easily take between 30 Minutes and 1 Hour to complete on average; with simmering soups and oven roasts taking up to 2 Hours to complete.
One thing you will notice on this website is that I like attention to detail in terms of how to prepare something, how long something takes to cook, how much ingredient is needed and the reasons behind some of the cooking methods (in a non-scientific way). These may include photos of what something should look like before, during and/or after its various preparation and/or cooking stages.
In other words: I like to see clear, step-by-step, easy-to-follow, instructions in a cookbook and on a website; and hopefully you do too. Hence why I have tried to make sure that whatever you cook from following this cooking website, you hopefully cut out many of the 'beginner mistakes'.
The photographs on these cooking web pages, showing the various preparation and cooking stages of a meal, were taken by me, John Cairns, to show exactly what the ingredients and/or its particular meal should look like at a particular point in time - Photos that show the textures and consistencies you should realistically be aiming to achieve.
Although I used to work in a large commercial kitchen in London (UK) where I made many chef friends, whose cooking advice has been invaluable over the years, I, John Cairns, am NOT a chef of any kind. I am just an 'everyday' person who has grown up with a necessity to cook for himself over the decades (in a bedsit and then in various flats) and now for my Hungarian girlfriend and her family and friends whereby I have acquired the ability to cook edible meals! Hence the confidence to make this website.