I’ll never forget that dinner party. There I was in her apartment with maybe 4 or 5 of my fellow classmates and some of our parents. I remember playing with my classmates, running around chasing Miss Mead’s cat while the adults were in the kitchen talking and cooking. It was a nice fall evening where it wasn’t too hot or too cold – just perfect weather, enough for the screen door to let in a cool breeze.
So there I am running and chasing her orange cat and I noticed some of my classmates moved outside and were hanging out in the back patio area. Seeing them outside, I ran over to them to play some more… only to run into the screen door… that was closed. I was a chubby kid back then (my, how some things never change!) and that screen door came off the tracks and fell onto the patio, with me on top. I was mortified. Thank goodness my parents weren’t there because I could only imagine what they would have done to me!
One of the parents there picked me up off the screen, Miss Mead rushed over to check that I was okay and my classmates stared at me in shock, yet with that look of wanting to laugh. I was so embarrassed that I felt my face turn bright red…. possibly as bright red as the Hungarian Goulash I helped prepare for dinner. Needless to say, the first time I had Hungarian Goulash was delicious (Thank you Miss Mead!) and Miss Mead didn’t host any more dinner parties with her students after that. And if you’re wondering, she was even nice enough to not tell my parents I busted her screen door!
That wasn’t exactly the way I wanted to experience Hungarian Goulash for the first time, but it sure was memorable! This recipe was very good and I prepared it as is with the exception of adding the sour cream. Regardless, it was still delicious! The nice, spicy heat of the paprika was not overly strong but just right. I served this with some homemade spaetzle that had a delicious hint of nutmeg. If you haven’t tried goulash before, this is a great recipe to start with!