Category: Romania

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How to Make Rustic Roasted Potatoes With Game Sausages

A Cosy Winter Dish Rustic roasted potatoes with game sausages or traditionally prepared meats are a regular dish in any Romanian restaurant, especially in Transylvania.I grew up in the magnificent city of Brașov, surrounded by mountains. The ski resort was only fifteen minutes away, so I would go up to the slops even without the intention to practise winter sports, but only for a hearty meal at one of the restaurants that would offer traditional foods. And take my word, there is no better, tastier and delicious food than the traditional Romanian!I had this dish with small and big game,...

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How To Make Homemade Chocolate From Scratch

The Best Chocolate Is Always Homemade! Homemade chocolate is the most delicious treat mom used to make when I was a child. Using simple ingredients and requiring little time and effort, homemade chocolate is easy to make from scratch, and the taste is divine! The velvety softness and aromas will make you fall in love with it and prefer it over the classical bars, guaranteed! Mom always saved it for special occasions, Christmas, Easter or birthdays, making it more desirable. These days, homemade chocolate would make a perfect Valentine’s Day treat or gift, or a unique addition to the special...

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Walnut Snails Recipe Inspired by a Famous German Pastry

How the Walnut Snails Recipe Made It to Mom’s Recipe Book Mom’s walnut snails recipe is an adaptation of the Nussschnecken desert which is basically a sweet bun of Saxon origins, filled with nuts and cinnamon. Schnecken is the German word for snails, which suggests the unique shape of this finger-licking delicious walnut filled treats. Given Transylvania’s Saxon heritage, our cooking and especially baking have seen a tremendous German influence over the centuries.  When I was a child, mom’s best friend was a German lady who used to bake weekly. She would always invite us to keep her company while she was dancing...

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How to Make the Best Festive Appetizer: Beef Salad

A Romanian Salad, French in Name and Historically Having Almost Nothing to do With What’s in the Title! If it sounds a tad confusing, here’s the disambiguation: Romanians like many things but absolutely LOVE food; therefore, they create dishes that everybody loves to try and often become traditional foods for holidays. Beef salad is an appetizer that is always present on the Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter festive table! The story of Boeuf Salad, as we call it, has been originally a simple “game in mayo” dish about two hundred years ago. In time, the pheasant was replaced with...

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Romanian Cozonac: The Best Treat on Your Festive Table

A Culinary Delight with A Long History Cozonac is a beautiful festive delight I grew up with as a child in Romania. Each major holiday mom would bake the best treat there could be. Be it Christmas or Easter, our house would smell awesome, filled with delightful flavours escaping from the oven. And I would wait impatiently for the festive dinner to finally savour the best treat created by humankind! The ladies of Romania, especially in the countryside, would take at least half a day before a holiday to bake lots of cozonaci (plural [cozonach]) for the festive dinner, and...

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Sweet Cheese Pies. Easy Desserts from Mom’s Recipe Book

Sweet Pockets Cheesecakes are widely present in international cuisine. The ones I’ll talk about today are a traditional Moldavian recipe, from Northern Romania. Mom made them countless times when I was a kid. Since I discovered how easy they are to bake, I gave these pies many a try as well. The Romanians have called these pies “poale’n brâu” for centuries. That translates literary to “the bottom of the skirt raised to the waistband”. Why? Perhaps many years ago, women would wear their skirts as improvised bags to carry whatever they would forage in the forest or a small bunch of twigs for the...

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Biscuit Salami. Easy to Make Goodies From Mom’s Recipe Book

The Taste of Childhood When I made a biscuit salami for the first time, I was eleven years old. In the good old days, the parents would go to work, and the children would spend the three months long summer holiday at home doing whatever they wanted. We would mostly go outside to play with other kids (we had a key we wore on a necklace), come back for lunch (yep, we were taught from an early age how to heat a soup without burning the house down) and go back outside until the parents would return from work. To...

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Upside-Down Apple Cake With Whipped Cream – Mom’s Astonishing “Welcome Home” Delight

A Symphony of Scents and Flavours Disclaimer: This recipe contains allergens! Please use suitable substitutes if you have a nut allergy! The “welcome home” favourite in mom’s recipe book was always an impressive upside-down apple cake with whipped cream. I can’t call it pie or tart because it is not. It is a soft sponge over whole apples filled with nuts and spices (we don’t have any food allergies). My cruising job contracts were normally six months long. That meant a lot of exploring the ports of call or floating at sea in between destinations.  The job involved some office...

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Sighișoara. The Best of Medieval Transylvania

A Town in Time Music: Fie să renască, Phoenix Movie: Vlad Țepeș, 1979 Book: Sighișoara, Mediaeval Memories, Florin Andreescu For once, she’s boarding the train on time. Usually, she jumps on the step just as the train sets in motion. Today she finished her exam earlier than expected, the topics right up her street. She is relaxed, relieved and confident the marks will be okay. She’s sitting on a different seat than the one she bought at the ticket counter. Next to the door, facing the direction in which the train will go. Mental note to ask permission to swap...

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