Ciuperci la cuptor – baked mushrooms

  I love those mushrooms baked in the oven. Easy to make and served as a side dish or as a starter. Here you have three recipes in one.   Ingredients for the basic recipe: 500 g big mushrooms salt, pepper, dill, garlic powder olive oil   with filling 1: 150 g bread crumbs   with…

Minciunele – Sweet treats

My grandmother used to make those sweet treats. It is fast and can be served hot or cold. Mincunele means little lies in Romanian. Ingredients: 500 g flour 2 eggs 2 yolks 2 tablespoons of sour cream 1 teaspoon of baking powder. 4-5 tablespoons powdered sugar for coating 500 g of sunflower oil for frying…

Supa de pui cu taitei – chicken soup with noodles

There is nothing better than a chicken soup on cold days. I remember traveling to Transylvania, that’s where my grandfather was born, when I was a little girl. I have lots of happy memories, but one of the memories is my aunt making home-made noodles. Here is a quick recipe. Ingredients for soup 4 chicken…

Amandine – chocolate cakes

This was my favorite prājiturā – cake – when I was a child. We would go out to cofetārie (patisserie) on Sundays and this cake was one of my favorites. I remember my grandfather and I going out, in our best outfits and going to the patisserie in the center of the town. He would…

Sanda Marin – the best Romanian cookery book

Sanda Marin was a lady with a beautiful and remarkable presence of interwar high society. An elegant figure, cultured, aristocratic and very talented in the art of gastronomy. Cecilia Simionescu – this is the true name of “sandeimarinului”. Cecilia was born in Iasi, in a family of prominent intellectuals. Her father Ion Simionescu, was a…

Sarmale – stuffed cabbage rolls

This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is a traditional recipe. You can use any type of minced meat or just add grinded nuts or chopped mushrooms for a vegetarian dish. Sarmale are enjoyed year-round in Romania, but especially for holidays like Christmas and Easter. Ingredients: 1 whole head cabbage (the best is pickled…

Găluște cu prune – plum dumplings

This recipe is made in different versions in Germany and Eastern Europe. The base is the same – a flour, potato and egg dough and can be filled with both sweet fruit or jam or meat. Different fruit can be used instead of plums like nectarines. I remember from my childhood those sweet plum dumplings…

Ciorba de perisoare – soup with meatballs

My absolute favourite ciorba since my childhood. Now I always buy “bors” in powder when I visit Romania, so I can prepare this specific Romanian recipe. I love soups too, but there is something special about the real taste of “bors”. Look around and maybe you find some Romanian shops in your neighbourhood. Broth: 1…

Prajitura cu morcovi – Carrot cake

This is one of my favorite cakes. I can use my imagination and depending on the mood go to extreme and make it fun and festive. Or just use it without the frosting to keep the calories to the minimum. You can taste the carrots and if they are sweet, you can cut the amount…

Lapte de pasăre – Fluffy clouds in vanilla custard

Ingredients: 1,5 l milk 4 eggs 200 grams sugar 2 spoons of maizena (cornstarch) vanilla extract Preparation: In a pan heat up the milk and let it simmer. Pull of the heat. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and beat until a glossy consistency. Put the milk on the heat again,…

Mazăre cu pui – Chicken with peas

This used to be my favourite dish while I was 6-7 years old, and I stil love to make this simple but delicious dish. Ingredients 4 chicken legs 700 g frozen peas 1 large onion chicken stock 2 tablespoons of tomato paste 2 tablespoons of chopped dill 1 teaspoon of chopped thyme 1 teaspoon of…