Supa de salata – lettuce soup

  This is one of my favourite soups for summer. Very easy to make and can be eaten cold. 2 lettuces 1 carrot 1 small onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 250 ml cream 2 eggs vegetable stock, salt and pepper 50 g chopped fresh dill Peel the onion and cut in cubes, grate the carrot. In…

Prajitură cu afine – bluberry cheesecake

250 g blueberries 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 digestive cookies 25 g butter 250 g mascarpone 1 dl cream 2-4 tablespoons sugar, to taste Add half of the blueberries, 1 tablespoon of sugar and vanilla sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes,…

Pască – Easter bread

After 7 weeks of fasting (abstinence from any kind of food derived from animals)  with Good Friday being the absolute fast comes Easter, one of the two most celebrated Greek Orthodox religious holidays. Pască is a sweet, soft, yeast braided bread filled with a cheese mixture. Pască is made with the dough from cozonac and a…

Budincă de spanac – spinach pie

Ingredients: 1600 g frozen spinach 2 onions 3 cloves of garlic 2 tablespoons of oil 200 g feta cheese 150 g ricotta 150 ml cream 3 eggs thyme and dill salt & pepper   Unfreeze the spinach. Chop the onions and garlic in small cubes and sauté those in a pan. With a fork mash…

Chec – chocolate cake

Ingredients: 450 g sugar 375 g flour 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar 250 ml milk 350 g butter 6 eggs 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons cocoa Instructions: Mix sugar and milk in a medium saucepan and place pan over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Stir constantly. Once the sugar has melted…

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…

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…

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…