Mucenici (moldovenesti)

Mucenici is a Christian feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste, a traditional holiday in Romania. It coincides with the start of the agricultural year. Those who observe this holiday clean their households and light fire to garbage collected from their homes, to bring warmth outside. Some believe that when the Martyrs were drowned, flowers…

Ziua universala a iei – The universal day of the romanian blouse

This year Romanian girls and ladies celebrate the universal day of the romanian blouse at the same time as Sânzienele. It is an event promoted by La blouse Roumaine and the scope is to promote the Romanian traditional blouse – IE. Sânziană is the Romanian name for gentle fairies who play an important part in local folklore,…

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…

Sărățele – salty cheese sticks

I love sărățele – cheese sticks. It’s a nice snack in the evening with some wine or beer. Here you have the recipe from start, but sometimes I use butter dough – bought in the store. Cut in sticks and add more cheese on the top. Bake twice as much and keep it in a metal…

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…

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…

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…

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…