• Romanian Food:  Diverse and Delicious European Cuisine

    Variety is the spice of life when it comes to Romanian cuisine and you’ll find that most dishes are influenced by a number of nationalities. This is what makes Romanian food so diverse and yes, so delicious. Here are just a few examples of the wide range of dishes from this vibrant European country as well as a few drinks that will act as the perfect accompaniment. A wealth of influences Germany, Italy, Poland, France and Russia have all played their part in shaping the Romanian cuisine. The country has also been occupied in the past by the Greeks and Romans meaning you can expect many recognisable flavours in this…

  • Paste Fericit!

    Paste Fericit/ Happy Easter to all orthodox out there! Hope you all have a fantastic day and you will spend it with family and friends. Easter is about love and forgiveness so be kind and warm today! Unfortunately my parents and my sister are far away so I’m spending Easter without them. Fortunately I am with my hubby and my beautiful daughter so even though we will not celebrate the Romanian way we will be together. We will also meet some really fantastic friends today – you know who you are – and we will go out for a nice lunch pub. I should’ve probably prepared some traditional romanian food…

  • Palm Day (Flowers Day)

    Happy Easter to all of you that celebrate Easter today!  In the orthodox religion Easter is next week Sunday. Today however we celebrate “Palm Day” or Flowers Day. This was initially dedicated to the Roman goddess Flora, but then it was celebrated in the memory of the Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem. This day is the celebration of the nature revival, when the willows, the fruit trees and the flowers bloom. The willow plays a very important role in the rituals. All the ladies that have names of flowers are celebrated as well.   The legend goes that, while Jesus was crucified, His mother left, crying, in the search of her…

  • March traditions and celebrations in Romania

    In my home country Romania, spring starts on 1st of March with the celebration of Martisor. But Martisor is not the only tradition for the month of March. We also have “Babele” and “40 Mucenici” and the 8th of March which is “Mother’s Day”. Babele The first 9 days of March are called “Babe” and as you can imagine they are very important for Romanians. I grow up following all the Romanian traditions as taught by my grandmother and she was also very religious. This tradition persuades every single person to pick a day and if that day will be beautiful and sunny then it means that the rest of…

  • Martisor – 1st of March

    Happy Martisor Day! 1st of March – the first day of Spring. On this day we celebrate the “Martisor” in Romania. It is such a nice and sweet tradition which symbolically, it is correlated to women and to fertility as a means of life and continuity. The beginnings of this tradition are still a mystery, but it is said that it originated in ancient Rome, because New Year’s Eve was celebrated on the 1st of March (Martius), the month of the war god Mars. He had a double role: both protector of agriculture and of war, so the celebration signified the rebirth of nature. The duality of symbols is kept…

  • I want snow!!!

    Here is how the weather is in Bucharest – where i use to live until 7 years ago: I wonder now… Metoffice announced yellow alert of snow in London tomorrow. Despite that i really don’t think it will get at this level. Beautiful isn’t it? And some pictures from the seaside:

  • Romanian Carols For New Year Celebrations

    Romanian Carols For New Year Celebrations

    A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a few Christmas Carols that are traditionally sang in Romania for Christmas. I wanted to share with you more but as we’ve been away for Christmas I didn’t have the opportunity. But as today is the New Year Eve I wanted to share with you one of the most popular carols that kids around Romania sing on the first day of the year. The name of this carol is SORCOVA. I don’t have a translation in English for it though but I will try and describe what it is… “Sorcova” is a special bouquet used for New Year’s wishes early New…