• Sarmale(cabbage stuffed with mince) – a traditional romanian dish

      What you can see above is how my hubby eats sarmale.   Sarmale is THE Signature dish for Romania.   Every time we visit home or my mum visits us in London she makes us a batch of  “sarmale”. And when i say a batch i am talking about 100. So what are the “sarmale”? Stuff cabbage or vine leaves with mince.   This time around my mum cooked them with sweet cabbage. Ingredients: – 1 white cabbage -1kg. minced meat (beef/pork+beef) -2 fine chopped onions -2 tablespoons of rice -2 tablespoons of tomato sauce -salt,pepper,crushed dill Preparation: In a big bowl mix the mince of your choice with…

  • Romanian style chicken legs with green beans and nature potatoes

    Chicken legs are cheap and easy to eat and if you cook them like me your kids will love eating them too! Mine loves the tomato sauce that comes with it! Ingredients: – boiled green beans; – potatoes peeled, cut into squares and boiled; – a dollop of butter; – chopped parsley for the potatoes(during the winter i tend to buy frozen one); – 6 chicken legs ( you can use more but just increase the tomato paste ); – garlic cloves peeled and diced – as many as you prefer; i add quite a lot as we romanians love garlic! – vegetable oil enough to cook the chicken; –…

  • Romanian vegetable stew with roast gammon

    This Romanian vegetable stew is usually eaten while fasting. It’s yummy and because you use eggplant you don’t really feel the need for meat. When I was a child I didn’t really like it – I was like any other child I guess who’s avoiding vegetables. But with age I started to enjoy it a lot more. Ingredients: For roast – pork gammon – salt and pepper – soft butter or oil for pasting the gammon For the stew: – 2 small onions – one big carrot – one small parsnip – 2 potatoes – one big courgette – one red pepper – one medium eggplant – 3 tbsp of…

  • Romanian bean soup #recipe

    Romanian bean soup

    The bean soup – “Ciorba de fasole” – is probably one of the most traditional dishes in Romania. It’s easy to make and everybody knows how to do it. Women anyway. Ingredients for about 4 portions: -250 g white beans; -a big onion; -one big carrot; -one small parsnip; -one small celery root; -one red pepper; -one tsp of sweet paprika; -one tbsp of tomato paste(optional) – a pinch of dried thyme; -salt; -3 tbsp of oil; Wash the beans and put them to boil. The water just needs to cover slightly the beans and no more. Boil until the skin starts to become wrinkled. At that point change the…

  • Scovergi – Another Romanian Recipe

    Scovergi. I’ve been thinking at how to translate the name but I just don’t think there is a word to describe them in English. It’s like an appetiser maybe? My grandmother used to make them as a treat on a Sunday afternoon usually. Served warm with jam they are really yummy. Ingredients for about 10 scovergi: • 500 g flour • 15 g fresh yeast (or 1 pack dry yeast) • 300 ml water • 1 teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon sugar Preparation: Mixing all these ingredients will give you a bread like dough. So mix the flour,yeast,water,sugar and salt until all mixed and the dough stops being sticky on…

  • Chicken and rice with vegetables

    Time for another recipe my lovelies! Chicken and rice was one of my favourite dishes when I was a child. My mum told me that was the only thing I wanted to eat! So tis is nevertheless pretty much a replica of my mum recipe but of course with my twist. I tried to cook it a little bit healthier though. So here is what I done. Ingredients: – 2 tbsp of oil; – half of medium onion diced; – chicken legs; – 1 cup of rice; – 3 cups of chicken stock; – frozen vegetables: carrot,broccoli,peas; – seasonings; Rice: Take a shallow pan and add a couple of tablespoons…

  • Romanian biscuits

    This is a recipe that my grandmother used sometimes to make biscuits. Very simple and with not many ingredients but it tastes delicious and can be moulded and decorated in different ways. Ingredients: – 3 eggs – 3 cups of sugar ( I only put 1 1/2 cups of sugar as I prefer them not as sweet) – 3 cups of oil – 6 cups of plain flour (you can add one more if you think that the composition is too runny at the end though) – the zest of one lemon – one teaspoon of baking powder – the juicy of half a lemon – one teaspoon of vanilla…