• Tasty and healthy dinner

    Now that I am on the Dukan diet (well I am on it since 2 weeks ago) I am trying to cook something healthy and appealing for the whole family. I am happy to say that the three of us enjoyed the salad with grilled chicken and beef:

  • Aubergine spread

    This Aubergine spread – in Romanian Zacusca de vinete – is cooked in big quantities at the end of the summer. I remember that my grandmother use to make around 20-30 jars to last us all the way through the winter. That was because it was a bit more difficult to find fresh aubergines,tomatoes and peppers through the winter. These days it is a lot easier so I just buy a couple of aubergines and grill them. So for this spread you will need the below ingredients: 2 aubergines 3 peppers – red,yellow and green 1 tin chopped tomatoes 2 large onions 1 clove of garlic Oil Salt Pepper Firstly…

  • Soup a la slow cooker

    So yesterday I decided to use my slow cooker again. I think we bought it about 5 years ago but only used it a couple of times – maximum 10 times. I think is just that I find it a bit difficult to just forget about the conventional way of cooking . But yesterday it just seem handy to just put everything in the slow cooler and leave it cook while I was cleaning up the house. So then I put a litre of water in the slow cooker and cover just to let it boil for a little bit. In the meantime I just prepared the vegetables. You see…

  • Bean and tomato spread

    The Romanian translation would be Zacusca de fasole. You see my family – hubby and boogie – don’t like aubergines so even if traditionally this spread is made with them I thought I should give it a try to the beans one. Well my idea came last weekend when we visited our dear Romanian friends for New Year. My friend Ioana had a jar of shop bought zacusca and I loved it! I think I end up eating the whole thing myself. So…I decided to google the recipe and give it a try and cook it. All the Romanian blog sites are full of ideas and different ingredients for this…

  • Vitamin Salad

    Today a very quick and healthy recipe from the romanian repertoire…Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 carrot 1 medium celery root 2 small cucumbers 1 big apple 3 nice tomatoes 5 – 6 ripe plums (or 2 – 3 tablespoons of pitted sour cherries) ½ cup sour cream juice from ½ lemon 1 teaspoon confectioner’s sugar saltClean the carrot and celery root, julienne, place in a salad bowl, add thinly sliced cucumbers and apple, peeled, seeded and sliced tomatoes, sliced plums or pitted sour cherries. Mix everything with the sour cream to which you added lemon juice, sugar and salt, just before serving.

  • Country Style Salad – Salata taraneasca

     So another day another recipe for a romanian salad. It seems that now is tradition…. This recipe is so simple! When i was little i use to help my grandmother prepare it. Ingredients: 2 eggs hard boiled and cooled 2 large boiling potatoes – peeled and sliced 2 green peppers cored and sliced 2 tomatoes , sliced 1 large onion peeled and sliced salt and pepper to taste 6 ripe black olives 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped 1 recipe vinaigrette(in another post) Peel and slice eggs. Keep them cool. Boil the sliced potaoes just until they become soft about 15 minutes. Don’t over cook them. Let them cool in the fridge. Place…