April 2012

“Nenicu 89” b-day cake

by viviana on April 28, 2012 in Desserts,Festive

On my beloved grandfather’s birthday I prepared a delicious cake. In a nutshell, this is a chocolate, sweet jam, raisin and nuts cake. As usual I had a lot of help <3.

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Baked turkey leg

by viviana on April 26, 2012 in Mains

I can still remember the first time I came up with the idea we should cook an entire stuffed turkey (as I learned about Thanksgiving from a book). I told my Granny we should cook turkey the way the Brits do, and we did! It was grand!

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Spaghetti and meatballs

by viviana on April 24, 2012 in Mains

Romanian housemakers cook a lot of dishes based on minced meat, pork being the most popular of all. I can still remember the meatballs in sauce that my Granny used to make for me when I was a child, but I have to admit that I liked the mashed potatoes that came with the sauce better. Hoping that my daughter and the 3 other guests we had over for lunch last weekend would enjoy spaghetti with the meatballs, I tried to make a really nice and filling meal for all of us.

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Mushroom stew with white sauce

by viviana on April 22, 2012 in Mains

A piece of advice: always think twice before you throw food away! Today I am happy to present my mushroom stew recipe. I prepared it with the mushroom stems I used when I cooked stuffed mushrooms.

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Vegetable sour soup with bacon

by viviana on April 20, 2012 in Soups

Cooking sour soup in Romania is like cooking pasta in Italy. There are some dishes that a Romanian housemaker needs to excel at, and sour soup is definitely one of them.

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Egg figurines

by viviana on April 18, 2012 in Appetizers,Festive

This is my second suggestion for using the Easter eggs in a creative way. The Oriental salad was a blast, and now I hope that you find the egg figurines appealing. They are definitely fun to make! It took us hours to come up with the ideas, find the right ingredients and make them. Here is the final result:

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Festive Oriental salad with apple

by viviana on April 18, 2012 in Festive,Salads

I love Oriental salad, with or without apples, eggs, mayonnaise, etc. I love boiled vegetables mixed together and I especially like decorating the salads with parsley, egg, olives and red peppers.

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Baked lamb

by viviana on April 16, 2012 in Mains

I decided to marinate the lamb as the pieces were rather big and I wanted to impress my family with the Easter dinner :).

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Romanian Easter dinner

by viviana on April 15, 2012 in Appetizers,Festive,Mains

On Saturday night the Orthodox celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They all go to church and share the holy light after midnight.

After a long fasting period, Orthodox Christians have a rich meal with traditional dishes. They crack painted eggs, drink red wine, eat sweet bread and lamb. Here is what our dinner looked like on Sunday evening:

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Romanian Easter eggs

by viviana on April 13, 2012 in Appetizers,Festive

Easter is such a happy and luminous holiday for us. We light many candles, we cook traditional dishes, we go to church on Saturday night, we crack painted eggs, we have our younger ones wash their faces with the water in which we kept a red painted egg, so their face is luminous and they have rosy cheeks all year long. There is a long and beautiful tradition in Romanian cookery on the special celebration of Easter. The symbol of the cross, the red color, sparkling, shiny, luxuriously decorated dishes among which lamb (all kinds of stews, steaks and grills), sweet cakes and bread, of course, the painted eggs, green onions, radishes, etc. Easter is really a feast for the eyes and taste, for all senses, and above all, a feast for the soul, for our hearts. We love being together as a family, painting the eggs on Thursday night, traveling a little, going to church on Saturday night, celebrating the Easter dinner (at least 3 times!!!). Thursday night, between 9.30 PM and 1 AM we enjoyed painting the eggs and making all kinds of other arrangements for Easter. Here is the unique recipe of Romanian Easter eggs a la Vivi:

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