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Vegetable stew and sausages

by viviana on June 4, 2012 in Mains

This is just another quick and easy recipe.

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Sausages on salad bed

by viviana on May 23, 2012 in Salads

I feel I need to remind you that this is not a chef’s blog, as much as I would have liked to pursue this career. I am not a professional cook, nor have I ever taken any cooking classes. What qualifies me as a person who is entitled to share her cooking experiences is my passion for food. Since I was only 6, I have helped my Granny cook. She was patient enough to wait for me to carry out the tasks that she was assigning and explain everything with the utmost patience.

My passion for cooking has been rewarded heavily over the years. My daughter, my friends, the children on the camp we organize in the Romanian mountains, foreign friends and clients, almost everyone I cooked for appreciated my culinary gift. The best compliment I get is when someone asks for seconds, and that is not seldom at all.

The other equally strong reason why I am qualified to give advice here, on my blog, is the fact that I am a working mother. And as I have stated so many times, my blog addresses working mothers with a sense of cooking, just like me. So I am not an expert in cooking, but I am in expert in enjoying cooking, making food that others enjoy and cooking the fastest and easiest recipes. My recipes are mainly tricks on how to cook for your family without spending exhausting hours in the kitchen. I cook healthy food and I enjoy making arrangements that make your mouth water ;). Today, Sausages on salad bed.

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Pepper chicken in mild taco

by viviana on May 21, 2012 in Chicken,Mains

I think this is the week for Adara’s favorites! Today I am sharing another dish that guarantees seconds from her: chicken with pepper and tomatoes in mild taco. She had it at the mall for the first time and I thought I would also give it a try. Here is my version of the recipe.

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Today I am sharing one of my daughter’s favorites: cream cheese with yellow pepper, onion and parsley. She simply loves this combination and she never gets tired of it. Sometimes, even after we go to bed, she asks me to make some. In fact, it is the onion – cream cheese combination that she loves! Mothers and fathers who cook for your children, your 11 year old may also like cream cheese as much as my daughter does ;).

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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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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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I have never obsessed over what we call “healthy food” in modern times. I have never obsessed about how healthy the food we eat is, as most of the food we eat in Romania is healthy! And it has been like that forever. The new fast food restaurants (opened in the last 10-15 years) are not a Romanian tradition, and they haven’t succeeded in making career with my family. We are still into fresh vegetables, mashed potatoes, chicken and fish dishes, oven and clay pot cooking, etc.

And as spring has arrived, here is a Romanian “Cooking with Vivi” traditional snack for this time of the year. I wish from the bottom of my heart to all my readers to live the happy and healthy life we live! God bless all of you!

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My daughter loves my cooking and I love cooking for her. A match made in heaven! I noticed that she appreciates my small arrangements and little cute shape and color games, so I went for a new vegetables and meat mix for her. Easy to make and splendid. Check it out!

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I had to make something really nice for my daughter and a friend this morning. The 2 little girls love vegetables, so I thought I could trick them into something more than just some green stuff ;). So:

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Potato stew

by viviana on February 9, 2012 in Mains

Every time I cook potato stew I think of summer :). My Granny used to cook it on hot summer days. I remember coming back from the beach and smell the stew from downstairs. The secret? Well, add some smoked sausages or rashers of pork ham and the stew will smell and taste like heaven.

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