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Among other traditional dishes, mashed eggplant is very popular in Romania. It is usually served with chopped onion and tomatoes. I made mashed eggplant and a separate tomato, cucumber, olive, onion and parsley salad. Here they are!

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Potato stew (easy recipe)

by viviana on September 27, 2012 in Mains

I made potato stew in the past, and it was always very tasty. However, I was determined to try it again, and prepare it faster. So here is the simplified version of my potato stew, with less ingredients, less effort and more love!

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Oven baked salmon

by viviana on September 21, 2012 in Mains

I cook salmon pretty often; I like its texture, taste, flavor and, of course, the fact that it cooks very fast. The oven baked salmon takes 1 hour in total.

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Bruschette reloaded (attempt 3)!

by viviana on August 4, 2012 in Appetizers,Ovo Lacto


My daughter really likes bruschette. Here are my previous attempt number 1 and attempt number 2 to prepare this wonderful Italian appetizer.

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Mango and garlic fajitas

by viviana on July 14, 2012 in Guests,Mains,Ovo Lacto

A brand new and extremely exciting recipe from Octavian, my BFF! Check out the…Fajitas!!! All photos and text courtesy of Octavian 🙂

This is a quick and refreshing recipe you could make a healthy and unpretentious dinner of; I tried it once for myself and once for my boyfriend and it was definitely well received. It’s easy to make, ingredients can be changed to suit your taste.

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This is the second type of bruschette (here is the first one) we can quickly cook in the evening, when we get home. They take 5-10 min and they are delicious. Check out the recipe!

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Baked chicken wings on potato bed

by viviana on May 14, 2012 in Chicken,Mains

Yes, chicken and potatoes again! The reason why this blog is for women with a sense of cooking and not for professional cooks is pretty obvious by now, ay? I love sharing my recipes because I can guarantee they are easy and fast. Key words for my blog: fast cooking, cooking at home, Romanian cuisine, Romanian recipes! So, in case you forget the address of this blog, simply type one of the phrases above and you will be directed to the site. Too much talk, let’s start cooking!

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My daughter is a bruschette fan, so today a post about them! You know by now that I cook to impress my daughter and to teach her bits and pieces about healthy food and cooking for your family. All I cook is simple and unsophisticated. I like to eat out, and when I really like something I have at a restaurant, I like to try it at home. Sometimes I check Sanda Marin’s “bible” for Romanian recipes, and sometimes I check the Internet for tips.

I have recently discovered I have a “soul sister” in the United States! Mia (@Mia’s Domain) cooks with passion and love and she has learned everything from her Grandmother (see the resemblance?).

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Baked salmon with onion

by viviana on February 29, 2012 in Mains

I decided to cook salmon again. I have beautiful memories about cooking this wonderful fish. Scenes full of love and warmth. An encore of those scenes is always welcome :).

Ingredients: 3 large pieces of salmon file, 1 large onion, olive oil, water, salt, lemon, dried basil

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Pasta with vegetables

by viviana on February 17, 2012 in Mains,Ovo Lacto

This is one of my daughter’s favorite dishes. She is 11 and a little bit picky when it comes to homemade food. So I am very happy to share a highly appreciated recipe, even by the most demanding client (considering that when she is not a customer she is my help in the kitchen, I give her all the credit :).

Ingredients: pasta (gnocchi, pipe rigate, or similar, 2 cups), 1 yellow bell pepper, 2 tomatoes, 2 onions, 3 cloves of garlic, juice of half a lemon, water, olive oil, dried basil

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