Baked cinnamon, sugar and raisins pumpkin

by viviana on October 22, 2012 in Desserts

I love pumpkin! Both my Grannies used to make pumpkin for me when I was a child, and I am making it exactly how I learned from them. Enjoy a sweet and really easy recipe!

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Strawberry foam

by viviana on May 30, 2012 in Desserts

My granny taught me how to prepare this dessert a very long time ago. I can still remember using a hand whisk and beating the eggs until my wrist would hurt! In the year 2012 it takes 15 minutes to make strawberry foam and we enjoy it very much!

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Coffee boiled in a pot (granny TM)

by viviana on March 15, 2012 in Drinks

Another recipe that makes me remember my childhood… Sunday mornings in Ceausescu’s time, my granny waking up at 7 and making coffee boiled in a pot, the smell taking over the entire home >D<. I remember her ritual of making the coffee, with the pot, the stirring and the sugar and the cooling down before you pour it in the cups…Those wonderful moments will stay in my heart forever. Here is her recipe:

Ingredients: water (100 or 200 ml), cardamon/hell (1 pod), sugar (1 or 2 teaspoons), ground coffee (1.5 or 3 teaspoons)

Yield: 2 servings.

Time: 10 – 15 min.


I boil the water (low heat) in a special coffee pot. I add the sugar. I stir.

Mucenici (Muntenia)

by viviana on March 9, 2012 in Desserts,Festive

Today we celebrate the Orthodox “40 Mucenici” (40 martyrs) in Romania, and as the tradition requires, we make a sweet soup with cinnamon, nuts and dough in the shape of 8’s.

For as long as I remember, my granny would prepare the dough in the shape of small 8’s on the night before (March 8), and then boil the Mucenici soup on March 9. The smell of cinnamon and lemon peel granny used for the Mucenici still gives me such a warm feeling…

Legend: On March 9, the Orthodox celebrate the sacrifice of the 40 saints from Sebaste who died for their faith in Jesus. Around 320 a.c., 40 soldiers were captured and asked to give up their Christian faith. They refused. They were forced to get into a frozen lake, and the legend says that they started praying to God to save them. While the martyrs were drowning, 40 little flower garlands emerged to the surface. Hence the shape of the mucenici. The similarity goes even further, as the mucenici raise to the surface of the soup when you cook them :). The soup we cook in Muntenia is a symbol of the lake the saints drowned in (when you add the crushed nuts, sugar and cinnamon it resembles a frozen lake).

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Apple cake with nuts and raisins

by viviana on March 5, 2012 in Desserts

Yes, I have an obsession with apple desserts :). You cannot blame me as apples, cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, nuts, orange zest and other ingredients I use smell wonderful and make my home feel like heaven.

Ingredients: 2 large apples, nuts (50 g), raisins (50 g), almond extract (5 g), sweet jam (100 g), flour (3 tablespoons), sugar (3 tablespoons, for caramel), sugar (3 tablespoons), 3 eggs, orange peel (1 tablespoon), butter (50 g)

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Baked apples

by viviana on February 18, 2012 in Desserts

There is really no other quicker to make, more pleasant and with a better smell dessert in the world! I can prepare 3 apples in 5 minutes (and I am sure you can beat that!) and I only need to bake them in the oven for 45 minutes. Baked apples are perfect in winter because they give you a cozy and warm feeling. There is no place like home!

Ingredients: 3 large, beautiful, sweet apples, butter (50 g), sweet jam (3 teaspoons), 3 nuts (halves), sugar (50 g), raisins (3 tablespoons), vanilla extract (1/2 vial), whipped cream (for serving)

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