• desserts,  pies

    Yogurt pie with phyllo dough

    I love pies, no matter what the filling is, sweet or savory. I already posted some Greek pies with phyllo dough: Spanakopita (Greek spinach and fete pie) and Kolokithopita (Greek zucchini and feta pie). This yogurt pie with phyllo dough is rather Romanian than Greek, or at least is more popular in Romania :). Anyway, the origins aren’t very important but the taste is absolutely divine. This pie is a delicious combo of crispy phyllo dough and creamy, vanilla flavored yogurt filling. And, of course, there’s raisins, because I love them. If you don’t like raisins you can replace them with cherries, sour cherries, raspberries or something similar. This yogurt…

  • Brioche, rolls,  desserts

    Cinnamon swirl bread recipe

    Soft, fluffy and packed with flavor, this homemade cinnamon swirl bread is my family’s favorite. It’s so simple and yet so incredible yummy. The filling is what makes the difference, a gooey and delicious filling made with butter, cinnamon and sugar. It’s like a huge cinnamon roll :). And you know how much I love cinnamon rolls. This delicious cinnamon swirl bread makes the perfect choice for breakfast, for dessert or for an after school snack. It’s very easy to prepare and do you know what is the most difficult part of this recipe? Waiting :). Waiting for the dough to rise and waiting for the cinnamon swirl bread to…

  • appetizers and snacks,  breakfast

    Ham and cheese muffins recipe

    Loaded with melted cheese and ham, these delicious muffins make the perfect breakfast. These savory muffins are also a good choice for an after school snack, for brunch and even for parties, as an appetizer. You can add your favorite ingredients and the good part is that you can also recycle leftovers. I always have in the fridge a piece of cheese or a piece of ham which nobody wants to eat. So, if you decide to prepare savory muffins, check your fridge first. I’m sure you’ll find interesting things there :). Anyway, cheese is very important, is the key ingredient for these muffins. You can use your favorite cheese,…

  • soups

    Roasted pumpkin soup

    Thick, creamy and so comforting makes the perfect starter in a cold day. I love pumpkin, so this pumpkin soup is one of my favorites. I have to tell you though from the start that roasted pumpkin is the key for the perfect pumpkin soup. Roasted pumpkin is sweet and packed with flavor. Yes, maybe it’s much more quick and easy to boil the pumpkin but you’ll miss all these flavor and you’ll get just a common soup. So, you should start by roasting the pumpkin. It’s very easy but it takes about 1 hour. The good part is that you can roast more pumpkins, make pumpkin puree and store…

  • appetizers and snacks,  savory pies and quiches

    Beef empanadas recipe

    Empanadas are stuffed pastries, baked or fried, very popular in Spain and in the Americas. Empanadas are made by folding the dough over the stuffing, which may be sweet or salty. Stuffing may consist in meat, cheese, fish, vegetables or other delicious ingredients. I choose to prepare beef empanadas especially for my husband who loves meat stuffed pastries. The dough is made from flour, butter, egg, salt and a few tablespoons of very cold water. It is actually a shortcrust pastry, very easy to prepare. In this case you should to prepare a dough a little bit softer than a regular shortcrust pastry to be easier to roll out. It’s…

  • Brioche, rolls,  desserts

    Pumpkin cinnamon rolls

    Soft, flaky and packed with flavor, these pumpkin cinnamon rolls are the best! They’re absolutely divine! 🙂 As a food blogger, I’ve tested so many recipes and I can tell you for sure that you’re going to love this pumpkin cinnamon rolls recipe. The pumpkin flavor is very subtle and blends perfectly with the cinnamon swirl filling. If you don’t know, you won’t guess there’s pumpkin :). So, even though you’re not a pumpkin lover, you should try these delicious pumpkin cinnamon rolls. To prepare this recipe you need pumpkin puree. It’s OK to use canned pumpkin puree but, if you have some extra time, I recommend to prepare it…

  • desserts,  vegan

    Homemade pumpkin puree

    Make pumpkin puree from scratch is incredibly easy and all you need is pumpkin :). I prefer homemade food because is fresh, tasty and healthy. It’s true, I don’t have time to make pumpkin puree every time I need it, but, when I have enough time, I prefer to make it myself rather than to buy it from the store. You have the possibility to prepare a large amount of pumpkin puree and keep it into the refrigerator for a few days – up to one week, or into the freezer for up to 3 months. To prepare pumpkin puree you can use any kind of pumpkin but there will…

  • appetizers and snacks

    Sunflower seed soft pretzels

    Soft, fluffy and loaded with sunflower seeds, these pretzels make the perfect snack. Traditional German pretzels require a baking soda bath which ensure that special texture: chewy and a little bit crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I wanted fluffy pretzels with soft crust, so I skipped the baking soda bath. Instead, I brushed my pretzels with egg wash. You may serve these delicious sunflower seed pretzels warm or cold, as a snack. They go well with Greek yogurt. You should also try raisin pretzels and cheesy soft pretzels. Ingredients for sunflower seed soft pretzels: – 450 gr (2 and 2/3 cups) flour – 250 ml (1…

  • cakes,  desserts

    Romanian crustless cheesecake

    In Romania we have a traditional cheesecake called “pasca” made from a sweet bread crust and filled with sweet cheese and raisins. We have also a delicious sweet cheese and raisin pie which is similar to a sweet shortcrust pastry filled with cheese. These are both absolutely delicious desserts , but what I love most is the filling. So, I’ve made a delicious crustless cheesecake, flavorful and loaded with raisins. To prepare this cheese cake you need quark cheese which is similar to our “sweet cheese”. This is also a quick and easy to make cheesecake. All you have to do is to combine all the ingredients, pour the batter…

  • appetizers and snacks

    Deviled egg chicks

    Very pretty and fun, these deviled egg chicks are a great alternative to the traditional dressed eggs. Dressed eggs are a very popular appetizer in Romania and I was very happy to find this recipe. I’ve made these deviled egg chicks for Easter and my kids were very exited. They make the perfect appetizer not only for Easter but for any other holiday and for parties. Deviled egg chicks are also easy to make with a handful of ingredients. First you have to cook the eggs for about 7-8 minutes because you need hard boiled eggs. Then peel the eggs and slice them into 3 pieces: cut a thin slice…