• appetizers and snacks

    Olive soft pretzels

    Pretzels. Pretzels again :). A different recipe, packed with Mediterranean flavors, with olive oil and olives. After the first bite I realized that I should have sprinkled the pretzels with some dried oregano because it goes excellent with olives. No problem, I’ll keep that in mind for the next time. To prepare these delicious olive soft pretzels I used black olives but you can also use green olives. I actually prefer green olives. You should use stoned olives, rings or diced. As regarding the dough, it’s a regular dough, very easy to prepare. I use the same recipe to prepare pizza dough, focaccia or dinner rolls. It’s a multipurpose dough…

  • cakes,  desserts

    Homemade éclairs recipe

    Éclairs. My favorite dessert. I could never say no to these delicious crisp pastries filled with custard and topped with chocolate. Oh, my goodness, what a delight! And you know what? These little sweet pastries are also incredible easy to prepare with a handful of ingredients. For the best results you have though to follow a few rules. The batter, the so called “Pâte à choux”, is made of flour, water (or half water and half milk), butter and eggs. Although it contains no raising agent, this “Pâte à choux” has the ability to rise almost three times its original size, creating a hard outer shell and an almost hollow…

  • salads

    Potato and green bean salad with mayonnaise

    A few days ago, when I was writing the green bean salad with mayonnaise recipe, I remembered how delicious and flavorful it was. And I said to myself that I have to cook this salad again. Although I really love green bean salad with mayonnaise I decided to add a few extra ingredients: potatoes and dill pickles. I upgraded my salad 🙂This potato and green bean salad with mayonnaise was a real hit despite the fact that I overcooked the potatoes. You know that I always tell you: “be careful to not overcook the potatoes because you’ll get a mushy salad”. Well, I found out that’s not such a bad thing…

  • appetizers and snacks,  salads

    Green bean salad with mayonnaise

    Absolutely delicious, quick and easy to make, this green bean salad with mayonnaise is a great appetizer. It’s very tasty and flavorful and you can prepare a large amount in less than half an hour. To prepare this delicious salad you can use green or yellow beans, fresh or frozen. I prefer to use frozen beans because is already chopped :). Frozen beans has also the advantage that I can find it in the supermarket all year long. As regarding the mayo, you all know that homemade mayo is the best, right? But the store-bought mayo goes well also especially when you’re in a hurry. If you’re on diet, you…

  • cakes,  desserts

    The Carpathians cake recipe

    “The Carpathians” cake is a wonderful layered cake which makes the perfect choice for Christmas or for New Years Eve. It’s name comes from the resemblance to a mountain peak. The Carpathians are the largest Romanian mountain chain so, here’s the name: The Carpathians. This absolutely delicious layered cake is made from very thin cake sheets and caramel cream and topped with melted chocolate. You may also sprinkle some crushed nuts or coconut flakes. The Carpathians cake is a pretty simple cake but you have to work a little to roll out the sheets. If these are your first cake sheets, it may seem quite difficult to roll them but…

  • beef,  main course

    Easy mushroom and ground beef skillet

    When you crave for stuffed mushrooms but you run out of time, what can you do? Toss all the ingredients into a skillet and definitely you’ll get something absolutely delicious 🙂 To prepare this mushroom and ground beef skillet I used fresh button mushrooms because these are the most popular mushrooms in Romania. You can use your favorite mushrooms, fresh or frozen. Frozen mushrooms  have the advantage of being already chopped and you can save some extra time because chopping the mushrooms is the most “difficult” part of this recipe. I also added canned tomatoes and tomato paste for a little bit sourish taste. It’s not necessary to add water…

  • 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…