• chicken,  main course

    Sheet pan chicken and potatoes – video recipe

    This sheet pan chicken and potatoes is my favorite one pan meal, a great combo of tender potatoes and chicken wings roasted to a golden brown perfection. This is my go-to recipe for quick and easy dinner because it calls for simple ingredients and less work. And let’s be honest, everybody likes potatoes and chicken wings, right? You can’t go wrong with such a great combo, even if you have to feed 2 picky children 🙂 What we need To prepare this delicious one pan meal I used chicken wings because they turn out great in the oven with a delicious crispy skin but tender and juicy on the inside.…

  • vegetables

    Easy creamy mushrooms – video recipe

    Incredibly rich and creamy and absolutely delicious, these easy creamy mushrooms are a family favorite! These mushrooms are so good, you won’t be able to stop after only one bowl… So, you should consider to double the ingredients 🙂 These creamy mushrooms are technically a side dish and they go great along with grilled meat or fish. We prefer though to have these delicious creamy mushrooms as a main dish along with polenta or along with homemade bread. Homemade bread recipes: Sourdough bread Easy flatbread (no yeast) No knead bread These creamy mushrooms are also incredibly easy to make with a handful of ingredients: fresh button mushrooms, onion, sour cream,…

  • main course,  pork

    Pork stew with spring onion and garlic – video recipe

    Packed with flavor and absolutely delicious this pork stew with spring onion and garlic is one of my favorite dishes. The meat is so tender and so flavorful… You definitely have to give it a try! This green onion and garlic stew is a Romanian Easter recipe. Traditionally it is made with lamb, green onion and green garlic. I don’t like lamb so I make this delicious stew with pork or chicken (turkey would work as well). I make this stew every spring, not only for Easter, because it’s absolutely delicious and easy to make using a few ingredients. The main ingredients are green onion and green garlic, ingredients that…

  • beef,  soups

    Hungarian beef goulash – video recipe

    Hungarian Goulash is a thick and delicious beef soup (like a stew), warm and comforting, perfect for a cold weather day. Traditionally it is made with meat and vegetables and usually seasoned with paprika and other spices. The basic Hungarian goulash recipe calls only for meat (beef or veal), onions, bell pepper and spices (especially paprika). I prefer a rich and nourishing soup and I add diced potatoes. They provide starch as they cook, which makes the goulash thicker and smoother. I also add carrots, celery root and csipetke, those tiny pinched dumplings.  A few tablespoons of red wine may also be added near the end of cooking to round the taste, This…

  • preserves

    Pickled red bell peppers (video recipe)

    These pickled red bell peppers are the perfect balance of salty and tangy with a touch of sweetness. Learn how to make at home the best pickled red bell peppers that keep crunchy for up to 2 years! Don’t worry, they won’t last that long because they are absolutely delicious 🙂 The end of summer and the beginning of fall is canning season in Romania. We can fruits and vegetables to fill up our pantry for the winter season. Sometimes it looks like we want to fill up our pantry for the next 10 years :). I’m not such a big canning fan but a few jars or pickled red bell…

  • chicken,  main course

    Chicken Kiev

    Slightly crispy on the outside but incredibly tender and flavorful on the inside, this chicken Kiev is my favorite! Chicken Kiev is a very tasty and very popular schnitzel. It is made of boneless chicken breast stuffed with a mixture of butter, garlic and herbs, wrapped in breadcrumbs then fried or baked. The result is an irresistible combo of textures and flavors.The crust is slightly crispy, the meat incredibly tender and the butter melts into a rich and very flavorful sauce. This chicken Kiev is not the easiest dish to make but it totally worth the effort! There are 2 ways to make chicken Kiev. 1. Pound the chicken breast,…

  • chicken,  main course

    Chicken and mushroom moussaka

    Rich, very tasty and nourishing, this chicken and mushroom moussaka is a family favorite! It is made with fried potatoes, ground chicken and mushrooms, and topped with tomato sauce and tomatoes… Yummy! You definitely have to try this chicken and mushroom moussaka! Moussaka is a Greek dish but is also very popular in Romania. The original recipe calls for layers of potatoes or eggplants and ground meat (mostly lamb or beef) and topped with Bechamel sauce. Moussaka has 3 layers: potatoes/eggplants – meat – potatoes/eggplants which are separately cooked, then layered and baked. The Romanian version is made with potatoes and ground pork and topped with tomato sauce. As you…

  • chicken,  main course

    Creamy chicken (video recipe)

    Tender chicken bites soaked in thick, creamy and delicious sauce… Mmm, so good! I love this creamy chicken and you definitely have to give it a try! It’s a family favorite!This creamy chicken (chicken “ciulama”) is a very popular dish in Romania. And for a good reason: this creamy chicken very tasty and yet quick and easy to prepare with a handful of ingredients. The main ingredient of this recipe is chicken and you can use chicken breast, chicken legs or thighs, even chicken wings. I prefer to use chicken thighs because they are so flavorful and yet easy to cook.As regarding the sauce… Well, it can be made in soooo…

  • cakes,  desserts,  Uncategorized

    Jam and walnuts bars (video recipe)

    My dear friends, I have to tell you from the beginning that this recipe is a keeper! These jam and walnuts bars are a super delicious combo of crumbly crust, flavored jam and crunchy walnuts. Also these bars are very easy to prepare with affordable ingredients. These jam and walnuts bars are very popular in Romania. In summer time we have as main activity to make jam. It’s like a national sport :). We start with strawberry, cherry and sour cherry jam, we continue with apricot jam  and we end with prunes, apple and quince jam. Every housewife makes tens of jars of jam. At least :). And what can…

  • appetizers and snacks,  beef

    Beef tacos (video recipe)

    If you’re planning a Mexican fiesta, you definitely need tacos! Crunchy, messy and packed with flavor beef tacos :). In less then 30 minutes and a handful of ingredients you can prepare 10-12 super delicious tacos. And everybody lover beef tacos, right? But let me tell you a few words about tacos. Tacos are a traditional Mexican dish made from corn or wheat tortilla, folded and filled with goodies. These goodies may consist in meat (beef, pork or chicken), seafood or veggies and topped with other goodies like cheese, salsa, tomatoes, onions or lettuce. Yummy! There are many varieties of taco and below I’m going to tell you about beef…