• 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…

  • main course,  pork

    Spice-crusted pork loin roast

    Juicy and very tender, packed with flavor an incredible easy to make, this spice-crusted pork loin roast became our family favorite. I have already made this recipe twice and my husband asked me to prepare this recipe every weekend :). This pork roast is very easy to prepare even if you have to prepare a large amount. You may use your favorite spices. First time I used red pepper which was a little sweet and incredible flavored. Second time I didn’t find red pepper and I used green pepper. Well, I’ve found out that green pepper is very hot and it seemed that something was missing from my pork roast…

  • beef,  main course

    Easy peas, ground beef and couscous skillet

    Do you know that feeling when you get home late and you have to cook dinner for your family? I do :). And I found out that is very easy to cook a delicious dinner using ground beef and frozen veggies. Couscous is also a good choice for a quick dinner but choose fine couscous (which is similar to bulgur) because it doesn’t need to be cooked. It just need hot water :). But let’s get back to our dinner. I’ve made a delicious combo of peas, ground beef and couscous, very tasty, quick and easy to make. Instead of peas, you may use your favorite veggies, fresh or frozen,…

  • soups,  Uncategorized

    Roasted beetroot and potato soup

    Beetroot soup is one of my favorite soups. It’s thick, rich, a little sweet and packed with flavor. Although I really love beetroot, when I make a soup, I prefer to combine beetroot with other veggies. The reason is that I can get a much more creamy texture. I’ve already made roasted pumpkin and beetroot soup and I anted to try a new recipe: roasted beetroot and potato soup. Yes, roasting the veggies is an important step. When you simmer the veggies, they absorb water, but hen you roast them, the water evaporates and the veggies are sweeter and packed with flavor.You may serve this delicious roasted beetroot and potato…