Romanian Gourmet Cheese: Brânza de burduf from Transylvania

Brânză de burduf

Brânza de burduf, the most valuable among Romanian cheeses, has an even more valuable variety: aged in pine bark, the cheese gets a special, unique flavor and taste.

Romanian Zacuscă Recipe

Romanian Zacuscă

Tweet It’s Fall, and in many Romanian homes this is equivalent with preparing for the winter. Since fresh produce are hard to find in the winter, are usually more expensive and generally tasteless, Romanians conserve the tastes of the Autumn and its finest flavors. The following is the recipe of a traditional Romanian bread spread, […]

A Romanian Favorite: Tripe Sour Soup (Ciorbă de burtă)


Aside “sarmale” and “mititei”, the dish known as “Ciorbă de burtă” (tripe sour soup or “gut soup” as others may call it) is the closest thing to a “national dish” you can get in Romania.

Romanian Coliva Recipe

Coliva decorated with powdered sugar and colored candy.

Tweet Yesterday, in my post about Lazarus’ Saturday (April 11, 2009) I mentioned a special dish, used to celebrate the dead: coliva. Coliva is the Romanian translation of the Greek κόλλυβα (kólliva) and it describes a sweet pudding made of boiled wheat. This “desert” is used liturgically in both Eastern Orthodox and Greek-Catholic churches. Romania […]

Christmas Cuisine – Sarmale Recipe


Tweet A feast of lights and joyfulness – this is how I remember my Christmases in Romania. The Christmas tree was a “must have” in my family – I’ve never spent one single Christmas without it. Romanian carols, although sober and quite religious, were magic. I miss Christmas. It’s not that I don’t enjoy Christmas […]