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Traditional Romanian Mămăligă (Polenta) on Cooking Romania by Vivi
Romanian, Sides

Traditional Romanian Mămăligă (Polenta)

Traditional Romanian Mămăliga (polenta or cornmeal) pronounced mama-LEE-gah is a staple dish of Romanian cuisine with such a major place in the country’s popular culture that Romanians sometimes scornfully call one other “Mămăligar” (Mămăligă eater). However, the term is not as offensive as wop, frog or gringo to give a […]

Tom Kha Gai Chicken Shrimp Soup on Cooking Romania by Vivi 2

Tom Kha Gai Chicken, Shrimp, Coconut Soup

The traditional Tom Kha Gai Soup consists of chicken chunks, galangal, lemongrass, garlic, chili, kaffir lime leaves, mushrooms, coconut milk and fish sauce. We added shrimp to the recipe as it is a common ingredient in Thai cuisine, and it imparts a superb oriental flavor to the dish.

Traditional Romanian Rolled Cabbage Sarmale on Cooking Romanian by Vivi
Mains, Romanian

Romanian Cabbage Rolls or Stuffed Cabbage (Sarmale)

My Granny’s traditional Romanian cabbage rolls or stuffed cabbage (sarmale) recipe is the epitome of scrumptious taste and irresistible flavor. This traditional Romanian recipe is made with sour cabbage stuffed with fat pork meat (and/or beef), rice and onion. Granny also used a lot of smoked bacon that gives it a heavenly flavor and smoky taste. I have helped prepare or made sarmale every Christmas and Easter for the past 42 years.

Easy Low Carb Keto Bell Pepper and Cheese
Appetizers, Low carb and keto, Romanian

Easy Romanian Bell Pepper and Cheese (Ardei umpluti cu branza) – Low Carb Keto

My Granny cooked without counting calories, used plenty of fat of all kinds and deep fried almost every piece of meat. Her cooking was greasy, yes, but to me it was the most wonderful food on the planet and I still miss her sarmale (rolled cabbage), ardei umpluti (stuffed peppers), fish roe (salata de icre) and friptura (steak) and eggplant dip (salata de vinete).