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Welcome to my dearest category on Cooking Romania by Vivi: Romanian food!

Guess why I love Romanian food so much? Because I am Romanian, yes.

Sarmale, mititei, ardei umpluti, bors de peste, cozonac, toba, and so many other delicious traditional Romanian dishes are here for you to try and enjoy!

Why Cooking Romania by Vivi?

Since the age of 6 I have been cooking and creating new, simple recipes. Since 2012, I have been focusing on easy recipes for busy people, as helping others not only brings good karma, but primarily makes us feel really good! Talking about karma, check out my self-realization journey for more details on how cooking and meditation are the same thing.

For whom is Cooking Romanian by Vivi?

Students and young professionals, mothers and fathers with kids are welcome to try these delicious easy drinks recipes created, tested and enjoyed by thousands of people around the world. Make your life easier and more enjoyable now! Cooking is fun!

What is Cooking Romania by Vivi about?

This cooking blog contains fun and easy recipes for busy peopleCooking Romania by Vivi mainly addresses businesspersons with a sense of cooking. I don’t have a lot of time to cook (although I would love to LIVE in the kitchen), so I thought I should share some tips and tricks that have made my life easy and my culinary talents quite popular.

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Traditional Romanian Mămăligă (Polenta) on Cooking Romania by Vivi

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 […]

Traditional Romanian Rolled Cabbage Sarmale on Cooking Romanian by Vivi

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.

Romanian Roasted Peppers (Ardei copti)

Low Carb Romanian Roasted Peppers (Ardei copti)

The famous Low Carb Romanian Roasted Peppers (Ardei copti) now available on Cooking Romania by Vivi! Thanks to Adara, the full recipe with video is now online for you to try and decide for yourself if we Romanians are unreasonably mad about our Roasted Peppers (Ardei copti) or for the right reason.

Eggplant dip recipe (salata de vinete) on Cooking Romania by Vivi

Easy Romanian Roasted Eggplant Dip (Salata de Vinete)

There are a few food smells that you never forget if you live in Romania: the smell of sarmale (rolled cabbage), vinete coapte (roasted eggplant), cozonac (sweet bread – on Christmas and Easter), muraturi (pickles – in fact, the pungent smell of boiled vinegar and spices in this case).

Smoked pork lard, cheese, garlic, onion and plum brandy on Cooking Romania by Vivi

Most Popular Best Romanian Dishes

Romanian soups are soured with sauerkraut juice, vinegar, or bors (made from bran), less frequently with lemon juice. My Granny used to say that “the nobles sour their soup with lemon juice, the plebeians with bors.”