Friday, November 30, 2007

Chicken in cheese sous

This is all about chicken and cheese.
Method of preparing:
Take some chicken and cut into pieces. Prepare a sous in the following way:
flour, cream, spices, and a lot of cheese. Mix everything very good. Each piece of chicken put into this sous and than on a plate. Put it into the microwave oven, or simple oven. For 30 min or 40 min. It depends on the capacity of the oven.

Friday, November 9, 2007

About Moldvavian Cuisine

I found today a very nice description of Moldavian Cuisine, by a tourist who had the opportunity to taste all those tasty things in Moldova, in a local family who invited him. Taken from here.

"The food consisted of lots of cheeses, small breads, whole small fishes on bread with cheese, smoked fish with Moldovan pevo(beer), a variety of very nice Moldovan, Ukrainian, and Romanian wines, stuffed peppers with sour cream, salads of chopped vegetables, dumplings stuffed and served with garlic sauce, homemade liquors of different berries and fruits. ... We ate this amazing pork to which the likes I have never tasted again I inquired to how this meat tasted so good, and the reply was, they feed their animals in Moldova better food than America and the marinating process is also very important. I will try to get this recipe in order to attempt it one day myself and share....My stay in Moldova was surreal, exciting, and made wonderful by the type of people who live there. If you ever have the fortune to stay in a Moldovan’s Home, you are very lucky and will be well fed by way of very delicious food. There is a minimal American influence, which I really enjoyed, the culture is unique. The hospitality was amazing and is highly recommended by me"

I think it is very beautiful, the person described his impressions about being in Moldova. And I'm sure that everyone else would feel the same.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

"Ghiveci" - traditional autumn salad

"Ghiveci" is known in Moldova since old times, because it is made of vegetables which are grown here, are common for this area. This salad is a very healthy one, it contains a lot of vitamins, and it cost is really cheap. Comparing to other recipes, it doesn't suppose meat. That is why it is a vegetarian recipe.

The ingredients are:
2 eggplants
paste of tomatoes
green pepper

The method of preparing:
Cut the eggplants into small cubes as it is shown in th picture. Then put them on the pan and fry with oil. The eggplants should change their color, and become brown.

When done, add the onions cut into small pieces and the green pepper. The pepper needs only 10 min, together with the onions to prepare. During this time, you have to cut the tomatoes. When the pepper is ready, put the tomatoes and the paste of tomatoes, about one spoon of paste. And add some water. Cover it, and let some 5 min more.

The result should be one from the picture. In the end add some garlic and spices (salt, black pepper, bay leaf). I assure you that is one of the tastiest thing in the world, and you should definetly try it.

Meat Loaf

This recipe is my own. But anyway it was inspired by the national traditions of preparing and combining different foods. The meat loaf is a hard to make one. It takes a lot of time and involves many ingredients.
My own meat loaf was made in the following way.

The ingredients are:
beef heart

The method of preparing:
Prepare the dough and all the other elements separably.
The heart, or any other meat, and boil it until it's ready. Cut it into small pieces and put apart.
The cabbage should be fried with onions until it will also be ready for eating. Normally add some spices into it.
When everything is ready, you have to try to put it all together.
The dough, rolled on the table. Put some paste of tomatoes on it, just like on a pizza. Then put the cabbage and the meat, over it put some cheese, tomatoes, spices. And enroll it with the dough. You can put also another level of ingredients if you are making a huge meat loaf. It depends.
Take a look at it, how it should look in the picture.
Put it in the oven for 25 min. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Felul 2 - potatoes with beef and mushrooms

This type of traditional food is a very taste one. Beef represents an essential part of Cuisine of Moldova. Together with potatoes, they represent a great combination with a very healthy and delicious taste. So here are the ingredients which are a very simple list. The quantity of every ingredient depends on how many persons are you cooking for.

The ingredients are:

The method of preparing:

Cut the beef into small pieces and fry it in the pan. The when it becomes a little bit fried, add the chopped carrot and onions. Fry them all together. After the onions get a specific golden color add some water and brew it for about 45min-1 hour. It depends on the beef, during this time try to taste it, and if it is almost ready do the following. The chopped potatoes into small pieces, add to the beef. The about 20 min let it brewing. When everything is ready add the mushrooms, which should also be chopped into tiny pieces. The mushrooms don't take a lot of time to prepare - about 3-5 min.
The last thing you have to do is add the spices. I usually add the bay leaf, salt, black pepper, garlic, and some Caucasian mixes are really good (i advise everyone).

Enjoy this wonderful recipe, and look how it should looks in reality.