This year, we didn’t celebrate Easter at home like most Romanians do, but instead we went to Bucharest where my wife’s mother lives. It wasn’t planned, but I received a (very minor) blogging award here in Bucharest, the festivities were one week before Easter… so we decided to stay the extra weeks and eat my mother in law’s goodies, while Baby Romanian enjoys the air of our capital city. What did we enjoy the most? The food, of course!
In case you didn’t know, the Romanians love their food and even though more and more are starting to look into healthier options, traditional holiday foods are greasy, full of calories and… delicious. And since I certainly put on a few extra pounds since I have arrived here in Bucharest, I have decided to share with you why: some traditional Romanian Easter dishes!
(note: traditions say that during the Easter celebrations you eat lamb meat. But since we don’t really like the taste of lamb, we changed the ingredients a little bit)
An absolutely delicious dish that is made from the most horrible sounding stuff: the lamb’s organs (heart, liver, lungs and kidneys), mixed up with fresh and boiled eggs, green onions, garlic, parsley and dill. It’s very easy to make and it’s absolutely delicious. The one you see in the image above was made by my wife from chicken liver.
Since people in Romania rarely consume lamb during the year, now it’s the time to eat everything made of lamb. Including a thick, delicious lamb stew filled with delicious spring veggies, rice and homemade pasta and, of course, a lot of home made tomato juice.
Translated as “cabbage rolls” these are traditional eats for Christmas and the New Year celebrations, but many prepare them for Easter too. Basically, we have minced pork meat, mixed with onions and rice, rolled in sauerkraut and boiled in a mixture of the sauerkraut’s juice, water and tomatoes. The result? Something absolutely delicious!
A lot more delicious than it looks in the photos (and we forgot to take some better pictures, too), this is a kind of a pie made with cheese, sugar, raisins and a lot of flavors. I would compare its taste with that of cheesecake, but Pasca is of course more delicious. Ha!
Again, something that’s traditionally baked on any occasion. It was my wife’s first try and they were delicious, even though the filling was too much and they cracked during the baking. They’re pretty easy to prepare: sweet dough rolled with a sweet mixture of walnuts, cocoa, raisins and Turkish delight (the last two can be omitted) and baked until ready.
So… there you have it! These are the traditional things that Romanians eat during the Easter holidays and the reasons why I gained so much weight.