Foodcrafting in Romania – Soups

Here’s our third episode on Romanian traditional food with another very popular dish, served as a first course with almost any meal: SOUPS! Usually (and unfairly) hated by most kids, soups are so common because they are filling, yet delicious and nutritious and can be done quickly with pretty much with anything left in your pantry. In […]

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Sweet and sour cherry soup

On hot summer days, this delicious and light sweet and sour fruit soup is just the perfect pick! Enjoy it with cherries, but it also goes perfectly with gooseberries, apricots, plums… You can serve it hot or cold, but it is best straight from the fridge!!    

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Foodcrafting in Romania – Milk

As promised, we start our Romanian culinary tour with one of the most basic and delicious ingredient used in many forms, products, and dishes: MILK! In Romania, there are still many small farmers that raise sheep, cows, goats or even buffalos, and use the milk to craft various products following traditional methods, without much technology […]

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Balmoș – Transylvanian Cheese Polenta

As promised last week, a sneak peek into our upcoming post on Romanian cheese-making. We show below how to make balmoș, a variation of a traditional Romanian dish: mămăligă (polenta), but with loads of extra cheese and milky stuff in it. There are many recipes for making balmoș, but ours is a simple one anyone […]

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Foodcrafting in Romania – Part 1

We’ve spent a brief vacation week in Romania in July, and had an intense amount of fun (& especially food). The foodcrafter spirit is strong there with many traditional simple, yet delicious dishes and local specialties. We realised that international awareness about Romanian cuisine is close to nil, most people thinking “yeah, greasy and heavy […]

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Năsal, or how corporate interests killed a unique product

A few days ago, FrieslandCampina, majority shareholder of Napolact (a large Romanian dairy producer) has announced closing down its factory in the village of Țaga, 60km from Cluj-Napoca in the heart of Transylvania, where the Năsal cheese has been made for over half a century. The Năsal is a soft cheese with an intense smell (yes… […]

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