Farms & Local Stuff
Organic, ecological and independent farms that you can visit and help support sustainable farming. Local food heroes, great shops, kaleidoscopic markets and recipes that use local ingredients.
Sour Cherry & Orange Jam – “Visine” jam is a Romanian classic, here I make it with oranges too
Wine, Walnut & Quince Confit – A clever confit made from wine “must” and no added sugar that graces a cheeseboard wonderfully.
Cherry Stone Wine Cocktail – What do do with your “Visine” pits and also the leaves too. Romanian “Sangria”!
Skinny Black Forest Gateau with “visinata” (cherry liqueur) – “Visinata” is made for pouring into sponge cakes so they soak up all that lovely alcoholic cherry flavour
Beetroot, Walnut & Prune Brownie Cubes- Fat, sugar, gluten free – this uses ingredients that every Romanian knows to create an amazing all new Chocolate Brownie. Its not what your “bunica” did with beetroot that’s for sure
Sea Buckthorn (“catina”) & Orange Seedless Jam – the Romanian goji berry – super high in vitamin C and a much used part of folklore medicine
Taramasalata (“Salata de Icre”) – the pink dip – no Balkan table is complete without their own version of salted fish roe dip
Roast Tomato, Walnut & Lemon Pesto – if you use Romanian semi dried tomatoes in this recipe the result is sublime.
Fragrant Stuffed Tomatoes – every summer in Romania there are always too many tomatoes!
Cream of Roast Red Pepper & Smoked Paprika Soup – a lovely way to use up the Autumn glut of red peppers
How to bottle sunshine – slow roast organic Romanian tomatoes in jars – catching a culinary sunbeam
Roast tomato sauce – more things to do with the summer tomatoes. Roasting concentrates their flavour.
Easy Cozonac with dark chocolate & dates – don’t be put off , “Cozonac” doesn’t need hours of kneading if you have a food mixer
Rabbit Terrine with Smoked Prunes – shhh! smoked prunes are now outlawed – One of the regions most interesting ingredients executed by EU officialdom. Seek out illicit supplies wherever possible!
Tomato Gazpacho – one of my absolute favourite summer things in Romania…liquid salad. Don’t wimp out and skip the onions.
Carrot & Ginger & Miso & Hemp oil Salad Dressing – Romania produces quite a lot of hemp products and the cold pressed hemp oil with the Carrots and ginger and garlic produce a salad dressing that is a positive elixir.
New York via Bucharest Baked Cheesecake – could the New York cheesecake really have its origins in Romania?
Carpathian Trout Ceviche – when your trout is fresh enough to jump out of the bag (provided by you not the vendor, lest there be a notion of customer service in them hills) just make ceviche.
Smoked Tomato Cream Pasta with bacon – when you need comfort food this is it
Beer pancakes with eggplant and urda in tomato sauce – “Vinete” any which way you can is what I say…here its primped and cosseted with its pancake blankets.
Elderflower, lemon & vanilla cordial – You say “socata” I say Elderflower Cordial. However you say it…make it!
Romanian strawberry and “smantana de bivolita” ice cream – Just add a magnolia tree on a “terasa” for a quintessential Bucharest Spring sweet moment.
Celeriac velouté with crispy pancetta – an aphrodisiacal soup – Celeriac (“Telina” ) reaches the parts other root vegetables cant reach according to Romanians.
Beetroot risotto with goat’s cheese and lovage (leustean) – a rich hearty risotto where the sweet beetroot offsets the goats cheese and the pungent lovage lifts the dish up.
“Urda” Gnocchi with Parsley, Lemon and Almond pesto – the lightest of gnocchi made with “Urda” the “Romanian ricotta”, are graced by this exceptional sauce. Move over Basil , we’ve just rediscovered Parsley.
Baked “Pastrav Afumat” (Smoked Trout) fishcakes – trout is plentiful and smoked trout too in Romania and its great in pates, fishcakes and the like.
Sticky upside down plum & Tuica cake – go easy on the”Tuica” else you not the cake will be upside down.
Blueberry “I’m a Star” Pie – the Romanian forests are full of “afine de padure”. More potent than their puffed up watery cultured cousins.