They Draw & Cook: A Taste of Romania

Could Romania be an as-of-yet undiscovered foodie paradise?

The answer to that question is generally a resounding NO. My friends who spent some of their gap year in Romania described the food as ‘cheese, inside meat, inside cheese, inside meat.’ A Romanian once told me that there is no such thing as Romanian cuisine. And the processed meat buffet breakfasts of Romanian hotels don’t do much to help the reputation.

Yet the country abounds with traditional recipes characteristic of wholesome grandmother cooking which seem particularly geared to wintry evenings by firesides. Whats more, the  Romanian countryside boasts some of the most natural and diverse agriculture in Europe. With regional specialties,  homemade fruit brandy, cottage industry honey products and fantastic farmers markets, traditional food has not yet become the pretentious exception to the rule – as in the rest of Europe.

The Hungarians have their goulash, the Polish have their pierogi. Perhaps it’s about time people woke up and smelt the mamaliga – Romanian cuisine deserves a closer look. And what better place to start than a full 3 course Romanian meal, from pre-dinner nibbles all the way through to a selection of desserts, courtesy of They Draw and Cook, a fantastic website that contains the biggest and best collection of illustrated recipes anywhere.

Pre-dinner nibbles

*Legendary pretzels by Raluca Anghel

Legendary Pretzels by Raluca Anghel

Starter

*Boeuf Salat by Biby

Boeuf Salat by Biby

Main course

*Stuffed cabbage rolls by Laura Raduta

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls by Laura Raduta

*Fried fish fillets and mamaliga by Laura Soltuzu

Fried Fish Fillets and Mamaliga by Laura Soltuzu

Dessert

*Bezele with forest fruits and nuts by Cornelia Varlam

Bezele with Forest Fruits & Nuts by Cornelia Varlam

*Papanashi by Alexandra Alice

Papanashi by Alexandra Alice

Drinks

*Romanian boiled wine by Adriana Adri

Romanian boiled Wine by Adriana Adri

You can check out more illustrated recipes on the They Draw and Cook website, discover more regional recipes using the World Map, or even submit your own recipe. The team behind They Draw and Cook have a sister website They Draw and Travel, which features beautifully illustrated maps from across the world.

Advertisements

2 responses to “They Draw & Cook: A Taste of Romania

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s