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Romanian Traditional Food

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‘Tobă’ and ‘Caltaboș’
Traditional for Christmas, ‘toba’ (to the left) and ‘caltabos’, both made mostly of pork organs, from pig raised outdoors in a countryside farm. These were home-made by mum and me, for Christmas 2014:)

Christmas Romanian traditional toba caltabos

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‘Sarmale’ (Romanian Traditional Cabbage Rolls)

Sarmale - Pot of Romanian traditional cabbage rolls

‘Cozonaci’ (Sweet Bread)

Christmas traditional sweet bread

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Turta Dulce (Romanian Traditional Gingerbread)

Romanian traditional gingerbread

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Soups

Better call it ‘ciorba’ – the commonly encountered soups are also to be found, but they are a German or Hungarian influence coming from Transylvania. Typical Romanian ciorba is meat-based (or vegetarian during fasting periods!), made sour with bors or lemon juice or, less frequently, with sauerkraut. Ciorba is nourishing, rich, full of vegetables, flavored with different herbs (the lovage is characteristic!) and almost a meal in itself.

Ciorba de miel (Romanian traditional lamb soup)

Ciorba de miel - Lamb soup

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Ciorbă țărănească cu afumătură  (Romanian smoked meat & potatoes sour soup)

Ciorba taraneasca cu afumatura

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Ciorbă de fasole (The Bean Soup)
The bean soup is normally made with smoked pork knuckle, seasoned with apple cider vinegar and scented with tarragon and thyme, Transylvanian style, but this one below is the humble Lenten version, traditionally soured with borş (fermented wheat bran) and parsley-scented as they do in Southern Romania.

Romanian lenten season bean soup (ciorba de fasole de post)

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 Murături (Pickles)

Pickles

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Covrigi (Pretzels)
The pretzels (Romanian “covrigi”) are a famous specialty of the town of Buzau, located at the south-eastern foothills of the Carpathians in the region of Wallachia. Legend has it that the pretzels recipe was introduced to Buzau around 1800, by Greek merchants who settled in the area. Since January 2007, “Covrigii de Buzau” are a European protected trademark.
In the picture you can see the authentic Covrigi de Buzau, that I purchased myself during a trip (Dec. 2012), from the best place in the town of Buzau you can buy them freshly made: opposite the train station:)

Traditional Buzau Pretzels Covrigi de Buzau

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Traditional Easter Eggs

Traditional Easter Eggs

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Romanian Easter dyed eggs

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Oven-Baked Lamb

Oven baked lamb

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Traditional Easter ‘Drob de miel’

Drob de miel

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