Mid September – still summer temperatures and sunny in Sibiu, still plenty of tourists taking photos of our medieval old town, still the main squares of the city bustling with concerts, outdoor events and a big crowd. And somewhere on the Mitropoliei Street, right next to the Big Square (Piata Mare), at Jules Bistro, in their summer garden, a handful of well known Romanian chefs from all over the country get together for 3 full days to bring gastronomy to a next level.

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I’ve recently written about the Hârtibaciu Valley, about how beautiful and diverse this area is and about the abundance of local products. A few days ago, the chance arose to actually taste some of these local products in dishes mastered by Sibiu’s most talented chefs and I just couldn’t say no.

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For the last year, going to a brunch on Saturday has become an usual activity when we’re not traveling anywhere else and we decide to spend the weekend in Sibiu. Good food, beautiful locations and very nice hosts – such a good combination for spending a few hours outside the house.

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I’ve said it before that Sibiu has a lot to offer in terms of events almost all year long, but when something like a Food Culture Festival is happening in town, we have to be there, especially since it’s all about ‘eating local’ – save old tastes and varieties, preserve beautiful cultural landscapes.

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It’s been quite a while since I actually posted something about cooking on the blog, but it’s not because I don’t cook anymore, it’s mainly because what I cook is so delicious that I don’t get to take photos in time 😀 But this salad I have been cooking all summer long and every one who hears about it wants to know the recipe. It’s quite famous and traditional in Romania, but I haven’t seen it being cooked anywhere else I went outside the country. IMAG0250

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The Moroccan cuisine is one of the top touristic attractions when visiting the country so, for a gourmand like me, a post about it seems just right.

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What to cook when you have fresh vegetables from your mother’s garden and you don’t know what to do with them 🙂 First I wanted to cook a vegetables tortilla, but I didn’t find at the supermarket the dough, so I opted for a pie dough.

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Finally a relaxed weekend with time to go to the market and buy fresh vegetables and time to cook a delicious dinner.

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New attempt of cooking vegetable dishes, this time is lentil soup.

Ingredients :

  • 200g red lentil
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 celery
  • galic

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Lately I’ve been making all sorts of pies, and this time I tried the mushroom pie.

Ingredients :

  • mushrooms (about 400g) – fresh or from the can
  • sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • cheese (depending on what you have or what you like more)
  • green onions
  • fresh leek
  • pie dough (I normally buy frozen dough from the supermarket, but you can also prepare it yourself)
  • dill and parsley

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