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Romanian Delicacies - Food For The Mind

Mar 3, 2008
Romanians are people, who relish their food. Especially on an occasion, you will find a Romanian piling up his table with all sorts of delicacies. Food habits are a hot topic these days, with specialists in medicine and nutrition advising us to eat healthy food like fruits and raw vegetables, which are seasonal, locally grown and fresh, meaning that we should not go after too many exotic foods.

The people of Romania are perfectly aware of what healthy food means. However, they have not abandoned their traditionally fine cooking completely in order to subscribe to the health food fad. In every corner of Romania there are regional culinary specialties.

Take the cuisine of Transylvania, for example. The traditional Sunday meal of Transylvania must have a noodle soup with chicken that is raised at the household poultry. The noodles used in the soup cannot be just any noodles however. It has to be prepared at home. This noodle soup is on any list of famous Romanian recipes that you can find.

Some traditional Romanian delicacies have been borrowed from other cultures. The schnitzel with fried potatoes is essentially an Austrian preparation, which is cooked on Sundays after coming back from the church. Romanians, like many other nations, have a strong church going tradition, and the schnitzel ritual is kept alive as a symbol of that tradition throughout Transylvania. It is washed down with fine wines and palinca, a strong brew which is made from grapes or prunes.

Dessert too is usually an elaborate affair. Different kinds of cookies and pies are baked by the women folk of Romania. Pies and cookies with nuts, cream or vanilla are the specialties. The baking is done in an oven with a wood stove. There is also the traditional home baked bread, which is made in a typical earthen oven.

The homemade bread is a big, spongy affair and is still made with traditional ingredients without any artificial additives. It contains potatoes and wheat flour as in the past. It remains one of the famous traditional preparations, because it is delicious, with a crunchy outer crust and soft inside.

As you can see, the sheer range of Romanian culinary delights is huge, whether the cuisine originated in the country or was borrowed from other cultures. Also, the preparations are all exquisitely delicious, giving Romanian cuisine a name in the culinary world.

This is an age of packaging, and many people around the world are influenced by the wrapping or the colors of the food they buy. There are young people, who have never known the taste of a tomato fresh from the kitchen garden, or for that matter, a chicken fed with corn.

But Romanians can still afford to be traditional in their cooking habits. This does not mean, however, that all Romanians cook at home and eat only traditional delicacies. Many Romanians have got used to dining on processed food of the heat and serve variety, especially those, who have got to cope with a hectic schedule.

But the wonderful traditional cuisine of Romania is in a class of its own and should be tried by everyone. It is just not possible to avoid falling in love with mouth watering Romanian delicacies, like the delectable "sarmale" (cabbage rolls) or the soups and "ciorba" (broth).
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