Romanian cuisine is a diverse blend of different dishes from several traditions with which it has come into contact, but it also maintains its own character. It has been greatly influenced by Ottoman cuisine while it also includes influences from the cuisines of other neighbours, such as Germans, Serbians, and Hungarians.
Quite different types of dishes are sometimes included under a generic term; for example, the category ciorbă includes a wide range of soups with a characteristic sour taste. These may be meat and vegetable soups, tripe and calf foot soups (ciorbă de burtă), or fish soups, all of which are soured by lemon juice, sauerkraut juice, vinegar, or traditionally borş. The category ţuică (plum brandy) is a generic name for a strong alcoholic spirit in Romania, while in other countries, every flavour has a different name.
Cheese was known since Ancient history. Brânză is the generic word for cheese in Romanian. This word is from Dacian, the language of the pre-Roman population in the actual Romania. And Dacian have producted wine, because Burebista, the Dacian king cut vines and his population give up drinking wine.
With Romans, came a certain taste, rooted in the centuries for the pastry made with cheese, like alivenci, pasca or brânzoaice. Introduction of porridge by the Romans who eat millet porridge called polenta.
For centuries, Romania was under the rules of the Ottoman Empire. Turkish cuisine changed the Romanian table with appetizers made of eggplant, peppers or other vegetables, various meat preparations like spicy chiftele. And a unique procession of sweets, pastries combining honey and nuts as baklava, halva and rahat which is used in cakes.
Romanian recipes bear the same influences as the rest of Romanian culture. The Turks have brought meatballs (perişoare in a meatball soup), from the Greeks there is musaca, from the Austrians there is the şniţel, and the list could continue. The Romanians share many foods with the Balkan area (in which Turkey was the cultural vehicle), with Central Europe (mostly in the form of German-Austrian dishes introduced through Hungary or by the Saxons in Transylvania) and Eastern Europe. Some others are original or can be traced to the Roman or other ancient civilizations. The lack of written sources in Eastern Europe makes impossible to determine today the punctual origin for most of them.
One of the most common meals is the mămăliga, a cornmeal mush, served on its own or as an accompaniment. Pork is the main meat used in Romanian cuisine, but also beef is consumed and a good lamb or fish dish is never to be refused.
Before Christmas, on December 20 (Ignat's Day or Ignatul in Romanian), a pig is traditionally slaughtered by every rural family. A variety of foods for Christmas prepared from the slaughtered pig consist of the following:
Cârnaţi/cărnaţi — spicy sausages
Caltaboş — sausages made with liver
Tobă and piftie — dishes using pig's feet, head and ears suspended in aspic
Tochitură — pan-fried pork served with mămăligă and wine ("so that the pork can swim").
The Christmas meal is sweetened with the traditional cozonac (sweet bread with nuts) or rahat (Turkish delight) for dessert.
At Easter, lamb is served: the main dishes are roast lamb and drob de miel – a Romanian-style lamb haggis made of minced organs (heart, liver, lungs) wrapped and roasted in a caul. The traditional Easter cake is pască, a pie made of yeast dough with a sweet cottage cheese filling at the center.
Romanian pancakes, called clătită, are thin (like the French crêpe) and can be prepared with savory or sweet fillings: ground meat, white cheese, or jam. Different recipes are prepared depending on the season or the occasion.
Wine is the preferred drink, and Romanian wine has a tradition of over three millennia. Romania is currently the world's 9th largest wine producer, and recently the export market has started to grow. Romania produces a wide selection of domestic varieties (Fetească, Grasă, Tamâioasă, and Busuioacă), as well as varieties from across the world (Italian Riesling, Merlot, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Muscat Ottonel). Beer is also highly regarded, generally blonde pilsener beer, made with German influences. There are also Romanian breweries with a long tradition.
According to the 2009 data of FAOSTAT, Romania is the world's second largest plum producer (after the United States), and as much as 75% of Romania's plum production is processed into the famous ţuică, a plum brandy obtained through one or more distillation steps.
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lousat (64197) 2012-03-02 0:48
Hi Daniel,this is a great pic,great idea and a magic light inside,i like the high saturation and the crop,th red door so briliant is beautiful! Have a nice weekend and thanks,LUCIANO
GiovanniG (2315) 2012-03-02 1:50
Wonderful capture of this aged kitchen. One can not help wondering how many wonderful meals were created in this kitchen. The pov and colors are spot on. Lovely perspective! Bravo Daniel!
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-03-02 1:58
besnard (49949) 2012-03-02 2:09
Une image inédite, insolite et bien réalisée. Les couleurs sont au top.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
JFS (32453) 2012-03-02 2:33
I love the light and the colors on this picture, the frame is very appropiate too. Your note is intereting and complete.
Have a good WE!
timecapturer (37068) 2012-03-02 3:33
love these shots from you. So full of interesting elements and fascinating details. This is magical and executed so imaginatively. Wonderful and original imagery.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Sergiom (45441) 2012-03-02 5:21
Ce pourrait être une peinture tellement la texture est belle et que la lumière est efficace . Je ne crois pas que les murs soient vraiment efficaces contre le froid.
Kielia (21531) 2012-03-02 5:24
looking at this wonderful impression and reading the nice note one can really feel the warmth of the kitchen. A great idea and an excellent execution, the composition is simply wonderful. And I can assure you that the plum brandy is a treat!
bayno (18334) 2012-03-02 5:25
snap with a very special charm, excellent texture of the door painted red...have a good day,
danyy (0) 2012-03-02 5:43
un charme rustique et très traditionnel, la photo est je trouve un peu sous exposée, mais cela renforce le manque de lumière souvent dans ce genre d'habitation.
Des jeux de couleurs interessants.
mauro61 (52545) 2012-03-02 8:21
mi piace molto il lavoro che hai fatto nel comporre questa immagine ricca di colori pur nell'ambiente interno.
Qualità ottima, complimenti,
maxifred (2687) 2012-03-02 8:24
My fingernails do remember a lot about about cooking gas pressure in Romania...
Very nice red and bluetouch contrast in just a few light...
holmertz (31302) 2012-03-02 8:42
You give us today a very appetizing note and a striking picture. The red door, green wall and white stove are all superbly eye-catching, especially with your typical rather dark tones. And the cropping is excellent too.
yquem46 (35368) 2012-03-02 9:02
A kitchen, old style
Nice association of the red door, green wall and white cookstove
have a nice WE
cornejo (22530) 2012-03-02 9:38
Salut Daniel, fotografie foarte bună din această imagine a vieţii de zi cu zi interesantă foarte bine compus. O imagine foarte clară bun. De locuri de muncă foarte bun şi interesant bine facut, felicitari prietenul meu. Bună ziua şi de week-end fericit. TFS.
Cel mai bun în ceea ce priveşte.
Hi Daniel, very good photo of this interesting picture of everyday life very well composed. A good picture very clear. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Good afternoon and happy weekend. Tfs.
SNOOP_Chan (3662) 2012-03-02 10:57
Salut Daniel, ce sa mai zic, s-a cam zis tot, treaba a ca noi stim ce inseamna toate astea, strainii o vad ca pe cv pitoresc, numai noi stim cat e de greu si totusi oamenii (nu numai cei de la tara) se descurca cumva.
ourania (18632) 2012-03-02 11:14
wonderful and clever composition with soft light and bright colours. The picture has a fascinating, almost graphic effect and says much about the subject by putting half a door and half a cooker in the frame. The sharpness, colours and the textures are great. I like it very much!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Bluejeans (64243) 2012-03-02 11:21
Ola Daniel ,
Bonitos detalhes nesta cozinha , gostei muito do detalhes da porta bem vermelha ,boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
brianmcc (5788) 2012-03-02 12:14
this is a lovely close up scene of everyday life in a romanian kitchen. the colours are superb, especially the deep red door contrasting with the white of the cooker. the detail and sharpness are also excellent.
Afsanehbagheri (3206) 2012-03-02 12:17
Hi my friend
Color combination with good light
Red color in good congratulations
ifege (9909) 2012-03-02 12:57
A great glimpse of the kitchen Daniel. The door makes a colourful contrast. Thanks also for the informative note - I didn't know anything about your cuisine.
jjcordier (67226) 2012-03-02 23:46
J'aime ce cadrage original et ce travail sur le lumière et les couleurs. Je crois que la photo aurait encore été plus percutante si tu avais redressé les verticales du côté des planches et de la cuisinière.
SnapRJW (23656) 2012-03-02 23:53
Hi Daniel - The colours here are so attractive and the details fascinating. An everyday scene but somehow like stepping into the past. Very nice shot. Warm regards rosemary
annjackman (15533) 2012-03-02 23:56
Again you have chosen an excellent crop so that we can appreciate the scene without seeing the whole kitchen. My eye was immediately drawn to the red door and other touches of red in the picture - really holds the picture together. Super work.
Kind Regards, Ann
Didi (51269) 2012-03-03 2:08
Pas facile à photographier, la pièce est très petite, mais le résultat est intéressant.
Cricri (92185) 2012-03-03 11:37
Superbe le cadrage et les couleurs des touches rouges avec celle de la porte, netteté et détails excellent
delpeoples (48634) 2012-03-03 23:06
Ciao caro Daniel
A very traditional scene that not many of us have seen before. Beautiful colours and good light. But most of all, I like your note which explains to us a little about Romanian food. Yum, I am getting hungry. Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day.
sevy (14301) 2012-03-04 1:01
Not an usual subject but very well dealt, especially in its composition playing and balancing the different colorful areas.
macjake (45588) 2012-03-04 4:08
an interesting read for sure, lots of info to learn from.
love the rustic looks of the door and the stove.
a real genuine subject
jusninasirun (17146) 2012-03-05 19:23
I like how you see details in your gallery. The red door, knob and container are well seen and captured in the frame. Stunning daily life shot in beautifully rendered details.
Thanks and kind regards.
yeln (11502) 2012-03-06 8:07
zelo barvita fotogrfaija z dobrin "close up"- om, ki kaže izjemne barve. zelo dober strel!!! TFS!
lep dan, vojko
Ninello52 (7065) 2012-03-08 6:37
Very interesting this small glimpse of interiors! Bella the red door, excellent details! I also like the light! Congratulations!
Best regards, Nino.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4612) 2012-03-11 4:04
Love the vibrant red door which really stands out in this composition. Well framed and carefully composed. Nice details and textures as well, excellent note too! The black frame worked out pretty nice! Great work!
aliabazari (10282) 2012-03-11 19:36
The beauty of the colors of the puzzle of life. I will discuss this in the old wooden handles. He and I will browse through the memories away. We travel to the child's hands.
The enamel flower pot, she turns red stove, gas canisters and she handles it with her on a trip around the old me to take my child to Romania where tractors are still there.
With respect to his
faubry (35373) 2012-03-14 6:37
Buna Daniel, imi place mult aceasta poze de Romania, typic bucaterie,
speedymanu (3485) 2012-04-09 4:39
a seemingly simple yet sophisticated composition, very evocative. The textures are great, congratulations.
- Copyright: Daniel Draghici (dkmurphys) (42493)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-06-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Food
- Camera: Kodak Easyshare
- Exposure: f/2.7
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Places to eat [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-02 0:45
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