Food Friday: Borș

Does the word “borscht” make you think of beet soup?  That’s what I thought, until I was served this tasty soup with cabbage, potatoes, dill and meat (among other ingredients). Asking, I found out that borș (“borsh”) is a soup with a special sour flavoring added to the broth (imagine just a little bit of the sour taste from hot-and-sour soup, mixed in with the flavors above). This ingredient, which is also called borș, is made from fermented wheat bran, and can be homemade or store- bought. It was delicious! 

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Just so you know…

This summer is a very busy time, as we PCTs (Peace Corps Trainees) strive to ingest the tremendous flow of (neccesary, but overwhelming) information.  I have several great ideas that will become thoughtful blog posts whenever I find the time.  Thanks for your patience! 🙂

Food Friday: Mămăligă cu Pește

Do they have grits, in Moldova?  Well, not really, but mămăligă (muh-muh-lee-guh)* is kind of close.  It’s even closer to Italian polenta.  This is mămăligă cu pește because it’s topped with fish (pește; pesh-tay)* under the red sauce and veggies on top.  All in all, it was delicious!

*Pronunciations approximate.

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Word Wednesday: Vișine

Vișine” (“vee-shee-nay”)* means sour cherries. Right now the cherries are ready for picking. (I’ve discovered that there are sweet cherries, for eating, and sour cherries, for baking.) Yesterday my host family picked two large buckets of vișine and my host mom made compot, a boiled cherry juice. Many families are making cherry plăcintă. Cherries are everywhere!

*Pronunciation approximate 

Food Friday: Praeaniki

I was actually told two different names for these cookies, which taste a little like gingerbread, but not so gingery (with a sugary glaze like donuts on the outside). IMG_0764 At the magazin, where I bought them, I was told they were called  Preaniki (pray-ahn-eek)*, which I later discovered was Russian, not Romanian (evidently they are Russian cookies).  In Romanian they are called Torte Dulci (tor-tay dool-chay), which means “sweet cakes”.  IMG_0765                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             *approximate pronunciation