Yesterday for breakfast I had these delicious perogie-like tidbits. Colțunași (colt-soo-nah-she*) are delicious little scraps of pasta wrapped around (in this case) tasty seasoned meat filling. I usually see them served with sour cream. (See that coffee? I’m so lucky to get that, in this country full of tea-drinkers!)
Okay, this is absolutely NOT a traditional Moldovan food, but it is food, and I ate it in Moldova, so… poftim!
(Poftim means something like “here ya go!” Approximately. ) In case it isn’t clear from the picture, this is a chocolate base with bananas and grated coconut. There may have been some kind of nut paste involved as well. Yum!
(Also, I know it’s Saturday already. Oh well.)
Baked sweet peppers, stuffed with a wonderfully-seasoned mixture of rice and meat, these particular Ardei Umpluț (“are-day oom-ploot”) have a special feature. The cook (my future host mom at my permanent site) and her daughter put a tiny sarmale (cabbage roll) in the top of each one where they had removed the stem. I enjoyed them very much!
These Castraveți Murați cu Mărar (“cah-stra-vets coo muh-rar”), otherwise known as dill pickles, are homemade by my host mom. They feature cucumbers and dill from her garden. They taste as delicious as they look!
One of my new favorite breakfasts is terci de hrișcă (“terch day hrees-cuh”), which is buckwheat porridge. It is often served sweetened, with milk. Here it’s served with a lovely cup of ceai (chai), tea.
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!
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!