If there was a designated vegetable for Romania it had to be the tomato. You will also be happy to know that “the tomato is America’s fourth most popular fresh-market vegetable behind potatoes, lettuce, and onions. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat between 22- 24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year (more than half of those munchies are ketchup and tomato sauce). Americans have increased their tomato consumption 30% over the last 20 years mostly in processed forms such as sauce, paste, and salsa.” (http://www.tomatodirt.com/tomato-facts.html)
I always keep a few tomatoes in a bowl on my kitchen counter as a way to remember the delicious tomatoes I was able to find only in Romania of my childhood. I still sprinkle salt and eat them raw like I eat an apple. I normally have them fresh and cut in chunks as a vegetable added to egg breakfast. The closest tomatoes I found in the United States in smell are the tomatoes on the vine from the supermarket. However, they are so much smaller and less juicy. Even the tomatoes grown organically from fresh markets can’t compare with the taste of the tomatoes I once knew.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Making jams and compotes to stock up for the cold weather is one way to take advantage of the fruits that are at their peak right now. Alcoholic beverages can also be made of summer juicy fruits that can be stored for when it gets cold outside. The most common fruits Romanians use for these drinks are:
The following puzzles, board games, other games, and activities were my favorites when I grew up in Romania. When the video games first came out I thought that they were going to replace all these games. Even though board game companies have been trying to publish digital versions of their most played games children still prefer playing games with the actual objects. (more…)
Las chicas del cable or Cable Girls is another European addition to Netflix. It aired for the first time about two month ago. I found out about it by mistake a couple of weeks ago when I finished watching another TV series, Velvet, that just like Cable Girls, was also made in Spain. Cable Girls is the third Spanish TV series I watched so far on Netflix and can say they were all very well made (also El tiempo entre costuras or The Time In Between).
This video contains all illustrations from the book except one in the order in which they appear.
It has been a few months since I gave a first thought about commenting on “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I have been hesitant because there have already been a lot of writings done about this book. However, I did not want to give up on such a beautiful tale that was part of my childhood. Because the story can be understood on many levels, each author’s point of view is different. (more…)
This a dish you can make all year round. I made it a couple of days ago because it’s been a while since I had it. It is very healthy, economical, and easy to make. These are the steps: (more…)
If there is a non-English song that goes right through your heart and makes your skin shiver without understanding the words it must be the song “Non, je ne regrette rien” by the renowned French singer Édith Piaf. (more…)