Friday, December 26, 2014

Three Days of Christmas...Traditional Feast Dishes


                                      Christ Is Born!   Glorify Him!

Tradition in Romania requires three days of Christmas celebration...what joy!

Celebration of faith, food and rituals that transcends centuries with variations of ingredients and details from region to region.
Maramures Carolers

Two of my favored areas of the country, Maramures and Ardeal are part of Transylvania, yet each with distinct nuances of flavors, scents and visual delights.

One common denominator is the pork meat and traditional smoked products following the traditional pig sacrifice on December 20th, on St.Ignatius day.  

St. Ignatius

In Maramures, the Christmas celebration feast includes smoked sausages and cured meats, roasts and freshly baked round breads, Colaci, sour soups and the traditional spirit of pear Palinca.   
Pear Palinca

Traditional Smoked Meats

Sweet Nut Roll

Ardeal is a region of Transylvania where local ingredients are part of ancient recipes...Christmas feasts must include a variety of soups such as Ardeal Sour Ciorba with Tarragon, Pork Meatball Soup, Smoked Meat Soup.

Smoked Meat Soup

Ardeal Sour Ciorba Tarragon
Pork Meatball Soup

Roast Pork

The pork roast is served with a spinach and sorrel sauce, sorrel being  a favorite herb of Ardeal.
Spinach and Sorrel Sauce

Sweet round braided breads abound as well as stuffed cabbage rolls with sauerkraut.
Sweet Round Bread Colac

Sauerkraut Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Polenta

The spirit of the region is made out of luscious plums, fruit-steeped brandy called Țuică.

Transylvanian Plums

Tzuica de Prune

Carolers are going house to house in every village to share the news...Merry Christmas!
Village Carolers

Romanian Folk Carols