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Home Town: Bucuresti, Bucuresti, Romania
Living In: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I arrived in Canada about a year ago and I am still trying to get used to a new style of cooking, to the new ingredients and to the new food culture. I am glad to be able to say that every day is a new page in my cookbook, sort of saying. And I really enjoy it!
My favorite things to cook
:) That's a tough one! I like to cook. Period. Usually I cook everything that appeals in a way or another to me or to my husband or to my friends. If I never cooked it before, it's even more interesting! And of course, I am most comfortable with the dishes from my country (which are really great and tasty!).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls) and cozonac (some sort of panettone, I guess), made by mom for Christmas. My brother and I always trying to convince her to allow us to have a piece of the panettone before Christmas day and mom never giving in to us, and the smell of the stuffed cabbage rolls about two days before Christmas...
My cooking triumphs
Mom was the one always making the cabbage rolls back home, I never had the courage. And when I cooked them here, a little while after our arrival, I thought of it as of a real triumph, because until then I was sort of scared by the amount of work that goes into them. But now that I cook something new almost every day... I don't know... I promise I'll share with you!
My cooking tragedies
No notable ones.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Almond Marzipan Cookie
ok, so i'm the first to make/ rate it! :) made them Monday for Christmas, next day there weren't any more left! although i'll admit that the first time i only made half of the recipe because i had no idea what to expect! :) and it's amazing! it's so easy to make (i followed the recipe exactly) and the result is such a delicate and melt-in-your-mouth almond goodness, you really have to try them! i don't know if they're really cookies, i'll go more for pastries, but i've put them with the cookies anyway. and i'll try the same dough with different fillings, too - i guess something fruity would work really well, adding a little zing to the flakiness of the pastry. oh, and i used meringue powder instead of the egg white, and i also decorated them with some green and red cookie icing (ready made from wilton), and they were the absolute hit of the cookie platters (and i really wasn't expecting this, there were others a lot more interesting, but...). so go on, try them, they're good! one thing: you might want to cut the slits not too deep, because the marzipan will ooze out and dry out and you'll have to discard that. so thank you Carol for the recipe, it's one of our staples from now on!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2012
Greek Avgolemono Chicken Soup
this is my all time favorite soup! i remember my mom making it since when i was little and now i'm making it and friends and family love it! the only difference is that mom used to throw in there a couple of carrots, a small parsley root and a small parsnip (everything cut in small dices). and it took me years to actually learn to make it, because when i had my mom near me she would do it, but now that we're a world apart it was my turn. :-) and i absolutely love it! the lemony taste and the thickness from the eggs... for me it is the perfect soup! (and i'm not greek!)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2009
New Potatoes with Caper Sauce
Easy, tasty, great success! Skipped the vinegar, though (I'm not a great fan), and added a little lemon juice instead.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2008

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