Don’t worry this recipe does not involve any frying, this is how my mother taught me to cook refried beans and it’s the recipe she has been using for years with our family, there might be other recipes out there that actually involve frying but not this one. I tried to name this dish differently however, to resonate with the readers, we will stay with refried beans name. This is a staple dish of the Romanian cuisine ‘Fasole Batuta’ and especially served during lent, there are probably hundreds of recipes of this dish and each house has its own, needless to say that I find this the most delicious so give it a try.
It can be served as a meal, a dip or side dish; works great with sausage and some pickles.
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Yesterday I went to the farmer’s market and I got 6 fresh local zucchini. I absolutely love zucchini and my favorite way to eat them is to slice and sautée them with garlic. However, since I got 6 I though I would try both sweet and savory dishes so I used 2 for our potato and zucchini soup for lunch today, 2 went into our zucchini and feta cheese fritters (recipe coming next) and I am saving the last 2 to make zucchini doughtnuts tomorrow.
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One of my favorite dips and this was a good dish for my youngest (2 years old) to eat a good amount of garlic at the start of the cold season.
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A variation of the plum dumplings, this is a great way to use apricots in a dish. These dumplings are a great idea for breakfast or dinner (with a glass of cold milk); they can also be served as dessert.
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It was my husband’s birthday this weekend so I gave another try to one of the most delicious and popular cakes in Romania – the Diplomat Cake. A combination of fruit and bavarian cream layered with lady fingers soaked in fruit juice. This is definitely a must try!
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My grandmother used to make this dish pretty often, especially during lent. As a child I was not too found of it but now I like it and, to my surprise, my kids also enjoy eating cabbage and noodles, especially my three year old daughter.
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Still looking for the perfect side dish? Rice pilaf is the one and what a versatile food you can add any vegetables you have in the house, add cheese, walnuts, anything you have on hand and it’s great.
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I had this recipe for a few months now and I tried it few times with different jams. My family loves it and this is one of those desserts that you make and can enjoy for the rest of the week with a good cup of coffee. A delicious combination of cake, jam, meringue and walnuts.
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Another great dessert for the season. Really easy to make and the kids enjoyed having this snack at school.
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Usually made with beef, this salad is a staple appetizer in Romania and is usually served for Easter and Christmas.
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