Thursday, March 31, 2011

The no-brainer of the day (II)

The common sense would indicate that in order to get into the elevator, one must first allow the exit of those already inside.

One wouldn't need a college degree for that.

However, almost every time we take the elevator that connects the Grund with the old city center (Ville haute) there are people standing exactly in front of the elevator doors.

Even worse, they see that the elevator is full and people should come out, but still do not move out of the way.

Worse than sheep...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Papanasi (Romanian cheese donuts) - recipe (including photos)

  • 500 grams of cottage cheese
  • 300 - 350 grams of wheat flour
  • 200 milliliters sunflower oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 grams of sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • baking powder
  • vanilla sugar
  • salt
  • fresh cream
  • jam

Mix the cheese with the eggs, the salt, the sugar, the vanilla sugar and the baking powder (previously mixed with the juice of 1 lemon).

Add the flower and mix until the dough can be handled without sticking.

Add the zest from the lemon and mix.

Make rings of dough, and small balls to cover the inside of the ring.

Fry them in the sunflower oil at slow fire until are brown.

Put the ring on a plate, put the small ball on top and cover them in fresh cream and jam.

Bon Appetit!

The original recipe can be found here

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Eating out - Best Western Meses, Zalau, Romania

The food was good and the total price was EUR 15 for 2 persons.

Starters: Fried cheese

Main course: Chicken Schnitzel with cabbage salad

Mix grill with baked potatoes 

Starters: Chicken liver with fried onion sauce

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hotel review - Best Western Meses, Zalau, Romania

The hotel is in the city center. The room was clean, and comfortable and the staff very helpful.

Because we left early in the morning and we could not stay for breakfast, they were very kind and prepare us some sandwiches.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Is this Luxembourg in March?

This week was a really extraordinary pleasant weather.

People were actually trying to remember when was the last time the weather has been so nice in March.

The photo below shows the central park yesterday at about 16:00.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Eating out - Restaurant Rossetya, Bucharest, Romania

In Bucharest we chose Restaurant Rossetya because it was close to the hotel.

The food was good, and the price may vary from 25 -50 Eur for 2 persons, depending on what you choose. Usually, the total bill should be approximately half the price of what you´d pay in Western Europe.

Starters: Fried cheese

Main course: Chicken breast with mushrooms in white sauce

Pork with vegetables

Dessert: Papanasi (Cheese donuts with fresh cream and jam)

Baked pears with orange sauce

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Boeuf salad - recipe (including photos)

In Romanian, this dish is called "Salata de boeuf", being a Russian salad with some French influence (hence the name).

  • 400 - 500 grams of meat (beef or chicken)
  • 500 grams of potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 medium celery root
  • 1 medium parsley root
  • 600 grams of pickles
  • 300 grams of roasted peppers in vinegar 
  • 2 eggs
  • mustard
  • olives
  • sunflower oil
  • parsley

This recipe is usually done for an entire family, around the big celebrations, hence the relatively large quantities above.

Clean and cut the vegetables and put them to boil.

Prepare the mayonnaise:
  • 1 raw egg yolk
  • 1 boiled egg yolk
  • 1 spoon of mustard
  • sunflower oil (depends of how much mayonnaise you want to make)
Also,the mayonnaise can be made without boiling the egg, like we showed in some of our previous posts.

Mix all the ingredients and pour the sunflower oil mixing continuously in one way.

Cut in small pieces the boiled vegetables.

Add the chopped meat.

Add the chopped pepper and cucumber.

Add the mayonnaise, the pepper and the salt and mix them until all are mixed well.

On the top of the salad you can add the remaining mayonnaise. You can decorate it on top with the boiled egg white, chopped olives, pickles and parsley.

Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hotel review - K+K Hotel Elisabeta, Bucharest, Romania

The room was clean, big and comfortable.The breakfast was excellent. Plenty of foreign language TV channels.

Right in the heart of the city, at the University Square.

The only downside: just 2 private parking places.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Style and class in Rives de Clausen

The owners of the pubs in Rives de Clausen want to give the image of style, trendy and ... the place to be.

They forgot, however, to mention that you have to leave your coat outside, in the tents improvised as wardrobes.

It looks more like a gypsy camp, however... 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Berry tart - recipe (including photos)

  • 150 grams of flour
  • 120 grams of butter
  • 50 grams of berries
  • 60 grams of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 spoons of lemon syrup
  • 3 spoons of milk
  • 6 spoons of cold water
  • salt

Mix 100 grams of melted (and then cooled) butter with the flour, the salt and 3 spoons of water and make a non sticky dough.

Mix the lemon juice with 50 grams of sugar and 20 grams of butter. Put the composition at slow fire until the butter melts down. Let the syrup cool.

Mix the eggs with the milk and the composition above, and put it at slow fire until creamy.

Make a thin sheet and put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 220 degrees Celsius.

Add the eggs composition.

Mix the berries with the remaining sugar and 3 spoons of water and let them boil until it becomes thick like a jam.

After the berries are cold add them in the tart, make different shapes and then put in the oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.

Bon Appetit!

The original recipe is taken from


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