Finding Comfort in Cooking

Staying within your comfort zone can be seen as “good for you” or “bad for you” depending on how you look at it. When moving to a new country, there is room for serenity, so it is “good for you” to stay within your comfort zone while adapting and overcoming new challenges.

In the USA I worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 20 years, most of which was at the Olive Garden, so I am all too familiar with “following a recipe”.  Since our move, I have learned to make some new things. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Guluste Soup

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Boil a carrot, a parsnip, a celery stalk and some meat of your choice with salt, pepper, and seasoned salt. Then, remove EVERYTHING and leave only the broth in the pot. Last, add the dumplings to this soup.

Ingredients & Preparation for Guluste Dumplings:

  1. Beat 2 Eggs.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of oil.
  3. Add a little salt and pepper.
  4. Add 8 tablespoons of grits, one by one, mixing after each spoon full.

Mix the ingredients above. Insert a metal tablespoon spoon into the boiling soup broth. Use the hot wet spoon to scoop from the mixture and then add one spoon at a time to the boiling soup broth. After dropping all of the dumplings, let the water boil on low for an additional 10 minutes and then turn it off. Add one cup of cold water as soon as you turn it off so that the dumplings grow. Then add some freshly chopped parsley on top for garnish and taste. This mix makes 10-12 dumplings.

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 Silvia Cake

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Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (or 300g) of flour
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup (or 100 g) of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate with lemon juice

Cake Preparation:

  1. Mix all of these ingredients well and divided it into 3 equal parts. Bake on low for 15 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check if it is done. If not, return to the oven for a few minutes, and then be sure that the toothpick comes from the cake without batter.

Cream ingredients:

  • 1/2 a cup of milk
  • 6 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup (or 200 g) of sugar

Cream Preparation:

  1. Stir the starch with sugar. Slowly bring the milk to a boil, adding the dry mix slowly, until it thickens.
  2. After it thickens, remove it from the fire and allow it to cool.
  3. Mix butter with a hand mixer in a separate bowl.
  4. When the cream has cooled, mix it with the blended butter.
  5. Arrangement: cake-cream-cake-cream-cake; visually, it will be black, white, black, white and black.

Top Glaze Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons of milk and a small slice of butter

Top Glaze Preparation:

  1. Mix & boil these ingredients till they are a liquid. Pour this on top of the “cake-cream-cake” set up.

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Moving to Romania has been a rewarding experience for us. My husband and I have toyed with this idea since we first met, and now after all these years, it is our reality. I do have to admit, moving here wasn’t easy! It was sad saying goodbye to all of our family, friends, co-workers and even the people at our daughter’s school. We prayed diligently for the courage and patience necessary to make this big change in our lives possible. There were times during our transit when we felt discouraged, but it is such a blessing that we pushed through it all and followed the path that we felt was right.

Now that the big move is complete, I am grateful that we came because being here feels right for us. I am more rested than I have ever been and I am seeing that what I once learned is true; MS is better managed with less stress, ongoing exercise, healthier eating habits, and the right amount of sleep.

I do hope you enjoy these recipes. Should you have any questions about any of them, please reach out to me, I would be more than happy to help.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Christy

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