Like many traditional Romanian women, my Mum always spoiled us with her home cooking made with love. Delicious and full of flavour meals. While I have always enjoyed my Mum’s cooking as child, particularly the deserts, I was not considering at the time the importance of home cooked meals. And little did I ponder on the importance of fermented foods or the diversities of soups, typical in the Romanian cuisine. While some of the traditional Romanian dishes can be very rich in carbs and meat, I would like to introduce you to the healthy ones. Sunday, 25th July is the first on a series of online courses where I am inviting you in my kitchen via Zoom to guide you step by step in preparing and enjoying the benefits of homemade dishes for a healthy gut. If you are vegan or vegetarian we can provide alternatives to the original recipe.

What: Taste of Romania – “Ciorba de Vacuta” – Improve your immune and digestive system with this broth.

When: Sunday, 25th July, 10:30am to 12:00pm. Join my “Sunday morning ritual” when I plan and prepare the meals for the week ahead.

Cost: $19.80 includes the workshop, a video of the cooking class and one secret ingredient (pre-prepared). Ingredients, utensils and other details will be emailed after the registration.

A hearty winter soup full of flavour and nourishment. This beef-shank soup hits the spot if you are having a cold and feel low in energy. This type of soup was part of our family meals. It was (and still is) very popular in Romania. A bowl of this hot meat soup would fill and warm you up quite nicely, especially during the harsh, cold Romanian winters (in the summer, the soups were often more vegetable based). This is based on my Mum’s recipe. My mom’s soups are the best!  Maybe I am a little biased ’cause she’s my mom, but I will let you decide for yourself.

The importance of a healthy gut.

Subtle changes in gut health can have a powerful effect on how you look and feel. Optimal gut health has become a prominent focus in 21st-century health. The links between an imbalanced microbiome (or gut bacteria) and chronic illness, like obesity, diabetes, depression, cancer, or heart disease, keep growing every day. Many scientists have begun to refer to the gut as our second brain, an idea that is reflected in amazing books like The Good Gut, Brainmaker, The Microbiome Solution, and The Gut Balance Revolution.