Global Cuisine – December is Romanian
Christmas and Romanian favorites Dec. 14th! The holiday parties will begin soon so be sure to put ours on the calendar, too. Saturday, Dec. 14, we will gather for a potluck with any friends we can entice to join us. All are welcome. The focus of this Global Cuisine supper will be Romanian foods, but any holiday specialty will be welcome. Bring what you’d like to share.
In Romania, on Dec. 20th, known as “Ignat’s Day” according to Wikipedia, rural families traditionally sacrifice a pig and prepare a tableful of special dishes: Carnati (smoked sausages), Caltabos (liver sausages), Sangerete (Black Pudding), Toba, (Headcheese), Tochitura (pan-fried cubed pork served with polenta and wine), Piftie (pigs tail, feet and ears spiced with garlic and served in aspic), and Jumari (dried pork tumbled through various spices).
On Christmas day, the meal is sweetened with Rahat candy (Turkish Delight), or Cozonac, a traditional sweet bread with nuts and poppy seeds. You can find a recipe for it with lots of pictures and explanation at “Jo Cooks,” a website and blog by a Romanian woman who lives in Canada, http://www.jocooks.com/bakery/sweet-breads/walnut-bread-cozonac-cu-nuca/.
Let’s celebrate together. Dinner is at 6. Come a bit earlier if your dish needs to be reheated or assembled. Remember to bring your own beverages. Non-cooks are always welcome. We love to have you help us clean up.