Menu: Romania (w/ Giveaway)

This weekend we bobbed for apples, did some yoga, and took a Sunday drive past acres upon acres of brown trees. They were mostly oaks, poised solemnly against the horizon, their branches nodding as if to say “It’s 80 degrees in October. We give up.” Other than a few spikes of golden yellow, fall seemed to have skipped over our annual 30 minute drive to the pumpkin patch. Considering we forgot to actually buy any pumpkins while there, I’m not sure what to make of our afternoon.

One thing is for certain. Anytime I want to escape to the true crispness of fall, I simply have to whip this Romanian menu up. Designed for the fall and winter table, it has everything warm, gooey, and full of bacon. I’m not sure what else there is to life. Unless, perhaps, cheesecake baked into bread.

All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Transylvanian Cauliflower Casserole with Cheese [Recipe]
Wave “Hello” to Dracula while you eat this favorite from his hometown. Steamed cauliflower is then enrobed in bacon, onion, and a cheesy topping. What’s not to love? Oh, maybe the garlic – but only if you’re a vampire.

Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Leaves (Sarmale) [Recipe]
Having a big group of people over for dinner? What about a potluck? This recipe easily makes 16 large sarmale and many more if shaped small. Inside of each cabbage leaf is a mixture of ground pork, carrot, onion, and bacon slow cooked in a tomato sauce broth all afternoon. The end result? Incredibly tender and totally irresistible. P.S. If it’s a Halloween party, called them mini mummies!

Romanian Easter Bread | Pasca [Recipe]
A large loaf of beautiful sweet bread infused with the delicate, sunny aroma of lemon zest and filled with a sweet cheese filling. Think giant cheese danish. Think Sunday brunch. Think happy Romanian thoughts. (sorry, nothing scary here, folks!)

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY

Today, because it’s Wednesday and because I know there’s someone out there who really needs a smile, I’m giving away these awesome handmade international note cards. They are made by Annabelle of Papier Papel on Etsy. (P.S. She and her husband were kind enough to help us with our Portuguese Global Table).

The first set of notecards is all about saying “Hello” in different languages. So cute!

Hello postcards on Bavarian beer paper - set of 12

Did you know some people say “Yoga” to greet each other in Uganda? Me neither!

Hello postcards on Bavarian beer paper - set of 12

The second set are thank you cards. They come with the same message in several languages. Thank you is such an important thing to know how to say. Just the words open our hearts to others.

Thank you postcards printed on Bavarian beer paper - set of 12

So who will you send them to?

Thank you postcards printed on Bavarian beer paper - set of 12

To Enter:

UPDATE: Congratulations to Melissa, who says:

I would use them to send fan mail to Elizabeth Kostova, the author of the book “The Historian.” it’s in my top 5 fave books of all time and some of the (swashbuckling!) action takes place in Romania. I’m quite taken with Central and Eastern European food, so I’m super excited about your Romanian recipes.

Please email me by November 5, 2012 to claim your prizes. :)

Leave a comment telling us who you’d like to say hello or thank  you to…  and why. That’s it!

Bonus entries will be provided for those that tweet this giveaway with hashtag #globalgiveaway and/or share it on Pinterest and Facebook.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced in the Monday Meal Review on October 29, 2012. Prize must be claimed by November 5, 2012. Papier Papel is offering these cards to you. They are so sweet and so kind — so be sure to check out their Etsy shop for more tons more global cuteness (globally inspired wedding invites, anyone?). Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Leslie Litz Ryan says:

    I would have to send one to my newly married friends for the fabulous bridesmaid gifts they gave me, and another as a hello to my cousin who doesn’t read her email very often so our communication is slow at best

  2. I wish I’d have known of this shop for my wedding invitations last year! I’d say hello to my family who is far, far away!

  3. I have friends around the world that I would send them to. Everyone liked opening the mailbox and finding something personal among the bills!

  4. I would write notes to my friends back home, seeing as I recently moved across country. The thank you cards I would save and use conventionally for after job interviews and Christmas and my birthday. I would also consider using at least one to send to my parents, because they have been so wonderful and supportive about me moving across country!

  5. These cards are lovely! I live in Rome (normally from Turkey) I would send them to my friends and family. I love getting things in the mail and I would like to think they would too (because nobody gets anything in the mail anymore)

  6. I would use them to send fan mail to Elizabeth Kostova, the author of the book “The Historian.” it’s in my top 5 fave books of all time and some of the (swashbuckling!) action takes place in Romania. I’m quite taken with Central and Eastern European food, so I’m super excited about your Romanian recipes.

  7. I love the beauty of typography on the printed page. I prefer sending real note cards and postcards in the mail. It is more likely to give the recipient a big smile and it is something that they can keep, treasure and refer to. Which is something you cannot do with a virtual card. My family is spread out all across the U.S, and I have friends overseas. I would love to be able to send these cards out around the world and bring a moment of happiness to those I love.

  8. I would like to say hello to my cousin. She is disabled but loves to write me cards and loves to receive them as well! I know it would make her happy to receive one of these cards!

  9. elisa waller says:

    Id like to say Hello to family I have yet to meet or I haven’t seen in a long time,,,,,<3 I'd like to say thank you to my son and daughter for their immeasurable existence, and for allowing me to share a most excellent smile every day!they are so very special.

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