Every country has traditional recipes for Christmas, Easter or other events. In the villages of Bucovina life is still the same, people still follow the same old traditions and preserve their way of life. From the beautiful practices and winter habits, to the amazing Christmas traditional food, Bucovina is a fascinate place to spend your winter holidays.
A week or two before Christmas we have the pig’s sacrifice (pig’s Ignatius). They do lots of specific products to be served on Christmas or New Year: “chisca” with rice, blood or liver, sausages, fresh or smoked bacon, greaves or “toba or piftie” (pork jelly). They are made according to traditional recipes.
On December 24th, my family has a fasting dinner with 12 types of fasting food. You will find 3 recipes of beans: beans salad, mashed beans (roe of beans) and beans with tomato sauce. We would also have on the table: eggplant salad, stewed prunes, “coliva” (a dessert made from husked wheat grains), apples compote, potato salad, “sarmale” with mushrooms, mushrooms salad, a vegetable soup and vegetable salad.
All the family will get together and enjoy a great dinner in the family. We will wait for caroling and talk about our year. At the end of the evening the parents and grandparents will tell stories about their childhood, funny stories about Christmas and family.
Christmas is a very important holiday in Bucovina with lots of religious practices, rituals and ceremonies, with prohibitions and superstitions. Our traditional recipes for Christmas start with “sarmale” (stuffed cabbage rolls), “bors de perisoare” (sour meatball soup), “tochitura Moldoveneasca” (pork stew with roasted pork sausages, roasted pork chop, sheep cheese and polenta), boletus mushrooms with sour cream, pickled mushrooms and red peppers and end with “poale’n brau” pies, “cozonac”(sweet bread with poppy seeds or walnuts).
Everything is washed down with “palinca” (double distilled plum brandy). For the ladies we have a wide variety: cherry wine, wild berries brandy and homemade wine.
I got hungry from writing this post. I am going to the kitchen. Enjoy!