Walnut buns of grandma Elenka

These days I remembered cookies that my grandmother Elenka used to prepare (my mother’s mother from the village of Vardim, Svishtov region). She prepared them quickly, somehow by the way, and like any housewife at that time, all measures were approximate. Even the units in the recipe I wrote down in the old notebook were in yogurt jars 🙂 Obviously the ratio of the ingredients…

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Coconut custard cake

This cake is quite challenging – as soon as you see it, you want immediately to prepare it. It is very interesting how a delicious custard with wheat semolina and shredded coconut is neatly arranged between the two thin chocolate sponges. I saw the recipe on the culinary site zanaeblogcook.blogspot.com and hurried to show it to you. I recommend the cake. Coconut lovers will especially…

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Fast spaghetti Marinara

Marinara sauce is a tomato sauce, usually made with tomatoes, garlic, onions and other spices – basil, oregano, parsley, pepperoncini, capers, anchovies and more. It is a slowly cooked sauce (through simmering for about 2 hours or more), similar to bolognese sauce (ragu). This recipe is fast. The fast Marinara sauce is less aromatic but still very delicious. My personal favorite addition to Marinara sauce…

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Makarina Banitsa or “bathed” Cheese Pie (recipe from Vardim, Svishtov region)

We are used to eat this cheese pie with pleasure every time we visit our relatives for Christmas in my mother’s native village – Vardim, on the Danube, 10 km. from the town of Svishtov towards the town of Ruse. Apart from the second largest island on the Danube River after Belene Island (Vardim Island), the village is also known for its Banitsa Makarina. I…

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