I was so chuffed to write this article for food journalist Jade Wright and Good Taste Magazine. It is about Christmas in Romania, and what we eat and drink on this festive occasion.
In Romania, pork and polenta are staple dishes, and we like to come back to them in times of celebration.
This is comfort food for those bitterly cold winter days, when all you need to know is that there is something cooking slowly in the oven for a feast later.
Whether it is for a family gathering, a dining-out at a traditional restaurant, or for Christmas, we find comfort in the rich flavours and juices of a pork dish, with the creaminess of the polenta and a good refreshing pickle. By pickles, I mean fermented cucumbers and green tomatoes, pickled peppers and cauliflower, that we place on a side dish, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with pepper.