Around the World in 80 Recipes

This site was created for those who would like to recreate the meals I have written about in the "Around the World in 80 Meals" site. ( On that site, I describe the meals that are cooked for me by people from many different cultures...I enjoy eating those meals and I hope to shed a more positive light on the multicultural society in the Netherlands.

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I'm Dutch/American, 29 years old, and love getting to know new people and new cultures. Plus I enjoy a good meal! So what better way to combine these interests than through this blog? The idea is to talk to my hosts about what role food plays in their life, who taught them how to cook, what differences they see between local (food) culture and their own, etc. I started out in the Netherlands, but continued the project after my move to the UK in 2007. Email: eightymeals at yahoo dot com

Friday, July 14, 2006

Romanian Mămăligă cu Brânză (polenta with cheese)

Romanian Mămăligă cu Brânză (polenta with cheese)

250 grams polenta
sour cream
feta cheese

Prepare the polenta: add salt to a liter of water, let it boil, then gradually add the polenta. Do not pour directly from the container, but use your hands, pouring a handful at time. After adding all the cornmeal, increase the heat and let cook for 40-50 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. While cooking, the heat should be high, to cause bubbles to rise and burst on the surface.
When ready, the polenta should come away from the spoon and from the sides of the pot. It can be served hot immediately with salt and pepper to taste.
But the butter, sour cream, yoghurt and feta cheese in little dishes and let each guest add these to the polenta to their taste.
The Mămăligă cu Brânză can be served as a hearty breakfast or as a side dish with meat and vegetables.


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