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A couple of months ago, my parents told me that they were thinking about going to visit my brother for Christmas… they live in Boulder, CO. I was so sad! I have spent every Christmas with my parents… only one time we were not together. And then I thought about the Christmas Eve dinner… my mom and I always make the traditional Romanian dinner together and I have never actually made any of the dishes on my own. I could not have Christmas Eve without the traditional dinner! I asked my mom to write the recipes for me so I could make them.

The dinner includes 7 dishes. It seemed a bit overwhelming to make all of them, especially since some are pretty time consuming. I decided to make my favorites… grâu, bob, and colțunași. I also debated about making the smoked fish dish, but decided on making a simple fish instead. And I did have a helper… sort of.

Grâu means wheat in Romanian. The dish is made with this wheat, which my mom found at a local Greek store. She experimented with a few over the years and the current one seems the best.

 

You have to soak it in boiling water over night, then you change the water, let it come to a boil, and then bake it in the oven for about an hour. Once baked, you add sugar, finely chopped walnuts, and poppy seeds. My mom also adds chopped walnuts, but I forgot to buy some so I did not add it. I actually liked it better without the chopped walnuts.

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Bob is pretty much just fava beans. You sauté onions and garlic with some salt and pepper, then you add the drained fava beans, and sauté until all of the liquid is absorbed. My sister mentioned that she skinned the fava beans before cooking them, so I tried that. It was kind of a pain to do, but perhaps it did help with the digestion.

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Colţunaşi, which means dumplings in Romanian, is definitely my favorite dish from this dinner. I look forward to it all year. They are super tasty but also the most labor intensive. I have been helping my mom make them for years. The most labor intensive part is rolling the dough and actually pinching them. It would take my mom and I hours to make. We had an assembly type line in her kitchen… my dad would roll the dough, my mom would cut the squares and fill them, and I would pinch them. We would make anywhere from 200 to almost 300 of them. Crazy, no!?! :) Then one year, one of us bought my mom the pasta attachment for her Kitchen Aid mixer. That was the best gift ever! It cut our colţunaşi making time in more than half.

The dough is very simple… flour, salt, a bit of oil, and water. The filling includes finely chopped granny smith apple that is mixed with poppy seeds. To finish them off, you add some sautéed onions on top and mix them. I made 84 colţunaşi this year. I think that it took me about an hour to make them, so it was not too bad.

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The traditional dinner also includes two types of fish dishes. Both include lots of onions and a bunch of smoked and non-smoked fishes. I decided not to make them. Instead, I got some Mahi Mahi filets, but I was unsure exactly what to do with them. After a quick text with my brother, he told me to sauté some onion, add a few lemon slices to the pan, add the fish filets, pour a bit of white wine, put the lid on the pan, and cook them for a bit until done. And that is what I did. :) It was super tasty!

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Our friend Yokko joined us for dinner. She brought a Cauli Cream Spinach dish, which was tasty and it went really well with the rest of the dinner.

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I am proud to say that the dishes were a success! I must admit that I was kind of stressed out about making them. I was unsure if they would come out as good as my mom’s. I was also worried about ruining the dinner… that would have been a bummer, especially since my parents were not around either.

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Merry Christmas… or La Multi Ani, as we say it in Romanian. It was also the first day of Chanukah, so Happy Chanukah!! :)

 

 

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After years of talking about escaping the Rochester winters, we finally did it. We booked a trip to St John in the US Virgin Islands for 9 days. That’s right… 9 days! And as an added bonus, my brother, Patrick, and his wife, Jeni, and baby, Jack, decided to join us.

The magnificent view from our villa's porch.

St John is… well… heavenly!! It truly is! The weather was in the 80s, the beaches were pristine and not crowded, the water was super clear, warm, and calm, and the island is very green, since most of the island is a national park.

View of Trunk Bay.

Aside from going to the beach, swimming, snorkeling, diving, hiking, and just relaxing, we, of course, ate. We did not eat very many dinners. Since our trip to the beach started at around 10:00 am and ended around 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm, we ended up eating a late lunch, which meant that we were no longer hungry for dinner. We did, however, have a few delicious outings.

Jeni and Patrick

One of my favorite spots was called Shipwreck Landing. The service was super friendly and the food was delicious. I ordered the Curry-Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi sandwich. The curry-nut crust was a blend of curry spices and peanuts. It was really nice!

Jack, Patrick, and me

A very popular dish in St John was conch fritters. We of course tried them… at two different restaurants for that matter. They were pretty good. I am glad that I tried them, but I would not go out of my way to eat them every time.

Conch fritters

Another great place was called Donkey Diner. We had a delicious breakfast there! I, however, had breakfast envy. Typical! Jeni ordered the stuffed French toast, which included homemade cinnamon bread stuffed with cream cheese and topped with a homemade Mango and Pineapple Chutney. YUM! The chutney was so delicious! I ended up ordering a side of it and savored every bite.

The last place that I would like to mention is La Plancha del Mar. Oh my! We had the most amazing dinner there! If you are ever in St John, this place is a must! The food and the service were outstanding! Our server (who apparently went to school in Ithaca!) was super friendly and made our outing even more pleasant.

To start, we ordered the bruschetta, which included a perfectly toasted baguette slice topped with herbed goat cheese, an almond mushroom tapenade, and caramelized onions. Need I say more??


For my entrée, I ordered the seared Wahoo, which was served with a fire roasted red pepper and tomato purée and a butternut squash polenta. My mouth is watering as I am typing this post! Apparently Wahoo is a local fish and it was prepared similar to tuna. It was great! The best part of the dish, for me at least, was the butternut squash polenta. Who would have thought about making polenta with butternut squash? It was so delicious!! I could have eaten the entire pot! :)

Joel ordered a special, which was supposed to be an appetizer but they agreed to make it as an entrée. The dish included tuna served with a tomato foam, Israeli couscous topped with crisped basil leaves, and a side salad. The dish looked and tasted equally delicious! In fact, the dish looked so good that the head chef came to our table to snap a photo of it as a marketing piece. :)

For dessert we settled for a pineapple flambé. The fresh pineapple was topped with this really delicious cake. YUM!

Their drinks were very good as well. The drink menu reminded me a bit of the drinks that are on the Lento and Good Luck menus. They used a very interesting mixture of ingredients. One of those ingredients was habanero bitters. It worked really nicely in the drink.

Beautiful island, wonderful company, and delicious food. What more can you ask for?? I cannot wait to go back!!

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