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Romanian Chicken in Tomato Sauce

1. If you are using a whole chicken, remove the breasts and cut each in half, remove the legs and cut them at the knee to give you two drumsticks and two upper thighs, and remove the wings. If you like, you can make a good stock out of the carcass for a chicken soup or for adding to the sauce later if it is a little thick.
2. Dredge the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour and put them in the pan, in which you have heated up the oil/butter to a moderate temperature. Let each side brown and turn them. Once browned all over, remove to a dish. Cook in batches if necessary.
3. Into the same pan, throw the onion and allow to soften, stirring frequently, for a couple of minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for another minute or two. Use a wooden spoon to mix them well with the chicken-flavoured oil and the bits of remaining flour.
4. Deglaze the pan with a glass of white wine, scraping the side and mixing well. Turn up the heat a little and allow the wine to reduce until the smell coming off the pan is less alcoholic and the sauce is a little thicker.
5. Pour in the tomatoes and their juices, the bay leaves and the thyme, and bring back to the boil. Once it has returned to the boil, reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring to combine all the ingredients. Once the sauce is well mixed, put the chicken pieces back in, cover the pan, and simmer on a low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Check the thicker pieces of chicken after this time to see if they are cooked to the centre nd continue cooking if they are still pink.
6. Once all the chicken pieces are thoroughly cooked, remove them to the serving dish. If the sauce is a little thick, you can add a few splashes of stock. if it’s a little thin, you can add a knob of butter and a tablespoon of flour and thicken it up. The sauce forostropel is usually quite thin – not quite soup, but not a thick gloopy sauce.
7. Serve the ostropel de pui with mamaliga (polenta) or mashed potatoes, and a hot chilli pepper on the side.




Wachau Apricot Dumplings

The apricot dumpling, or Marillenknödel, is emblematic for the Wachau region. And it is also a clear illustration of how the Austrian people are open to other cultures. This delicacy combines what is originally a Chinese fruit (the apricot) with a plant from Polynesia (sugar) and an Upper Austrian idea for preparing food (the dumpling). Moreover, the EU certification of controlled origin “Wachauer Marille g.U.” guarantees that these fruits belong to the best of their species.


Roast Goose

Autumn in Slovakia belongs to goose feasts, with their long tradition especially in the Small-Carpathian region. Breeding of geese and goose feasts in Slovakia have about a hundred year long tradition that is related to the southern regions of our country. The tradition of roasting goose came to Slovakia from German-speaking countries, especially Austria and Germany, where it is associated with the feast of St. Martin. In Slovakia, it was mainly established for economic reasons because selling roasted goose at the local markets was the activity of Slovak housewives, which in this way improved the household budget. Gourmets from various parts of the country began to search for places where the best goose came from (Chorvátsky and Slovenský Grob). Another reason for the emergence of this habit was just to the South of Slovakia with plenty of small rivers and brooks ideal conditions for breeding geese.


  • 1 whole chicken (or a pack of your favourite parts)
  • 1/2 a cup of plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • Cooking oil (olive oil, butter, vegetable oil)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed, chopped, or sliced
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 800g of chopped peeled tomatoes (or 2 cans if fresh tomatoes are not available)
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • A few sprigs of thyme
  • A little stock (optional)

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