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Bucovina

Plum Dumplings

Easy and Delicious Fall Dessert: Plum Dumplings

I fell in love with autumn. Once, it made me feel sad, empty, and numb, now I’m seeing things differently. The beauty of the fall colors, the bright red, orange and yellow can turn...
Making Smoked Plums

Autumn Smells Good: Wood Smoke and Plums

Gold and reds carpet the grass, creating more beauty than I’d ever dare ask for, a season of inner calm and woodsmoke, it can only be autumn! The trees in the orchards are preparing...
pelt tanning in romanian tannery

Pelt Tanning in Romanian Traditional Tannery

Nestled among the Bukovina Ridge, seven kilometers away from Gura Humorului, is the town of Frasin, where rural and urban characteristics combine, agriculture being of prime importance to local people. We came here not...
Horse Harness With Brass Ornaments

Horse Harness Making With Brass Ornaments in Rural Leather Workshop

Handmade horse harness making from 100% Romanian leather, locally tanned In the charming village of Bilca, where so many pretty old wooden cottages abound, I was once a guest in a local leather workshop,...
glazing ceramic pots in furnace

Pottery Making – From Digging to Processing Clay, Wheel Throwing and Burning Ceramic

Over the years, Marginea has seen the commune’s ceramic industry develop from a families-orchestrated occupation, having started over 300 years ago, to a widespread phenomenon, selling pottery throughout Romania and abroad. Today, this commune...
Basket Weaving

Young man, 20, keeping willow basket making alive

Forty years ago, the village of Calafindești, located in Suceava county, was a main hot spot for willow basket making. The climate of the region and the presence of moist soil favored the osier...
Making Pickled Cabbage

Making Pickled Cabbage in Milișăuți, Romania – The Motherland of Sour Cabbage

The last days of October and the earliest of November are very commonly the busiest days of the whole season in Romania amongst those who make pickled cabbage. In the small town of Milișăuți,...
Homemade Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam Without Pectin And Low Sugar

Homemade strawberry jam is the taste of the summer season that carries you through those long winter months. It is a pleasant way to start the day, spread on toast or pancakes. This season,...
Sheep Shearing at Romanian Sheepfold

Sheep Shearing With Hand Shears at Romanian Sheepfold

Spring has finally arrived to waken the green meadows covering the hills with wildflowers raising from the earth, wearing bold colors, each one so much more than any photograph. Soon, the fields will not...
Carpenter Making A Wooden Rake

Making a Wooden Rake From Scratch

If you go to Romania, you must be prepared for hard work. The life, however, is healthy, although they have to be at work from early morning till late at night, and engaged in...
Romanian Traditional Sweet Bread With Walnuts

Best Romanian Traditional Sweet Bread With Walnuts You Ever Ate

The sounds of mirth echoes through the hall. The rambling country house resounds with the merry laugher of the youngsters as the good cook Burcuță Maria prepares Romanian traditional sweet bread for her children...
Romanian Leather Art Traditional Vests

Stunning Diversity of Romanian Leather Art – Each Village Has Unique Designs

Folk art has been a communication tool for centuries. People used to communicate on a non-verbal level by their dress. In the past, and still in some traditional communities of Romania, when people got together at regional...
harvesting corn by hand

Romanian Peasant Harvesting Corn By Hand, Just Like in Olden Days

Corn crops are planted and harvested at different times around the world. In the north-eastern part of Romania, harvesting of corn occurs from mid-September to mid-October. By this time, all the growth has ceased...
Rag Rug Weaving Workshop

Meet the Young Men Working to Protect the Dying Art of Weaving

Complete Rag Rug Weaving – From Warping the Loom to Weaving Rugs Clustered around the Arbore church, built in 1502 by Luca Arbore, the village of Arbore is renowned not only for the old...
Apple Juice Making

Apple Juice Making at Family Farm from Romania, Bukovina

Apple juice making and other cold-pressed juices are gaining popularity among Romanian consumers. Because of the production technologies, these juices are widely perceived as healthier. In the region of Bukovina, many family farms are...
Traditional Plum Jam Making

Traditional Plum Jam Making in Romania – Povidlă – No Sugar Recipe

Traditional plum jam, especially homemade jam, always transports me to the autumn season. To me, the scent of late autumn is the thick dark plum jam, povidlă, a very thick fruit spread, made of...