Every culture focuses on something. Romanians focus on not running out of food. It’s an “inheritance” from the communism regime. The food was scarce. We obtained it with much sacrifice and stress. Now, after 25 years, we try to deal with that residue the best we can. Because Romanians have plenty of food on the market now, but it’s expensive. The same stress and sacrifice. The biggest chunk of the income goes to buy food.
We become pretty animated in the markets and food stores, especially people over 40. How much is enough? One of my pastors used to ask. He gave the answer as well, “A little more.” This is the Romanians mind set when it’s about buying and making food. Too much. We know it and we do it again and again.
Romanian ladies know how to cook. In case of famine, we can make almost anything from anything. It’s in our gene to be resourceful.
What do we like most? Meats and sweets.
We know how to grow our own vegetables and fruit, and raise chickens, pigs and cows. Cutting poultry to provide meals for our families is not a problem. One chicken can feed a big gang.
We know how to make our own bread. We bake a lot. We have our family recipes from hundreds of years and we share them.
We can meat, vegetables and fruit, make our homemade juices, preserves and pickles.
We try to imitate this guy Paul who said, “I know how to live in lack and know how to live in abundance.”