There's Something about Mary

Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

Placinta with my host mom :)


A couple of weeks ago my host mom asked me if I wanted to make placinta (literal translation is pie) with her, she named off a couple of different kinds and I said I wanted to make visine (sour cherry), we agreed to do it on Saturday since I don’t work. When I woke up that Saturday she had already had the dough ready. She also had the filling out on the counter. We had a misunderstanding, I thought we were just making placinta cu visine, as it turns out though we made placinta with apple (mere), pumpkin (bostane), potato (cartofi), sour cherry (visine) and cabbage (varza, my new favorite). We ended up making it all day and I watched how there are many different ways to make it, included just the dough. At one point we ran out of the original dough so we used a different recipe that had no yeast in it.

Tomorrow, hopefully I will post some pictures from my trip to Belgium.  My internet is not wanting to work tonight.  Until then, noapte buna!


Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

3 thoughts on “Placinta with my host mom :)

  1. mm looks good! But…all I can think about every time you write “placinta” is…well placenta. yknow, the baby kind. Please tell me they are pronounced differently so I can stop thinking about eating organs 🙂

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