I believe that the most beloved “something good” to preserve for winter is, for Romanians, this homemade zacusca. Basicly, this is a vegetable spread that we use to call zacusca. Our neighbours, the Bulgarians, call it lutenitsa, which is less or more the same. My daughter absolutely loves this zacusca! She has been telling me for months now not to eschew it this year. Which, yeah, is what I did last year.

Since her wish is my command, I obviously sought to fulfil it as soon as all the ingredients found their way into my pantry at the same time, preparing a portion of aubergine zacusca. This one is the most widespread and also one of the dearly loved ones. I must specify that there are other varieties as well, such as the French beans or dried beans one and also the mushroom zacusca. Right, coming back to my recipe – you should know that it is a simple one – I would say classic. I have been making it spread for years now and before me, my grandma, mum and all of my aunts have too, prepared it themselves. To obtain a proper zacusca, with a spectacular taste, it is essential that you use high-quality ingredients and that you give it the deserved attention during the preparation.

Zacusca or Lutenitsa – how to make it?

For the preparation of this zacusca you can safely use the peppers as they are, uncooked. But you cannot possibly skip the roasting of the aubergines until they become soft, so this is going to be the first step of the process. You can go about this any way you think is easier. You can roast the aubergines on the grill, on a hot plate or directly on the stove, actually on anything that gives you the possibility to do it. But the main thing is that they come into direct contact with a flame or a hot surface. It is recommended to pierce the aubergines beforehand to avoid any accidents that might occur in the case of an explosion. Yes, they can explode during the roasting! You need to roast them on both sides until the peel becomes slightly charred here and there and the flesh is very soft. After that, put them, one by one, on a working surface. Open the aubergine lengthwise, using a wooden/ceramic/plastic/stainless steel instrument. Scrape out all the soft and moist flesh inside and put it in a colander placed on top of a bowl for the collection of the bitter liquid produced by the roasted aubergines.

 

2. Cut Out Your Pattern

The bunny patterns come in two different sizes, and you can customize their look by using various yarn hues. The instructions recommend this project for intermediate knitters, but fellow crafters have reassured that just about anyone can tackle this simple project.

If you knit, you practically don’t even need the pattern, one commenter wrote on Facebook

These precious creatures are a wonderful homemade present to give year-round, but they’re especially fitting as an Easter gift.

3. Use the Pattern to Cut the Felt Pieces

You’ve probably seen them everywhere: Cozy, chunky knit blankets are really big right now. In fact, they’ve become so popular, there are now a ton of easy DIY tutorials that exist, and we’ve seen a boon in cute spin-off accessories too.

But of all the interpretations we’ve seen, this idea is by far the most adorable.

4. Assemble the Bear’s Face

Use hot glue to attach the inner ears, nose and eyes to the bear’s head. Turn your pinecone into a woodland creature by attaching the bear’s head, arms and legs with hot glue.

5. Make Your Bear Some Friends

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