tocana  or tocanita is a key part of Romanian cuisine.  It is a slow-cooked tomato-based stew, traditionally eaten with mashed potato or maizemeal.

Whilst waiting for this tocana  to cook, pray with us for migrant workers around Europe. Pray against discrimination or prejudice, and praise God that he knows each person individually.

450g roughly diced pork or beef (or replace with tofu, mushrooms and beans)
500g chopped tomatoes (fresh is best, but tinned works too)
4 large onions
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 tbsp flour
Handful of fresh chopped parsley

If using the meat, carefully fry it until it browns, alongside onions and garlic. If not, fry off the onion and garlic until they turn translucent.

Add the chopped tomatoes (here also add the mushrooms, tofu and beans if using) and let it simmer for 45 minutes. Add water if it gets too dry.

Stir in the flour to thicken the sauce, but avoid leaving lumps!

Add in the chopped parsley, before serving alongside mashed potato or maizemeal.