Tag: croatian

Peka

A peka is a traditional Dalmatian meal cooked under a dome shaped lid and covered over with hot coals. It’s usually saved for special occasions when you’re cooking something out of the ordinary like a large octopus, turkey, or duck, and also because there’s a decent amount of playing with fire involved in the prep. ...

Ajvar

Ajvar is, for lack of a simple description, a red pepper and eggplant based relish type of sauce slash condiment, which is very popular in the Balkan region of Europe. Think Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, think lots of meat sizzling on the BBQ. Of course like all good things ajvar is pretty versatile, and to be ...

Fancy Pants Buzara

Buzara is a classic Dalmatian seafood dish that takes no time to prepare and tastes finger licking good. It’s basically some sliced garlic fried for mere seconds, followed by some mussels or prawns, a splash of white wine which is allowed to cook out for a few minutes, a handful of crumbs, a dollop of ...

Mađarica

Mađarica translates quite literally, to “the Hungarian lady”. What it also translates to is easily one of the most popular desserts I have ever seen disappear from just about every special occasion I can remember growing up. It’s the one that everyone would request if given a plate of leftover cakes to take home, and ...

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You Might Be Croatian If…

*The other day as I was doing some blog housekeeping I came across what was, at the time it was published, one of my most popular posts, Growing Up Croatian. And as I skimmed through it, it occurred to me that it was only partially complete. There was so much I left out, forgot about, ...

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Tuna Dip

*There was initially a bit of debate in our house as to whether this is a dip or a pate. Since you don’t need a knife of any kind to cut or spread it, and since this is my blog, I’m calling it a dip. This is easily one of the most popular things I ...

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Growing Up Croatian.

I seem to have been coming across a lot of references lately regarding “being Croatian”. Just lots of little comments and observations, and it got me to thinking about those things that we, the children and grandchildren of Croatian migrants, were raised with. The things that we regarded as perfectly normal, but the kind of ...