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Gregada: a strange word that took me forever to remember, this is a dish I never knew existed until recently. It's a very traditional Dalmatian recipe {the region not the dog 😉 } that we discovered only last year while in Zadar. My husband was contemplating what to order at one of our favourite restaurants, ...

Jamie Oliver's Fish Tray Bake

I confess to being all bah-humbug when I first watched Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals. While I liked some of the recipes the idea of a race-to-the-finish meal being cooked and on the table in thirty minutes seemed like a gimmick. It annoyed me that this time didn't account for all the prep you need ...

Crumbed Sardines

Sardines are an absolute winner in my book. They are cheap, plentiful, and lend themselves to almost any kind dish you can think of. They are also super healthy and good for you. In saying that though, these are crumbed then fried until golden and delicious. I like to butterfly them for this recipe, simply ...

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 ...

How to: cook octopus.

Otherwise titled, "how to cook a large octopus so that it melts in the mouth." My octopus salad {full recipe HERE} is undoubtedly one of my most popular dishes. It's one that I have spent many years making, and the secret is the octopus. And by octopus I mean the big suckers. Not the small ...

Duck & Prawn Curry

Don't be alarmed by the long list of ingredients, a food processor will make short work of the curry paste and the rest is just an easy toss and simmer job. Alternatively you can use a good quality red curry paste from an Asian grocer. The combination of duck and prawns is magic, and it's ...


Garlic Prawns

I call these garlic prawns but they are actually nothing like the sizzling prawns traditionally served up in hot oil bubbling away in a small cast iron pot. These are, happily, much easier to prepare. I prepared these when we had an overseas guest over for lunch to show off what Summer eating in Sydney ...


Bakalar {Salted Cod} Salad

Using the other half of the salted cod left over from making the fritters, here is a classic and very traditional Dalmatian salad. I prefer to make this with the salted cod as it's much milder and the flesh is so moist. You can also use the dried cod, which is also sold as stockfish, ...


Thai Fish Cakes

These delicious morsels have been a bit of trial and error for me, and I have to say that I absolutely swear by this recipe. I skip using any egg white as I just think they are far better without, and always use a good firm flesh fish. The trick is not to over process ...

Octopus Salad

This is a firm favourite in our home, with the adults anyway. This is a very traditional Dalmatian recipe, with the red wine, though making it without potatoes is actually more typical of the Istrian peninsula. If you love octopus I would urge you to give this a go as it really is very easy. ...

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