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Pita od Jabuka - Tasty Balkan Apple Pie

Pita od Jabuka - Tasty Balkan Apple Pie

The main difference between the apple pie I grew up with back in the UK, and these I eat today, is that Balkan Pie is with a variation of Filo pastry where Northern European is with short crust.

It seems that these wonderful recipes for traditional food are seamlessly passed down from mothers to daughters

How to Make Sarma

How to Make Sarma

Sarma is best described as a delightful pickled cabbage roll, stuffed with a spicy meat filling.

Every lady in the region here has her own twist on the recipe, so it's very difficult to point to a specific recipe.

A few years ago, Tamara made a video of how she makes her version.

Please enjoy and maybe try it yourself?

Mobile Internet Tips for Tourists to Montenegro

Mobile Internet Tips for Tourists to Montenegro

Montenegro is a very small country that seems to be embracing digital as fast as it can.

The entire country is covered by mobile networks.

We have found that the Telenor Network offer the best packages for tourists, that are the most reasonably priced and reliable.

We were totally surprised to find that Tourist packages have a really reasonable amount of data that you can use.

Find Out More …..

Cheese from Drvar

Cheese from Drvar

Drvarski Sir. One of my favourites, from the area around the small town of Drvar. It's tasty and a medium hard cheese.
Great to eat accompanied with rakija.

Sok od Jabuke - Making Apple Juice

Sok od Jabuke - Making Apple Juice

Normally, we would be planning to take the (normally), many many kilos of apples apples from our garden orchard, to be turned into pure, healthy, apple juice. It's a simple and traditional process, but does take time, and care.

Slow Tourism for the Balkans

Slow Tourism for the Balkans

Slow Tourism for Bosnia and Herzegovina. BiH is still relatively unspoilt compared to it's neighbours. Yes, I am aware backpackers and couch surfers pass through as well as those young adventurers who are into extreme sports such as climbers, cavers, whitewater rafters, parachutists, and mountain bikers.

Camembert Baked in Bread

Camembert Baked in Bread

Camembert that's been baked inside bread. Using a machine to take the strain of making the dough, the resulting bread was scrumptious to say the least.

Drill and Chill Festival - 4 Years On

Drill and Chill Festival - 4 Years On

Every September for the past 4 years, in a remote farm near the village of Rekavice, high above the river River Vrbas, just south of Banja Luka, there has been a gathering of International Climbers and High-Liners.

The Mlinište Train

The Mlinište Train

I have driven past this rusting train for decades and have always wondered about it. Apparently, it was used by Tito and his partisans in World War 2, and was left here in 1944.

Stari Zanatski

Stari Zanatski

As you walk along Gospodska, you'll notice small alleyways that lead to an amazingly quaint, but until recently a rather run down, area of mainly gold and silver shops and trendy coffee bars.

I might be wrong, but this area is called Stari Zanatski, roughly translated, means "Old Craftsmen".

Meeting a 1984 Bosnian Olympian in Croatia

Meeting a 1984 Bosnian Olympian in Croatia

I got to meet Mario Franjić, who was a member of the Jugoslavija National four man Bobsled Team in the 1984 Olympics held in Sarajevo. A big man with a big personality.

10 Cool Balkans Instagram Accounts

10 Cool Balkans Instagram Accounts

You might like to check out my top 10 Cool Instagram Accounts, About the Balkans To Follow, that give other pictorial perspectives of the region and who I enjoy following.

Using your Mobile in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Using your Mobile in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Using your mobile device in Bosnia and Herzegovina. What’s the deal?

Tamara and I get asked a lot about using mobile devices in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) by either family, friends or guests.

Hopefully the following info will be both helpful and useful for you.

The Etno Muzej at Ljubačke Doline

The Etno Muzej at Ljubačke Doline

Not too far south of Banja Luka is an amazing cultural " living museum", in the village of Lijubačke Doline.

Novi Sad in Springtime

Novi Sad in Springtime

I have to say that my favourite place to visit in Serbia has to be Novi Sad, in the north of the country in Vojvodina

Skopje Adventure

Skopje Adventure

As one of the oldest and largest marketplaces in the Balkans, it has been Skopje's centre for trade and commerce since at least the 12th century.

It really does give such an adventurous feel, exploring all the tiny back streets that I am sure most tourists ignore.

Dan Žena

Dan Žena

International Women's Day has been celebrated Internationally since 1975, but here in the former Jugoslavija and the newer republic's that are today, it's been a big issue for a lot longer.

Dreaming of Times Gone By

Dreaming of Times Gone By

I often get to be present when old friends get to meet up after not seeing each other for some time. Especially those who were born when the former Jugoslavije existed.

Burgers and More

Burgers and More

Today I wanted to just write a few more thoughts, to add to why I keep saying that visiting Banja Luka (and Bosnia and Herzegovina) makes for an exciting, adventurous and above all, exceedingly GREAT value holiday experience.

It’s all about costs (or lack thereof). Bear with me.

Coping with Digital Toxicity

Coping with Digital Toxicity

Digital Toxicity has been getting to me for sometime now.

So, I have disengaged from Facebook and disabled comments on my YouTube channel.

I feel better already to be honest.