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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?

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.

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.

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.

Doing Less, Experiencing More

Doing Less, Experiencing More

Tamara and I had thought we knew how to introduce people to the many wonders that Bosnia and Herzegovina has to offer.

We now realise that by going slow, and doing less, actually means guests experience much much more!

A Kiwi in the Balkans

A Kiwi in the Balkans

In this episode of the Podcast, I catch up with Andy Dunn, a New Zealander "The Kiwi in the Balkans", who is visiting his parents in law in Banja Luka.

We talk about his views and experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Western Balkans and his off beat love with Uštipci.

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.

The Banja Luka Tulip

The Banja Luka Tulip

In 1974, a team of Banja Luka florists led by Petar Đurić, created this tulip for a florist company in Holland.

The tulip is made by crossing two colours of the red and Yellow "Apeldoorn" variety.

Buying a Bride

Buying a Bride

It was an amazing day from watching the bride being “bought”, to the procession to the church, the service itself, and of course, an AMAZING reception.

Until about 1846 the bride really was purchased with large amounts of money or Gold

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

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.

Crazy Weather Change

Crazy Weather Change

I keep saying that life here in the Balkans is (for me at least), far from boring.

Even everyday experiences.

Take the weather for example.