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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.

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.

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 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

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.

How We Make Sausages in the Village

How We Make Sausages in the Village

How We Make Sausages in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Most rural families in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the wider Western Balkans still have, and use, these skills regularly.

Our sausages will be used for "winter food".

Sliced Paprika Salad

Sliced Paprika Salad

Well, we've had a bumper crop of bell peppers this year and we've been looking at a few new ways to preserve them for the winter.

Tamara came up with this.

Do you preserve any foodstuffs for winter?

If so, what are your recipes or traditions?

Craft Beer in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Craft Beer in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nikola Galić from Banja Luka, has turned his hobby of home brewing into what he hopes will become a commercial success.

Nikola tells me about why he started, how he chose the name "Highlander" and what he does to overcome the pervading negativity in the country.

Finding Out About the Dubioza Kolektiv

Finding Out About the Dubioza Kolektiv

I recently managed to do something that I've been trying to do for quite a considerable amount of time.

Years ago I stumbled across a band here in Bosnia and Herzegovina called the Dubioza Kolektiv, basically a bunch of guys back then from the towns of Zenica and Mostar and the city of Sarajevo, producing really great music, some radical lyrics describing the country and the area that they came from, and the problems that everyday people suffer.

"How to Sarajevo" - A City Guide

"How to Sarajevo" - A City Guide

When told that the people, culture, and history of Sarajevo were like an onion, I was intrigued.  But it is true, the more you unpeel the layers, the more you could cry with laughter, or from the realisation that this place has stories to tell that span millennia.