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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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

Kotlić - Traditional Cooking in the Balkans

Kotlić - Traditional Cooking in the Balkans

A Kotlić is a regional style of metal bowl, that is suspended by chains, over an open fire.

The meal that was cooked for us comprised of beef and pork with carrots, mushrooms, herbs and spices. The real skill is to know when the meal is cooked ready to eat.

How to Prepare Bosnian Coffee

How to Prepare Bosnian Coffee

There certainly is a skill, acquired over time, to make a really strong coffee.
Tamara's mother has this and shows us how to prepare Bosnian coffee.
Whatever, the way of making coffee in this traditional way is SO FAR removed from either a spoon of instant or a scoop of ground coffee in a French Press (Cafetiere).