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Culture

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

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.

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".

The Volksdeutsche of Rudolfstal and Windthorst |Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Volksdeutsche of Rudolfstal and Windthorst |Bosnia and Herzegovina

I can't tell you how many times over the years, I have travelled along the road from Gradiška towards Banja Luka, I would never have thought that for some 65 years at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries that these villages were actually German.

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.

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

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).