Fried sardines & seasonal salad

Yesterday I had my first Secret dinner party, and two of my specially picked out guests came over. I was cooking all day and preparing dishes one after the other, in the end I had no time to post a recipe. In one of my next posts I’ll be sharing all about the Secret dinner…

Chicken cabbage stir-fry & barley

As mentioned in a post last week, I love using my wok and preparing stir-fry. I always use a different combination of ingredients and spices finding new delicious combinations of flavours. I got the idea of using cabbage in a stir fry when I went to this small but fairly popular restaurant near the busy…

Stuffed calamari

This morning Zagreb was covered in fog, like a cold blanket it settled above the streets and crawled in between the buildings. I could feel the cold air trying to get in through the windows of my apartment, while I was trying to find the sun they said was coming out today. Unable to find…

Yogurt pie

If you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious dessert, your search is over! Yogurt pie is one of my favourite simple desserts, just because it’s so easy to make and still as tasty. Don’t know if you know, but it is believed that yogurt and similar fermented milk products were discovered by accident due to…

Stuffed mushrooms

There are many ways to prepare stuffed mushrooms, from using different ingredients for the filling, to preparing them in a vegetable based sauce. I’ve prepared them through the years many times and I try to use different filling every time I do, so this is one of my favourite versions you can try out. It’s…

Poppy seed strudel

My mother isn’t a big baker, she never liked baking cakes very much and she would always leave it to my grandmother to make them for big occasions and those small ones when we’d come over for a family dinner. The one thing she knew how to bake and I absolutely love is this Poppy…

Spicy beef & vegetable stir fry

First time I made stir fry I didn’t even have a wok to cook it in. I searched for a recipe, since a friend of mine told me I had to try it out, you have to understand it was years ago when such dishes weren’t even on the menus of restaurants in Zagreb. After…

Oven-baked octopus & potatoes

Croatia has a beautiful and long coastline, from Istra to Dubrovnik, and a countless number of islands. I’ve mentioned the breathtaking nature probably countless times but there is one more segnificant thing – food! Every region stretching from north to south has it’s own book of recipes, ways of preparing their traditional dishes, but there’s…

Raspberry puffs

When someone asks me to make them the easiest dessert there is, this recipe probably always comes to mind. Except the process and the whole preparation of the puff pastry, there si actually nothing complicated about making this simple, yet delicious and scrumptious treat that you can enjoy with friends on the porch or back…

Vegetable pie (Vegetarian)

Many of my friends are vegetarian so they’ll be happy to see me posting and sharing this simple and delicious recipe. I’m also glad to be sharing it with all of you since it is so tasty and even those of you who aren’t vegetarian would be full after enjoying a pie like this. I’ve…

Mille crepe blueberry cake

Perhaps nobody in my family likes baking cakes as much as I do, but they sure like eating them. I had a family dinner yesterday, it was actually a whole day of spending time with my family, especially with my brother’s kids. I’m mentioning them since they were disappointed I didn’t prepare a cake for…

Roast chicken, potatoes & mushrooms

Since the weekend started and here in Croatia we usually have family dinners on Sunday, I have to share this delicious recipe for a family dinner with all of you wonderful peeps. Tomorrow I’ve invited my brother and his family over for dinner, and since I’m his younger brother, his kids love me. From the…