Ground beef, tomato, potato & bell pepper casserole

I can feel the summer in the air, the hot nights when you just can’t get any sleep, the days when you’d rather be inside the house with the AC turned on. We in Croatia spend our summers at the seaside, where most of us have our vacation homes. For the last five or six…

BBQ skewers

Skewers have been used since man started preparing food over the flame. Easiest way to do so was to skewer meat on wooden sticks which were placed over the fire. Not a lot has changed since, people all over the world love kebabs and almost every country in the world has its own skewered dish….

Peach Crostata

Crostata is an Italian baked tart that dates back to early cookbooks like Art of cooking by Martino da Como, published in 1465. It’s a rustic version of an open fruit tart baked in a pie tray but we all know that, the fact that is surprising to me is that it dates back to…

Roasted chicken & fries

Despite the name French fries they are actually not French. The origins of French fries are traced back to Belgium where they’ve been preparing them since 1600s. According to some stories, villagers often ate small fried fish, but during the winter the river would freeze over so they had to find another source of food,…

Mushroom risotto (vegetarian)

Don’t know if many of you ever stumbled upon an interesting fact on rice, but I watched the other day a whole documentary on it and was fascinated with the story. Rice has been known for 4500 years and it is the oldest known food that is still consumed today. All the way from China…

Spring rolls & red bean dip (vegetarian)

For a year now I’ve been learning Chinese. I have to admit it was not mine idea, but fortunately I got into a beginners group and loved it. In the beginning it was hard to keep up with all the characters and grammar rules we learned, but one step at a time and it all…

Hake & broccoli wok

I grew up eating fried hake almost every Friday both home and usually at school – it was the time when they just started taking about healthy food at school and healthy eating habits among kids in Croatia, but they weren’t going anywhere further than talking about it. It felt like there was no other…

Apple cheese tart

I love making pastries, and desserts, and cakes. Usually I’m the one who gets the last piece of the pie, but I enjoy making it, just for the smiling faces around me who really love what I make. For a few weeks now I couldn’t find time to make a proper dessert because of work,…

Mediterranean lunch

With every day summer is closer and closer, usually this part of year I can’t stop counting days before I’ll get the chance to jump in the sea and have a swim. I already did that close to a month ago and since returning back to Zagreb I can’t stop thinking of the clear blue…

Chicken vegetable stew

The cold days are behind ¬†us, at least they should be since it is middle of spring but for a few days now it’s been colder than some days in March. At one moment you can’t see a cloud in sight and the sun is up, and then in the next everything changes and the…

Cheese & ham stuffed burgers

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of TV shows, ok that’s not true – I’ve been watching a lot of TV shows for years now. But honestly there are so many on my list, so I’ve turned to TV shows and stopped watching movies. My friends always joke that I don’t know any of the…

Mediterranean mussels

It’s been more than a week since I last posted a recipe. I have to admit it was a hectic time for me, not only that I had to study but also had to go to work and still find time to do all the things needed at home. So finally I organized my time…