Empanadas

Empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried, mostly known as a traditional dish in Latin America and Spain. The first mention of them was in a cookbook published in Spain in 1520, and then they were mostly stuffed with seafood. Even though it has origins in Spain, it has a long history…

Lentil & bean stew with grilled sausages

Bean stew has always been a traditional dish in Croatia, especially in the continental part. Everyone has their own version of the recipe, you can probably go from one village to the next and the recipes would be slightly different. But that is actually the best part about it, you can try so many versions…

Stuffed bell peppers

When was the last time you took a moment and looked around yourself, but really looked, with appreciation towards your surrounding, taking in all of the beauty that’s right in front of you? Did you ever feel like walking down the same street which you’ve been walking down for years, maybe ten years or more,…

Spinach, tomato & Mozzarella stuffed chicken

If only I could have this view in front of me every morning when I step out on the street. The smell of pine in a light salty breeze coming from the sea, the sky clear and blue and just a few steps to the beach. This is something I woke up to every day…

Steak, barley & green bean salad

Split, most of you probably heard of it if you ever visited Croatia because it’s the first stop for most of our tourists, being second largest city in Croatia and a intraregional transport hub where you can catch a ferry to one of the islands in the Adriatic. But it’s not just a port, it’s a…

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…

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…

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…

Steak sandwich

I’m always thinking of or looking for an interesting new lunch idea. There are so many bookmarked recipes I’ve got, there are those printed out just waiting on my desk, even the ones I’ve singled out in different cookbooks my mother bought. Even then I’m just stuck and can’t decide on what to make. But…

Tomato soup

For Easter and a last few days I’ve been to the seaside. I went there to work on my college project but I also took a chance to relax and enjoy fresh air and the sun in the sky. That familiar scent of pine trees, a light breeze coming from the sea charged all of my…

Peanut crusted chicken

The spring is here and there are so many fresh and tasty vegetables at the market. A perfect occasion to make a colourful dish everyone will love. The best way to do it is to use as many different vegetables as you can. There isn’t a vegetable that I don’t eat, there are some that…