The food in Croatia

I just realised I forgot to blog about the food I encountered while holidaying in Croatia recently.

There were a few highlights, one of those being the Lobster meal we ate as a family on our last night in Prigradica.

Dad had organised one of the local restaurants to cook us up a three course extravaganza of salted fish, octopus salad for entree, then lobster buzara for our main meal followed by grilled, whole fish and blitva.

Not as glamourous as this special meal, were our daily lunches that I prepared in our little kitchen.

VC was joining on the day this photo was taken, hence the three beers. Thought I better point that out so you didn’t question our drinking habits!

The local beer is Karlovacko. A lovely, light typically European beer.

This next shot is our first night at one of the local restaurants. We’d ordered a little too much food, because we didn’t know how big the serves were.

We did manage to eat it all though. No surprises there.

Whoa…it’s making me hungry looking at it.

And finally, there was AT’s birthday. Obviously I couldn’t get a birthday cake going, so I got some sweeties from the bakery in Blato instead. Mum found a sparkly candle that impressed the boys.

You can see a vanilla slice type of pastry and the two white, rolly cakes on the side were this amazing coconut cake. OMG, I was in heaven eating this. The figs were given to us by the old lady who owned the apartments we stayed in . She knocked on our door with a plate full of these ripe and tasty figs from her tree.

Kifli

Mum made kifli the other day.

So I thought I’d photograph the event and share it with you all.

Kifli is an Eastern European sweet treat that is made by rolling biscuit dough over a dollop of jam.

These little crescent delights are not exclusively Croatian, as my research uncovered, but this here is a Croatian recipe given to my mum .
These biscuits are so good they disappear from any kitchen bench in record time. I remember having friends from school over who would look at these biscuits in curiosity and go on to eat their fair share!

My whole family truly loves these biscuits, and I am lucky enough that my mum is still motivated enough to bake these wonderful treats for everyone. I have not yet attempted this recipe…and don’t anticipate I will have to as long as mum is there to spoil us all!

Kifli Recipe

Ingredients:

5 cups SR flour

3 eggs

1 cup SR Cream

125g butter 1 cup sugar

Jam (one that is very solid, not at all runny)

OVEN 180C

Method:

Mix softened butter with sour cream and beat in eggs.

Add sugar and flour, mix well.

When combined, put out on a floured bench and knead for a few minutes, so it all comes together nicely.

Roll into a log shape and cut into 5 equal pieces.

Roll each one out like a pizza, about a 1/4 inch thick (about 5mm).

Cut into 16 wedge shaped slices,sort of like you would slice a pizza. (see photo)

Place a tsp of jam on the thick edge of the wedge and roll up.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Pita

Here is another recipe that hails from the Croatian cuisine.

While not exclusively Croatian, probably more Eastern European, this dish can be found from Turkey, to Greece and everywhere in between and can also be called burek or gibanica, as they say in Serbia.

Many places sell it as street food and it can come in varieties sweet and savoury.

I have found a very authentic recipe for Cheese Pita at Cafe Chocolada – for the intrepid but, if you’re like me and break out in a cold sweat at the thought of making your own filo pastry, then see below for my recipe.

I say ‘my’ it’s not mine. I don’t know who or where it came from all I know is that my aunty gave me these cooking instructions.

Cheese Pita Recipe

Ingredients:

6 eggs

1 500g tub of cottage cheese

1 250ml tub of sour cream

1 packet of filo pastry

OVEN at 180C

Method:

Mix the eggs, cheese and sour cream in a bowl.

Lay a sheet of filo on the bottom of a greased baking tray.

Then scrunch one sheet on top of that.

Then ladle a couple of spoonfuls of the eggs mixture evenly onto the filo.

Then repeat about three times. Except use two sheets of scrunched filo per layer.

Make the top layer a little smoother and put the last of the egg mixture on the top.

Bake for about 20 minutes? Not sure really…go by look.

It should look like this:

This meal is great at room temperature on the day of baking, and also cold or re-heated the next day. I recommend leaving it cool in the pan a little before eating, as the egg sometimes needs to set.

I keep my pita sealed in a plastic container in the fridge for about 4-5 days.

You could try making this recipe adding spinach, or ricotta cheese or perhaps mixing a little spring onion into the mix.