Poppy seed swirl buns

Poppy seed swirl buns

In Croatia, poppy seed cakes are a staple for Christmas holidays. The traditional poppy seed roll cake called makovnjaca (mak is poppy) is baked all winter and especially for Christmas table. The relationship people have with poppy is rather clear – either you love it or you don’t. When I was a child, we used to celebrate Christmas at my grandparent’s house where we would have lunch and the traditional cakes for dessert. Read More

Dalmatian Chickpea soup

Dalmatian chickpea soup

As I was a child, I’ve spent every summer in our small house on an Adriatic island with my grandparents. This was a time of pure joy, of long warm summers, from end of school mid June to beginning of September. I still go there every year, it’s a tradition of mine I’m hoping to keep as long as I can, but those childhood summers are still engraved to my memories as some of the most beautiful moments of my life. Read More

Croatian summer story, end of summer

Croatian summer story, end of summer
Summer is coming to an end. I’m however not trying to think about it because it turns me melancholic. I’m summer’s child and there is something special for me about this season, about the long days, warm nights. Something that reminds me of the sea, family and happy childhood. I could not imagine summer without going back home so every summer I keep my precious days of vacation for going to the Adriatic coast.

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Croatian summer story, fešta

Croatian summer story, fešta

Svako selo svoju feštu ima… is Croatian for every village has its own festival. One of the most popular Croatian pop festive songs begins with this sentence. Indeed, during summer almost every city or village on the Dalmatian coast will declare “its day” and prepare a feast in every sense of the word, for all the senses.Read More