Imam Bayildi

Imam Bayildi, a dish so good legend goes it once made an imam (holy man) faint of delicious delirium, hence the name. Another Ottoman dish with variations on…

Slow-roast leg of lamb, for Easter

Roast lamb is always how we break the Lenten fast and celebrate Easter. Špikovanje (larding) is a technique I first came across watching my grandmother prepare lamb for…

Spinach Risotto

This is, quite simply, my ultimate comfort food. It is something I adored as a child and still do. Although I have now been making this for myself…

Uštipci

“Ah! But you are ours!” said a wonderful Montenegrin lady in Perast to me a few years ago when I told her I was from Macedonia. We were…

Chicken Paprikash

“Of course, you also need to add some sweet paprika.” “How much?” “As much as it needs.” An instruction frequently repeated to me whenever I ask my mother…

Kofte on Onion

“Kofte na kromid” or kofte on onion. “Kofte” or “kyfte” or “chufte” is what we call kofta or meatballs and there are countless variations of them across the…

Roast Chicken and Siyez

A combination of baked chicken and rice is never far from a Balkan table. To me, it embodies the Balkan ethos of cleverly utilising a little bit of…

Cauliflower Bake

I love cauliflower, which is mostly down to my mother’s ingenious way of making it, which is this. Cauliflower par boiled and then baked with a “sauce” made…

Apples in “Šlafor”

Apples in “šlafor” or “šlafrok”, or apples in “dressing gowns” (šlafor” or “šlafrok” being an adaptation of the German word, schlafrock, into the various languages across the Balkans)….

Walnut Potica

Potica is a Slovenian light brioche roll made with sweet or savoury fillings, with walnut potica being perhaps the most well-known and loved. It is considered one of…

“Balkan Penicillin” Chicken Soup

There is a 19th century Macedonian poem called “Longing for the South” by Konstantin Miladinov, written while he was studying in Moscow but longing for the sun, the…