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Tavče Gravče

Tavče gravče, or Macedonian style baked beans which are thought of as the national dish of North Macedonia. They are of course eaten in various forms across the…

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…

Pita

“Pita” is a staple of any Balkan home and is a broad term for the Balkan family “leaf pastry” layered or rolled with any number of savoury or…

Kačamak

Kačamak or Bakardan, with spicy pork crackling crumb, crumbly white cheese and yoghurt. Kačamak  is the Balkan polenta, a sort of corn porridge. Imagine yourself in a cosy wooden…

Moussaka

Moussaka, a dish eaten from the Balkans to the Middle East with countless variants, the Greek version perhaps the most famous (with beef or lamb, eggplant and a…

Vanilici

These are beautiful vanilla, walnut, lemon cookies, sandwiched together with apricot jam and drowned in icing sugar. They are sort of the Balkan Linzer cookie. There is a…

Sarma (Sour Cabbage)

I call this sarma (od kisel kupus) or sarma from sour/pickled cabbages. You may call it dolma (Turkey, Greece, Cyrpus), sarmale (Romania), holubtsi (Ukraine), gołąbki (Poland), kåldomar (Sweden),…

Chomlek

A sumptuous beef winter stew, famously associated with a beautiful historic city called Ohrid in North Macedonia. Ohrid is one of the oldest settlements in Europe which is…

Ajvar

We need to talk. About AJVAR. The Balkan caviar. The most delicious plant-based spread/condiment/preserve made of roasted then confit red bell peppers (always) and eggplants (in certain parts…

Somun

This is a very traditional flat bread common over all parts of the Balkans ruled by the Ottoman Empire – essentially the Balkan pita bread. There are very…