Monday Meal Review: Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This is meal #22 as I cook and eat food from all around the world. This weekend's Global Table Adventure brought us to our knees. The incredible flavors of Bosnia and Herzegovina will suit those who enjoy the bright, bold flavors of Mediterranean and Eastern European foods. While nothing is incredibly complicated, the entire meal flows together like a happy love song. Chopped Salad (Sopska Salata) [Recipe] What I liked most about this dish: A refreshing accompaniment to … [Read more...]

Recipe: Balkan Baked Beans (Prebranac)

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Serves 2-4 Prebranac is rich, comforting, and tasty. This baked bean dish is like a warm hug from Bosnia, the "Heart of Europe." The key is to slowly cook the onion until the golden, sweetness develops. I will be making Prebranac over and over again. I suggest you do the same! :) Ingredients: 1 cup dry Lima beans, cooked (or 2 cans, drained) 2 medium onions, chopped 1/8 cup olive oil 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Shopska Salad (Shopska Salata)

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Serves 2-4 Can a salad be seductive? Maybe not. But a salad definitely can be charming and fun, like the boy next door. That's exactly how I feel about Shopska Salad. Like a school girl, I crushed on this happy combination of crunchy peppers, farmer's market tomatoes, and red onion. To make the salad even better, I tossed "Barrel-Aged Feta" in the mix. This cheese is just like regular feta with a tad stronger - and a "hair" funkier - flavor. In fact, Barrel-Aged Feta is a great "first" funky … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Video)

When he dips the bread in the stock... and throws it on the grill. Wow. My heart did a somersault. Twice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUmMgLTBuqU httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUmMgLTBuqU Have a great weekend! Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans. :) … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bosnia and Herzegovina (with poll)

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We've made it to another Friday! If you live in the United States, have a wonderful holiday weekend! We'll be celebrating Miss Ava's first birthday on Sunday.... :) Here are our fun facts for Bosnia & Herzegovina: Have a heart! Bosnia and Herzegovina is nicknamed the "Heart Shaped Land" due to the country's slight heart shape. What's in a name? The name "Bosnia" comes from an Indo-European word, "Bosana." Bosana means"water." Bosnia is full of beautiful rivers, lakes, … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Bosnian Coffee (Bosanska Kafa) – Video & Recipe

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Good morning! Let's wake up, Bosnian style, and sip a shot of robust, Bosnian coffee. What is Bosnian Coffee? When someone says they had Bosnian coffee, they are referring to the method of preparation. This method (also referred to as Turkish coffee) is used all over the Middle East, the Balkans, and North Africa. Although there are many steps, each one is critical to making a good cup. And by good cup I mean a GOOD cup. The effort is worth it! The coffee beans for Bosnian … [Read more...]

Menu: Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Yet another week of agonizing menu choices. There is just too much good food in this world. :) After much deliberation, here's how this week's Global Table will celebrate the flavors of Bosnia & Herzegovina: Chopped Salad (Sopska Salata) [Recipe] Fresh tomato, green pepper, red onion, and feta cheese, topped with a sprinkle of chopped parsley, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. Finger Sausages (Cevapi) [Recipe] Cevapi is popular street-food in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The small, grilled … [Read more...]

About the Food of Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Oh, Bosnia and Herzegovina. No one told me! I feel as though a secret was kept from me all these years. Mountains. Valleys. Rushing waterfalls. Seaside resorts. As I looked through photos and videos of this country I am struck by how incredibly beautiful and timeless the land remains. Like the Sound of Music meets Clash of the Titans... or.... something like that. Last night I put a travel voucher under Keith's pillow and a pair of clogs by his bedside. Do you think he'll get the hint? He … [Read more...]