During the summer and autumn we have hosted some world travellers from the USA, Mexico, Canada, Australia and Philippines, who wanted to taste the flavours of Croatian cuisine in the way to prepare food themselves.
And so for the first time at Kuhaona, in cooperation with the travel agency Tureta travel , on 18 February 2015 we have welcomed our guests from Belgium. They have experienced a culinary workshop designed specially for them, and they were preparing Croatian meals.
We had a deal. We are off to Rijeka. For many reasons. One of them was to make a food photography workshop, taste some delicacies of coastal area Kvarner and to hang out with some familiar faces.
Croatian carnival desserts come in various recipes and shapes. Donuts and “fanjki” in central Croatia, “kroštule” and fritters in the coastal region to Slavonian “torn pants“, “lepirice” or “listarići”. “Torn pants” are prepared from yeasted pastry cut in rectangles with cut middle, to make a tear. This shape was an inspiration for such an intriguing title of this meal. They are best consumed right after taken out of hot oil, sprinkled warm with powdered sugar or combined with jam.
“Do you have a good recipe for pašticada”, I was asked by the manager of Kuhaona. Talking to me, a woman from Dalmatia, with long-years of service in the kitchen – and I am still thinking before I act – obviously having much trust in my culinary and gastronomic knowledge. I jump to the offer, and before I start the story on a pašticada recipe that I love, I have to repeat some of the numerous insights regarding this symbol of Dalmatian cuisine.