A visit to Pula, Bale and Rovinj – Istria, Croatia 17 November, 2018

Touching on a few of Istria’s beautiful places

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Discover the charms of Rab, Croatia 9 September, 2018

Gorgeous old town, great food and wonderful atmosphere

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Things to do in Pag and Novalja, Croatia 3 September, 2018

Spending time in Pag’s two main towns

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Things to do in Zadar, Croatia 26 August, 2018

Things to see and do in Croatia’s 5th largest city

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Taking time out in Primošten, Croatia 17 August, 2018

The perfect spot for low-season downtime or high-season fun

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A few things to do in Split, Croatia 9 August, 2018

Sunshine, beaches, culture and a rich history – this is a city that’s easy to settle into

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Two nights in Bol, Croatia 2 August, 2018

One of Croatia’s most popular holiday destinations

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The charms of Stari Grad & Jelsa, Hvar – Croatia 25 July, 2018

A must-see for anyone visiting the island of Hvar

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A visit to beautiful Korčula, Croatia 14 July, 2018

Emerald water, pebbly beaches, good food and wine and a beautiful fortified old town

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One night in Ston, Croatia 5 July, 2018

Ancient city walls, salt pans and some delicious local treats

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Croatian Bajadera recipe 24 May, 2015

My adaptation of a Croatian classic chocolate

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Ajnpren juha – Croatian egg drop soup 30 April, 2015

For a quick and easy soup, this is one delicious contender

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Pinca – Sirnica – Croatian Easter bread 2 April, 2015

My slightly non-traditional version of Croatian Easter bread

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Kuglice – Croatian coconut & hazelnut balls 11 December, 2014

One festive Croatian sweet that can be served two different ways. Which would you prefer?

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Medenjači – Croatian honey cakes 4 December, 2014

Soft little pillows that’ll leave a gentle spiced hum on the lips

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Zora kolač – Croatian dawn cake 2 October, 2014

So light, so delicious and so easy to make

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Škampi na buzaru – Croatian stewed scampi 10 July, 2014

A classic taste of the Adriatic

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Bregovska pita – Croatian 9 layer pie 8 May, 2014

Mixing up tradition with this beautiful Croatian dessert.

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Čokoladna salama – Croatian chocolate salami 23 December, 2013

My version of this Croatian holiday treat.

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Grah – Croatian bean stew 24 April, 2012

If there’s one dish that reminds me of my childhood, it has to be this.

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Krompir juha – Croatian potato soup 12 July, 2010

My Mum’s delicious Croatian potato soup

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Splitska torta 29 October, 2018

This Splitska torta is sure to impress anyone you serve it to

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Slovenian buckwheat & plum cake 8 October, 2018

Ever tried whole buckwheat in a cake? Either way, this one’s a winner

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One of the world’s most beautiful places – Bled, Slovenia 21 September, 2018

Discover the magical town of Bled

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Rapski muštaćoni 17 September, 2018

A unique cookie from Croatia’s island of Rab

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Dubrovnik rožata 21 June, 2018

A deliciously elegant dessert spiked with rose

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Dubrovnik – not what it used to be 14 June, 2018

Is mass tourism slowly killing this Adriatic jewel?

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Paros – Heart of the Cyclades 11 April, 2018

For a touch of Greek authenticity, this is the place

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Arequipa – what to see, eat and drink in the White City 10 May, 2017

Eat and drink your way through the White City

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A small taste of Puerto Varas 21 February, 2017

Food trucks, traditional fare and cafe life

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Baked cauliflower with brie, speck & sour cream 20 August, 2016

Take your baked cauliflower to different levels by baking it with sour cream, brie and smoky speck. This one’s a real winner.

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Hrapoćuša – the cake of Brač 20 June, 2016

Keeping the heritage alive with a tasty cake

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Mum’s biscuit cake with coffee & chocolate 30 May, 2016

Passing on a family recipe

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Komiška pogača – bread of Vis 23 May, 2016

A recipe that has been made for thousands of years

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Piletina na lovački – hunters chicken 24 April, 2016

No need to be a hunter to enjoy this one

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Kolač od šunke – ham cake 4 April, 2016

Recipes that our grandmothers made

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Dalmatinska kolač od smokvi – Dalmatian fig tart 22 February, 2016

My version of the classic Dalmatian fig tart

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Šape – paws 12 December, 2015

A shortbread-like sweet that belongs on the festive table

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Pašticada 21 November, 2015

A traditional sweet & sour dish from the Dalmatian Coast

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Presnac 29 October, 2015

A unique dessert from the island of Krk

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Stonska torta 5 October, 2015

Bringing a little piece of Ston to the dessert table

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Damen kapric – ladies whim cake 9 September, 2015

A whimsical cake with a whole lot of femme factor

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Harissa paste & harissa butter 22 July, 2015

A versatile condiment that packs a little punch. And so easy to make!

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Čokoladna makovnjača sa smokvama – Chocolate poppy seed scroll with figs 11 June, 2015

A traditional bread done differently

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Grilled figs with chorizo & almond crumble 15 February, 2015

An easy starter that’s packed with flavour

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Hobotnica na žaru – Grilled octopus 28 November, 2014

Tender tentacles with some vibrant beetroot mayo to dunk them into

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Paštetu od čvarkama – Paste of čvarke 6 November, 2014

Canapés with a difference and a great way to utilise čvarke

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Ivan’s Butchery & Delicatessen 2 November, 2014

A mecca for all things meaty and many things Croatian

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Čvarke 22 October, 2014

These crunchy bits of badness are not for the faint-hearted

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Istarska maneštra – Istrian minestrone 16 October, 2014

Minestrone with a Croatian twist. Dare I say I think it’s better than the original?

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Kroštule 25 September, 2014

Deep-fried pastry doused in sugar. What more can I say?

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Riba na gradele – Grilled fish 14 August, 2014

Grilled fish should never be overcomplicated, and this salsa is an ideal match with the sweet white flesh of garfish

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Šunka sa porilukom i kestenom – Ham with leek & chestnuts 12 June, 2014

A wintry dish for any pork lover

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Salad of radish, carrot & wild rice 15 May, 2014

This salad is sure to make your tastebuds bounce.

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Baked mlinci with lemon & chestnuts 3 April, 2014

I take a traditional north Croatian dish and transform it entirely. Croatia, please don’t hate me until you try this for yourself!

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Šnenokle 20 March, 2014

Fluffy white dumplings with silky vanilla custard. Here’s a recipe from my childhood

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Kolači od oraha i pekmeza – Walnut & jam cookies 26 February, 2014

Yet another recipe for my Croatian cookie tin.

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Almond & wattleseed crescents 12 February, 2014

Putting an Australian twist on a Croatian classic.

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Coffee and the City, revisited 31 January, 2014

Doing the coffee rounds in the Big Apple, yet again

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Mlinci with mushrooms, pumpkin & peas 22 January, 2014

Messing with tradition and creating something delicious.

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Zec s mlincima – Mlinci with rabbit 20 December, 2013

Keeping this North Croatian dish alive. Because it deserves it.

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Brew, Minh Trang & Spring Lake Hotel 16 December, 2013

A quick visit to Brisbane

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Chicken with herbs, garlic & chilli 27 November, 2013

Easy to prepare and packed with flavour

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Istarski krumpir {Istrian potatoes} 2 October, 2013

That burst of sweet, roasted tomatoes goes beautifully with the savoury potatoes and pancetta.

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Spicciatevi Cafe 23 September, 2013

A touch of the Balkan in Sydney’s south

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Taking time out with the folks 2 September, 2013

Spending quality time with the folks. A visit to Brisbane.

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Govedi obrazi sa ciklom {beef cheeks with beetroot} 2 August, 2013

Tenderly soft beef cheek with biscuits to soak up the rich juices

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Capocollo wrapped bocconcini with ajvar 19 July, 2013

Combining the flavours of Italy and Croatia

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Lignje sa soli i paparom {squid with salt & pepper} 5 July, 2013

Salt & pepper squid done the Dalmatian way. And it’s freakin’ delicious.

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Luce Mala Restaurant 1 July, 2013

I travel to the edge of Sydney for research. Delicious research.

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Ajvar 21 June, 2013

I’ve been eating the jarred stuff for years. Until I made this.

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Kruške {pears} 30 May, 2013

Is it a pear? Or is it something else? Read on and find out.

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Kangaroo tataki 21 May, 2013

A Japanese classic with an Aussie outfit.

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Baked sardines, kale, pine nuts & raisins 8 May, 2013

These little babies would go beautifully on your next mezze board or next to a salad for a delicious and light lunch. I urge you to try it!

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Slavonska krofne {Slavonian doughnuts} 1 May, 2013

The flavour and soft texture of these doughnuts transport me back to being a kid again. These things are just beautiful.

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How to make burek & sirnica 1 April, 2013

Burek and sirnica – why not give it a go?

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Sydney Portugal Community Club & Concordia Club 14 March, 2013

I go clubbing with my parents

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Pecene srdele {grilled sardines} 21 February, 2013

Flavours of Croatia’s Adriatic coastline

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Slatki šampinjoni {sweet champignons} 17 January, 2013

Is it a mushroom, or is it a cookie?

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Pola pola kolačič {half & half cookies} 25 October, 2012

The name says it all. Half espresso, half cinnamon/poppy seed

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Vruče dimljene dagnje sa tartufima {hot smoked mussels with truffle} 9 October, 2012

This is so easy to make and I urge you to try them, even if you don’t want to use truffle.

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Prstici s makom i smokvama {fig & poppy seed fingers} 26 September, 2012

Delicate finger cookies filled with sweet fig and poppy seeds

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Pogača sa čvarcima {biscuits with crackling} 19 September, 2012

Pork crackling lovers – this one’s for you

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Olympic Doughnuts, Little Saigon Market, Restaurant Katarina Zrinski, GaMi Chicken & Beer, Silo by Joost 9 September, 2012

I go to Melbourne for a quick work trip and always squeeze in a little me-time

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Pečene palačinke punjene sirom i džemom od šipka {baked pancakes with rosehip & cheese} 8 August, 2012

Pancakes, rose hip jam, sour cream and cottage cheese. This is one to warm the insides.

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Slow brisket, cornmeal crust & achiote spring onions 18 July, 2012

Slow-cooked meaty goodness

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Bean & chorizo soup 27 June, 2012

This bean and chorizo soup is a dish I often make and is quite similar to my Croatian grah, a recipe I’ve loved my entire life.

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Pohane smokve sa kesten mascarpone {fig fritters with chestnut mascarpone} 20 June, 2012

Juicy fig fritters teamed with a decadent chestnut mascarpone

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Cauliflower with sour cream – Cvjetaca sa kiselim vrhnjem 13 June, 2012

Baked cauliflower done a little differently

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Pirjana janjetina sa špinatom i noklicama {braised lamb with spinach & dumplings} 6 June, 2012

For those with a penchant for liver, these will be right up your alley.

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Eating the weekend 3 June, 2012

When my big brother hits town it only means one thing. Non-stop eating

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mušule na buzaru {stewed mussels} 16 May, 2012

My take on a Croatian classic

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David Skoko’s seared tuna 9 May, 2012

The flavours are subtle and earthy and paired with the soft and silky textures of the tuna and nutty crunch from the seeds.

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Palačinke sa smokvama {pancakes with figs} 14 March, 2012

Layers of pancakes, ground almonds and orange zest. Add baked figs and you have a winner

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Govedi smotuljci {rolled beef} 3 January, 2012

This is my interpretation of what mum used to make, and probably still does.

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Bondi Cosmo 25 December, 2011

Eating outside of the insular box

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Primoštenska kokoš {primošten chicken} 6 December, 2011

The chilli really does enliven the flavours and the use of two gives it a nice, mild zing. Add an extra couple if you really want that spicy slap!

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David Skoko’s chocolate chilli nibbles 22 November, 2011

A dessert with bite by a guy I’d love to meet some day

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Crni rižoto – black risotto 1 November, 2011

A dish that can be seen on menus all along the gorgeous coastline is this – crni rižoto

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Balkan Oven Burek Bakery Café 3 April, 2011

Time for burek

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Domace kobàsice {homemade sausages} 20 March, 2011

Some of the most delicious sausage I’ve eaten. Bias aside

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Oblatne – chocolate wafer cake 26 January, 2011

This is incredibly easy to construct and will last in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week.

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povitica {nut roll} 1 January, 2011

Swirls of nuts, poppy seeds and other goodies – this one’s perfect for coffee-time

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Sarma {cabbage rolls} 2 August, 2010

Traditionally, in this family recipe, it is cooked on the stovetop as that’s how my Grandmother always made it.

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Knedle sa šljivama {dumplings with plums} 7 June, 2010

It may sound odd to the uninitiated, but these dumplings will always get a tick from me

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Klimppikeitto {Finnish beef & dumpling soup} 29 May, 2010

I hope I haven’t offended any Finnish isoäitien by fiddling with the recipe!

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