Today’s lunch; Lemon grilled chicken breasts with fried spinach and rosemary aromatized potato halves with garlic and caramelized onion :).
Dessert, panna cotta…
All ingredients, spinach, olives, potato, garlic, onion and chicken breasts are organic (God bless mom)… From our own garden! I miss living in the country side.
Agriculture is still the most important industry in Croatia.
From the spicy sausages of Slavonia to the seafood from Dalmatia, Croatian food and Croatian cuisine are different from one region to another. For a small country such as Croatia, it is unusual to see such a rich culinary tradition, but geographical position and historical events have left an impact on the country’s cuisine and people in Croatia are very proud of this heritage that they nurture and enjoy on a daily basis.
Dalmatian cuisine is basically mediterranean cuisine, and that means that in Dalmatia people use a lot of olive oil, garlic and a lot of herbs and aromatic spices. But that is so easy to use, as we have our own Olive Trees, our own gardens, and God given nature with lots of herbs given for free. Please don’t be confused. Dalmatian Hedonist is our Facebook profile as that is what we are. True hedonists for Dalmatia.
Wine has always been associated with the notions of magical drink of gods, sickness and health, sadness and joy. Croatia is a country with an abundance of vineyards and wine sorts and if you’re not acquainted with Croatian wine culture, from its northern white wines to southern stronger red sorts, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out what an array of beautiful wine types this country holds.
The core and rudiments of sublime and forever faithful attitude of Croatian people towards wine originate from the hedonic time of ancient Greece. Ancient coins with imprinted grapes and goblets from the island Vis (ancient Issa) date back to the 4th century BC. Two centuries later, Greek writer Athenaios mentions famous wine from Vis. Wine has been cultivated in this area for over six thousand years and the most responsible for its expansion were the Romans. Porec in Istria (northern Croatian sea cost) has a temple dedicated to Bacchus, the wine god. In the 1st century, Roman Emperor Claudius had entire Moslavina hill in northern Croatia covered with vineyards, which was then called Mons Claudius, in his honor.
Although the age of nations migration threatened to destroy vineyards, the exact opposite situation took place: widespread Christianity safeguarded and expanded wine culture, since wine has always been a part of church rituals. Croatian nation adopts this and develops it. There is a statute from the Island of Korcula which dates back to 1407 and stipulates that every land holder will lose all the profit from vineyards if they neglect them, and the one who purposely damages them will have his right hand cut off. Talking about drastic measures and loving wine.