Romanian cuisine has made its way into my heart. For the first episode of our new podcast, Eastern European Cooking with LUKA, I talk a bit about the menu for our Romanian shepherd’s supper this Friday, February 14, 2020, at Seed Sprout Spoon in St. Louis. Tickets are still available as of the time of this posting. Here’s that menu again, so you have something to refer to while I talk: Continue reading “Romanian Cuisine: A Blend of East and West”
Around this time in 2013, I was on my way back to St. Louis from Zagreb. Six months there had depleted my resources and my will to engage Croatian residence bureaucracy any further, but while in Zagreb I had finished and published my book, Dalmatian Cooking. A big sale of books to a Croatian cultural organization in New Zealand was getting me home.
Czech Republic was just a layover en route to Amsterdam, where I would stay with a high school friend until flying back to the US. I only spent four days in Prague, near the central train station downtown. I would have stayed there forever if I was in any position to go through Czech residence bureaucracy. Prague is exquisitely beautiful, and Czech food is a simple, homey delight.
And, you can eat very cheaply there. During the lunchtime hours, many restaurants in Czech Republic (or Czechia, if you prefer the more elegant name) offer a short list of basic, homestyle dishes, ready to serve and offered at a very low price, often as low of 150 Czech koruna ($6.50 USD!).
I did a test run of the mămăligă last night, with farmer’s cheese, sour cream and butter. Perhaps no other culture takes this humble corn dish to the same extremes as Romanians, and that’s why it’s featured on the menu for our Romanian Valentine’s Day event in St. Louis. Continue reading “Romanian Mămăligă: When Grits or Polenta Just Aren’t Enough”
What better way to launch a blog than with a photo recap of our first dining event in St. Louis since the re-launch? I ended up doing two seatings for Zimowy Obiad: A Polish Winter Dinner. Both were very well received, and lots of new friends and acquaintances were made. Continue reading “Menu Recap for Zimowy Obiad: A Polish Winter Dinner”