If your answer is “yes” then I don’t have to encourage you anymore, I can only invite you to Zasavje and other regions to explore it even more. If your answer is “no” then you have no other choice than to go and reserve a table in a good restaurant and try what this beautiful country has to offer.
When we think about Slovenian cuisine the last thing that comes to mind is the Zasavje region. While it is true that the local dishes have similarities with those from other regions it does not mean that they are not unique. What these dishes also have in common, besides being from the Zasavje region, is that they all taste better with a glass of good local wine.
“The only think I like better than talking about Food is eating”.
Also don’t forget about the saying: “A recipe has no soul you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe”. So without further adieu let me present you my top three favourite dishes from the Zasavje region.
This is a simple and very tasty dish. Just put the beans in the salty water and cook them together with sliced apples. Enrich the dish with cracklings.
- 1 kg of grain beans
- 2 apples
- 1 spoon of lard with cracklings
- 1 spoon of flour
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of pepper
This is how I experienced this food when I tasted it for the first time. The food was like a musical performance. It was so astonishing that all of my senses were tingling. I must admit this was like the play My Fair Lady. The story of Cindarella is the best way to describe this dish. At first it doesn’t look like anything special but after a while you feel like you’ve found a hidden treasure in disguise.
Fry marinated rabbit meat in hot fat, add a chopped onion and various soup vegetables. Add flour and fry it until it becomes golden then add garlic, spices and water and boil on low to medium heat. While cooking, add various aromas, salt and pepper. The dish is ready when the meat becomes tender.
- 1 kg of boneless rabbit meat
- 100 g of bacon
- 100 g of flour
- 50 g of oil
- A laurel leaf
- 1 spoon of juniper strawberries
- A pich of papper
- A pich of salt
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- A pich of parsley or chive
- Soup vegetables
When I tried this dish it immediately reminded me of the musical Grease. It was a colourful dish that give me a little bit of a thrill and softened my heart. The tender rabbit meat and various spices teased me, just like Danny Zukoand Sandy. John Travolta’s dance was like garlic, I got easily addicted to it. All of it was simply good entertainment, it’s good for the whole family.
Mix and whisk the ingredients until you get a smooth thick batter. Lightly grease the frying pan. When it’s hot pour the batter into the pan to get 1 to 2-fingers-thick pancake and bake on both sides.
A real “Funšterc” must be smooth, medium thick and yellow like the sun, hence the name the Miner’s Sun.
There is only one musical that I can describe this omelette with – La La Land. It has a simple story and that is its strength. You can interpret it the way you like. You can add something sweet to it and it will melt your heart, but if you add something spicy you can really feel the drama.
Written by: Magdalena Wójcik