Around this time last year, I was getting ready for Istria. I was about to spend two beautiful late summer months volunteering at Bolara Šešanta, a dreamy guesthouse in rural Istria. The weather today reminded me of the peaceful, sunny, early afternoons in Bolara, and of the time when I baked these little rogaliki there. Recipe is my mum’s, but the photos are pretty Istrian! Happy Monday everyone 🥐 Recipe for these ‘croissants’ on the blog, link in the bio! . . . . #istria#croatia
Here, some photos by Aleksander Zachuta, a Head Chef at the Polish Polar Station Hornsund. More beautiful landscapes from Svalbard and a story about Polish flavours in the Arctic in the new blog post. Link in the bio ☁️ . . . #arctic#arcticcircle
A while back, I stumbled upon a rather striking photo. Displayed proudly by its maker, Aleksander Zachuta, set against snow-covered mountains of the Arctic - krakowski obwarzanek, something that I always thought belonged in Krakow. Turns out, obwarzanek in the Arctic is possible, too! A story about food at Polish Polar Station Hornsund now on the blog ❄️❄️❄️ Link in the bio! . . . . #obwarzanek#polishfood
Fartons, lighter than a cloud soft pastries that are usually served with horchata. They are good, like really good. . . . . #fartons#pastry
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Horchata de chufa, a beverage made of dried, soaked and then ground chufas (tiger nuts), mixed with ice and sugar. Very refreshing and quite invigorating drink indeed. A must-try when in Valencia! More about horchata on the blog, link in the bio. . . . . #chufa#tigernut
Chufa, in English known as tiger nuts, are tubers out of which horchata is made. Never heard about horchata before? Check the latest blog post about the day trip to Alboraya, home of horchata. Link in the bio 🌸 . . . . #chufa#tigernut
Alboraya’s fields in the afternoon sun. In Valencian ‘huerto’ refers to someone’s small allotment, whereas ‘huerta’ to the fertile coastal plain around the city of Valencia. The ‘huerta’ has been used to grow vegetables and citrus fruits for centuries, at least since the Roman conquest. But the ‘huerta’ we know today, with its characteristic irrigation canals that turned Valencian countryside into farmers’ paradise, was created by the Arabs around 8th century. Their ingenious planning allowed to channel the waters of Turia River, build dams, canals and watermills and hence transform the swamps around Valencia into agricultural haven. It was ...
A visit to Alboraya was our first day trip while in Valencia. Together with Jaume, our Spanish teacher, we set out to explore the fields, learn about chufa and try horchata - a drink I have been pretty keen to have a taste of. Before we had a chance to do any of these, however, we had a rather interesting encounter with a local pack of cats, lazily passing hours in the afternoon sun. If I remember correctly, there were at least 4 of them, chilling under potato plants. As we approached, they dispersed, conspicuously not impressed with the ...
Paella pans sold around Mercado Central. I should just say paellas, to be honest as the dish and a pan share a name. In fact, the word paella is used in Valencian language to refer to all pans, including the specialized shallow pan used for cooking paellas. Anyone tried making paella at home? 🥘 . . . . #paella#paellavalenciana
Scenes from Mercado Central, Valencia. It’s one of these food markets where you could easily disappear for hours, admiring the fresh produce(muddy and unwashed, yes please!!), eating and drinking. It’s a great place to find inspiration, too. . . . . #mercado#mercadocentral