Depending on what country you come from, you may or may not be familiar with nameday calendars. The Slovak one is not an exception. Like some of our European neighbours, Slovaks have assigned people's first names to every day in their calendar. Why? Well, there are several explanations for that, but one is so typically … Continue reading Silvester is here again!
Much love, excitement and joyful anticipation. Delicious food and drinks, as you would expect. And above all, hope for peace and reconciliation - the key elements for the human race to survive. We'll serve it aplenty, as it is our habit, and not only at this time of year. When the Advent starts four weeks … Continue reading What’s in a Slovak Christmas?
Before we start gorging on more festive desserts, let's have this simple yet satisfying apple cake, which makes for a delicious Sunday breakfast, an afternoon snack or a light dessert anytime around. It's an old Slovak recipe that has been in my personal cookbook since I started learning to bake years ago. I got it … Continue reading Light Apple Cake
Another recipe from Vierka's rural kitchen is for traditional savoury cakes called Škvarkové pagáče, which would loosely translate as 'Pork Cracklings Cakes'. The vital ingredient for Škvarkové pagáče is škvarky or 'shkvarki'. They are similar to pork cracklings except that shkvarki are made by melting and roasting fatty bacon WITHOUT its rind/skin on. It does change the taste and texture of … Continue reading Savoury Pagatche Cakes