Another year is coming to a close and with it the day of Silvester. It is a male name that falls on 31st December in the Slovak calendar. Although not Slovak in origin, and certainly not used as a given name by the Slovaks, Silvester has probably been kept in our calendar in the memory … Continue reading New Year’s Eve canapés
The Slovak word for Christmas has no mention of Christ in its name, although for many Slovaks it is a religious festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. The Slovak Vianoce is similar to the Czech Vánoce, which is believed to have evolved from the German word Weihnachten, meaning 'holy night'. The face of our … Continue reading When you say Christmas in Slovakia
They start at the beginning of September and last until end of November. Goose and duck feasts could be likened to the festival of Thanksgiving in the way they bring together families to celebrate the end of harvest. There are several legends explaining the traditon of goose (and duck) feasts in Slovakia. Some are related … Continue reading Goose and duck feasts
Unlike in most western countries where Shrove Tuesday is celebrated as a Pancake Day, in Slovakia Fašiangový utorok is associated with doughnuts or šišky (pronounced as shishki), as we call our little doughnuts in Slovak. Shrove Tuesday is a religious name for the last day before Lent, a fasting season that starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Easter. Shrove … Continue reading Valentine’s Shishki
My mum used to simply call them Košíčky (Baskets) and that's how these dainty cakes are recorded in my old hand-written recipe book. Mum always made them for Christmas, because she knew they would be winners and none of us would make excuses to avoid helping. It was quite a lot of work, granted, but … Continue reading Christmas Baskets
This is another classic dish that seems to be rooted in our history and geographical position in Central Europe. Having been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867 to 1918 and sharing the southern border with Austria since then, we have borrowed a few cooking techniques and ideas from the Austrians as well. Our breaded pork … Continue reading Breaded Pork Steaks with Potato Salad
Depending on what country you come from, you may or may not be familiar with nameday calendars. The Slovak one is no 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 Slovak … Continue reading Silvester is here again!