The smallest town in Slovakia has 1526 inhabitants, a medieval castle and a splendid chestnut festival that takes place on the first weekend in October. But how did Modrý Kameň become the Slovak capital of the chestnut? To find the answer, we have to go back to the 16th century, when Modrý Kameň (Blue Stone) Castle was … Continue reading Chestnut desserts from Modrý Kameň
Slow Food Pressburg
It was through PEMAK farm that I first learned about the Slow Food movement in Slovakia. I was documenting poppyseed farming for the autumnal book of A Taste of Slovakia when I came across this family-run business in Patince, a small village situated in the southernmost corner of Slovakia, just across the border with Hungary. … Continue reading Slow Food Pressburg
Chestnut trees are a common sight in our woods and parks, but very few produce fruits fit to human consumption. Most of the chestnuts in Slovakia are only good for playing with and creating works of arts. When they ripen and fall off in late September, children from schools and kindergartens are the first to … Continue reading Chestnut Parcels
Slow Food Slovakia
The Slow Food movement started in 1989 as a response to the opening of McDonald's restaurant in Rome. Carlo Petrini, the Italian journalist who launched the movement, thought it was unfortunate that a city with high-quality local cuisine had opened its doors to mass-produced food. Since then, the Slow Food movement has spread to more … Continue reading Slow Food Slovakia
Healthy eating – what do you mean?
Flourless - yes or no? When I heard recently that wheat flour is number 1 killer in our lives, I stopped in my tracks and asked: 'Oh really? What on earth's wrong with flour? Why is good, honest wholemeal bread bad for you?' The person in question couldn't give the answer, but they continued following … Continue reading Healthy eating – what do you mean?