What it takes to make an old-style Slovak wedding cake

In the third book of A Taste of Slovakia series, which I'm planning to publish towards the end of September, there will be a chapter on Slovak weddings. When researching online sources and numerous books of Slovak folklorists and ethnologists, I came across recipes and ancient photos of cakes that you won't see on wedding … Continue reading What it takes to make an old-style Slovak wedding cake

Life and delicious smells have returned to the spa town of Bardejov

Just six kilometres north of the historical town of Bardejov - one of the Slovak UNESCO sights - lies a spa resort of Bardejovské kúpele. Set amid rolling hills and lush woodlands, it is a place of exceptional beauty, peace and calm. No wonder that some historical documents list it as 'the spa of tranquility'. … Continue reading Life and delicious smells have returned to the spa town of Bardejov

Comforting Carrot and Yellow Pea Soup

The last weekend in October is all about remembering the dead. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, All Saints' Day or All Souls Day (Dušičky in Slovak) was the busiest time for travel in Slovakia, with people crossing the country to visit cemeteries, bring flowers and light candles on the graves of their deceased relatives. Back from … Continue reading Comforting Carrot and Yellow Pea Soup

Chickpea Soup with Root Vegetables

When I was a child growing up in the socialistic Czechoslovakia, there were no fresh vegetables available during December, January and February. Our fields and gardens were covered in snow and the temperatures stayed below zero for the better part of winter. There were no imported or indoor-grown vegetables in the winter months either. Instead, … Continue reading Chickpea Soup with Root Vegetables