Passion for cooking?
In Croatia, cooking and eating have always had an important role in everyday life. Typically, people cook at least one – and often two- meals a day, and freshness and seasonality of ingredients are at the backbone of daily menus. The relationship with food for Croatians starts already in the gardens, and while in history gardening was regarded as a necessity, today many people find it both a guarantee of food quality, as well as a stress relieving activity. You will find gardens in the most surprising of places – historic city cores, apartment terraces, building courtyards.
Moreover, food has a strong social component in our region. Since the times of the ancient Illyrians preparing peka around a common fireplace, cooking and eating represent a chance for families, friends and business partners to get together in a relaxed atmosphere, to talk and sing while jointly preparing the food and waiting for it to be ready. Specialties like peka or lamb on the spit are a favorite choice of group get-togethers, amongst other things as their ample cooking time allows for quality socialization.
When in Croatia, eat slowly. Savour food and wine, but also company. Take time to chat between courses and be prepared for restaurants to allow for this time as well. Here, eating is a ritual of well-being and when in Croatia – dobar tek!