Vegetables

Vegetables

By
Ino Kuvacic
Contains
22 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781743792551

We truly love our vegetables in Croatia, and the diet in the coastal areas of the Mediterranean is rich with all kinds of fruit and vegetables. Even if meat or fish are the main dishes on the table, vegetables are always in the majority.

Every Dalmatian town has its own vegetable market, which is an integral part of everyday life. Generations of families visit the market to buy their daily food and to talk to their favourite local farmer – not just about which vegetables are in season and are the best quality, but also about the important subjects – politics, health, the weather, fashion and how many tourists there are in town this year.

‘Spiza’ is the Dalmatian word for food shopping. This activity has evolved through the centuries into almost a ritual; a celebration of everyday life. I love visiting Stari Pazar, the ‘old market’, in my hometown, Split. As well as a huge array of vegetables, there is a great pastry shop serving coffee with cream and the best vanilla slices.

The most popular vegetable in Dalmatia must be silverbeet. Eaten mostly for dinner, silverbeet is often cooked with good-quality olive oil, garlic and potatoes and served with some protein – usually small fried fish or hard-boiled eggs. It makes a great light dinner with some good Dalmatian red wine.

Since being brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, the potato has become a staple food in Croatian cooking. Almost all meals, except breakfast, will contain potatoes in some form or other.

Tomatoes, zucchini and eggplants are the most popular vegetables during the summer months, when they are in season, and are cooked in many different ways or prepared in salads.

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