Born in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina to a family of foodies, I have lived in Bristol for over 22 years. Balkan cuisine (a region of which Bosnia & Herzegovina is part of) continues to be very poorly known in the UK. It is my dream for people to love the food I grew up on as much as I do.
A historian by training, prior to Covid I conducted organised tours to the Balkans which included immersion in the local culture and eating lots of authentic food! I also have a passion for authentic East and Southeast Asian food.
Balkan cuisine has a Mediterranean base combined with a strong Middle Eastern influence due to hundreds of years of Ottoman Turkish rule. Baklava, filo pastry pies and stuffed vegetables have become as traditional as rich Balkan stews and local produce such as figs, lemons, olives and pomegranates.
Later, Austro-Hungarian influence and rule bought Central European inspired food, such as schnitzel and Austrian style cakes, but with a distinct Balkan twist. The Balkans have always been a historic bridge between East and West, which is perfectly evident in its cuisine.
All the dishes I offer are authentically Balkan, with every recipe being traditional. These are all dishes I grew up eating, and I want others to love them as much as I do.