1 Lavazza Bete Noir

Lavazza Series 2015: La Bête Noire (The Black Beast Recipe)

The Traditional Black Beast Recipe is Transformed Past Perky Perfection! On holiday in Bijeljina, Bosnia, but with contract requirements to meet, what greater pleasure than La Bête Noire  or The Black Beast Recipe? I developed this recipe for the Thermomix machine 5 years ago for my dear friend, Marie’s 30th wedding anniversary, and it is…

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1 Seafood Lasagna

Retro Recipe: Seafood Lasagna

This 80’s family favourite deserves a rebirth! In the 80’s, this recipe was “the bomb”. Everyone was making it for company dinners, girlfriend gatherings or special family meals. The Best of Bridge gals from Calgary, Alberta, published it in their first cookbook: Best of Bridge. Their series was filled with recipes as these gals had…

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1 Affogato

Lavazza Series 2015: Lavazza Tasting Challenge and Affogato

 Affogato: the perfect reprieve under the sweltering Bosnian Sun Ah! I am sitting at a quaint wrought iron table in a little outdoor café almost hidden in a corner across the street from the massive “wedding cake’ in the Piazza Venezia on a scorching hot and dusty day in Rome. It is Spring Break and…

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31 Vanja Lugonja's Special Dinner Baked

Bijeljina 2015: Pava’s Special Meal

A Flavourful Celebration of Balkan Flavours There it is, in all its rustic glory: Pava’s Special Meal and Vanja’s favourite home food of all meals his mother made. Pava’s neighbour in Lukavac, years and years ago, served this recipe one evening and the flavour combination made such an impression that it has became a family…

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1 Petar Lugonja's Sunka

Bijeljina 2015: Petar Lugonja’s Sunka

The Last Sunka of the Lugonja Legacy: Petar Lugonja’s Sunka Such deserved pride on the face of this humble man. Arriving this year, is bittersweet. Vanja’s dad has not been well. The hope is that we will get him relocated in Belgrade before Winter. Most likely, Igor will do the relocation bit. We will do…

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2 Roast Pig Hind 25 kilo

Back To Bijeljina 2015

Roast Pig: The Welcome Feast One year after the flood that devastated the Lugonja homestead, we are back. One year is too long. Thank God for the telephone and technology. We left Petar in a spotless space with all new out-fittings and are back to spiff it up, breath life into the space and rejuvenate…

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