My last post was about food from continental Croatia and stuff I had while I was there on my recent trip. I also spent time at the coast, that part of Croatia is called Dalmatia. I spent three weeks on the Island of Brač in our summer house. And boy does that sound fancier than it is. It is a 200 year old stone house badly in need of renovation. It is a little bit of a Robinson Crusoe tourism at this point, lol. But I love that place, and I love that house. It is very modest, but it is a place of peace and rest and pure enjoyment. Most importantly, you are in the center of a small town and a two minute walk to the beach.
This is not that kind of blog, but still, here is a picture of the center of the town:
Pašticada is a stewed beef dish cooked in special sauce, popular in Croatia. It is often called Dalmatinska pašticada because it originates in Dalmatia. It requires long and meticulous preparation, which includes marinating the beef in vinegar, lemon and rosemary for at least 24 hours. The marinated beef is then cooked with carrots, cloves, nutmeg, red wine and diced prosciutto for two hours, depending on the amount of meat. In Croatia, it is a meal for important feasts, including weddings and Mardi Gras. It is usually served with gnocchi or wide noodles.
I would add that every Pašticada I ever had also had prunes in it and was served over gnocchi. It makes it absolutely delicious.