You may scoff into your Thai green curry, but the Balkans is the latest region gaining attention from British foodies. Rick Stein’s new show and cookbook, From Venice to Istanbul, sees the chef travel around the Eastern Med in search of authentic dishes, including Croatian delicacies and Albanian baked lamb.
Yotam Ottolenghi is another chef interested in this part of the world, with dishes like tarator, a cold yogurt and cucumber soup, appearing in his books. Waitrose and Ocado now stock Pelagonia ajvar pepper spread, imported from Macedonia by Brit expat Philip Evans.
Both Jamie Oliver and Ottolenghi have shown interest in the product, with the former using it in a recipe for Bosnian Ćevapi (grilled meat flatbreads) and the latter stocking it in his online shop. Could it be that a region so often associated with conflict is finally gaining a reputation abroad for its cuisine, instead?
Source: The Telegraph