Food for your soul- Serbian pie with cheese and spinach

ENG: Today, I’m presenting to you one of the most famous Serbian dishes and one of my favorites- Serbian pie. This puff pastry has origins from the Middle East and can be salty or sweet.  Salty version of this dish can be with cheese, spinach, potatoes, meat  and the sweet one can be with apples, cherries… On Serbian language, pie is called “pita” but there is also some other names for this dish like “gibanica”, “burek”… The origin of the word “pita” is from Greek language ( “pitta” ) and the word ” burek” is from Turkish language ( “börek ” ).  “Burek” is, let’s say, a special type of pie made mostly in South of Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  It’s one of the best dishes on Balkans for sure. 

These pies you can see on this picture , are made by my aunt and my mother. These pies are filled with cheese, cabbage and spinach.  Pie crusts can be hand-made and purchased in a store. These two pies on the left are made of hand-made crusts and the other two are made with crusts bought in the store. Both versions of these pies are equally delicious. The only difference is in the time of their making. You need a lot more time to make pie with home-made crusts, that’s why my mum makes this pie just for special occasions. The taste of these pies will always be my favorite memories from my childhood.

SRB: Danas vam predstavljam jedno od najpopularnijih jela Sprske kuhinje i jedno od mojih omiljenih jela – pitu. Ovo jelo vodi poreklo sa Bliskog istoka i kao što znate može biti slatka ili slana. slane pite mogu biti filovane sirom, spanaćem, kupusom, sosom od mesa a slatke sa višnjama, jabukama itd. Osim pod imenom “pita”, ovo je jelo ima svoje oblike i pod imenom “gibanica” i “burek”. Ime ” pita vodi poreklo iz Grčkg jezika ( “pitta”) a ime “burek ” iz Turskog jezika ( “börek ” ).  Burek se najčešće pravi na jugu Srbije i u Bosni i Hercegovini. Ovo jelo je jedno od obeležja kuhinja sa prostora Balkana. 

Ove dve pite koje vidite na slici, su napravile moja tetka i majka. Pite sa leve strane su napravljene od domaćih kora, koje je razvila moja majka, a pite sa desne strane od kora kupljenih u prodavnici. Obe verzije pite su fenomenalnog ukusa a jedina razlika je u vremenu potrebnom za pripremu istih. Zato moja majka sprema ovu pitu sa zavijanim korama samo za posebne porodične prilike. Ukus ovog jela, uvek će biti jedno od mojih nadražih uspomena iz detinjstva. Nije samo stvar u ukusu jela, već u onome što ono predstavlja. Za mene, ovo jelo predstavlja svečani ručak, praznik, moju porodicu okupljenu oko stola.

 

Escape into nature

ENG: We all know that the rhythm of our lives is so fast. We are all running to work, running back home, working on our carriers, achieving goals… But sometimes, we just need a break. We need to run into nature, into silence. We need some peace and quite, to clear our minds, thing about our lives, fill out our hearts  with love and gratefulness. I spend a day in nature, surrounded by woods, river, birds and my family. Today, I wanted to present to you my place where I gather energy, and reset my mindset.

Last weekend, I visited my grandma’s village, near one of the most popular spa center in Serbia, Prolom Banja. Therefore, I wanted to tell you a little bit more about this spa center and this part of my country. The area of Toplica is located in south of Serbia, on the Radan mountain. Here are settled three spa center, Prolom banja, Kursumlijska bana and Lukovska banja. I have visited Prolom banja and decided to share photos I took there with you.

Prolom Banja is located in the municipality of Kursumlija in Toplica county on at the altitude between 550 and 670 meters. This spa center lies below the slopes of Radan and Sokolovica mountains. Here you can find several springs of mineral waters, with temperatures between 26 and 31 °C. Famous Serbian water is bottled were in Prolom Banja, ” Prolom Water”.  If you want to stay here for few days, you can stay at “Radan ” hotel. this hotel has 212 rooms, medical and wellness center. The nature around this medical and spa center is breathtaking. This place that only recovers your body but also recovers your soul.

SRB: Svi znamo da je tempo naših života neverovatno brz. Svi žurimo na posao, sa posla kući, radimo neprestano na ostvarenju svojih karijera i ciljeva. Ali, ponekad nam zatreba pauza. Potrebno nam je da pobegnemo od svega, da pobegnemo u prirodu, daleko od automobila, mobilnih telefona, televizora, interneta. Potrebni su nam mir i tišina da raščistimo svoje misli, razmislimo o svom životu i ispunimo svoja srca ljubavlju i zahvalnošću. Provela sam dan na selu okružena prirodom, šumom, rekom, pticama i svojom porodicom. Danas želim da vam predstavim mesto na kome sakupljam energiju i sređujem svoj um i svoje misli.

Prošlog vikenda, posetila sam selo svoje bake, blizu Prolom banje. Provela sam divan dan sa svojom porodicom, radeći, šetajući, a po malo i roštiljajući. Stoga sam želela da vam kažem nešto više o Prolom banji i ovom delu Srbije. Toplički okrug se nalazi na jugu Srbije, na padinama planina Radan i Sokolovice. U ovom okrugu nalaze se tri banje: Prolom, Lukovska i Kuršumlijska banja.

Prolom banja se nalazi na teritoriji opštine Kuršumlija na nadmorskoj visini između 550 i 670 metara nadmorske visine. Ovde možete pronaći nekoliko izvora lekovite vode sa temperaturama između 28 i 31 °C. Ovde se flašira Prolom voda, koja je jedna od najprodavanijih i najtraženijih flaširanih voda u Srbiji. Ukoliko se odlučite da ovde provedete vikend i ostanete par dana, možete da odsednete u hotelu ” Radan”. Ovaj hotel ima 212 soba, medicinski i velnes centar. U blizini Prolom banje nalazi se jedna od najposećenijih turističkih atrakcija u Srbiji, Đavolja Varoš. Posetu ovom lokalitetu nikako ne smete zaobići.

Prolom banja je okružena prirodom koja oduzima dah. Ona vam neće oporaviti samo telo, već i vašu dušu.

 

 

Top 5 travel destinations in Europe for spring 2017

ENG: My dear readers, as you could read in my previous post, I believe that spring is perfect season to travel around Europe and discover its capitals, natural beauties and culture. Today, I’m sharing with you 5 travel destinations that are perfect choice for this spring. Italian lakes, Amsterdam, Seville, Copenhagen and Ljubljana are just small part of European beauty. By visiting these destinations, you will learn about these countries, its people, you will enjoy breathtaking scenery and eat delicious food and drink wine.

SRB: Dragi moji čitaoci, kao što ste pročitali u prethodnom postu, verujem da je proleće najbolje godišnje doba za obilazak Evrope, upoznavanje njenih prestonica, prirodnih lepota i kulture. Danas želim da sa vama podelim 5 turističkih destinacija u Evropi koje su odličan izbor za ovo proleće. Italijanska jezera, Amsterdam, Sevilja, Kopenhagen i Ljubljana samo su mali deo onoga što Evropa ima da ponudi turistima iz celog sveta. Ukoliko odlučite da posetite  ove destinacije, naučićete mnogo o njihovim zemljama i narodima, uživaćete u pejzažima koji oduzimaju dah, jesti fantastičnu hranu i uživati u vinu.

1. Italian Lakes 

ENG: Italian Lake district spreads across 4 Italian regions in northwest Italy: Piedmont, Lombardy, Trentino, Veneto. There are 3 biggest and most important lakes in this part of Italy- lakes Maggiore, Como and Garda. This part of Italy is so picturesque that it has been used as movie location for numerous movies and TV shows.

SRB: Italijanska oblast jezera prostire se na teritoriji 4 Italijanske regije: Pijemont, Lombardija, Trentino i Veneto. Ovde možete videte tri najvažnija, najveća i najposećenija jezera u severoistočnoj Italiji- Mađore, Komo i Garda. Ovaj deo Italije i toliko slikovit da je više puta poslužio kao lokacija za snimanje brojnih filmova i serija.

2. Seville

ENG: Seville is capital of Andalusia and one of most important financial and cultural centers of Spain. Thanks to its turbulent history and the impact of Romans and Arabs, this city has become one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Visit Seville and feel the true spirit of Spain.

SRB: Sevilja je glavni grad Andaluzije i jedan od najvažnijih finansijskih i kulturnih centara u Španiji. Zahvaljujući svojoj burnoj istoriji i uticaju Rimljana i arapa, Sevilja je postala jedan od najlepših gradova Evrope. Posetite Sevilju i osetite pravi duh Španije.

3. Amsterdam

ENG: “Venice of the north” as tourists call Amsterdam, is capital city of Netherlands. This city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe because of its beautiful architecture, lovely canals and more than 1500 bridges. The charm of this old European capital will make you completely fall in love with it. More that 7 million tourists visit Amsterdam every year.

SRB: ” Venecija severa” kako je nazivaju turisti, Amsterdam, je glavni grad Holandije. Ovaj grad je jedna od najpopularnijih turističkih destinacija Evrope zahvaljujući svojoj prelepoj arhitekturi, brojnim kanalima i preko 1500 mostova širom grada. Šarm ove stare Evropske prestonice će vas potpuno osvojiti i naterati da se zaljubite u ovaj grad. više od 7 miliona turista poseti Amsterdam svake godine.

4. Copenhagen

ENG: This metropolis is cultural and geographic link between Europe and Scandinavia. With around 1 million inhabitants, Copenhagen is modern, lively, European city but also cute and cozy city to live in. Capital of Denmark is one of the most beautiful cities in the north Europe.

SRB: Ovaj metropola je kulturna i geografska karika koja spaja kopno Evrope sa Skandinavijom. Sa oko milion stanovnika, Kopenhagen je moderan i živopisan Evropski grad ali opet i predivan i ušuškan gradić u kome je predivno živeti. Danska prestonica je definitivno jedan od najlepših gradova severne Evrope.

5. Ljubljana

ENG: Ljubljana is capital of Slovenia and until 1990s was one of the most important cities in ex Yugoslavia. Today, Ljubljana i one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe and definitely the smallest one. The charm of its cute streets, canals, cafes, museums and galleries will make you ask yourself: ” How I didn’t come here before?” . Ljubljana doesn’t have any world famous tourist attractions but its architecture and lifestyle will maybe help you discover something new.

SRB: Ljubljana je glavni grad Sloveniji a do 90-tih godina 20-tog veka bio je jedan od najbitnijih gradova bivše Jugoslavije. Danas, Ljubljana je jedna od najlepših  i definitivno najmanja Evropska prestonica. Šarm ulica, kafića, muzeja i galerija nateraće vas da se zapitate: ” Kako nisam ranije došla/došao ovde?”. Ljubljana možda nema neku svetski poznatu turističku atrakciju ali njena predivna arhitektura i način života njenih stanovnika pomoćiće vam da otkrijete nešto novo.