Is there a better way to taste traditional Mediterranean life then by learning to cook, the old way, in a Dalmatian village that even today preserves its centuries long culinary tradition? Join us in Škopljanci ethno village and enjoy a unique opportunity to truly become immersed in the Dalmatian way of life!
We depart from Split at about 5 pm, from the meeting point of your choosing. A personal driver and guide will wait you. We will arrice in ethno village Škopljanci, in Radošić, at about 6:30 pm. Learn more about the village right now on the link: Škopljanci Ethno Village
First, we take a guided tour through the ethno village. You will learn many interesting things about the history of these lands and how people lived in the 19th century. Then, it is time for the cooking class to begin – however, this is not just any cooking class, but rather a genuine traditional Dalmatian food cooking class!
All food in Skopljanci is made strictly according to centuries old recipes. Deeply nourishing, traditional foods from the Dalmatian region were unprocessed, naturally raised, largely raw and decidedly unrefined. These foods represent the natural gastric experience of humankind, vital to the natural growth and evolution of the human species for thousands of years prior to the mass production of food we use today.
Dip back in history and try original Dalmatian food!
The usual diet of the Dalmatians consists of milk and various dishes prepared with it. They turn milk sour with vinegar, and thus obtain a very cooling beverage. Their favourite dish consists of cheese fried in butter. The cakes called pogaccie, which serve them for bread, are made of a mixture of the flour of millet, barley, maize, sorgo, (holcus sorghum, the large millet) and wheat, if they can procure it ; and they are baked under the ashes. They consume a great quantity of culinary vegetables and roots, and are particularly fond of sourcrout. For roast meat, also, they have an extraordinary predilection, which, however, they find but few opportunities of gratifying, and they are, passionately fond of garlic and shalots.
Many of the food mentioned in the passage can be eaten today in places like Škopljanci. The highlight of all Dalmatian food is the famous “peka”. It is said that peka must be made with love and patience otherwise it won’t taste so good. Here is the recipe for this dish (taken from the charming site Croatia Expert)
- 1-1.5 kg beef,
- 2 dl olive oil
- 0.8-1kg potatoes
- 2 zucchini
- 1 onion
- 4-5 carrots
- 2 peppers
- 1 dl white wine
- Sprig fresh rosemary
All the ingredients except the wine to put in a flat round tray and put under cripnja (iron bell in fireplace), and left an hour under the embers. After an hour of baking stir the meat and vegetables and add a decilitre white wine, cover the cripnja again, and let it bake on the embers for another half hour.
Peka is made out of largely on native, unrefined foods and prepared according to time-honored traditions. It is the ultimate delicious dish, and yet it is very healthy – people who eat Dalmatian food (peka) enjoy better health than peoples consuming a largely refined diet of modern foods.
Don’t miss the traditional drink – rakija!
After the cooking class, you can eat your well deserved dinner! Here is the menu:
Lećevica’s cheese, Prosciutto, Homemade bacon, Homemade sausage, Donut, Homemade bread under baking lid
Warm starters and garnishing
Homemade soup (Meat, vegetables), Boiled meat, Or apple sauce, Boiled potatoes with spices, Potatoes under baking lid
Lettuce, Fresh cabbage, Tomato salad, fresh cucumber, Pepper fresh
Lamb roasted on a spit, Stewed vegetables ( more types), Baking lid ”peka” (veal and vegetables), Baking lid ”peka” (cocks and vegetables), Baking lid ”peka” (lamb and vegetables), Baking lid ”peka” vegetariana, Boiled meat ( junetina, capon, veal), Grilled dishes (by agreement)
Fritule – traditional dessert, Fruit salad, Fresh Fruit, Pancakes, Strudel, Homemade cakes (optional)
After the dinner is over, we return to Split late in the afternoon.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE: 11
TRANSPORTATION: luxury mini bus, Mercedes Sprinter 513, the only one of its kind in Croatia.
DEPARTURE TIME: 5 pm
END LOCATION: Split
DURATION: Afternoon program
WHAT IS INCLUDED: The program as described, pick up, guide/driver, cooking class, dinner
WHAT IS EXCLUDED: Personal expenses