Following from my latest post “A Change of Life in Korcula”.
Moving to live on a relatively remote island of the southern Croatian coast has changed a very important aspect of our lives – food!
For me food is one of the most enjoyable things in life and since my early 20’s I have been cooking at home, always trying to improve my favourite staple dishes as well as trying out the new.
Living on Korcula provides a few key differences to how I used to cook in the UK:-
- Exotic ingredients are few and far between so putting together a Thai dish for example is near impossible, but I can scrape together simple Chinese or Indian efforts.
- Apart from a few tropical fruits, most fresh produce is sourced from the region, so if it is not seasonal you won’t see it on the shelves.
- There is very little in the way of processed food, so we don’t eat anything ready-made.
Putting these 3 differences together might make things seem a little limited, but the interesting thing is we are more creative in the kitchen now than ever before. And if I can’t get hold of something I need, I make it (where possible).
So, some culinary examples include:
- Various breads such as pizza bases, tortillas, chapattis and pitta breads and as I write I have just decided to try naans.
- Various condiments such as salsa, sweet chilli sauce, chutneys, guacamole, BBQ sauce, red wine balsamic reduction and recently pickled onions (yet to try, still pickling)
These as well as sauce based dishes build an interesting repertoire, which I will continue to expand!. The current abundance of lemons is inspiring lots of ideas including limoncello and I really want to make my own pasta, so watch this space.
We tend to shop on a daily basis, buying ingredients as we need them and survive without a freezer. This makes cooking sociable and enjoyable and the food is nearly always delectable!