Meet the Hrapocusa (Croatian Dol Cake)

Nut lovers will go nuts for the Croatian torta Hrapocusa, or  Dol Cake. The almond cake supports a massise walnut topping, all held together with loads of sugar and eggs.

Well this is officially my first Croatian recipe here on CulturEatz! Not only that but the torta Hrapocusa specifically comes from a small village of Dol, on the Croation island of Brac. You and I may have never heard of it before, but over there the cake is a huge deal.  They say every family in Dol has their own secret recipe. And there is an annual Night of Hrapocusa event where the population goes from about 100 inhabitants to over a 1,000 people.

Let’s find out more about this very popular cake (which I turned into ‘cupcakes’).

tortat Hrapocusa

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Chicken Bastilla for a North African Afternoon

Chicken Bastilla is a traditional Maghrebian pie filled with chicken, scrambled eggs and a crunchy layer of sweet cinnamon toasted almonds, all wrapped up in buttery phyllo pastry.

Boy are you in for a treat today: eyes and stomach! This chicken bastilla is THE DISH you must make for your next dinner party if you are looking for a guaranteed WOW factor! Even better, make it with your guest as it takes a couple of hours and there are many steps to keep people busy.

Don’t worry it is simple and the directions below are very clear. Open of a bottle of wine and make it with a group of friends. That is what I did with two fellow Montreal food bloggers as we prepared, and of course enjoyed, a 3-course North African meal together.

Chicken Bastilla

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Cream of Almond Soup, Medieval Cooking Part 2

Cream of Almond Soup was a traditional recipe often prepared in Medieval times. Ground or powdered nuts were used to thicken broth and stewed in milk with a spices or herbs.

Before we explore this unusual Cream of Almond Soup, or Crème Almaundys, here is a quick refresher on what is considered Medieval times. The Middle Ages covers roughly the 5th to the 15th century. It is called the Middle Ages because it is the middle period of the three main divisions of history, at least the Western one: first is Antiquity which ends with the collapse of the Roman Empire, second is the Medieval period, and third we have the Modern period which started with the Renaissance.

Almond Soup

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Masoub, a Saudi Arabian Banana Breakfast Dish

Looking for a new exotic breakfast idea? This delicious Masoub dish is a Saudi Arabian banana bread pudding made in its simplest form, topped with almonds, raisins, whip cream, honey and cheddar.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose two savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. We are visiting Saudi Arabia this month and we will make Masoub, a Saudi Arabian Banana Breakfast Dish.

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Reshteh Polow: Persian Rice with Noodles

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make.

This month we are exploring Iran and I chose the Reshteh Polow, or Persian Rice with Noodles

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Meals in a Mug: Pesto Chicken Couscous and Double Lemon Cake

Yep it’s time to get that microwave working again for actual cooking and not just reheating. Whether you’re dining solo or you’re pressed for time, the 250 Best Meals in a Mug cookbook is the perfect solution. And if you’re living in a dorm, traveling in an RV or eating at the office, it offers a convenient and budget-friendly way to eat delicious and healthy meals.

I live alone so quick and easy meals in minutes sounds so perfect. I laugh when people think I eat gourmet every night because of my blog. If only they knew what a regular week night dinner looks like. I shudder myself when I think about it. I tried 4 recipes from this cookbook and I found with little effort my meals were healthier then my other lazy efforts. Perfect examples are the Pesto Chicken Couscous and Spiced Lentils with Yogurt, Almonds and Mint. For a sweet treat I made the Double Lemon Cake for dessert and the French Toast for a breakfast.

French Toast with toppings

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Happy New Year with a Marzipan Topped Light Fruit Cake

I hope everyone is having a wonderful time amongst family and friends for this Holiday Season. Tomorrow we welcome the year 2014, I wish you all health, love, a safe home, prosperity and everything else you could wish. Happy New Year 2014!

My calendar has certainly been busy with family gatherings and a little quick trip out of town to Ottawa. And I am very much looking forward to the 31st as I am hosting the party with my closest friends. It’s pot-luck and so far it sounds like we will be having a real feast and lots of fun beverages. If my crock pot recipe turns out well I’ll probably share it next week. But for today I wanted to show you the cake I made for December 24th which was spent at my parents. The Marzipan Topped Light Fruit Cake was a crowd pleaser!

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