Traditional Bosnian Recipes

Here are three recipes. Prebranac (baked beans). Cornbread and an Apple Pita. Make sure you have some good strong dark coffee on the side.


Do you like baked beans? Then try making your own…

You will need an oven dish and a pan.

Soak the beans over night – about a large cup size or get tinned.

Best beans are haricot, black-eyed or pinto. You can mix them. I prefer pinto for this recipe.

2 onions – chopped
2 large carrots – chopped
1 tsp salt/white pepper
3 bay leaves
3 heaped tsp sweet paprika
1 heaped tsp smoky paprika
Tomato puree
Olive oil

Put the soaked beans, carrots, salt and bay leaves in a pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 minutes.

Fry the onion in a pan in olive oil, add the paprika and then tomato puree with a little water. This makes a kind of paprikash.

Put the oven on to around 160 C. Gas 5.

Drain the beans and carrots – but save the water. Put them in the oven dish with the onion mixture. Then add two or three cups of the bean water.

Put a lid on or foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then take off the lid and bake for another 10.

Serve with a green salad if you wish and Cornbread.  You can add fresh tomatoes and red peppers to the recipe, though it’s not the tradition to do so.prebranac

Cornbread (Razljevak)

This is a no yeast recipe and is more like a tray bake. Very easy to do.

1 cup plain flour

1 cup medium cornmeal flour

1 1/2 cups Buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 big tsp baking powder.

1 tsp salt.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl and then add the buttermilk and vegetable oil and salt.

Slowly add the two flours after blending them.

You should have a soft mixture that can be poured in to a baking tin.

Bake on 180 C Gas 6 for around 40 minutes. Keep checking.

It is ready when springy like a sponge cake. Turn out and serve hot, warm or cold.

It is sometimes eaten with a Greek-style yoghurt. You can add a sour cheese  – like feta or cream cheese to it if you wish.


Apple Pita

You will need

An oven dish, a grater, a large bowl and sieve.

Use as much or as little as you like for this recipe.

Apples – preferably cooking ones

Walnuts  – chopped

Sugar with vanilla

Star anise and cinnamon are optional

Lemon juice

Filo pastry – see the Gibanica recipe.

Oven on to 180 C or Gas 6

Grate the apples  – keep the skin on if you like to. Then place in the sieve with a towel over and heavy weight on to drain the juice. My mother used to squeeze the grated apple with her hands!

Drink the juice!

Add the walnuts, sugar, lemon juice etc to the apple and mix.

Lay out your filo pastry. (Hand made is best for this recipe, stretched out over a table)

Blob the apple mixture over it and then roll so you have either one long sausage or a series of them depending on which kind of filo you use.

Place in a tevsija – enamel dish and bake for around 20 minutes covered then 10 without until light brown.

Eat hot, warm or cold as it is or with some honeyed yoghurt.


So you think you can write 2014 – my entry

I have subbed an entry for #sytycw14

Here is the link:

I put Butterfly Coffee in two years ago. Since then it has disappeared completely, been re-written by hand from memory and is now on its second edit.

*deep breath*





My entry for the UN International Poetry for Peace Contest


For International Peace Day

Originally posted on Gabriel's Vision:




A sound

Twice Louder

Than my beating heart

Come make peace with me sweet desire

So that I may kiss your face when the dawn light breaks dear

Dedicated to one woman’s experience in Nagasaki, 1945.

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For Peace


It’s the International Day of Peace today

Originally posted on Gabriel's Vision:

I can recall the first time I was moved by a poem as a child when I found something in a book of poems at the library.

It isn’t a poem of course, it’s part of a Meditation (XVII) written by John Donne who lived some four hundred years ago.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

Whatever it is., it speaks to me. And if someone wrote these words long ago and they still mean…

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Huddersfield University survey shows 75.8% want devolved power to Yorkshire.

Originally posted on Yorkshire Devolution Movement:

A survey by Huddersfield University presented on the BBC Politics Show yesterday showed 75.8% want devolved power to Yorkshire. It can be seen here about 53 mins in. There are several other interesting findings too not least the strong sense of ‘Yorkshireness’ which exists in God’s Own. That 75.8% incidentally is roughly in line with the recent polls in the Yorkshire Post which put support for a devolved assembly in the high 60s.

Also, views to this blog (since its inception in March 2013) passed 20,000 earlier today. Many thanks to all those who have dropped by to read and comment and especially to all those who have contributed. This month in particular has seen record views (now running at over 80 a day), perhaps not surprising given the interest the Scottish referendum is generating in the whole idea of devolution to Yorkshire. As someone has said the devolution ‘genie is out…

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