Croatian food is made using fresh and seasonal ingredients ensuring that it is pretty delicious but healthy too – should make a pleasant change for those of you who are on the road and haven’t been as conscientious as usual about your diet. As well as this, and probably most importantly for those travelling on a shoestring, because all the ingredients are produced locally it is relatively inexpensive when compared with its European counterparts.
Along the coastal region, the food is typically Mediterranean using lots of olive oil, garlic, herbs and the freshest fish and seafood there is. If you’re a fan, the scampi and calamari is probably some of the best you’ll ever taste so get stuck in. You will also find fish soup, fish stew, seafood risotto and much more but if it’s meat you’re after you will find more than enough to whet your appetite. Pasta also features on every menu and more often than not a dish which is described as a starter will more than suffice as a main course.
When you move into the highlands, the food becomes much more simple and is reminiscent of the peasant food of earlier centuries. Summer is short here and winter seems never ending so ingredients are not as readily available as they are in other parts of the country. If you are dining here expect things like boiled potatoes, pickled cabbage, smoked lamb and a wonderful selection of cheeses. These are everyday meals, however, so it does get a little more exciting when you visit the restaurants in the area.
When it comes to Slavonian food, bread has a starring role. Breads and cakes of every description are available everywhere and are superb. As well as bread, however, pasta is also quite popular as are meat and fish dishes and you will find goulashes, stews and casseroles on every menu. With a history of food for the hard working, this is also is probably the region with most diversity when it comes to food and drink.
Finally, as well as being divided by region, however, many traditional events are also linked with particular types of food. For example cod is eaten on Christmas Eve and Good Friday while pork is eaten on New Year’s Day. Ham with boiled eggs and green vegetables is dished up at Easter while donuts are synonymous with carnival. There are many other traditions but you get the idea – oh and it is regarded as rude not to partake in these meals so if boiled eggs aren’t your thing get out of there before Easter Sunday or come up with a very good allergy story.