The Balkans

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

The Balkans, aka the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographic area in SE Europe which takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch throughout the whole of Bulgaria from the Serbian-Bulgarian border to the Black Sea coast. The Balkan Peninsula is bordered by the Adriatic sea in the northwest, the Ionian Sea in the southwest, the Aegean Sea in the south, the Turkish Straights in the east, and the Black Sea in the northeast. The Balkan Peninsula stretches from the tip of Slovenia, touching the Alps in the North, to the European part of Turkey in the South East Aegean Sea, almost 1500Km away.

This huge area covers many different nations, each of which has its own culture, customs and cuisine.

Balkan Cook will focus much on Serbia which is a country that lies smack-bang in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula and is sandwiched between Croatia, Bosnia& Herzegovina, Montenegro, The country of North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Albania.

River Drina with a view of the famous house on the rocks

Serbia, a mountainous country, boosts a continental climate in the north, with cold winters and hot, humid summers and a more Adriatic climate in the south with hot, dry summers and milder winters. For this reason Serbia is perfect for growing  a large variety of fruit & vegetables and nuts and because of its many green pastures boosts some of the best free range farmed meat anywhere.

The Balkans are magic and the food fantastic, hence there are so many excellent places all over the Balkan that if I tried to sample them all I would need more than a life time to accomplish that task.

I’ll do my best, however, to take you to places that are exceptional in their often peculiar yet always spectacular way.

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