Olympic Food Challenge No.2 Slovakia- Zapekaný Baklažán


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Where is it?
Slovakia is a landlocked state in Central Europe. It has a population of over five million. Slovakia is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovakia)

Five things you didn’t know about Slovakia (Disclaimer these might not be true):

  • Their national dish is halušky, potato dumplings similar to gnocchi.
  • Tennis champion, Martina Hingis and supermodel Adriana Karembeu, were born in Slovakia.
  • The real inspiration for Dracula lived in Cachtice castle in Slovakia and was a woman.
  • Slovakia has more forests than any other European country/region, outside of Scandinavia.
  • Slovakia came in 18th place at the Eurovision song contest this year with Don’t close your eyes sang by Max Jason Mai.

Watching the opening ceremony last night made me realise two very shocking facts about myself. One- I tweet far too much when I am excited and two there are many countries in the world I know very little about. Now, I do love sports but I have to say that getting into the spirit of the games through the medium of food is more suited to me.

Last night we feasted on Zapekaný Baklažán, which is baked Aubergine to you and me.

Vegetarian dishes are few are far between in Slovak cusine, with many meatless dishes containing bacon and other meats. Saying that, what this dish misses out on in meat it makes up with in cheese!

The Zapekaný Baklažán, was easy to construct breadcrumbs at the bottom and then layers of aubergine, tomatoes, mushrooms and brie. This is then baked and topped with hard cheese midway through the baking process and then returned to the oven.

Link to recipe below: http://www.slovakcooking.com/2011/recipes/baked-eggplant/

If you want to learn more about Slovak cook go to http://www.slovakcooking.com/ this site really helped make Slovakia one of the easier countries I had to research.

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