Ethno Cooking in Sumrakovac

Serbian Food, Sumrakovac

This August I visited my friend Gaga. She is a fellow blogger, a great friend and I love her so much!

Gaga Moje Grne

Last year we made Čomlek together and this time she took me to her parent’s house in village Sumrakovac. Together with her mother Bine, we made one of the best dinners of my life!



Kačamak was one of the main poor people food in the old days. Today, it is made by cooking polenta and later adding yogurt or milk. Gaga’s mom Bine showed me how it was made in the past, using tools that were used in their family for many generations. This version is made with white corn flour and substitutes bread.

Čurkalo and Kačamalo

The tools are called čurkalo and kačamalo.

Kačamak, preparation

Like all the old Serbian recipes this is also prepared on a wooden stove. Start with boiling water. Then add white corn flour and start stirring using čurkalo.

Kačamak, preparation

If needed, add more flour to thicken it. When it is half way done and thicker you will need to use kačamalo for stirring.

Kačamak, preparation

And this is how the cooked kačamak looks like. When it’s done it is transfered onto a wooden board called lopar.

Liver in Caul Fat

Liver in Caul Fat

Liver in caul fat is another old Serbian recipe. It is made by mincing pork liver and other offal, all wrapped in pleura of the pig (the fatty membrane surrounding pig lungs). Might sound disgusting but it’s delicious actually and caul fat is often used to wrap meat for the grilling.

Liver in Caul Fat

There is a complete recipe on Gaga’s blog.

Bine’s Bread

Bine's Bread

There is something about bread baked in a wooden stove that makes it so much better than baked in the electric oven…

Bine's Bread, preparation

Plain bread dough with yeast, flour and water…

Bine's Bread, preparation

First, it is baked on top of the stove. When almost done, it is transfered into the oven.


Bine also made Serbian Gibanica, phyllo pie with cheese filling.

Roe Doe Goulash

And Gaga and me cooked my goulash with venison :)


  • Lana
    October 1, 2010

    Marija, jođ jedan odličan izveštaj u seriji "antropologija hrane". Nema dela koji mi se ne svidja. A o fotkama da ne govorim. Izvanredno!

  • Andrea
    October 2, 2010

    Fotke su me totalno oduševile, ne znam što mi izgleda ljepše i ukusnije. :)Posebno je dobra ova fotka Gage koju sam već vidjela na fejsu. :)Vidim da ste baš uživale zajedno i pomalo vam zavidim.:)

  • Zazuza
    October 2, 2010

    these old recipes are the most delicious! people could really cook in the old days, and using simple ingredients they succeeded in bringing out all those flavours!

  • Michel Pavic
    October 2, 2010

    Wow, beautiful pictures !!

  • maslinka
    October 2, 2010

    Fenomenalan post… uzivala sam citajuci ga. Slike su fenomenalne a hrana tako mami… Ma savrseno!

  • Sajkaca
    October 3, 2010

    Awsome post and fantastic pictures!!!You and Gaga are a "Dreamteam"!

  • Wanda
    October 3, 2010

    Love those pictures. My mama cooked on a wood stove when I was small and your pictures bring back memories. I loved your post.

  • Joanne
    October 3, 2010

    Whoa this sounds amazing! Especially those phyllo cheese pies. They have me drooling… It's amazing the things that can happen when two foodies get together!

  • Belinda @zomppa
    October 3, 2010

    I've never cooked Serbian before, but you might just inspire me. Beautiful photos – those phyllo pieces are too tempting.

  • mamajac
    October 15, 2010

    Bravo vas dve, tri… koliko vas je vec :)

  • Mariko
    October 18, 2010

    Wow. Wow. Wow. I am so impressed by your cooking techniques here. Beautiful!

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