Food is at the heart of life in this Adriatic country, and there’s nothing Montenegrins love more than a feast for the gods.
The local cuisine in Montenegro is inspired by Italian, Turkish and Greek cuisine, so expect to see lots of locally sourced fish, meat and dairy on the dinner table.
Get ready to surrender to your senses and taste some exquisite food, a glass or three of Rakija and, of course, the finest hospitality money can’t buy!
Popara, which roughly translates as ‘bread mash’, is a traditional Balkan dish deeply seated in Montenegrin cuisine. It is made by mixing a loaf of bread with milk, water, vegetable oil and cheese – a winning combination for simple home cooking!
A staple starter for most Balkan dinners, expats can do no wrong in cooking Popara to impress their local Montenegrin friends.
Top tip: add sugar, feta and goats cheese to earn extra brownie points.
So our Come Dine With Me evening is well underway. We’ve already introduced you to Rakija and Popara, and now we move on to the delightfully meaty main course –
Japraci holds a prime place in most Montenegrin dinners. An extremely rich and nourishing dish, Japraci is made by cooking a kilo of ‘rastan’ and half a kilo of young cow’s meat, before adding rice, pepper and cured meats. Delicious!
Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Now you’ve polished off the Japraci and a couple of more glasses of Rakija, it’s time to present you to our entertainment for this evening.
Say hello to members of Kadena Group, a local folk company known for its interpretation of the Oro, an ethnic Montenegrin dance.
The Kadena start off with the young members gathering together to form a circle (kolo) before bursting into traditional song. The song is usually sung to playfully mock someone on the other side of the circle, and daring them to enter inside the circle to dance. Luckily for them, the young man who was mocked happily obliged and joined the centre of the circle.
The rest of us then join in to sing a ‘feedback song’, which praised the young man who danced in the middle of the circle, before his girlfriend danced alongside him inside the circle by imitating an Eagle. The Eagle is danced to show that she is attracted to his dance.
To cleanse your palette after food, we are now serving Peppers in Jardum, a replenishing drink made by pouring peppers into lamb’s milk on a wooden vessel, leaving it for 3 days, adding salt and then leaving it again for 20 days.
We do hope you enjoyed your Montenegrin Come Dine With Me experience! Rate our dinner party (out of 10) by commenting on the below, sharing the link on Twitter and Facebook and mention @LusticaBay.