You know that “oh-wow” feeling that you get when you first run into a certain food blog? You know what I’m talking about, right?
Of course you do!
That is what I felt when I first stumbled upon a blog that had this gorgeous photo of a baklava on the front and then a mouthwatering recipe to follow. The moment I set eyes on that blog I knew I was in love with it, and with every recipe and photo thereafter.
Because I feel that I should not keep these great foodies all to myself, I finally found the courage to ask them to be my guests here at Diethood.
It is my great pleasure to finally introduce to you one of the most fabulous Macedonian kitchens in the blog world, Ситно Сецкано – Sitno Seckano (Seet-no Sets-kah-no). This duo, or is it a trio (?), of foodies never cease to amaze me with their wonderful food creations and stunning photos.
Their kitchen consists of centuries old Macedonian dishes, as well as modern, but they will also surprise you with an American staple, such as a peanut butter cookie, or an Italian tartlet.
I have been following them for a long time and I could not be happier when they accepted my guest post invitation.
Please welcome Bojana, Maja, and Daniel!
We are so excited to be Kate’s guests today. We come from the same country as Kate, Macedonia, and we hope you enjoy our guest post!
Kate, thanks so much for having us here!
Sitno Seckano (which means “finely chopped” in Macedonian) is the blog of two food-obsessed sisters. We are inspired by lots of chefs and home cooks, and love finding unusual foods, thinking about what to cook next, and people enjoying our kitchen creations. We read food blogs every day so we asked each other; how come we don’t have a blog when we cook so much and so often? Thus, in March 2009, Bojana started the blog with a post on honey and oatmeal pie.
Bojana lives in Skopje, Macedonia and Maja lives in The Netherlands. Daniel does most of the photos. We want to share our ideas, recipes and the food we’ve enjoyed. Sitno Seckano is like an extension of our individual kitchens where you are always welcome!
And now here’s the recipe:
Roasted Carp with Onions
Macedonia is a landlocked country but the rivers and lakes have several delicious freshwater fish. Carp is an oily freshwater fish which is available in the rivers in Macedonia. The carp fish contains high amounts of calcium and protein, and fatty acids which help prevent heart disease. While there are free-floating bones in the flesh, this fish is very tasty, especially when prepared in the following way.
This is a traditional Macedonian recipe; we hope you’ll like it as much as we do.
You will need:
- 1 – 1.3 kg. (2 – 2 ½ lbs.) whole carp
- 1 kg. (2 lbs.) white onions
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tsp. paprika powder
- 3 – 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. all purpose flour
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- Dice the onions and add them to a frying pan in which you’ve first heated the oil.
- Sauté the onions for about 10 – 15 minutes on medium heat until they are soft and translucent, but not brown.
- Add the salt, paprika and black pepper.
- Brush a deeper roasting pan with oil and transfer the onions to it.
- Place the cleaned fish over the onions.
- In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup of water with the flour and lemon juice and pour over the fish.
- Roast for 1 hour in a pre-heated oven at 180°C (350°F).
- You can add couple of tablespoons of water to the pan if your onions start to dry up while roasting.
- Serve with crusty bread and red wine (or beer).
Please don’t forget to head over to sitnoseckano.com for more of these delicious creations!