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All you ever wanted to know about Manjada

by Gogo on January 31, 2012

in Press Clipping

This interview originally appeared on 29 January 2012 in Dobra Hrana, Sunday culinary supplement of Jutarnji List (the most popular Croatian newspaper). Click on the picture to see it full size. Here is my translation to English:

Interview by Mila Batinica

Goran Zgrablić, in Croatian gourmet blogosphere known under nickname Manjada, during the week lives in Trieste where he works as experimental physicist. Weekends are usually reserved for going to Pula where he takes care of his olive grove and of ten barrels containing balsamic vinegars made from Istrian Malvasia and from Teran, the first of its kind in this region. Apart writing for his blog Manjada, he also writes for Taste of Croatia, the first independent food & wine guide to Croatia. Soon, he is starting with wine tours in Istria and cooking classes concentrating on traditional Istrian cuisine.

5 things I always have in the fridge A big piece of Parmiggiano Reggiano, butter, few jams, Dijon mustard, cottage cheese
My usual breakfast Oatmeal that I put to soak in milk the night before, grated apple and cinnamon. During the weekend, bread with butter and jam
Usual dinner Various creative salads (with freshly made vinaigrette)
Coffe or tea Green tea, in leafs
Favorite dish Posutice pasta with cod spread (bakalar na bijelo, baccala’ mantecato)
Favorite restaurant Majerija, Vipavska dolina, Slovenija
Favorite chef David Skoko, Batelina, Banjole
Favorite non-alcoholic drink Home pressed pomegranate juice
Favorite alcoholic drink spirits – orahovac (walnut liqueur), in general wine
Favorite produce Dried Norvegian cod
Everything tastes better with Extra virgin olive oil, even desserts
Gourmet-luxury I must have Aceto balsamico tradizionale di Modena
Aceto balsamico tradizionale di Modena - La LuciolaDuring my grocery shopping I spend a lot on Blue, unpasteurized cheeses
Favorite kitchen gadget Pasta machine
Comfort food Spaghetti with ragu alla Bolognese
The ideal place for dinner Old tower on the top of Učka mountain
Chocolate or fruit Fruit
Favorite dessert Tarte tatin in custard sauce
Sweet or savory Savory
Favorite spice or aromatic herb Cilantro
Favorite Croatian olive oil Vošten buža
2010 Sladić MaraštinaFavorite Croatian red and white wine White – 2012 Sladić Maraština, red – 2009 Radovan Merlot
Favorite cheese Fresh goat cheese (chévre)
Favorite fish Red mullet
When somebody says meat, I think of Succulent and butter tender fiorentina
Favorite type and cut of meat Duck breast
Forbidden pleasure Corned beef
Junk food I can not resist Hot dog with plenty of mayo and mustard
Jujube jam by Manjada and LacoDeLamaFavorite winter stores jars Salted anchovies, chilly paste, jujube jam
Dish I would prepare for a romantic dinner: Crabs in buzara (fish stew) with polenta
Favorite ingredients on pizza Buffallo mozzarella, fresh tomato, green radicchio
I never eat Fast-food french fries

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Clem February 1, 2012 at 08:39

Very interesting answers! I also have Dijon mustrad in the fridge hehehe…. And you look mljac on that picture!


Gogo February 2, 2012 at 14:30

Thank you Clem 🙂 Without Dijon mustard a good vinaigrette is not possible.


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