It’s hard to believe that it’s the last day of August and once again the time has come for recipe recap, and to let you know what we have been up to in the last month! I mean where did August go? What did everyone do and what’s new?
With us in Dubai, it’s still pretty hot and humid. We got a long Eid holiday coming up in September and I am kind of hopping that the weather will be pleasant enough for us to enjoy some outdoor activities! so finger crossed and let’s hope for the best.
Even though August went in the blink of an eye but it was an amazing month filled with lots of fun and excitement.
In August, I’ve been busy to change the whole look and feel of my photography website (House of Photography by Alenoosh). I am quite happy and proud with the way it looks now. Yay!
We Visited Montenegro for the wedding of our friends, Jelena & Fairborz. Gorgeous bride and groom and what a fun and traditional wedding it was. The entire crowd, young and old took the dance floor as soon as the band started to play. They also danced around in a circle while holding each other hands hopping to the beats of the song and that by the way, reminded me of our traditional Armenian dance.
As for Montenegro, I can’t say enough of this beautiful country with breathtaking scenery and amazing weather. It was the perfect vacation for us, one we were longing to have for a long time.
Montenegro also known as the pearl of the Mediterranean is a country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. When you see Montenegro, you see miles and miles of green mountains, clear lakes and fast rivers.
We spent 8 days in Montenegro. I wish now we had planned for a longer trip as 8 days was too short! We appreciated waking up to the beautiful Adriatic coast, enjoyed the refreshing sea water and reviving sea breeze. We loved the local fresh food and enjoyed our evening walks along the long boulevard bursting with locals and tourists.
We stayed mainly in a lovely hotel (Palmon Bay Hotel and Spa) in Herceg Novi but visited Podgorica, Cetinje, Rijeka Crnojevica, Kotor bay and the lake Skadar which happened to be the biggest lake in the Balkans and it is the last habitat of pelicans. The traditional dishes of Montenegro have a distinctively Italian flavor. The second large influence came from the surrounding countries like Serbia, Croatia, Greece and Turkey.
You will find the basic European cuisine in almost every restaurant, but the local specialties are lamb or goat roast, pivski kajmak (a special milk cream from Piva), kačamak (a kind of maize porridge) clear fish soup and boiled fish, fried carp and smoked bleak. As for a Vegetarian like me, there are not so many options on the menu but certainly if you don’t have high expectations you can enjoy the fresh local fruits, vegetables and salads. Vegetarian Pastas and pizzas are widely available and you can always ask the chef to prepare something simple yet delicious for you. We also found a cafe in Herceg Novi close to the city hall that served vegan ice-cream. 🙂
One of the dishes I enjoyed eating was a dish called Blitva. Blitva is a Croatian dish made from Chard, Potatoes & Garlic. They are also big on vegetable platters and I particularly liked the baked aubergines in fresh passata. We just came back from Montenegro and we are already planning our next trip there for the following summer.
There is so much more to see and explore. Can’t wait to go back! Here are some pictures we took from the places we visited during our travel to Montenegro. You can see the rest of the pictures here.
Did you know?
- Montenegro has the second tallest people in the world after the Netherlands.
- The Boka Bay is the southernmost fjord in the world.
- Canyon of the river Tara is the deepest canyon in Europe
- The monastery Ostrog is one of the biggest sanctuaries in the world. It is visited by people of all religions.
- The oldest tree in Europe lives in Bar: the Old Olive Tree is over 2,000 years old. Its volume is about 10m. More than 100,000 olive trees in municipality of Bar are more than 1,000 years old.
- Skadar Lake is the largest lake in the Balkans.
- Only large predatory fish live in Plavsko Lake – five species (huchen, black mudfish, pike, burbot and chub).
- The only habitat of black salamander (Salamadra atra) in Montenegro is on the mountain Bogićevica (Prokletije) at the altitude of 1,952 m above sea level.
HERE IS A RECAP OF ALL THE DELICIOUS RECIPES OF AUGUST!
We also covered an interesting topic under “Kitchen Essentials and How-Tos” about Rice and Pasta.
My favorite recipes were the Quinoa and Red Bean Tacos with Mango Tomato Salsa, Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes, Vegan Lasagna Bolognese with Béchamel Sauce and Walnut Topping, Bohemian Summer Salad with Grilled Corn and Vegetable biryani with Yogurt Raita. Did you get to try any of the recipes? Which was your favorite recipe of August? Love to hear about it so please share it in the comments. 🙂
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I read “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult for the second time. If I remember it correctly the first time I read this book was in 2013 when it was just released. I loved the book so much back then that I decided to revisit the book and once again I enjoyed reading it. I highly recommend this book.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER
Let’s see what September has in store for us. I am sure of plenty delicious recipes and maybe get to travel more? Lets see! I am keeping my finger crossed 🙂
So goodbye August, Hello September and see you all back soon for a new recipe!