Gastronomy of Stara planina
In order to preserve the tradition and local gastronomy of Stara planina, we wanted to get to know about food preparation in this area and to, this end, collect recipes originating from the region. The idea is to preserve traditions and customs, which are closely linked to the gastronomy of one area, from being forgotten. Local cuisine is the first step in getting to know a place, its inhabitants and their lifestyle. The method of food preparation is something that determines the identity and culture of the native population, and it is exactly the way to get to know a place by visitors.
The gastronomy of Stara planina is characterized primarily by the use of a small number of simple ingredients, and the result is a delicious dish that awakens all the senses. The simplicity of food preparation and the ingredients used for it clearly show a frugal way of life in the Stara planina region in ancient times, when people lived in poverty and indigence. However, local people were very creative and inspired by creating delicious meals, they created a number of simple yet tasteful recipes.
In order to realize this idea, and based on the initial list of recipes (25 recipes from Serbia and 25 recipes from Bulgaria), we have developed a detailed description for each of the 50 recipes. We visited places where recipes originate and in contact with local producers, caterers and residents of the place, we received information on how each dish is prepared locally. The purpose of traveling and visiting the places of origin of the selected recipes is precisely to determine the proper procedure and correctness of the ingredients used.
The recipes were, therefore, collected locally, adapted, systematized into a list of recipes with appropriate content; Presentation of conclusions to the project team was held as well as adaptation of the list of recipes based on the comments of the project team; We worked with both Member States (Serbia and Bulgaria) and ensured understanding in Serbian and Bulgarian.