Memory from the Balkans

It had been an overwhelmingly humid day in Durres. Ida, my raven haired friend, drove us to the Tropikal resort for an early evening dinner and sitting back in our comfy chairs we watched the sun slump low in the fiery sky.

Welcoming the cool evening breeze, we dined on succulent fish and mopped up its juices with plump bread. When the chef, Giampiero, emerged from the kitchen to greet diners I was surprised to hear his thick Barese accent. We discovered that in the bizarre reversal of trend Italians were now emigrating over the tiny slither of Adriatic sea to seek work in Albania’s booming economy. How the ways of the World have changed!

Anyway, here is my recipe for Fish with Potatoes, Black Olives and Cherry Tomatoes. They used Sea Bass but I prefer to make it with Sea Bream.

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About reikiandrocks

Growing up with Southern Italian roots, Turkish best friends and Arabic and Greek speaking neighbours, life was lived around abundant tables in warm kitchens. A love for food and feeding was inevitable. It showed me how all people are the same regardless of language and borders – Una Faccia Una Razza! When I became engaged to a Saracen from Istanbul, his relatives not only welcomed me into their family but welcomed me into their kitchen. For me, food is love. Food personifies the people who you hold dearest and speaks of origins and affections. To cook is to create edible offerings of love. NazarBlue embraces food, culture & photography. But by no means the regular stuff you'll find littering the Mediterranean tourist trail. No, no! I cook food with stories behind each dish. I photograph simple things, but try to emphasis natural beauty in a moment or in a scene. And when I travel I live with the locals for an authentic experience. I adore the pockets of culture from the Mediterranean and beyond in this great city, London, and write about the authentic eateries and events I stumble upon, often by chance. I have also uploaded some flash fiction, for no particular reason other than I love a good story.

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