It’s easier to find yourself in a crisis in a village

Voica Segan She is at home in Vrtugba, a cook by heart, not by profession, and every recipe that goes into her should be for the whole family. Do you buy flour and oil from stock?

Dear Friend. We visited Vojko a little less than five years ago, during a tour with readers who provided us with good recipes. What a happy and warm home. A family that knows how to live and enjoy happily, without special wealth, which we sometimes understand as a necessary condition for a beautiful life.

Voica retired a few months ago on a modest salary, but, as she points out, on a regular salary for many, she points out. Her life has been a book for more than forty years: at the age of fifteen she went to a bookshop in Ljubljana and then worked in a bookshop until recently.

She is now happy with the idea of ​​ordering a new kitchen. She hopes to finally succeed on the Camino, perhaps for the second year in a row, but she has started writing a cooking blog (Sugar and Salt). Big wish after he retires: to write his own cookbook. She has countless recipes for her own dishes, adaptations of about three hundred cookbooks she has collected and Italian cooking magazines that are addicted to her.

There will only be one recipe: a universal recipe for a happy and satisfied life that will benefit everyone. But a simple conversation, which could be a twenty-minute coffee, reveals through the lines some hints about how to run the family “through”.

Most importantly: the listener feels optimistic that we have already been through many things and that it is human nature to always find ourselves.

Fantastic bread Voica baked for us some time ago. We also have a recipe.

Simple dishes that nourish the whole family

“I always look for something new when cooking, but always with my family. My husband Darg and I have two daughters, one of whom has a job that also requires night shifts, and one who comes home after four or five in the afternoon. My husband and I cook, we put it in the cupboard and take it with them – so We provide lunch for the young people at least several times a week.But this is interesting: when we ask them what to cook, they usually say: some soup or minestrone or goulash.They make the steak themselves, but they miss the potatoes.The last time I asked My great grandson what should I cook I got a similar answer: That mine is with corn. With you we call it risotto, and we add baby corn with us. I think people may not even realize that such homemade food is because it means so much to young people – it often isn’t. They have time to deal with dishes that are cooked for a long time,” says Voica.

Isn’t this the first big optimistic idea? Simple, homemade, inexpensive dishes that are cooked in a common bowl for the whole family, even if there are many – this is the most economical way, and it is not only the healthiest, but also the most pleasant. “When we cook soup, we take a really big pot, and then my husband and I divide it into portions and distribute it: for the family of the two daughters, and sometimes I cook something for my mother too. He is 86 years old. “

Savings and Savings: Not Flour and Oil, but …

Now that she’s retired, she has time to watch commercials and buy where she thinks the campaign is really good, says Voica Sejan. He also has time to go to different stores; When she was still walking to work, she would always stop at the nearest one because she was in such a hurry. When he sees a campaign for chicken in the post, he calls his daughter to see if she can eat it, with basil and sun-dried tomatoes — and the tomatoes closest she goes to buy it. Voica Sejan says food is the most you can save if you need the money for something else. “You can never turn off the lights so much that you save more than a few euros at the end of the month. But with a good and thoughtful purchase of food, you can … «

“The war affected everyone: the Ukrainians, as well as we who are here, are at peace … Of course, man is worried. I read that they drank water from radiators in Ukraine because there was nothing else – I can’t imagine how she would feel if she had to give such a This is water for her two-year-old granddaughter, for example. You don’t know what will happen to flour and other staple foods. However, I’m not an advocate of buying stock – often throwing them away. If you make stock, it’s very different: not flour And oil, but most of the input, including meat like tuna. If there’s no electricity, you can’t help yourself in a box. In jars, it doesn’t spoil for years and years.”

Remember the fennel voica soup with roasted salmon?

Once again, we are interested in what the Earth gives us

Here, in Vrtugba, we were once known to grow vegetables. But fifteen or twenty years ago there were as many fields, perhaps even most of them, deserted, as I saw walking around here. Now it’s starting to turn: you can hardly find an untreated patch. Maybe my husband and I will go back to kindergarten. Up in the village we have a plot of land, which we used to cultivate, but then it bothered me more and more because there was no water on the plot. It was the time when we were doing home repairs, but my daughters were tiny and it was hard for me to drive fifty liters of water into the garden every day to water the salad and the tomatoes. Now, who knows, we’re watching how things will turn out with the war… Maybe chickens are playing too,” he thinks.

She is not the only one who thinks that. “My daughter and son-in-law built a beautiful olive grove in the Karst, planted seventy olive trees, and enclosed it with a real stone wall. They also planted walnuts, persimmons, berries, figs, native vines, a beautiful herb garden, I ordered capers and seedlings. In about a year, it will be Two real crops for locally grown olives,” he says. Young people also see the need for some self-sufficiency, both young families are highly lit.

Voica Segan mentions something else in this regard: neighborhood cooperation. “My husband and I are from a working class family, but we used to have some vegetables without a garden – we went to help our neighbors when they were picking potatoes, and they were happy to give us a sack. In the village where I spent my childhood, we helped out on a poultry farm, we hunted chickens, and they gave us some to take away. to the house, where afterwards we prepared it a little more and ate meat. But we all had rabbits at that time, because they could be well sold in the market in Italy. At that time, women in general found themselves a lot and sold all that was available in the house: spirits She had to be smuggled, jumped, čemaž – her late mother-in-law went to sell the bells. One bouquet, a hundred lira.” The interlocutor mentions an important fact: it is easier to find yourself in a village in times of crisis than in a city …

The tipper will also remain in Vojka’s new kitchen.

… and wood-burning stove

So what can this skilled family of housewife cook if it really comes down to nails, if they run out of essential ingredients, or if they’re just too expensive? Definitely polenta with a seasonal side dish. Mushrooms, starlings in goulash with polenta. And vegetables, eggs, minestrone, potatoes, goulash. If there’s flour and eggs, there’s macaroni, and you make cheese from milk, and little cheese, and you use it all for sauces…«Some of her recipes, family-saving and convenient, but they contributed and are here.

Eventually, she came up with something else, because she’s excited about the new kitchen: “Her two daughters convinced me to put asparagus on the wood, flip it, and take it out of the kitchen, because we haven’t used it in many years. This war convinced me I didn’t pull it off. We never know what if we were without electricity: the stove It’s not working, the central stove is not working…ma, I’ll be able to heat the asparagus, cook a small dish and it’ll still be warm.”

We also recommend the Voika recipe: Economy Cuisine: Hot Bread Soup

Photographs: Urus Hogevar, Voica Sejan

Karina Konder R رشcic

A love of soups, banquets, beautifully set tables, and wild food, she tests recipes right before guests arrive and lectures two children about how food is one way respect and dignity can be expressed.

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