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Ephemeral Dish

| April 28, 2009 2:19 pm

This one is a vegan interpretation of a fairly popular dish people eat in Slovenia. It is originally probably from somewhere else, but who cares. In my family we call this dish “svinčniki” (pencils in Slovene). This is really play on word: “svinja” (pig), “svinčnik” (pencil), “svinčniki” (plural of pencil). In any case, it is a deep fried breaded pork, but some people use different meat. It is also called “Wiener Schnitzel” (Vienna Steak), but I think that one is supposed to have veal. Since both veal and pig suffer super brutal and horrifying life and death for this dish, I think it is time to have a vegan alternative.

Before I start with the recipe, you will ask me, if I am vegan, why would I make a “meat” dish. I generally don’t like fake meats. They seem to send the wrong message. Exception to this are vegan drum sticks and “svinčnik”. Why? Because they are convenient to eat.

The body

  • Cup of vital wheat gluten flower
  • 1/4 cup of wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • Table spoon of onion powder
  • Table spoon of garlic powder
  • Table spoon of paprika
  • Other spices for flavor
  • 2 Table spoons of Soy sauce (use tamari instead of the cheap stuff)
  • 2 Table spoons of Olive oil
  • Water

Take most of the dry ingredients, except paprika, and mix them together. I usually don’t mix too much to keep some variety of flavor. Add oil and some water and knead until all the dry stuff is moist. It should not be wet or runny. It should have consistency of a stretchy playdough. You will know that it is done when it stops sticking to anything. At this point add paprika and soy sauce and knead but don’t over-knead, so there will be some variety of color. Finally, form into the patties. This last step will be hard, since the dough will be super stretchy.

The suit

  • Fine wholewheat flower (or garbanzo beans flower, or white flower)
  • Soy/Almond/Hemp/Coconut milk (or any other vegan milk)
  • Finely ground flax seeds (use whole seeds in the coffee grinder and not the flax meal)
  • Some salt
  • Vegan breadcrumbs (make sure they are vegan… most breadcrumbs in the store may have whey, eggs, cheese, cyanide, or other strange things inside)

Take patties and dip them in flower. At this point you should be able to form them even better, since they will have more things to hold them in place. Prepare a low bowl with breadcrumbs. Mix soy milk, flax seeds, and flax. Let it rest enough that flax release their oils. Put in a low bowl for easy dipping. Take flowered patties, fully submerge them in the soy milk mixture, flip them over if necessary and dip them in the breadcrumbs. At this point they should have an even coating. If you like more coating, repeat dipping into the milk and breadcrumbs.

The lotion

  • Enough grape seed oil to cover the “svinčnik” (you can use any other high heat oil)

The final step is to deep fry the patties. Heat oil and once hot, put it on medium. Drop the patties in the oil and fry until golden brown on both sides. Take them out and place on a paper towel or a strainer to get rid of some excess oil.

Traditionally “svinčniki” are served with french fries or some other potato dish. That said, you can serve them with pretty much anything. I especially like them next day cold.

Make sure to have some nice wine with them. Preferably a wine from Slovenia.


Vigorous Climbing In Slovenia

| November 2, 2008 10:50 pm

Here is a little video from my recent trip to Slovenia, where I did a lot of cycling. Among other, I biked from Ljubljana to Koper and then to Novi Grad, Croatia. All together about 107 miles.



Capacious Harts

| June 25, 2008 8:57 am

Today is Statehood Day in Slovenia. On today’s day in 1991 Slovenian government passed intent of independence. Next day (6/26/1991) Yugoslav army attacked Slovenia by driving tanks on the streets.

However, let’s celebrate the good things.

Happy Statehood Day SLOVENIA!!!

Lyrics: Slovenija, Od Kod Lepote Tvoje (A.B. Avsenik)

Povsod kamor seže pogled,
lepota zasanjana,
kje najti še lepši je svet,
kje lepše je kot doma.

Se s hribov v daljave zazrem,
prek gričev, dolin, gora,
v daljavi še modro morje uzrem,
kje lepše je kot doma.

Slovenija, odkod lepote tvoje,
pozdravljamo te iz srca in srečni tu smo doma!
Slovenija, naj tebi pesem poje,
ne išči sreče drugot kot le doma.

Povej še oblaček ti bel,
obhodil že ves si svet,
je lepša dežela še kje,
kot naša, kjer smo doma.

Je vetrič veselo zapel,
preletel je prek sveta,
in takih lepot ni našel nikjer,
kot tule, kjer sem doma.

Slovenija, odkod lepote tvoje,
pozdravljamo te iz srca in srečni tu smo doma!
Slovenija, naj tebi pesem poje,
ne išči sreče drugot kot le doma.


Venerate Cyclists

| June 17, 2008 12:05 pm

My country Slovenia gets on the map again when an extreme cyclists Jure Robič completes first the Race Across America (Blog note from RAAM 2008). This is an extreme race where cyclists pretty much do not stop all the way from California to Maryland.

Couple of quick stats:

  • 3014.4 miles
  • 8 days 23 hours 33 minutes riding time
  • 13.98 miles per hour average speed

Congratulation Jure!


European Flaneur

| January 18, 2007 8:24 pm

So, CM and I went to Slovenia to spend holidays with my parents. Overall, the trip went great. We saw some awesome places, such as Piran. That said, most of time we spend in some groups, such as family, that spend most of time talking to each other in Slovene. I am still fluent in Slovene, but CM only understands little Slovene, so most of time she was bored. Fortunately for her we only go to Slovenia every two years or so.

Here are couple of highlights from the trip. We landed in Munich, Germany. Why? Well, this way we save about $200 per person. Then we rent a car that we need anyway. So, we almost get the car for free. Maybe with Slovenia being a leading member of EU, the flights to Slovenia will become cheaper. The new airport sure looks impressive. After Germany, we drove to through the Alps towards Slovenia. For mid-december, the snow conditions were, well, weird. Almost no snow. If you were ever in the Alps in December, you know how weird that is. I guess people finally achieved their goal of leaving the mark.

In Slovenia, we visited Ljubljana, which was gorgeous. All decorated and super cold. But we did not care, we visited downtown several times, do some shopping, eat in the restaurants. We were tourists. Just tourists staying with my parents. One day we decided to visit Piran, which is a great little town on the coast. My favorite thing about this town is that it is essentially a labyrinth of narrow streets, some big enough for the car, one narrow enough that you have to be slim to go through. These streets are surrounded by houses that are built on top of each other.

My parents took us for a two day trip to the house in Croatia. On the way to Croatia we stopped in a little town in Slovenia called Lipica. This is where the white horses (Lipicaners) come from. It was interesting to see all these horses being really excited about us. They wanted us to play with them. After that, we continued our way to Croatia. Though Croatia has lot to offer, it is clearly far behind Slovenia in terms of their infrastructure. For example, the Istra’s costal roads are in pretty bad shape and things look in fairly bad shape. That said, they did have war much longer than Slovenia, so I would imagine they are still rebuilding. Also, the tourism in the area was greatly affected.

While in Slovenia, we also visited Skofja Loka and Radovlica, which are old town with some really interesting history. In Skofja Loka, we checked out this old castle and museum, and in Radovlica we watched old tradition of creating gift gingerbread artworks.

Finally, we visited several people I know in Slovenia. They ranged from may extended family, neighbors, to people I went to school with, and people that live in US, but I only meet at the conferences.

The way back was non-eventful except that the plane was broken, so we had to sleep in a bad hotel in Detroit.