Nikola Tesla, was born on this day, July 10th, and I want to dedicate this post to him and his ethnic background, and not to his true contribution to this world, I’ll leave that to others to write. My blog is about other things, not that big like Tesla’s discoveries, but they still define us as individuals, no matter who we are and what we become.
|Tesla in traditional Serbian clothes from Lika region|
Tesla’s roots and his ethnic background belong to the region Lika, in his time Austro-Hungarian Empire and later Yugoslavia.
|Weaving and Crafts of Lika|
|Traditional Serbian handmade all leather shoes - Opanci|
|Woven bag made by Djuka Mandic, Tesla's mother as a gift when Nikola left home in Lika, one of his things found after his death in NewYork, now kept in the Museum of Nikola Tesla-Belgrade Serbia|
|Traditionaly woven rug, simailr to one from Tesla's home in Smiljan|
Tesla had control over his diet and as many evidences confirm, at the end of his life, he didn’t even eat meat and fish anymore, apparently he became vegetarian. But, I would like to bring you here some of the foods of his home, what they were eating in Tesla’s time and still like to prepare in Lika and around his village Smiljan.
|Squeaky Cheese - Skripac|
Very popular are meals with cabbage and kale, beans and figs etc.. Quite healthy Mediterranean diet, as people live very long here, diet or climate related...
So, here are some recipes from Tesla’s part of Lika and some of Lika’s ethnic crafts and traditions. Although Tesla became a great man, and lived far from his home, he never forgot his roots.
If you want to know more about what Tesla really gave to this world, check the web, read more, be interested, Tesla is all around us!
|Tesla holds bulb, lit up wirelessly|
Here is to Tesla and his Lika!
Lika style cabbage - the most famous dish from Lika
You can make similar pot with sauerkraut instead of the fresh cabbage. That meal is popular over the winter as everywhere around Balkans.
Lamb sour broth from Lika
1lb/0.5 kg lamb for stew (cubed)
½ cup chopped kale
2 egg yolks
4 garlic cloves
1 chopped onion
1 bay leaf
Lemon juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup of sour cream or thick yogurt
Chopped green parsley leafs
1 lb calf liver sliced
1 cup of crushed soft goat/sheep cheese of you choice mixed with some grated semi-hard cheese type – kachkaval
Lika’s plum cake
2 cups of flour
¼ cup sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup olive oil
1 cup homemade plum jam
3 tbsp plum brandy
1 cup milk
|Fresh soft cheese on markets of Balkan|