Being Vegetarian in Ljubljana

30 Oct 2017

We recently had a friend visit us out here in Slovenia, and we decided to sandwich a visit to Belgrade in between. A great time was had, but we had one stumbling block in Serbia; our friend is a vegetarian. Of course, this attracted a variety of questions and queries from the wonderful people of that meat lovers paradise, but we decided that the best course of action was to stick to the kitchen and make our own meals.

We aren’t about to claim that Slovenia is a vegetarian’s paradise, but as with many aspects of the modern world Slovenia is a fairly progressive place when it comes to sourcing non-meat based food. Cuisine in Slovenia takes on as big a variety of influences as one would expect from the country, with cues taken from Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Slavic nations to the south. This leads to a fine mix of flavours and interesting dishes, a huge amount of which certainly appeal to vegetarians.

This doesn’t apply to all dishes of course. You’d be hard-pushed to find a vegetarian kranjska klobasa of course, but many traditional classics either come in vegetarian form or are easily amended to please the palette of the herbivore. The most common of these are ajdovi žganci (a buckwheat dish not dissimilar to Polenta), Idrijski žlikrofi (dumplings, often topped with breadcrumbs) and our particular favourite, štruklji (rolled dough with a variety of fillings). When we say ‘a variety of fillings’ there, we aren’t joking; the possibilities are endless.

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