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 Jun 23 2022

Dan državnosti - Ajdovi Žganci from Slovenia

The Slovenian Statehood Day (Dan državnosti) is a public holiday in Slovenia to commemorate the country's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 30 years ago, on June 25, 1991.

Supermarkets and many other stores will be closed on Statehood Day the official ceremonies in the capital Ljubljana are usually introduced with a firing cannon salute from Ljubljana Castle followed by a cultural programme and the main speech. Most people take this opportunity to spend time with family and friends, honor the veterans, enjoy nature and celebrate the fact that they have their own place to live on the sunny side of the Alps.

Love comes through the stomach

- Slovenian proverb

Slovenia is sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, with a thin sliver of the country hugging the Adriatic Sea. Consequently, Slovenians have 'borrowed' the best from their neighbours and made it their own. Pasta and pastries are reminiscent of Italy, strudels from Austria and carb-heavy stews, potatoes and dumplings taste like the Balkans. Although their typical dishes are little known outside of the country, Slovenian's take great pride in their food.

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Many people would say that Ajdovi žganci, the humble Slovenian meal whose name translates as 'buckwheat spoonbread', is the national dish of Slovenia. Originally a hearty breakfast providing local farmers with enough energy to spend half a day working their land, it is now a popular dish any time of the day. Each region in Slovenia has its own variety, but the basics are the same.

At its core, Ajdovi žganci is nothing more than a mix of buckwheat and water, which used to be a bread replacement. Nowadays, this type of buckwheat porridge is often served with sauerkraut, bacon, and/or grilled sausages. It is the ultimate Slovenian comfort food for chilly days in the Slovenian Alps.

It surely is one of those Slovenian dishes you'll find on every restaurant menu across the country. But, like all traditional Slovenian food, every place will have its own proud twist.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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Most people take the opportunity of their National Day to spend time with family and friends, honor the veterans, enjoy nature and celebrate the fact that they have their own place to live on the sunny side of the Alps.
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The Slovenian cuisine has a wide-spread diversity of international influences.

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