Vrhunska kuharska šefinja iz Amerike Cassie Parsons je na pobudo ameriškega veleposlaništva v LJ snemala oddajo o Sloveniji. Cassie velja za vneto zagovornico filozofije z vrta na krožnik in se lahko pohvali z bogatimi gastronomskimi izkušnjami.
V Ameriki ima svojo kmetijo in je strastna ambasadorka tradicionalne ameriške hrane, pridelane po načelu trajnostnega razvoja.
V svoji restavraciji uporablja samo hrano, pridelano v oddaljenosti največ 160 kilometrov od mesta Charlotte, kjer živi.
Po skromnih začetkih na stojnici s hrano je bila leta 2011 imenovana za gostinko leta v Severni Karolini, lani pa izbrana za ameriško zeleno podjetnico leta. Več na....
"We found our way to Apple and Pear (Dzabuka & Gruska) at almost 11pm. We were welcomed by the proprietors, Edita and Carlo. Our room was comfortable and immaculate and had a small terrace. I stepped out into the fresh air and despite the darkness knew I was in a beautiful place, looking forward to taking in the views from here at sunrise. We had a drink of apple juice (made from apples grown here, of course), which was slightly tart and very refreshing.
We slept hard and were not disappointed by the incredible scenery that revealed itself in daylight. All around us were steep hills covered with vineyards and orchards. Austria was off in the distance.
Breakfast was an extraordinary spread of homemade meats, breads, cheeses and pastry.
The kitchen featured a terrific wood-fired stove, which was under the spell of Vida, Edita’s mother. Vida cranked out that breakfast as effortlessly as breathing and was already working on a big pot of soup for dinner. Fortified by several espressos and the wonderful food, we headed off for our second day in the Prekmurje.
The setting for this dinner is Dzaboka & Gruska, the inn where we spent last night. Vida was still in the kitchen, her soup nearly done. She was so gracious to allow us to basically take over the place. Cassie got us started on the prep for the dinner and then went to get ready for the camera. Meghan and Vesna worked together with me and Vida to finish up.
The filming of the show was outside, right in front of the guest rooms. In the background was that pastoral view I described. The pictures, while amazing, still don’t do it justice. Cassie created a terrific dinner of pierogi done two ways: one stuffed with pork and kisla repa, one with potato. She did a pork butt on the grill, and great salad of herbs and dandelion greens.
The guests gathered around the table included the incredible people we met here in Prekmurje. One guest brought her daughter, a terrific accordion player, who accompanied the group as they sang traditional folk songs after dinner. This capstone to the trip was so much fun and so delicious! It was evidence of the magic that happens when great ingredients and great company come together around the table."