Ajvar production – a wrinkled granny with headscarf and toothless smile stirring a vat of reddish paste. The article with the memorable picture was showing how Ajvar was made in the Balkan. Always eager to find plant based alternatives to put on a quick bread, without time to cook, I was excited to try this new old recipe. And finally we are in season for plump eggplants and red peppers. Besides my paté, there is now Ajvar.
Ajvar originated in Macedonia, or Serbia or maybe beyond, and has been brought here as specialty import. Hot and not so hot Ajvar, depending on your taste, can be also made at home. If you know the art of roasting peppers and eggplants without trashing your kitchen, the Balkan secrets can be all yours. See recipe