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Cvarci

28 Aug 2017 | cooking

Today I found out that Americans don’t know what Cvarci (plural, “cvarak” singular) are. I thought it would be a shame not to share the beauty of what Wikipedia calls “pork crisps”.

I personally like to think of them to be a balkan version of a deep-fried butter, except tastier. I’ve never been a big fan of them, however I find it amazing that in the country where deep-fried Mars bars are a thing, nobody thought of deep-frying lard.

Additional fun fact, while butter has been used in polar expeditions before, it seems like my friend Davor is going to try how suitable Cvarci are for the South Pole


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A tribute to Prof. Hans Rosling

Motivated by a TED talk I’ve seen recently, I have decided that in 2017, instead of a yearly resolution, I would take on a new resolution every month, no criteria what-so-ever. Some of them would be useful and practical, and some of them will be just for the hell of it. For January though, I decided to watch, and reflect on, one TED talk per day. It started with the Top-20 playlist and went on from there. It was a lot of fun, and I feel that, even if I didn’t learn a lot, at least it have improved my critical thinking a bit. When, a week after I collected my notes and looked up people and talks that I found significant, I realised that one of the authors, Hans Rosling died that day (February 7th, 2017).

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