Few weeks ago I had a great opportunity visiting Blueberry Hill farm and spending the day with a family Lisjak who are blueberry farmers in Croatian region of Medjimurje and I had such a beautiful time meeting Jasminka and Leo, their sweetest little girl Frida and Leo’s parents, talking about their life and work, the passion they have for what they do and walking through their fields with blueberry bushes and with my hosts offering me to taste the sweet blueberries every few steps we made. Who could say no that, right!? 😀
They are the kind of people that welcome you in their home like an old friend and make you feel warm and cozy and very much welcomed. I was so excited from the first moment I stepped into their garden all lush and green and full of every possible Summer fruit, from raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries of course till sweetest little pears and apples, cherries, peaches and so on… Pretty much heaven if you ask me! And all eco and organic so you can just reach out your hand and pick up one of nature’s gifts! I think I told them about hundred times how blessed they are for living in such a peaceful little green oasis… I also had the cutest guide possible as you’ll see in the photos and she gave me a little tour of ‘her’ garden before we went inside for a glass of cold homemade elderflower juice. Oh and my cute little guide was a little bit shy and cautious at the beginning but we became best of friends by the end of the day! 🙂
Have you ever seen such a cute hotel before? 😀 It’s a definitely 5* hotel for all the good bugs who can spend the winter here warm and safe, I loved it! Everything is in tune with nature on this farm and nature gives it back with abundance of its fruit and produce…
So we haven’t even arrived to their blueberry farm yet and I was already in heaven with all those gorgeous fruit trees, cute little details that I could photograph all day long and such a pretty garden that I wanted to sit in one of those chairs with a basket of all my favourite fruit in my lap, feeling the warmth of the sun and listening to the wind whispering in the branches… How amazing it is to be able to make so many delicious things with the produce from your garden, like cherry, strawberry or blueberry jams, elderflower cordial, juices and liqueurs and so much more…
Those of you who follow me here on my Travelling oven know already that food is one of my biggest life passions and not only the food that is on our plates but the whole story and process of food coming from the land, farms, trees, bushes in its raw beautiful form till our ability to transform it into something equally magical and satisfying. This passion I have is my biggest motivator and inspiration in doing this job, even when it gets challenging, because when you do something from the heart and it just feels right, than that’s definitely what you should continue doing. The same passion I recognized in this young family who 7 years ago started their blueberry business that is so much more than a business to them. It’s the way they live, it’s the way they raise their little girl, the way how they respect nature and get so much in return and what I love the most is that they are truly aware of their blessings and have huge appreciation for it.
Did you know that eating blueberries is such a serious business?! 😀 All these lovely blueberries are eco and organic, totally untreated but the family do have a little help in fighting those snails and bugs who are a threat to the berries. Their little helpers are Indian Runner ducks, a special breed of domestic ducks that stand like penguins and they run rather than waddling, I find them adorable but they are also very useful workers on this blueberry farm! I’ll admit, I did bother them a bit and disturb their peaceful day since I ran around trying to photograph them as they are so fast and they can run faster than me haha! 😀
When we finished the work part (that didn’t feel like work by the way!) and the lunch, there was another sweet surprise for me! A delicious and refreshing no-bake yogurt blueberries cake, that was made using the recipe from one of my talented colleague food blogger Matejka and her blog Like Chocolate. That cake was perfect ending of my visit to Blueberry Hill farm and I couldn’t be happier when Matejka said yes to my question if I can share the recipe here with all of you! She has a great video about making the cake on her Like Chocolate blog so make sure you check it out!
- 200 g (2 cups) cookies crumbs (cookies like Digestive, McVities, Grancereale...)
- 125 g (1/2 cup) melted butter
- Cream filling
- 200 ml (3/4 cup) whipping cream
- 360 g (1½ cup) yogurt
- 50 g (1/4 cup) sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla pod
- grated zest from 1 lemon (untreated)
- 1 gelatine sachet (4 leaves of gelatine) + 4 tbsp water
- 250 g (1 cup) fresh blueberries
- mint leaves for decoration (optional)
- Note: these quantities are for 22 cm / 9 inch baking pan, if using 26 cm / 10 inch, increase the quantities by 50%.
- Prepare cake baking pan by greasing it with a little bit of butter and line the sides with baking paper.
- Crush the cookies until you get crumbs and mix them with melted butter. Using a spoon or your fingers press the cookies mixture into the baking pan.
- Leave to cool.
- Whip the cream.
- Put gelatine leaves into small bowl, add 2 tbsp of cold water and leave for 5-7 minutes. Add another 2 tbsp of water and melt over low heat stirring continuously.
- Mix prepared gelatine with yogurt, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest and finally gently fold in whipped cream.
- On previously cooled base add ½ of the quantity of blueberries. On top pour the prepared cream and than add the rest of blueberries. Shake the baking pan so the cream gets equally distributed.
- Put in in the fridge for at least 6 hours, carefully remove from the baking pan and serve with more fresh blueberries and mint leaves. Serve cold and enjoy!
After a slice of delicious cake and some more refreshing elderflower cordial I was escorted with warm embrace and an invitation to come back whenever I feel like enjoying their little green oasis in beautiful Medjimurje region. With the heart full of positive energy (and stomach full of berries :D) I was on my way to explore the nearby charming little town Cakovec that I haven’t had a chance to visit before. So with those photos I’m saying goodbye for now and I hope you enjoyed this little story ! I know that I enjoyed creating it! 🙂
*This post is sponsored but all opinions are mine, as always.