Paradižot

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I love Croatian food, but finding Croatian recipes in English isn’t always an easy task, so today I thought I’d post my own version of a famous Croatian dessert, paradižot.  I beg forgiveness if my interpretation is lacking in authenticity, but my family have been most pleased with the results.

Ingredients

  • 1 litre cream (or milk)
  • 7 eggs, separated
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/8 cup rum and milk (ratio according to personal taste)
  • 100g savoiardi biscuits (butter biscuits are traditional)
  • dark chocolate for grating

 

Method

Whip the egg whites with the salt until stiff, then beat in vanilla sugar.

Warm the cream and sugar in a wide pan to a gentle simmer.  Add spoonfuls of the egg whites and poach on both sides for 3-5 minutes.  (They should float around like icebergs.)

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Line the bottom of a serving dish (e.g. flat casserole dish) with the biscuits (and put aside any leftovers).  Sprinkle the biscuits with the rum/milk mixture, then half of the lemon zest.

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When the egg whites are cooked, layer them over the biscuits and crumble any leftover biscuits over the top.

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Add the egg yolks, vanilla sugar, and remaining lemon zest to the milk and heat gently. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens, then pour over the biscuits and egg whites.

Finally, grate chocolate over the top and chill in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.

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Communist Yugoslavia Verdict Against Croatia’s Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Quashed

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Zagreb County Court Friday 22 July 2016 centre: Judge Ivan Turudic, presiding Quashed 1946 communist Verdict against Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Photo: HINA/ Damir Sencar/dsZagreb County Court Friday 22 July 2016
centre: Judge Ivan Turudic, presiding
Quashed 1946 communist Verdict
against Blessed Aloysius Stepinac
Photo: HINA/ Damir Sencar/ds

A true, brilliant face of justice stepped out into the streets of Croatia and the world last Friday!
On 22 July 2016 Zagreb Country Court issued a judgment of great historical and political importance, announcing the complete annulment of the sentence against the archbishop of Zagreb, Aloysius Stepinac, passed by the politically rigged communist Yugoslav court 70 years ago, in October 1946.
The Zagreb County court in Croatia, a panel of judges presided over by Judge Ivan Turudic, annulled, quashed the 1946 communist Yugoslavia treason conviction against Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac, ruling that he did not receive a fair trial. Belgrade (Serbia) driven anti-Croat hoards, whose mission was to ensure that Croatia was the only Yugoslav federation state to be made responsible for the crimes of the…

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“In The Eye Of The Storm” – Ante Gugo Book – Bringing Of Peace To Southeast Europe

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Cover of original book by Ante Gugo in the Croatian Language "The Storm Which We Could Not Avoid"Cover of original book by Ante Gugo
in Croatian Language
“The Storm Which We Could Not Avoid”

Croatian war reporter’s, journalist’s and writer’s Ante Gugo’s best-selling non-fiction book in Croatia “Storm Which We Could Not Avoid” first released in 2015 in the Croatian language, twenty years after Croatia’s August 1995 swift and skillful Operation Storm liberated Krajina part of Croatia’s territory occupied and ethnically cleansed by Serb forces in early 1990’s, has now been translated into the English language and its title is “In the Eye of the Storm”.

Ante Gugo had said that his book on the Operation Storm in Croatia arose from a desire to answer the question as to whether it would have been possible to realise the independence of Croatia without a war, that is, where is and how deep does the root of Croatian-Serbian contentions run. “The search for the answer to that question…

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What’s the point?!

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There’s a federal election in three weeks, and most of us wish it would just go away. We’re weary, not just of the usual electioneering, but of the seeming futility of the whole shebang. When it comes to the political process, even the small act of casting a vote, we ask ourselves ‘what’s the point?!’ and sigh with cynicism.

I’m no exception to this world-weary political fatigue, and yet my name has somehow made its way onto a ballot paper… and not for the first time. So I thought I’d share with you the thoughts that came to me when I asked myself ‘what’s the point?’ – because my position is pretty futile. I’m in second spot for a party with no real history in this state. It’s a party with ‘Christian’ in its name, so there’s no hiding my unpopular beliefs from anyone.  My chances of winning election are nil, so what’s the point? What’s the point of voting for candidates who won’t be elected? What’s the point of them running in the first place? Isn’t it just a waste of time and money?

But it’s not about resources, and it’s not about winning. It’s about personal responsibility. Each one of us has a conscience. Some could do with a bit more exercise and a few seem close to inoperative, but every one of us has one. And it is never a waste of time to do the right thing, even if we think we’re going to lose. William Wilberforce knew he was going to be largely ignored the first time he spoke against the slave trade, but he still spoke out even though it seemed a pointless waste of time. We, likewise, have a responsibility to cast our votes for the best candidates (according to our personal judgement) no matter how futile it seems.

We don’t do what’s right merely to achieve a goal, after all. I like to believe we’d all try to prevent a murder no matter how futile our attempts might be. That said, goals are important, all the more when they can’t be attained alone or overnight. Some goals may even be beyond our lifetimes, but we must act in the faith that what we do can make a difference.

There’s something else, though, that weighs on my mind this election, something that isn’t going to go away once we cast our votes, and that’s the battle raging around us. Some of us are oblivious to it, others are in denial, and most of us don’t want to be involved. But it’s a battle for the bedrock of our civilisation, and those who remain passive are rendered (to use Yugoslav Communist terminology) “useful innocents” – unwitting collaborators manipulated by communist machinators.

If we are too apathetic to cast a protest vote, too scrupulous to dirty our hands in worldly affairs, and too self-interested to waste our time, then we have become what we’re supposed to be fighting against. If there is one thing I identify most at the root of the destruction of Judeo-Christian civilisation it is the decay and demonisation of morality. Morality: “Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour”, to quote the Oxford Dictionary.

As people of good will, we are supposed to care about our society. Indeed, we’re supposed to care about our enemies as well as our neighbours. We’re not supposed to use religious scruples as an excuse to ignore a victim, no matter who they are. And we’re supposed to exercise charity of heart even when it goes against our own interests. Morality is something we have to practice all day and every day. Why should anyone take us seriously when we talk about the institution of marriage or the sanctity of life if we can’t be bothered doing the right thing on election day?

I don’t care whether you vote for me – I’m not going to win and I’ve never cared about being popular – but I do care about whether you take life seriously. Because life is all about our choices, millions of seemingly insignificant choices. Choosing what is right and good is something we have to make habitual, because when we don’t we end up on the wrong path. And our society is a reflection of this – little mundane immoral choices placing us in the grip of vices such as promiscuity, addiction, and corruption.

This federal election, vote for someone who cares about where we’re headed instead of some self-interested politician beholden to a secular party. Vote for what’s right and good by doing what’s right and good. To quote Edmund Burke, “the tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny”. Don’t be part of the multitude. Vote for someone who isn’t ashamed of the everyday morality of life.

Croatian Foreign Minister In Israel Proposes Restitution Foundation

“…Kovac was asked by the well-known Israeli politician and diplomat, Colette Avital, who chairs the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors, about compensation for private and community property seized from Jews. Kovac said the property had been confiscated first by the Ustashe and then by the Communists and then suggested the creation of a foundation – to be jointly administered by Croatia, the United States and Israel.”

Bravo, Minister Kovac!

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Jeruzalem, 30.5.2016. Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac at the Israel Council on Foreign Relations Photo HINA/ MVEP/ uaJerusalem, 30.5.2016.
Croatian Foreign Minister
Miro Kovac at the
Israel Council on Foreign Relations
Photo HINA/ MVEP/ ua

During his visit to Israel this week Croatia’s foreign minister Miro Kovac delivered a speech on Monday 30 May 2016 before the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR) in Jerusalem where he proposed the establishment of a joint Croatian, US, and Israeli foundation that would contain a fund to deal with restitution issues. The Jerusalem-based Israel Council on Foreign Relations is devoted to the study and debate of foreign policy, with special emphasis on Israeli and Jewish concerns. The ICFR functions under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress.

Matters of restitution to victims of the Holocaust in Europe go back many years and beside several matters also deal with the return of Jewish property confiscated by the Nazi or pro-Nazi regimes in Europe or compensating the Jewish community for the losses.

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I’m anti-abortion, but I do NOT support the Infant Viability Bill.

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This is going to be a short post, because the reason I do not support the Victorian Infant Viability Bill is really very simple. In fact, I’m astounded that it has 1,723 supporters on its Facebook page, so much so that I have to wonder if many of them (or any of them) have actually read it.

Of course, I can’t entirely blame them, because even the Infant Viability Bill website doesn’t have a copy of the bill, not even a link to it. So let me enlighten you.

It seeks to amend the Crimes Act 1958 so that a person performing an abortion may be imprisoned for up to five years. The operator of the hospital in which it takes place, e.g. the Catholic Church, would also be deemed guilty of an offence. However, the person who commissions this crime of abortion “does not commit an offence”.

Now, this isn’t China. We’re not talking about forced abortions. The proposed legislation makes that abundantly clear when it mentions the woman’s consent or assistance.

This bill seeks to make the murder of an unborn child of a particular age a crime recognised under state law. Now, leaving aside that it sets a highly dangerous precedent that implies that age or ‘viability’ has a role in determining if killing is murder or not, there is the mind-boggling problem that the primary instigator of this crime has immunity from the law. According to the bill, she “does not commit an offence”.

In case you didn’t catch that, the person wielding the knife and the owner of the premises are both culpable, but the person who commissions the murder is deemed innocent of any crime.

Any crime.  We’re not talking murder, and punishment can take many forms.  Indeed, it is good to remember that judges determine sentences and they take mitigating factors into account.  Either abortion is a crime or it isn’t.  It can’t be a crime for one set of people but not for another.  Justice is supposed is to be blind and not based on someone’s identity but on what they did or didn’t do.

If passed, this bill would enshrine in criminal law the contradictory and immoral idea that someone can commission a murder but be innocent of a crime while the person or persons who carry out the commission are held guilty.

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Women as moral agents?

Julian O'Dea

Matt Forney:

“If abortion is murder, then women who get abortions are murderers who need to be thrown in prison. I can’t believe I have to argue this. If you make abortion illegal and DON’T punish women who abort their babies, how the hell do you enforce the law?

Mind you, I’m agnostic on the abortion issue myself. This isn’t a matter of whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, it’s a matter of how the law works.

“Pro-life” conservatives who talk about how women who get abortions are “victims” are morally indistinguishable from feminists and SJWs. It’s the same logic feminists use to justify decriminalizing prostitution while severely punishing men who solicit hookers.”

My comment:

Precisely. And it shows how scared they are of holding women to any kind of standard.

It is this attitude that has made so many Western women spoiled and childish.

Perhaps women are indeed inferior morally…

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In Memoriam Dr. Slobodan Lang

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Prof. dr. sc. Slobodan Lang 1945 - 2016Prof. dr. sc. Slobodan Lang
1945 – 2016

“…Forgive my grief for one removed,
Thy creature, whom I found so fair.
I trust he lives in thee, and there
I find him worthier to be loved…

Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H., 1849.

There are times in human life when writing In Memoriam about the life of a person who has just passed away seems like a task that can never be finished because there are so very many good things in that departed heart and mind yielding the task of writing them down almost inexhaustible. On 23 February 2016 Dr. Slobodan Lang passed away and his passing has left many almost paralysed with grief – I am one of those. Dr. Lang was one of Croatia’s shiniest sons in all respects of the good that humanity could ever muster. He was decorated several times with medals of…

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Croatia: Rebutting Accusations Against Blessed Aloysius Stepinac

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Zagreb Croatia 24 November 2015 From Right: Zeljko Reiner, Croatian parliamentarian, dr Esther Gitman, historian and author, Archbishop Zelimir Puljic, Croatian Bishops' Confeence, Cardinal Josip Bozanic and Zeljko Tanjic, Rector Croatian Catholic University Photo: B. Covic Zagreb Croatia 24 November 2015
From Right: Zeljko Reiner, Croatian parliamentarian,
dr Esther Gitman, historian and author,
Archbishop Zelimir Puljic, Croatian Bishops’ Confeence,
Cardinal Josip Bozanic and
Zeljko Tanjic, Rector Croatian Catholic University
Photo: B. Covic

Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1998, Croatia’s WWII Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac – falsely and wrongfully accused and condemned as Nazi collaborator by Josip Broz Tito and his Yugoslav communists – still awaits canonisation. In this day and age of political correctness getting in the way of truth, a new element has been introduced – it seems – in the Catholic Church’s canonisation decision-making and that element has to do with what Serb and Serbia (who are predominantly of Orthodox Church) think about Stepinac being proclaimed a Saint of the Catholic Church. What an outrage! One finds it most difficult to comprehend why opinions are sought from Tito’s communists or their descendants…

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Croatia In A Pickle To Form New Government

Minority government = hamstrung government. What will this mean for Croatia?

Croatia, the War, and the Future

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Around 61.12 percent of 3.8 million eligible voters cast their ballots in Sunday 8 November general election in Croatia.
As I thought in one of my recent articles, neither of the two “big” political camps in Croatia (which divide Croatia into communist nostalgics/centre-left and independent Croatia loving cenre-right) won enough parliamentary seats to form a government outright- in the 151 seat parliament 76 are needed to form a majority government. In fact, the difference in results is almost insignificant leaving Croatia politically and ideologically divided (between centre-left and centre-right) to the point where economic progress and optimal politico-moral harmony are becoming more and more a feat impossible to achieve in one lifetime, at least.

Leader of Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ Tomislav Karamarko raises a glass to relative victory at 2015 general elections in Croatia Victory not enough to form government Photo: AFPLeader of Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ
Tomislav Karamarko
raises a glass to relative victory at
2015 general elections in Croatia
Victory not enough to form government
Photo: AFP

The conservative Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ led coalition won 56…

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