On the way from Mali Ston to Plitvice Lakes, we stopped by a well-known family owned farm restaurant known as Konoba Roca. The place is in the middle of nowhere, so the GPS had better be working. The place is known for miles around as the place to go for eating Peka. When we got there, the place was filled with Croatians.
That says something.
Peka is a traditional Dalmatian meat and vegetable dish baked under a cast iron dome topped with hot coals. The tradition is very much alive because even in modern houses in the country side, there is an outdoor fireplace with a well-used peka dome stacked on it. The dish requires about 2 to 3 hours of preparation so one needs to order the dish at least 1 day in advance for ANY restaurant.
Cast iron dome and fresh coals.
Cast iron dome encases a peka within being cooked by the glowing coals.
Peka all ready to be eaten.
Served with fresh salad greens glistening with olive oil.
Served with a large tureen of soup.
Grilled vegetables (so yummy that we only remembered to take pictures near the end).
Crusty bread. If you give them a few days' notice, they can do gluten free bread.
Served in a large dining room with a roaring fire and large pieces of rustic furniture.
So hobbit like to have an old tree serve as a coat hanger within a huge underground cave that was the dining room.