The Dep is excited to welcome Ksenija “The Boz” Hotic back to our kitchen for a fantastic foray into the heart of Bosnian cuisine and culture. This fun, hands-on class will focus on sarme (cabbage rolls)— pickled cabbage leaves stuffed with meat, rice and spices.
Ed — As someone of Eastern European descent, I can tell you that these are the best I have ever tasted!
A classic dish across the Balkans, Bosnian cabbage rolls (Sarme) are stuffed with a mix of ground and smoked beef and lamb, rice and spices, wrapped in cabbage leaves from whole heads of cabbage that have been patiently pickled by natural fermentation. They are slow-cooked in a tomato-flecked broth and finished with a decadent sizzling butter-based roux. These are served with Maslenica, a giant traditional braided bread broken up at the table for sharing.
While the sarme are cooking you’ll learn how to make delicious Bosnian-style baklava, a delicate baked sweet made with thin, buttery phyllo pastry, walnuts and honey. The class will end with a delicious family-style feast of all the tasty dishes you’ve prepared
Ksenija Hotic grew up foraging and fishing in the mountains and rivers of Bosnia, and in cooking in her grandmothers’ kitchen. At 11, the Hotic family fled their home due to the civil war (1992), and moved many times until settling in Toronto (1995). Her love of food has lead her through Berlin and European delis, up through the Toronto Underground Market and pop-ups, working at a restaurant in Parkdale for a few years, to recently photographing & styling The Great Shellfish Cookbook for Penguin Random House Canada.
Ksenija has hosted over 30 events at the Depanneur as well as other food pop-up dinners around town. She holds two honours bachelor degrees from York University, and spent over a decade working in the mental health field at CAMH and the UofT. She currently works as a freelance photographer and food stylist in Toronto and is working on writing & photographing her own cookbook about Bosnian food and her journey to Canada. ksenijahotic.com | IG @khzen | FB Ksenija Hotic Photography
Every week, The Depanneur invites TO’s best culinary talents to lead fun, hands-on cooking classes.