After a too-long hiatus, The Dep is excited to welcome Ksenija “The Boz” Hotic back to our kitchen for another fantastic foray into the heart of Bosnian cuisine and culture.
Trahana is a traditional Bosnian soup with a deeply flavourful beef and a lamb broth enriched with tiny, tangy, hand-made dumpling-like noodles made from a fermented and dried mixture of grains & yogurt.
Sarme & Maslenica $14
A classic dish across the Balkans, Bosnian cabbage rolls (Sarme) are stuffed with a mix of ground and smoked meat, 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.
#vegetarian cabbage rolls also available
Editor’s Note: As someone of Eastern European descent who grew up eating cabbage rolls, I can tell you that these babies are the best I have ever tasted!
Delicate baked sweets made with thin, buttery phyllo pastry, walnuts and honey, the Bosnian version is outrageously delicious.
Prix Fixe Menu $25
Soup + Cabbage Rolls & Bread + Dessert
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 Wednesday The Depanneur is an ‘open mic’ night for culinary talent in TO, where we invite guest cooks, amateur or professional, to come and make their favourite dishes.