23.12.2016
  • English Translation

    Europe House Vukovar

    Who we are

    15 citizens of Vukovar gathered on Europe day –the 09th May 2000. They had a common goal – the wish to overcome the trauma caused by the recent war in the town of Vukovar and to make it what was it before – a European town, a town of spiritual and economic well-being. Europe House Vukovar was established the same year on the 22nd of August.

    The long term aims of EHVU are spreading the European idea in the Vukovar-Syrmia county and supporting the development and affirmation of the cultural identity of citizens within the general European culture, and fostering the development of cultural understanding, tolerance and dialogue, both locally and in relation to other nations and countries, especially European countries.

    The activities of Europe House Vukovar are many and varied.

    • overcoming the trauma of war, improve the psycho-physical health and reduce tension in the community,
    • finding new, alternative ways of dealing with life's problems, especially problems of unemployment,
    • informing citizens about European integration, promotion of the European Union and education in Europe,
    • youth work (education, training, youth exchanges, cooperation and partnerships on local, national and international level)

     

    This year Europe House Vukovar was awarded three prizes:

    1. As a part of the network of Youth United in Peace that was awarded the "Krunoslav Sukić" prize for the promotion of peace, non-violence and tolerance. The prize is awarded by the Center for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights from Osijek.
    2. Volunteer prize in the category “organizer of volunteering from the NGO sector in 2016.” The prize is awarded by the Volunteer center from Vukovar.
    3. Volunteer prize in the category “best volunteer in 2016” went to Nikola Johnny Mirković (volunteer in Europe House Vukovar).

    You can:

    • follow as on Facebook page: Europski dom Vukovar
    • contact us via e-mail: [email protected]; +38532450096

    Our Christmas package

    In all activities Europe House Vukovar endeavors to promote cooperation and partnership. In the preparation of the contents of this box participated the following associations: „Vukovarske Iskrice” (The Vukovar sparks) – the association for mentally challenged people, the „Multiple Sclerosis Society of the Vukovar-Syrmia County“, the Association of Germans and Austrians Vukovar, members of the project Ecosana and the working team of Europe House Vukovar. We want You to enjoy this at least as much as we enjoyed preparing it.

    How we celebrate Christmas

    Celebrating Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar – December 25th

    On the day of the Saint Lucia, December 13th, wheat is planted.

    The day before Christmas, the Christmas Eve, is a lean day. People dine fish with vegetables. Some households light candles during dinner. Before Christmas straw is brought in and put under the dining table. Some households decorate the table with wheat, corn, sweets, beans and the dinner is served with the decoration still on the table. Other households decorate the whole room with straw, throw walnuts coins and sweets in it and let the children play and sing. Late in the evening people go to the midnight mass and pray for health and prosperity. After the mass people go home and eat turkey with mlinci (which is a sort of pasta) thus ending the lent. On the first day of Christmas people go to mass, the family usually stays home and celebrates Christmas together in their own home. On the next day, St. Stephen, people visit their relatives and friends and congratulate Christmas.

     

    Celebrating Christmas according to Julian calendar – January 7th

    The day before Christmas is lent and Christmas Eve is celebrated. People eat fish, a fish soup or baked fish with vegetables. In the early morning hours men leave the house for the woods to fetch oak tree branches which is called Badnjak. They carry it home and decorate their fence, rooms, the Christmas tree. People of the orthodox religion bake pork that day preparing it for the next day, for the Christmas lunch. The housewives prepare česnica (a bread containing one hidden coin) and they cook the wheat. The day before Christmas straw is brought into the house, decorated with coins, walnuts, almonds and corn and left there for three days. The parishes also organize a walk to the woods to fetch the Badnjak (oak branches) which they bring to the church when they sing, light it up and the priest prays a prayer. After the prayer the people enter the church to get one piece of the Badnjak which they carry home as part of the Christmas tradition. The fire in front of the church remains until the next morning. Before Christmas the younger generation of the townspeople visit the households and sing of Christ's birth – that is called Vertep. The believers come to mass in the morning. After the mass they go home for Christmas lunch. It is mostly pork with sides. Some households make turkey with mlinci (see above). The bread česnica is eaten, as well as the wheat. Candles are lit during meal. On the third day St. Stephen is celebrated which according to the calendar is the patron saint of many families.

    The great migration of inhabitants gave Vukovar a special note, which is its multiculturalism. Each family brings a little bit of their Christmas customs into the common Christmas celebration.

    We here described the customs of Catholics and Orthodox both present in Vukovar in a significant number.

    Recipes Christmas cookies

    The tradition in Croatia is to bake Christmas cookies and biscuits that are rather crispy and dry and can remain tasty for a longer period of time kept in a tin box like the ones we sent to the partner organizations from our group. Now traditionally these biscuits are loaded with sugar and margarine or butter, and calories. However since Europe House Vukovar implements the project “Food for Health” every year for many years now teaching our beneficiaries about healthy ingredients, we decided to make these healthy variants of Christmas cookies. They are a little less sweet but you can enjoy them in good conscience, especially since all ingredients are organic in origin.

     

    SLADENJACI (“MALTIES”; slad = malt)

    500g flour type 1300 (black)

    3 tablespoons baking powder

    150g margarine

    160g corn malt

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    ¾ of a teaspoon ground cloves

    2 pinches of sea salt

    50g almonds

    All ingredients used in our cookies were organic.

    Mix the flour with baking powder, add the margarine, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour boiling malt over the mixture. Knead a dough and roll out into a 0.5 cm thick surface. Use a mold to make round biscuits and add an almond to each biscuit. Be careful not to put them too close to each other on the baking tray because they will rise in the oven.

    WHOLEMEAL GINGERBREAD

    450g wholemeal flour

    180g butter

    150g ground walnuts

    150g brown sugar

    2 Tablespoons sour cream

    2 Tablespoons honey

    Add spice: cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, pepper

    Knead a dough, roll out into a 1-2cm thick surface, use a mold to make the biscuits, bake for 20 minutes at 180⁰C. Roll into icing sugar when baked.

    ALMOND AND HAZELNUT COOKIES

    60g almonds

    60g hazelnuts

    120g wholemeal flour

    180g flour type 850

    1 tablespoon baking powder (no salt added)

    50ml apple juice

    100ml maple syrup

    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    Some oil

    Sugar free jam (optional)

    Preheat the oven to 200⁰C. Roast the hazelnuts and almonds shortly in a pan stirring the whole time (2-4 minutes at low heat) until they are roasted from each side. Cool and chop.

    Mix the flour with the baking powder. Add the walnuts and hazelnuts. In a blender mix the apple juice with the vanilla and the maple syrup. Pour over the flour and knead until you have a fine dough, adding some flour if necessary. On a surface powdered with flour make the dough that is 1 cm thick. Form biscuits with a mold and put them on the slightly greased baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes. If you prefer them sweeter, serve with sugar free jam.

  • Original Language

    Europe House Vukovar

    Who we are

    Our Christmas package

    How we celebrate Christmas

    Recipes Christmas cookies

  • Additional Translations

    Who we are

    Our Christmas package

    How we celebrate Christmas

    Recipes Christmas cookies