Peka refers to food that is slowly baked in a cast iron pan that is covered with a cast iron lid, and then covered in hot coals. The cast iron pan and lid is also referred to as a peka.
Without going into great detail, it is important to get fresh meat or fish, freshly peeled potatoes, some onions, maybe a carrot or two, and a bit of salt. And arrange it all in the lower part of the pan.
Here, I've cut up one whole chicken, and added a tiny bit of salt and oil, and some fresh rosemary. Then added potatoes. Then covered it with the cast iron lid (which weighs a ton). And then placed the whole thing in the outdoor bbq area (known as the rostilj here in Croatia), and covered it with hot coals. Then baked it for about 90 minutes.
|Forgot to mention I also added some onion and garlic.|
|Really does weight about a ton.|
|Wood coals have been in the making for about 90 minutes. This ain't exactly fast food.|
|Yep. Looks done to me.|
Wow. The meat somehow comes out roasted and crispy on the outside, but tender and juicy on the inside. And then there's the potato-alchemy that happens. They come out golden and crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
The chicken worked out great. So did the goat, lamb and pork ribs that we tried on different days. I haven't had the chance to try octopus in there...but you'll be the first to know when it happens.
Hope y'all are having a fantastic dinner tonight! I know I am :-)