After a bit of a hiatus, I continued with Slovakia - Europe's ping-pong ball. For a chunk of interesting information, Slovakia is the world's largest per-capita car producer, and it also exports a surprising amount of video displays, but relies mostly on the tertiary sector for its GDP. Bratislava - Slovakia's capital - is the third richest region of the European Union (after Hamburg and Luxembourg City).
Looking at this country's political history, it's clear that they would end up with a local cuisine heavily influenced by the many current and past neighboring cultures... but I made due. The first attempt included fučka (potato porridge with bacon) with milk. Its name, for us Slavs out there, seems to indeed be a reference to its final cooking state – when it whistles. The second one included poppy seeds, which is ever the irresistible ingredient for me. I made bobalky (otherwise known as opekance, pupanky, makowki, …), which are morsels of baked leavened dough, doused in poppy seeds boiled in milk. Just a little decadent and sweet, they’re part of the traditional Christmas dinner.