Local Foods and Stuff
Thursday October 17th 2019
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Auto Mat

In association with the Prague Critical Mass and ‘Experience a Different City’ week, Auto-Mat invites you to come and enjoy a car-free day in Prague 2 Vinohrady on Saturday, September 25th.

The fifth annual street festival will take place in the streets Jugoslavska, Rumanska, Bruselska, Belgicka and Londynska  from 12 noon-8pm. All traffic will be banned and a car-less zone will be created to accommodate pedestrians, children, pets, and cyclists. These streets will be transformed into a festival including musicians and performing artists, food vendors, fashion designers, and presentations of local craftsmen, schools, and businesses.

At 3pm the Prague Critical Mass Ride commences from Rumanska and travels along Prague’s Magistrala. Participants are invited to explore Prague by bicycle, in-line skates, or on foot where everyone will be able to see our city through different eyes. If you want to ride along but don’t own a bike, rentals will be available as well from Baykazyl, Prague’s new Do It Yourself (DIY) Bike Workshop and cyclists’ hangout, on Naplavka, Vltava Riverfront under the Palacky Bridge.

‘Experience a Different City’ is a week of events aimed at the support of sustainable transport. These events are organized as a part of European Mobility Week by the initiative Auto-Mat, a member of the World Car-Free Network.

Join us for what promises to be a fun and exciting day, and please by sure to stop by Urban Garden’s ‘Lokal Burger’ stand and say hi!

Interview with Daniel Mourek, Our Local Hero


Daniel at the Pražské cyklozvonění 2010.

We were very happy to have a chance to speak with Daniel Mourek, the International Project Manager for Greenways.cz, a foundation that promotes sustainable tourism and improvements for cyclists in Prague and Europe. Our introduction does little to represent such an active, committed and energetic person as Daniel who is also involved with additional organizations that promote cycling and green zones. As one of the original organizers of Prague’s new Farmers’ Markets, Daniel tells us about the evolution of the markets here and also what he looks forward to regarding future market activity. Read the rest of this entry »

Zucchini-Walnut Bread

Garden zucchini.

Garden zucchini.

Although by now the main brunt of the zucchini season is over, this recipe is still perfect to get rid of those monster zucchini that show up now and again late in the summer. It’s moist and sweet, more like a zucchini cake.


1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
½ cup of brown sugar
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
1 Tbl vanilla extract*
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup water
1 Tbl fresh lemon juice
1 cup grated zucchini
½ cup chopped walnuts
butter for greasing the pan


Preheat oven to 180°C (375°F).
Mix together dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients in a larger bowl, fold in the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for about one hour, testing with a toothpick until it comes out clean.
Variation: try making zucchini muffins.

*If you can’t locate vanilla extract in Prague (which sometimes can be found in Marks and Spencer or Tesco) substitute for two packages of vanilla sugar found in any shop or supermarket. Reduce the amount of regular sugar in the recipe by the amount of vanilla sugar added.

Bicycles and Bells in Prague Sept. 19th

Bicycles and bells.

Bicycles and bells.

Sunday September 19th marks the annual Pražské cyklozvonění (‘Bicycles with Bells’) Day. This event brings together bicycle enthusiasts all around the city for an opportunity to tour Prague’s cycling paths, followed by an afternoon of fun activities designed to make an interesting program for the whole family.

The scenic routes depart from various points in Prague[ Locations and departure times ], with all groups ending on the Císařské louce in Prague 5.  From 11:00am to 6:00pm participants can enjoy cycling educational programs, dragon boat rides on the river, art workshops, trampoline and play areas, snack booths from local vendors, and much more. An on-site technician will be available to adjust or repair bikes for free. Everyone will receive a bike bell at the start of the day and at 6pm all participants join together in trying to make a new record in ringing the bells on the bikes.

The event is organized and funded by the city of Prague and the Greenways association and is part of the ‘European Mobility Week’. The goal is to introduce residents and visitors of Prague to safe bike routes, which can be used for daily trips to work and school and also to strengthen cooperation between neighborhoods and the Partnership Foundation in the implementation of bicycle lanes and bicycle routes in Prague.

Farmers’ Market Salsa

Fresh Salsa with Tortilla Chips

Fresh salsa with tortilla chips.

This is an easy and delicious appetizer to make when most of the vegetables are in season and can be picked fresh from the garden or purchased at a local farmers’ market.

1 kg of ripe tomatoes (cherry tomatoes are particularly good)
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 small chili pepper, seeded
1 small red onion, rough chopped
½ medium red pepper, rough chopped
½ medium green pepper, rough chopped
1 Tbl of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbl of red wine vinegar
1 Tbl of olive oil
1 tsp of dried oregano (or 1 Tbl fresh oregano, chopped finely)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp salt (or to taste)
A small handful of chopped fresh cilantro
fresh ground pepper (to taste)
Tabasco or chili powder (to taste)

Hand chop the tomatoes and place in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mince the garlic and chili pepper in a food processor, then add the onions and peppers and process till they are well-chopped. Add to the tomato mixture. Stir in lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. Add the seasonings and a few sprinkles of Tabasco or chili powder (to taste). Mix in the chopped cilantro.

Cover and refrigerate for about an hour to allow the spices and seasonings to blend. Serve with tortilla chips, or toppings on Mexican dishes, eggs, and more.

Sprouting at Home 101

Assorted Sprouts

Alfalfa, mung bean, and lentil sprouts.

Making fresh sprouts at home is easy and delicious, and the results are certainly fresher than store-bought sprouts that seem to half-decompose by the time you get them home. For the price of a tray of mung bean sprouts from Albert grocery store you can sprout ten times the amount at home, and they will stay fresh (and continue to grow) right from the confines of your fridge.

Beans and seeds for sprouting.

Beans and seeds to sprout.

From beans to seeds, there are countless possibilities for home sprouting. In nearly any supermarket you can buy regular bags of mung and adzuki beans and lentils to be used for sprouting. Radish and alfalfa seeds, as well as exotic seed mixes, can be purchased in organic shops and garden supply stores. Quinoa is another seed you can find in organic food shops that easily sprouts. Kidney beans, white beans, and black beans are not suitable for sprouting.

The only equipment needed is a lidded jar or Tupperware container and a colander or sieve for draining and rinsing.

The first step is to soak your beans or seeds for about eight hours. You can do this in the container where you will eventually grow and store the sprouts. When a bean or seed starts to sprout, it releases chemicals that inhibit fungal growth, so unless this is rinsed off every day these chemicals will inhibit the sprouting process or even stop it. For beans and lentils, I pour in a layer about 2 cm thick. For smaller seeds, like alfalfa, ½ cm is sufficient. Cover them with water and leave for eight hours, then give them a good rinse.

To rinse, pour the soaked beans or seeds into a sieve and run them under fresh water for a few seconds. Rinse out the jar, and then replace the moist beans or seeds. You do not have to add additional water to the jar.

Sprout sandwich.

Sprouts are crunchy, fresh addition to sandwiches.

Now store the jar or container in a cabinet or bread box for the next 24 hours, then rinse again. Rinse every day this until your sprouts are ready to consume, anywhere from two days for something like quinoa to a week for a mung bean or lentil. At this point, store the sprouts in the fridge, where growth will be slowed and the sprouts will remain fresh and living for another week. Rinsing them every couple of days also helps preserve their freshness.

Interview with Restaurateur Bohumil Spěvák from Mozaika

Bohumil Spěvák

Bohumil Spěvák

We had a chance to catch up with Bohouš, one of the founders of Mozaika Restaurant. It’s our favorite spot for innovative seasonal menus implementing local foods and ingredients.

Please tell us about why you decided to start the restaurant Mozaika and how you came up with the first menu?
My partners and I had always wanted to open our own restaurant. After we gained some experience working and traveling abroad, we decided that it was the right time to do so. The inspiration for our menu came from food and dishes we came across throughout our travels. When we opened Mozaika in 2003, there had been a lack of the kind of food we offered on our menu at that time. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey meatloaf, healthy and great hot or cold.

This is the nutty turkey version of an old favorite! We grind our turkey at home in a food processor but some butchers will do it for you in the shop. If you want to use fresh herbs instead of dried herbs just double the quantity. Don’t buy pre-ground turkey, which is an assortment of who-knows-what and extremely high in fat. This recipe relies heavily on a food processor, but you certainly can chop and mince everything by hand if you’re so inclined. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Reasons Restaurants Should Buy Locally

As farmers’ markets in Prague pop up faster than forest mushrooms after a couple days of rain, and with a healthy acceptance by the community for the locally grown, fresh produce and products, this same process–produce locally, sell locally, consume locally–could be undertaken by restaurants. Granted, it’s not a model for every restaurant, and since Prague has no organization that connects farmers with the restaurant market, aside from visiting a farmers’ market, this hope is presently a challenge for food service operators. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing Balcony Herbs 101

Finding fresh herbs in Prague can be a bit of a challenge. While many grocery stores stock herbs now in either plastic containers or pots, the level of availability for anything other than parsley is inconsistent and expensive. The Vietnamese shops in our neighborhood are slightly better stocked (in Vinohrady, the shop at Slavíkova 9, is pretty reliable) but still unreliable when it comes to finding cilantro, chives, oregano, sage, mint and basil.

Cilantro growing

Cilantro after two weeks.

One solution is to grow your own herbs at home. If you are fortunate enough to have a sunny balcony, terrace or windowsill you can turn old pots or containers into a miniature kitchen garden. Herb ‘starts’ like mint, sage and oregano can be bought at the Prazske Trznice and transplanted into containers (ideally 6-12 inches deep) with 2-3 inches of potting soil in the bottom. Place the starts in the prepared container after lightly loosening the roots and fill in with the potting mix, firming gently around the plants. Leave about an inch at the top of the container for watering. Water regularly, especially during hot spells. Keep in mind that it may be necessary to put up a small windbreak if the plants are too exposed to the elements. Read the rest of this entry »

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