Peka, which means “under the lid” or “under the bell”, is a traditional Croatian way of preparing food. Peka is made with lamb, veal, or chicken or my personal favorite, octopus. Variations of Peka also include potatoes, carrots and onions. All the ingredients for Peka are placed in a round pot and covered with an iron lid. This lid is then covered with embers from the fireplace in which it sits.
While visiting friends on the island of Hvar in Croatia back in 2006, I had my first experience with Peka at a restaurant called Konoba Humac. That summer we were truly blessed by being invited to share in the Konoba Humac experience.