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Traditional Alden flavors for unforgettable gastronomic delights

Very little effort and few ingredients are necessary for a tasty and nutritious meal. So, relax and be prepared for small tips that will make your meal completely irresistible.

Alden’s traditional flavors, as its loyal fans know, consist of cod spreads with different variants. Whether you prefer olives, green pepper, capers, or a classic taste – we have been offering only proven recipes for years that make every bite fascinatingly delicious.

It is best to combine our healthy cod spreads with simple dishes that are made quickly. Of course, one of the options is a well-known polenta, but there is always an irresistible sprinkle with cod as an excellent choice. Polenta in combination with cod can serve as an ideal option for breakfast because it is a nutritious meal that provides energy for the whole day. On the other hand, cod sprinkles will delight all lovers of homemade dough who love to spice up their snacks with a top-quality spread from North Sea fish. Cod goes perfectly with the sprinkles and can make any meal irresistibly delicious, which you will definitely try again and again after the first tasting.

Which one is your preferred option? Let us know

Health and taste combined: Homemade products from the most quality fish

Usually, people love to indulge in cod fish, not only for the delicious taste but also for their many health benefits. Omega 3’s, filled with B3, B6, and B12 vitamins, and a great source of protein, are just some of the reasons why this fish delicacy should be much more frequent at our family tables. Just like other North Sea fish, cod is useful in the prevention and treatment of many diseases, and it is especially recommended for people with atherosclerosis or heart disease associated with diabetes.

This is why we created a perfect recipe, a 100% natural cod product that is rich in flavor and easily combined with other great food options. Our cod spreads are not only very piquant and light, but they are also an easy choice to prepare meal recipes entirely with cod – visit our recipe page to find some inspiration. In the end, we recommend for you try the most lovely and healthy cod meal for you and your loved ones.

Be sure that our fresh products will make you love Alden’s profound taste, and recognize its great quality.


Delicious dried cod: a perfect choice for winter

The winter holiday season is also prime baccalà season. Wintertime is a perfect period for you to try out delicious dried cod – a type of cod that has become an ingredient of many Mediterranean cuisines.

Alden’s original cod recipe is very popular in the Istrian region because of its special gastronomic offer. There are several different cod flavors you can enjoy; classic, with green pepper, with olives and with capers. Cod is an excellent and high-quality source of protein, and it is useful in the prevention and treatment of various diseases, so you can include it in your weekly meals, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to regularly have exquisite food at your table, such as dried cod.

You can choose among many options to combine Alden’s products – such as canapes, polenta, or classic risotto. This ingredient can be used in a variety of ways, and the quality production of Alden is the best choice for use in recipes.

Get cozy with your loved ones, enjoy the beauties of winter, and experience only the best of the best, which Alden offers for many decades.

Alden – ideal snacks to welcome guests for New Year’s Eve

New Year Eve is finally approaching, so we can gather around for a special night, the last one of the year, to greet the new beginnings and say goodbye to last year. Still, the thing to look after on a night when you are welcoming your friends or family, is food, without a doubt. Do not worry, we have this season very much in mind, so we wanted to recommend how to enjoy this night with delicious bites and more than satisfied appetites.

We all learned as we were kids how codfish is prepared just before Christmas. But, we must recommend using cod spreads in easy-to-make bite-sized sandwiches that you can make in no time. This way, you are partly honoring tradition with recognizable taste, but also innovating it with a couple of delightful cod spread taste combinations: olive, green pepper, capers, or classic. Your guests will also love this treat because it is easy, tasty, and divine in taste.

You’ll need your favorite Alden spread that comes in 4 flavors, toast bread, salted fillets, olives, and fresh red onions. First bake the bread for about 15 minutes to get the crunchiness, and then cover all the ingredients onto the bread and serve on a large platter. Decorate on top with cherry tomatoes to get a party feels going in the room. This idea is ideal for a gala dinner, as a snack, or for unexpected guests.

We wish you a night of enjoyment with Alden, and of course, a happy New Year!

Excellent local products made according to Istrian recipes – discover where you can find them

In Baderna near Poreč, there is a cod production of the Banko family, where you produce as much as one hundred tons of cod a year. At the beginning of last year, in addition to the production plant, a new delicatessen was opened – let’s find out what can be found in Baderna and which delicacies made of extremely tasty cod are there for many years.

In addition to fresh cod on white, customers can expect many variations of this fish from the North Sea – with olives, capers or green pepper, but also other Istrian products such as pasta, oil, wine and even cheese. What can surprise, but also especially delight visitors, is honey and honey products, which is another hobby of Alden’s owner, Petar Banko. Petar is the heir of a long tradition that lasts for several generations, which guarantees immense experience in making numerous products that adorn many local, but also tables of a wider geographical range.

Today, this family business is run by his daughter Danijela Banko Štokovac and son named Petar Banko. The father and son run the production, the daughter works in sales, and their product can be found on the shelves of the most famous Croatian retail chains, mostly Istria, Kvarner, Dalmatia, and Zagreb, but also northern Italy, where white cod originates.

The store, due to dedication, experience and love of work, proved to be a complete success, and provided the opportunity for customers here to buy fresh cod directly from the plant. Especially during the holiday season, when before and during Christmas Eve cod is traditionally eaten in Istria and beyond, the Bako family plant works day and night, which on the one hand proves the commitment and love of customers for Alden’s sweet magic on a plate.

Visit the store at Baderna 11c, Poreč, every working day from 8 am to 3 pm, and its owners will do their best to present you with the most ideal choices that will make you come back here regularly.

Traditionally, a magical Christmas requires cod fish

Christmas time and the many most wonderful holiday traditions are frequently associated with food at our table. It is, after all, a time when we get together, eat and drink, and laugh the nights away, so it is natural to crave a fine meal this time especially.

We also associate the most wonderful time of year with cod – a fish that is practically mandatory to enjoy during the holidays. It is a centuries-old tradition to prepare it before Christmas Eve and to taste its wonders with the ones you love. Sound magical, right?

Since we want you to have the most delicious combinations, and they definitely include Alden’s cod spreads! Completely natural, filled with vitamins and Omega 3s, they are perfect as a healthy and tasty option, especially since holidays tend to mean heavier and greasier food. Our classic, green pepper, olives or caper spice will without a doubt make any meal even more exquisite.

We strive to make your family time beautiful. So, do not hesitate to check out all our recipes and to plan your Christmas combination right on time.

Alden for Christmas – the traditional cod during winter holiday time

Christmas is the time of year when, in addition to full hearts, our stomachs are full almost all the time because we enjoy homely, family meals. Winter regularly means less movement and more food, so every year (somehow) we come to terms with it and freely enjoy all the gastronomic charms. This holiday season, which we spend relaxing, talking and tasting good food, is known for something else – the tradition of preparing cod. As the custom dictates that cod is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve, you should rely on professionals – Alden – with significant experience in cooking and gastronomy, and cod production for more than two decades which confirms that cod is our main specialty.

Balakar, a food most associate with Christmas and Christmas Eve, is perfect to serve at your holiday table in a form of spread with varouos tastes. Alden’s unavoidable balaclava spreads will be the perfect appetizer and a fine snack that is most ideally combined with homemade hot or toasted bread. You won’t go wrong if you decide to serve cod with everyone’s favorite polenta or risotto.

Balakar, the food most associated with Christmas and Christmas Eve, is perfect for serving at the holiday table in the form of spreads of various flavors. Alden’s cod spreads will be the perfect appetizer and a fine snack that is most ideally combined with homemade warm or toasted bread. You will not go wrong if, also, with everyone’s favorite polenta or risotto, you decide to serve this irreplaceable spread full of health benefits. Although we primarily have it as a holiday dish, the health benefits of cod is so great that it should be served at our tables much more often during this time of the year.

As the smell of cod spreads from generation to generation in our home, we can rightly say that we have “cod in our genes”. And so, if you decide to “sweeten” the upcoming period of rest and enjoyment with some cod spread, be sure you make the right choice for great meals and an even brighter Christmas.

Alden’s recommendation for delicious snacks “on the go”

Perfect baguette bread, ideal french toast or the most delicious toast-sandwiches – they all have one thing in common: they should be golden and crispy on the outside, and win us over with their softness on the inside. However, without delicious toppings, no bread will be as tasty as it can be. That’s why we have prepared ideas on how to combine some of your favorite cob spreads with these delicious dough snacks.

Whether you make it at home or buy it outside, you can combine a crunchy and tasty baguette with a fresh classic cod spread, pre-coated with a little olive oil, with cherry tomatoes and black pepper, which will make an excellent meal or snack.

On the other hand, fresh toasts coated with green pepper cod spread, with a little red onion and pieces of cheese are ideal for a light dinner at home. If you like spicy delicacies, Dijon mustard will perfectly spice up your toasts and give them that delicious and slightly “spicy” note.

Toast sandwiches, which always serve well as a snack for guests, should be prepared with cheese as desired. With this combination, cod spread with olives and chopped spring onions will go perfectly. After that, you can lightly coat the hot sandwiches with butter. For additional visual creation, stick a toothpick into your toasted toast, with a few olives on top. Great for both eyes and appetite.

Do you have your favorite “Alden” snack and how do you combine your favorite cod spreads?

Quick and tasty specialties which you can combine cod spread

Cod spreads provide a variety of creative possibilities for delicious combinations and unforgettable snacks. Numerous spices, ingredients and interesting delicacies, combined with creamy cod spreads, can serve as an appetizer or addition to the main dish, and of course, as an appetizer after an aperitif or with a glass of wine.

Prepare for delicious suggestions with which you can combine Alden’s excellent cod spreads, but keep in mind that this text can trigger even the most demanding appetites.

What you are guaranteed to enjoy is a healthy combination of cod spread on toasted baguette, pre-spread with a clove of garlic, topped with olive oil and sprinkled with crushed paprika. This healthy dessert can be refreshed with chopped, fresh red peppers, and “on the side” you can also enjoy olives that will complete the dish. Yummy!

Crispy baked potatoes prepared in the oven with onions, with a topping of cod spread will ideally balance this super-intense and super-tasty dish, and for those with a braver stomach, we recommend a little salsa sauce in this combination.

If you are a fan of risotto, next time prepare it as you wish, add fresh cherry tomatoes and season the dish with a little lemon sauce – this ideal delicacy will be final with cod spread, which will further enrich these multitudes of flavors.

Of course, a quick option when unannounced, but dear guests may come to you, are crackers coated with fresh cod spread, with basil as a decoration, but also additional delicious sensations. If you are a fan of sour food, Alden’s creamy cod spreads go well with pickles, which you can serve with smoked cheese and almonds – as an appetizer, of course.

We wish you good meals!

Istria’s recipe that traveled and stayed into the hearts of Italians

Did you know that Croatia is not the only country that discovered the true delicacy worth of Alden’s cob spreads? Yes, this great product also found its way to many of the hearts of our neighbors – northern Italians completely fell in love with this Istria’s white cob.

This famous dried fish that originates from the northern seas, has been a part of our domestic, Istrian meals, for a long time, and it seems it is stuck here forever – today, we all know and love cob fish, while some expect it even as a mandatory choice in many households.

The story about how this cob made it to Italy originates from 1431, when Venetian trader Pietro Querini, after a storm and rough seas, found himself in Norway, where domestic gentle hosts greeted all survived sailors with what they had the most – codfish. When this sailor and trader returned to Venice, he sold all the dried fish he had brought with him and eventually cod then became familiar with Italian and then Croatian cuisine.

It is no wonder that cod stuck around for this long and became such a popular fish that many of us find quite irreplaceable – wouldn’t you agree?

Best believe, when you are tasting Alden cod spreads, you are not only enjoying a tasteful delicacy, but you are, in some ways, also experiencing exquisite bites with a long, rich history.