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Hi there, and welcome!
My name is June and I live in the Lithuanian countryside with my wonderful husband, Arūnas. I like to talk to my chickens and go for long walks with the dog, but mostly I like food – thinking about it, talking about it, travelling in search of it and, of course, cooking it. I try to cook everything from scratch using local ingredients.

Please have a look around – welcome to My Food Odyssey.

Blog Evolution
This blog began as a diary of sorts, capturing my journey around Europe in a camper van, seeking out wonderful food experiences. When we first set out on our journey we were unsure how long it would last or what we would do when it was finished. Ultimately, I wanted live a life that involved great food – humble, honest and delicious food. I wanted not only to eat this food but also somehow to make a living from it. How I was going to achieve this was not (and is not yet!) quite clear.

After three months on the road we took what was supposed to be a short break in Lithuania (where my husband is from) to fix some problems with our camper van. A few weeks into our stay an opportunity arose to buy a small house with a few acres of land in our village. Houses rarely come on the market in our village so we jumped at the opportunity.

In light of this move our plan has changed. While we still plan to do some travelling we intend to make Lithuania our base for the foreseeable future. We want to renovate the house into a comfortable country cottage and use the land to be as self-sufficient as possible. We will raise chickens for meat and eggs, keep a cow (and perhaps a goat) for milk, pigs for meat and grow an array of wonderful vegetables that will feed us both summer and winter. We would like all of our produce to be organic – something that is quite common here. Our desire is to make as much as possible of our food from scratch, including dairy products (cheese, yoghurt, cream and butter), meat products (such as sausages & smoked meats) and baked goods (breads and baked snacks). Where we can’t or don’t produce the raw ingredients ourselves we will source these locally, ideally from neighbours so that we can be certain of their quality & provenance.

In addition, I would like to develop a food product that I can sell to earn a reasonable living. Again, I would want to this product to use our own produce or locally sourced organic produce. I have a few ideas in mind but haven’t made a final decision just yet.

I hope that you will stay with us on our adventure. Your feedback and comments are always most welcome, so please do let us know what you think.

Bye for now,

June Molloy Vladička.
(April 2014)

A Brief History of my Life with Food:
For as long as I can remember I wanted to work in Hotels. Despite warnings about long hours and poor pay, I studied Hotel & Catering Management for four years at Dublin Institute of Technology. The course was a particularly arduous one as it not only covered all the business aspects of management, but also covered hotel and food industry aspects such as cooking, butchery, food & beverage service, nutrition and food hygiene. I have to concede that these were the elements of the course I enjoyed most. (Economics was seriously not for me.)

As part of the course we were required to undertake a six-month internship at a hotel. I was lucky enough to secure a position at Ireland’s prestigious Ashford Castle. My role was as Receptionist/Concierge, welcoming guests to the hotel and helping them to book local excursions and such like. After my six months I returned to college for my final year, but went back to Ashford Castle as soon as I finished, this time as hostess in the George V restaurant. This fabulous restaurant serves exquisite food in opulent surroundings. I loved the pomp and ceremony of the restaurant, where all dishes were served covered with cloches and fine wines were decanted over candlelight. It was one of my favourite jobs of all time.
After my second stint in Ashford I went to the USA, where I worked as a Food & Beverage Manager. While I still loved working in hotels I began to tire of the long hours and poor pay that I had originally been warned against. When I returned to Ireland I set about finding a job with more regular hours and so moved away from food & beverage and back to reception. But even that required weekend work. I really missed socialising with my friends and family so I left hotels completely and got a “normal” job in the bank. Soon afterwards I joined eircom, Ireland’s largest telecoms provider, where I remained until February 2013.

During my time away from hotels I never lost my love of food & beverage. I love to cook from scratch and spend much of my time shopping for new and exciting ingredients. I love to entertain and my friends will tell you that I throw a damn fine dinner party. While my love of food never went away, it was reinvigorated when I spotted a competition on the Internet to win a three-month cookery course at Ireland’s famous Ballymaloe Cookery School. The competition involved creating a dish and getting the general public to vote for the dish online. In a bid to increase my votes I created a dedicated Facebook page, and so my food blog was born. It has evolved over time and has become my greatest passion.

My Food Principles:

  • Eat home-prepared foods – it’s the only way to truly know what’s in your food.
  • Eat foods traditional to where you live – they use local / indigenous ingredients which are generally more easily and economically sourced.
  • Use a wide variety of ingredients.
  • Use local ingredients as much as possible.
  • Use organic ingredients as much as possible.
  • Food is precious – waste nothing.
  • In so far as possible, don’t eat alone – eating should be a pleasurable, social experience.
  • Ignore the bulk of nutritional advice – it’s still a young science, fraught with debate and it swings violently in terms of what’s hot and what’s not. Besides, we’ve been doing fine without it for millennia.

108 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a wonderful blog! I found your blog thanks to “House Hounter International” hahaha. I adore how you two renovate your house (your kitchen is breathtaking).

    I have a dream about living in the countryside.

    Have a nice day!

    Liked by 1 person

    July 22, 2017
    • Hi Maria! Thanks for stopping by. Delighted you like the blog and the house. Hope you get your own place in the country someday!


      July 23, 2017
  2. Emma Sickman #

    Hi June. Born in Lithuania, raised in the US and still cooking traditional Lithuanian food. I love your book and bought three. Even though my son and daughter have been raised on Lithuanian food, cooking it is another story. The books will take care of that, thank you. All of our favorite recipes! BTW you can get farmers cheese at Wegman’s if in PA. I would think Whole Foods might be able to order it if you ask. I love how you embraced our culture and traditions.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 12, 2017
    • Hi Emma. Thank you so much for buying three books! I really hope you all enjoy them and make many delicious meals from them. Thanks also for the tip on farmers’ cheese. Take care, June.


      March 13, 2017
  3. Hi
    Thanks for liking my blog. Loved your way of writing, also glad to see you been to kerala. Hope you enjoyed your food journey here..I am a food lover as well. Been uploading Indian and Kerala cuisines in my blog. Happy blogging 😃

    Liked by 1 person

    January 23, 2017
  4. Kristina #

    So excited to find your blog. In one of your recipes you addressed the difference between varške and cottage cheese. We have Russian markets here in US but i wanted to find something I can substitute varške with other foods sold at a regular store. I even tried feta cheese 😂 I will try ricotta next… I am from Lithuania and grew up in a small town called Kupiškis. Now I live in US. What village did you end up buying a house at? Keep on posting!

    Liked by 1 person

    November 11, 2016
    • Hey Kristina! Thanks for reading and for your comment! I believe some US supermarkets do a farmers’ cheese, which is probably the closest to varške, but ricotta might also work. The house we bought is in Adakavas, in Tauragė county. Looks like that’s a long way from your village! Hope you’re enjoying your time in the US.


      November 11, 2016
  5. Richard #

    We are hoping to visit Lithuanian again next summer, I did get to see a little bit of village life on our last visit ,most houses have a lot of land in noticed, plenty of space to grow veg. I have been to Kaunas and Palanga both very nice, & a place I will not forget on my visit, The Hill of Crosses…Woooooooooow! It would be good to drop by for a Tea and biscuit 😊 . Good luck Richard

    Liked by 1 person

    October 29, 2016
  6. Richard #

    Lucky for you the camper van had issues, you may have sailed right past Lithuanian and misted an opertunity. I often wonder what it would be like to live in the village and grow your own produce, my first visit to Lithuania was last summer with my partner, her parents live there, I loved it, the week before last I cooked Cepilenie’s here in the UK, amazing, and flavours just like Lithuanian style. Pancakes next ☺

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    October 22, 2016
    • I’m certainly not sorry we can into heating problems, Richard! It has been quite an adventure ever since. If you ever come back again feel free to visit for a coffee and an up-close look at village life. Enjoy the pancakes! 🙂


      October 23, 2016
  7. Dear June! My name is Metka and I live and work in Slovenia. We prepare nice exhibition about our slovenian christmas bread “poprtnik” and “birdies”, which we traditionally bake in Christmas time in Slovenia. We cooperate with Ministry of culture from Slovenia. We would like to add one of the pictures from your blog of your traditional food – Lithuanian Christmas bread Kūčiukai to show the exam, that all nations have their own traditions. The panels and booklet will be also in english translation. We cooperate with one nice lady from your country – Vitalia Freitakaite from Klaipeda high school and she sent me your link. We plan also to come to Lithuania with our exhibition in one of next projects 🙂 We will write the link to your blog under your picture (not in it), if you will agree. You can read more in web page of our NGO, please, let me know, if it is possible. Bye, Metka

    Liked by 1 person

    September 5, 2016
    • Hi Metka. Thanks for getting in touch. I have sent you a reply by e-mail. June.


      September 5, 2016
  8. Ira #

    Hi June… saw you, and your husband, on one of my fav show ‘House Hunters’ and heard you’re a food blooger so look you up:) Love your photos! And noticed some interesting posts you written on herbs & growing veggies. Surely will check them out soon! Congrats on your new country home, have fun!… Ira, Indonesia.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 4, 2016
    • Hi Ira! Thanks a million for checking out the blog and for your kind comments. I hope you enjoy the recipes, photos and gardening tips. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch! Take care, June.


      August 4, 2016
  9. Mary Mockaitis #

    I accidentally came across your blog while on Pinterest. I noticed your Lithuanian recipes and pinned many of them. I love Lithuanian food! My parents and three brothers were born in Lithuania, near Sakiai. I was born in the US. We visited Lithuania four years ago and loved it! It was nice for me since I speak Lithuania. This was the first time I had been to Lithuania. My family and I also fell in love with Lithuania. The beautiful countryside and the many family ties that I have there made it a special trip. I loved watching your videos of your house renovation. You have a made a wonderful place! Best wishes to you and Arunas.

    Mary from Iowa City, Iowa

    Liked by 1 person

    June 5, 2016
    • Hi Mary. Thanks for your lovely comment. Yes, Lithuania is a beautiful country – I am never short of gorgeous landscapes and animals to photograph. Delighted you got to visit and that you enjoyed it. If you visit again be sure to stop by and sample some goodies from my daržas! Take care, June.


      June 5, 2016
  10. Hi June. Thanks for liking my recent post about farm work. I see you are originally from Ireland. Your present enterprise sounds exciting. I look forward to reading more about it.

    Liked by 1 person

    April 8, 2016
    • Thanks Frank. It was the photo that caught my eye – reminded me of my own time in the country as a kid. Thanks for checking out the blog.


      April 8, 2016
  11. John Masanauskas #

    Hi June, I also saw you and Arunas featured on House Hunters, and being of Lithuanian heritage I was naturally intrigued by the story. I’m just wondering how you are handling the Lithuanian language and living in a small place far away from your family and friends. By the way, I was born in Melbourne Australia of Lithuanian-born parents and I am a journalist. Regards, John Masanauskas

    Liked by 1 person

    March 14, 2016
    • Hi John. Thanks for checking out the blog. I absolutely love where I love here in the country surrounded by a small community and stunning scenery. I grew up in a small village so this suits me just fine. My language is progressing, though not always as fast as I would like. I need to work harder at it so I can meet more people, particularly those who share my ideals about food.


      March 14, 2016
  12. Kirsten #

    Hi June, your House Hunters International episode just aired here in Australia. Gosh, you and your husband are living in a lovely country location! What a great lifestyle you’ve found. I’m sure your home is looking quite different now that it’s renovated, and your edible gardens are well-developed.I hope your dream of living a fully self-sufficient lifestyle is now a reality. I too love to cook and adhere to the local ingredient and no waste pholosophy. Infact, I did an extended cooking course at River Cottage, England last year to learn more. I will certainly check-in every so often to enjoy your recipes, and keep up to date with what you’re up to. Take care. K

    Liked by 1 person

    March 5, 2016
    • Thank you, Kristen! Yes, the house is unrecognisable now – it’s been completely transformed. My veg garden is getting bigger each year, which I’m loving. That cooking course at River Cottage sounds amazing. I’ve always been a fan of their ethos and have lots of their books. Thanks for checking out the blog!


      March 5, 2016
      • gvalentine2015sedboro #

        Yeah, I was a great fan of Hugh and his River Cottage ideals…until he shot one of his Fan-tailed dove off his roof and ate it with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

        Liked by 1 person

        March 7, 2016
      • Ha! That made me laugh out loud, right here in the middle of the hardware shop. They’ll think I’m a lunatic!


        March 7, 2016

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