Welcome to Thursday Favorite Things 211!
Gah! I will never brag about an amazing week again. I think I jinxed it. Sick grandchild, a surgery in my husband’s future, scary health news for me…please stop! Yet, life goes on…
People still ask me, on occasion, about my trip home. Now that the impressions are not as fresh, I have to stop and think. Of course, it was nice and that’s all anyone wants to hear, but I’m still sorting through it for myself. The lingering feeling of belonging but not belonging anymore. It’s tough to explain and tough to understand if you never lived anyplace else.
My daughter’s friend shared an article about kids from our country growing up in America. It is so spot on it’s almost funny. Almost – because it’s not funny to have one culture run through your veins and grow up in another, or two. These kids grew up confused, but with a sense of pride. My daughter was six when we left Bosnia for Germany and twelve when we moved to Indiana.
To help you through the article, here are meanings behind the Bosnian words:
Sarma – stuffed, cured cabbage leaves. The kind sauerkraut is made from. I’ll share the recipe here soon enough. Until then, try my unstuffed sarma soup.
Pašteta – liver pâté or braunschweiger, canned like soft cat food (at least that’s what my husband says).
Suvo meso – smoked meat like ribs, sausages, bacon, prosciutto etc. Remember the photo of a meat plate I shared while visiting home?
Amerikanac – an American.
Ajvar – a type of relish/spread made of roasted red peppers, eggplants, and garlic. It takes a whole day to make and yes, ajvar is delicious!
Halid Bešlić – popular folk and sevdah singer.
Grah – means beans, but it’s referred to thick bean soup, made with suvo meso (see translation above). Here’s a great recipe from my friend Sibella.
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