If you thought I was referring to the cheeky Manet painting of 1862, depicting two nude women entertaining two fully-dressed men at a forest picnic – you are mistaken. 🙂
I am going to tell you of some of the culinary delights you could relish on the go while in Bulgaria.
For example, do you know that we have our own specialty pancakes called катми, or katmi, stress on the final I? They are as large as pizzas and are sold at special stalls in parks or everywhere where many people are gathering. Jam or cocoa spread is the usual complement; the salesperson/cook smears the pancakes for you, folds them and off you go!
The jams and fruit syrup bottles you see in front of the pancakes are homemade and are for sale. In the centre of Koprivshtitsa, there were stalls too, from where I bought two jars of rose petal and fig jams.
While we are still on the topic of breakfast, let’s go into that adorable Koprivshtitsa coffee shop where they served Turkish coffee, typical for Bulgaria until the first half of the 20th century:
Do you take your coffee much sugared, less sugared or just plain sugared? Unsweetened Turkish coffee – that’s unheard of! 🙂
After a good stroll through all the inspiring houses of the Koprivshtitsa poets and revolutionaries, how about lunch?
Let’s see what’s on the menu:
Now this menu was so typical that I just had to take a picture of it! 🙂
- Chicken with Rice
- Drob Sarma (this is similar to mussaka in that it is baked in the oven and has the mussaka-style topping. Beneath the topping, there is onion, rice and boiled lamb offal such as liver, lungs and spleen. I’d never eat that.)
- Beans with Sausage
- Stuffed Peppers in White Sauce – the chushkas are stuffed with minced meat, usually pork, and the sauce is a thin bechamel.
I plan to pay homage to this classic lunch menu and have published the recipes for chicken with rice and stuffed peppers soon.
Now if you want to be like a classical Bulgarian tourist, you’d not sit in a restaurant for lunch, but have a couple of kebapcheta bought from a stall. You would eat them on a bench in the town centre, possibly listening to the local brass orchestra. How fun is that?! 🙂
And if you are not interested in kebapcheta, would you like a nice doner kebap instead? These are large, oily and super delicious!
I just had dinner but all these pictures have got me hungry again. 🙂 It is time to finish off our tourist luncheon with something sweet and reminiscent of village fairs and childhood:
Doesn’t just the sight of that make you smile? I used to like cotton candy a lot when I was about five. I wouldn’t eat it now, but just seeing it made me happy.
I hope you enjoyed our luncheon, not on the grass exactly, but under the grey May skies of Bulgaria.
I have no doubt that Manet’s basket of bread and cherries can also be delectable, especially in pleasurable company as depicted, but, honestly, this pales compared to a good, juicy kebabche and a horo at the town square…!
I am Bulgarian, not French after all, what can I do?