Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Take a moment for a coffee

Take some good coffee (Doncafe, the red packet being my preferred version, I am far too much of a wuss to go for the super strong green packet) and a Bosnian coffee maker thing that has a name but it escapes me right now.




Put one tablespoon per person into the coffee maker thing



Heat up the coffee a little. When you can smell it add some boiling water


Wait a while, but pay attention. The coffee will soon start to bubble up. If you aren't paying attention it will go all over the hobs.


Take off the heat and add just a tiny bit more water


This will lead to a creamy sort of froth that looks as if you have added milk.


Let stand for a little while. Then pour into a cup


Enjoy.

If you are Bosnian you will have already added a fair amount of sugar at the beginning of the process with the coffee. You can now also dip a sugar cube into the coffee as well, or even a Bosnian Delight (same as a Turkish Delight). Take your coffee over to the computer and head over to Insomniac Mummys Best of British Parent Bloggers Carnival, for a moment of peace.

24 comments:

Athena125 said...

Džezva. Is this the word you're looking for? ;-)

Teacher Mommy said...

Is that instant coffee?

Emma said...

Mmmm... Coffee...

TheMadHouse said...

I am reliably informed the white stuff is crema!

Heather said...

do they do that horrible thing where they suck the coffee through a sugar cube in Bosnia? they do it here in Finland all the time, it's gross!

Emily O said...

Oo I like the sound of Bosnian delight.

Shunj said...

Look at you, getting quite good at it. Except I don’t like adding sugar to coffee, it somehow spoils the taste for me. For the last step I like to use a French press in order to avoid the coffee particles hanging in my cup (hope this sentence makes sense).
I was passing quite a lot trough Tuzla past summer and this winter traveling from Sarajevo to Brcko (love that old communist statue of a miner at the bus station).
Too bad you are leaving for good BiH, hope you’ll take good memories back to England.
Just out of curiosity, do you mean something like “rahatlokum” when you say Bosnian delight (for I’ve seen them being sold under the name in the US)?

@Heather
“do they do that horrible thing where they suck the coffee through a sugar cube in Bosnia?”
Yeah, we do that (it’s quite the only “right” way to drink coffee). It’s very cultural thing, and I’ve seen other cultures (usually the Middle Easterners) doing the same. I did not know they do in Finland the same. Very interesting.
However, I substitute a long time ago sugar cubes for dark chocolate or my mom’s Christmas cookies (which she likes to make throughout a whole year). The ultimate thing to do is a steaming hot cup of coffee and an ice cold baklava. Try, you may like it.

A Modern Mother said...

Can you bring that machine when you move back to he UK please?

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

Athena - Yes! Thanks. I can never remember it. What is filza (sorry don't have the accent thing on my keyboard for the z)

TM - Gasp. Shock. Horror. NO! Not instant coffee. Never shall such disgusting coffee darken my household. If I was a real Bosnian it would be ground coffee beans from a long tall coffee grinder. Obviously I'm a wussy English girl so I buy it already ground from the market.

Emma - exactly.

MH - it is an optical illusion and goes away when it is poured. I do however, like to drink my coffee with milk which isn't traditional at all here.

Heather - yes, but not so much.

Emily O - they are good. Yum yum

Shunj - I don't add the sugar either. And I also put milk in my cup first which makes me kind of a mix between English and Bosnian coffee culture. I live near that statue, just about one block back up the hill. I'm very fond of it too, something very communist but hopeful about it. I also like the fireman up the ladder by the firestation. I mean Rahatluk for Bosnian Delight - which seems like the same thing as you've seen? And bakalava and coffee, heaven!

MM - I won't be going anywhere without it ever again. Just not sure where to get the coffee from...

Nota Bene said...

I just need the pot...looks like Greek/Turkish brews...

Elisa, Croatia said...

Love the pictures. I drink KAVA every morning, except I add a bit of milk!

Athena125 said...

"Fidžana" I believe is plural from fildžan. A fildžan is that small cup (ceramic, with a copper outer cup) that "real" coffee is served in.

It always was (and still is) a typical souvenir from Bosnia - a copper "džezva i dva fidžana".

Athena125 said...

PS: FM, what do you mean, "not sure where to get the coffee from"?

slummysinglemummy said...

Mmmmmm.... coffeeeeeee...

I could eat a bit of Bosnian Delight right now too.

You can't beat a bit of fruit cake dipped in coffee though.

*salivates onto keyboard*

Tattie Weasle said...

Hmmmm - proper Coffee. I just adored it when we went to Serbia - they have a similar gizmo perhaps the same type actually but I forget. And yes I am afraid I went native and had it with sugar - FAB!

Hot Cross Mum said...

If only we had Smello-Blogger!

Anonymous said...

Beautifully illustrated, but you don't mention fortune-telling from the dregs.

Owen
(OpenID on the blink again)

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

Nota Bene - Bosnia was under Ottoman occupation for centuries and has many close links with Turkey - hence the coffee, sweets, little mosques.

Elisa - I do too!

Athena - that is the word I was thinking of. I keep wondering if I should buy that souvenir or not.

Athena - when we get back to the UK, can I use the coffee there? It just never seems as nice somehow.

SSM - Oh, now you've got me drooling too.

TW- it would be the same. It is good isn't it!

HCM - I think the lack of a smello blogger is a good thing. Those poo posts would take on a whole new euuuwgh factor!

Owen - I didn't know they did that. Tea Leaves, coffee dregs - I wonder if you can tell a fortune from a queue in the post office?

Srebrenica Genocide said...

Oh my God. This is such a beautiful post. Thank you so much for making it. I am Bosnian and I sit in front of my computer and having a coffee ! However, the only difference is that I am drinking from a huge venti size cup. Since I left Bosnia, we kinda switched to Starbucks lifestyle, lol. But I miss my Bosnian coffee, strong and sweet, from small cups. Ouch, this post is beautiful. THANK YOU FOR THE PICTURES! They are lovely!

Dan

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

Dan - every now and then I have a massive cravings for a venti take away cup of very milky coffee. But the Bosnian coffee is awesome!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if they still do, but my old Yugoslav friend did back in prehistoric days. Trouble is I can't remember what was supposed to happen. Must see if I can figure out a meaning to the post office queue - too orderly behind the tapes in UK, probably.

Owen

Santa said...

Yeah, moment - rather hour or so...

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