Pic and a Word #148: Nice gesture

Another tribute to my celebrating sister and all who cook since feeding others is a gesture of true love for humanity.

This is how my sister prepared for her party last night: by making three kinds of savoury pastry called burek, one with potatoes, one with cabbage and one with pumpkin. Feeding others is one of her greatest strengths and loveliest gestures. Thank you, they were brilliant.

Have a look at some photo evidence of that and then read the poem below which is an anecdote about an online encounter with another chef and another gesture.


The nation’s top food critic
who is actually a cool alter family guy
posts a recipe for burnt cabbage
on his chronically under-read blog.
I have half a head hoarding my fridge
so after checking the date of posting
lest it’s April the first
I thank him
and ask if it’s possible to replace an alga he uses
with anything at all
since I’m low on algae at the moment.
He says I can simply skip it altogether.
It’s only there for some umami.
Right, I say.
So instead
I can just cut myself into it,
I suggest helpfully.
The silence is deafening.
Some things are not to be
said out loud.

In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #148: Gesture

32 thoughts on “Pic and a Word #148: Nice gesture

  1. Well I did get a surprise to, but metaphorically your words about putting yourself into the recipe, make perfect sense! I would love to know what the secret ingredient is, and being a big fan of pumpkin dishes, might try to source a good Burek recipe. Gorgeous photographic story to accompany your words, Manja! Your posts are always a delight and a surprise to read!

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    1. Thank you, Amanda, for your kind words. 🙂 Metaphorically this is exactly what a cook does, contributes blood, sweat and tears. I don’t believe a pumpkin burek is a widespread notion, sister might have invented this one, along with cardamom and coconut milk. Traditionally it’s a meat dish.


  2. Yumm!! I do love just about anything baked in pastry! This post has given me cravings!
    It is, indeed, a lovely gesture to cook for someone. I would very much appreciate someone cooking this for me 😉

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  3. I love this post, especially toward the bottom. It was good enough writing to distract me from the incredible food photos. Looks delicious. I hunger now. Am glad dinner is soon!

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    1. Thank you, Draco! 🙂 Oh, it’s not fixed, however one likes it. I don’t think people normally make it at home though (unless you have an able sis). It’s a popular fast/street food option. You get a big chunk of it.


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