As much as I like the life and the home we have found here in England, my mind often drifts away with thoughts and warm feelings to my home country of Bulgaria. I think about my parents, my friends and all the happy memories we have shared throughout the years. One of the things I also really miss is the breathtaking nature spread across the small country that it is. Images of green landscapes, high mountains and endless fields of sunflowers come to mind. I guess I just feel a bit homesick from time to time.
It’s funny how when we live abroad we feel even stronger connection to our home, even more involved in the country’s traditions and customs and even more responsible to use every opportunity we have to reinforce the values and beliefs we hold dear.
Every nation keeps its own traditions, influenced by history, and often neighbor countries share same or similar customs, especially food wise.
One of the traditions I really love is the making and baking of bread called pogacha or pita/pitka bread. As respected as the regular bread is, when it comes to occasions and holidays, pogacha is made. Recipe and look vary in different regions but overall it is a fancy kind of bread, usually round shaped and decorated. Most of the times served with salt, honey or wine. People bake it for different kind of occasions like welcoming guests in the house, weddings, child births, Christmas Eve and so on. I even remember, when I got into high school, on the very first day, when entering the building we were welcomed with bread and honey by the senior students. How cool is that? I definitely appreciate it more now than I did back then.
Even though there was no special occasion this time, I really felt like baking one of those breads. I am definitely not an expert but I was quite happy with the results. It came out really delicious and looked beautiful. And, surprisingly, quite easy to make.
Here’s the recipe.
P.s. I had a little extra from the dough so I made this cute little bun 🙂