Sunday, 21 March 2010


my work buddy who goes by the name "king of the gypsies" is newly in love, smitten, absolutely bit, by the love bug. which is lucky for me because when he said he was off to the serbian shop to buy burek for his lady i saw an opportunity......
your majesty, says me, could you, might you, will you consider picking up one for me as well?
and in true royal style he said yes. seventeen dollars and 24 hours later i had me one cheese and one meat burek, add a bit of greenery and that's friday night dinner.



  1. Hadn't heard of burek/börek before. A Turkish baked or fried pastry according to Wiki. I doubt if I could find one in Belfast, there's not much of a Turkish or Serbian community. Could look up some recipes though.

  2. Like nick I had never even heard of it before. Let us have tasting notes after its consumption.

  3. Yummmmmm. We used to get them in Israel at the grocery store, though they were the little wee version.

  4. I have no idea what you just said. It looks good though (and I'm a new vegetarian, it's all Suzanne's fault).

  5. Looks good Spesh - have just eaten and am possibly hungry again...

  6. megs,
    it's good, prolly rivals toast :)

  7. nick,
    it looks hard to make to me but if you give it a try lets know, eh?

  8. alan,
    it's comfort food at its best, all that fat and carbohydrate....

    very unhealthy and very good

    i'm trying to think what to compare it to, pizza might be closest

  9. leah,
    i've never seen tiny ones!
    why are they available in israel? are there a lot of serbs there? is burek more a european thing than a serbian?

  10. random,
    sorry! i was being deliberately sloppy but i thought it was still comprehensible.....

    in my most conscientious dreams i am vegetarian but in reality it's a bit hard. good on you

  11. pete,
    being hungry again like that is a side effect of a sensual appreciation

  12. I think they're just European-ish. And there are tons of Jews of European extraction in Israel, so the food is a strange combination of both Middle Eastern cooking and European Jewish comfort food.

  13. Hello, kylie, pleased to make your acquaintance. I'm the other "not a good Christian" from Snow's blog and this is my first visit to yours.

    My Albanian mother-in-law made byrek all the time, but never with meat. When my wife ate spanakopita in a Greek restaurant for the first time, her face lit up and she said, "Byrek!"

    I've never had one with meat. Must be a Serb or Turkish thing.

  14. P.S. It was pronounced biu-rek (as in bureau, but the spelling was byrek or bjyrek or something....yes, that's it. The j had the y sound and the y had the u sound. But don't make me swear to it.

  15. rhymes!
    hi, thanks for dropping by!

    i think i like the not good Christian thing, much less pressure that way :)
    seriously though, Christians who want to judge have missed the point, thats not to say that i've never judged anybody but it's wrong to do so and it should be viewed as a mistake rather than some kind of a right

    interesting about the albanian bjyrek, the serbs make it with spinach as well, which would be very much like spanakopita (well, i havent had spanakopita but i know it's a spinach dish)



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