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The Bread Market August 18, 2008

Filed under: Festivals and fairs,Traditional recipes — ivasil @ 6:15 pm
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There is a Bread Market every year in a park near us. Besides many types of bread, some of them used in religious observances,

sweets, ways of making the bread (I’ll show you one), agricultural tools etc, one can see, hear and taste many other things. We had some good wine, cheese, pies and watched bread being made and people dance, they are always eager to.
For example, these are some traditional cakes made in Transylvania. They are baked over hot embers, the dough rolled on these props.

Then they are sprinkled with grounded nuts, sugar, sesame, peanuts or coconut and eaten hot. Delicious!

This was a stand with many kinds of cheese. See the man’s hat, so small and funny, seeming to belong to someone else? It’s the typical hat of shepherds in the Sibiu area, an area famous for its dairy products. The brown cylindrical thing on the table in front of the woman is cheese in fir-tree bark. Its an old kneaded cheese, absolutely delicious. And there’s polenta boiling in the big black cast-iron kettle. You’ll see later what it will be turned into.

Just one of the stands with bread, buns and cakes.

This was a nice stand,with objects made of the leaves covering the corn cob (couldn’t find the English word): little baskets, bells, dolls, boxes. Can you see the witch on its broom hanging on the right side? By the way, a little boy was asking:”So, the corn is made of wheat, right?”. City kids!

This old woman was at a clothes stand, but I liked her even more than the clothes. Look at her beautiful blouse and her peaceful smile.

Remember the polenta that was boiling a minute ago? After it’s ready, it’s overturned, cut into pieces with a thread and the pieces are filled with cheese. For a better result, they can be grilled or baked, sprinkled with butter. It’s called “bulz” and it’s a shepherds’ dish. Yummy.

This is one of the gingerbread stands. I like gingerbread, do you?

Some old agricultural tools, most of them for threshing.

Ornaments made of knitted cord. Some are quite nice.

Strange musical instruments.

I hope you enjoyed the visit to the Bread Market. One more thing I want to show you: making bread.
This is the story of bread making. It’s not baked in a stove, but under a kind of griddle made of clay, called “test”. There are traditions connected to this griddle, mainly based on the idea of stability. For example, in Oltenia, as the new bride enters her new home, she must sit on this griddle, so she’ll stay forever in that house.
The griddles are placed upon fire until they are very hot.

Then the ashes are swept away with a broom made of fir-tree branches.
Meanwhile, the dough is kept in a warm place to leaven. Look at the baker, he carefully supervises it, but he does not uncover it . It would get cold and be ruined.

The dough is now ready.

Before being baked.

The bread should have stayed on fresh acacia leaves under the griddle. They probably had no leaves.

It’s ready!

And hot!

Each of us got a piece. It was tasty, nicely flavoured, just a bit too firm. Would you like some?

Irina, School no. 92, Bucharest


4 Responses to “The Bread Market”

  1. Liliana Says:

    Wonderful photos! Well done!

  2. ivasil Says:

    Thanks! I’m very keen on taking photos and you’ll see more soon!

  3. Gina Says:

    Of course I’d like some of your tasted bread! I like bread, expecially homemade one! Anyway a wonderful post!

  4. ivasil Says:

    Thanks, Gina.
    Sorry, this time we ate it all. Next time, I’ll save you some! 🙂

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