Would you like a hand-made souvenir? Who would't right? I'll happily ship it anywhere in the world. And how do you get your hands on this fancy gift? All you need to do is comment on this post. Tell a friend or graffiti it on the sidewalk if it makes you happy. I will choose the recipient at random in the next week and announce the winner on the blog.
This time around the souvenir is a hand-made copper džezva (coffee pot), a traditional vessel for preparing Turkish coffee. I picked it up in a small shop in Sarajevo's historical center (Baščaršija) from a half-deaf, old craftsman.
And here is a Turkish coffee recipe. What you need: Džezva, small demitasse (espresso) cup and saucer, Turkish coffee (which is available at most supermarkets), sugar and water.
- Fill the pot with cold water (but not all the way to the top).
- Add a teaspoon of coffee while the water is cold and stir. Add sugar to taste (I use one and a half teaspoons).
- Heat the pot slowly until it boils.
- Pour the coffee into the cup slowly to allow the foam to remain at the top (that is where much of the aroma is).
- Since there is no filtering of the coffee at any time wait a few minutes before drinking, allowing the grounds to settle to the bottom.
- After you've enjoyed the deliciously strong drink, be careful not to drain the cup because you will get a taste of the bitter sediment. Then turn the cup over on the saucer and wait a few minutes.
- Flip it over and stare into the patterns. This is an old divination method which allows you to peek into your future after each coffee break. My favourite shapes to spot are deep, long lines since they signal a trip on the horizon. The sooner you comment the closer you are to a cup!