“sandy is sick today.”
sandy makes a statement
in response to the store’s statement.
“sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot.”
while shopping at target recently
i found myself in a long, slow, self-checkout line
behind a family of three-
a tired after a long day looking mother
a perky tween daughter
and a high-energy young son
who was clearly bored and restless.
needing to create something to do
the young son
somehow found a way to
push his head through the middle of the skeleton wreath
that they were waiting to purchase.
due to the crazy universal law of
‘on is easier than off’
he could not get it
back over his head to take it off again.
first he tried to get it off himself,
then his sister joined in,
when she heard his yelping
mom turned around, sighed, put her things down, and proceeded to help
looking at her wits end
as they patiently worked their way toward the front of the snaking line
continuing to struggle with the skeleton wreath removal project.
when they finally were in the front
mom asked the store clerk if she could scan the wreath while he was still wearing it
and deal with getting it off after they purchased it
she got the go ahead, scanned it on his neck, along with all her other items
and moved out of line.
employees quickly jumped in to help
with one holding his ears flat,
another tilting the wreath in a variety of positions,
his mother putting lotion on his face
moving his head up and down,
and his sister trying to keep him calm.
when they were finally able to free his head from the wreath
he stopped crying
mom quietly pushed her cart out of the store
her son carrying the wreath
his sister holding his hand
looking like they were all more than ready to head home.
“there is no panic like the panic when you momentarily feel
when you get your hand or head stuck in something.”
A carb-lover’s dream, this sandwich gets stuffed with flaky pie crust.
Simit-pogacha is a beloved breakfast food in Skopje, the capital city of the Republic of North Macedonia. Bakers slice open a bun, stuff it with burek—a pastry crust of layered phyllo—and serve as a sandwich. No meat, no cheese, no sauce. Just bread.
Burek is typically stuffed with feta cheese, greens, or meat. However, the burek that goes into simit-pogacha is just the plain, flaky crust. Depending on where you buy it, the crust can be housed inside sesame buns or warm, fluffy rolls. Either way, diners almost always wash down the greasy, comforting carb combo with drinking yogurt.
If you leave Skopje without at least trying simit-pogacha, you’re missing the city’s soul. The sandwich doesn’t have much flavor and can be dry without the lubrication of the yogurt, but its comforting carb-on-carb composition makes it a morning must for many Skopje citizens.
Recommendation: Restaurant Bakery Koki -Dame Gruey Skopie, 1000, Macedonia
In addition to simit-pogacha, they have burek (try the feta crust variety), pizza, and really good lasagna.
enjoy one ( or any other bread)
in honor of world bread day,
created by the international union of bakers and confectioners
to celebrate the oldest and simplest of food staples
credits – gastro obscura
the kinder each brought in fruit, chopped it, stirred it, and ate something new when it was all mixed together.
“instead of trying to blend in and be like everyone else,
be proud of and celebrate your unique differences and qualities.
a fruit salad is delicious precisely because each fruit maintains its own flavor.”
something is reaching under my door…………
“imagination creates some big monsters.”