Monday, March 2, 2009

A bagel by any other name...

...is not a bagel, it is probably a djevrek (JEV-rek), at least here in Belgrade. Here in the photo you can see a plain bagel (Yes, there is a real New York bagel shop here now, run by a Serb who lived in the Big Apple!), a sesame seed covered djevrek, and a thinner 'cocktail' djevrek'. Like the bagel, the two djevrek (actually 'djevreci' in the plural) shown here are boiled, but there exists another thicker kind that is baked like a bread and has a bread-like consistency. Djevreci
are eaten for a snack or for breakfast with yogurt. They don't keep well, and any leftover ones you can use for ring toss!

This photo is for Anci, who wrote to say she misses them...

18 comments:

B Squared said...

Looks like the real deal.

Thérèse said...

Apparently it's easier to play the ring toss in Belgrade than in the Big Apple!

soulbrush said...

i recognise that thin one from the middle east, ate those in cairo. yummy yummy.

Marie Reed said...

Ring toss is a good second use you creative girl! I am very jealous that you have a bagel shop in your town! Boy the Serbs put yogurt on everything... I tried it with a cabbage rol like you suggested! Two thumbs up!

Marie Reed said...

Love Thérèse's comment!

Mirjana said...

Yam,

Da, uz casu jogurta please :)

Now I have to go and eat something.

xxx

boza lass said...

I can't believe there are "real" bagels in Belgrade! Do they have a serbian word for them?
Djevrek looks great. My favorite bakeries for it are near Kalenivc pijaca, the really old places with worn out doorsteps and linoleum floors. I hope there are still some around.

Branka M.

Bibi said...

Branka, indeed there are such places left! And they're the best!

MuseSwings said...

Mmmm bagels! And in Belgrade. Life is good, Bibi. We have a wonderful NT bagel store close by and stop there on Sundays.

J.C. said...

Just wonder if they taste like bagels?

Bibi said...

Hi, J.C. The bagel of course tastes like a bagel, but the skinnier djevrek tastes more like a breadstick, but not so dry and crumbly. The other one is a bit like that, but a tiny bit breadier. The djevrek that I didn't show, which is thicker than the sesame djevrek, is softer, but still tastes like something between a breadstick and bread.

marley said...

Very interesting. I'm not a big fan of bagels but Phoebe is so we always have some in the bread bin.

Thanks for your link back to Virginnia's barbicide post, you have a good memory!

antigoni said...

In Greece we call it "koulouri", the one with the sesame. They look very yummy.

Saretta said...

I'd like to try that one with the sesame seeds!

Marie-Noyale said...

You are a funny girl playing with your food!!!!

amatamari said...

beautiful and good ...
yummmmm
nice shot!

thanks

USelaine said...

This makes me hungry! There are similar ones in Turkey, called cimit. They would be stacked on a stick and taken around the streets for sale.

Greensboro Daily said...

We've just been at this city daily photo adventure for two months now and just now landing (virtually) in Belgrade. Love the way you incorporate language and culture into your photos!