This week I started teaching both Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin and the Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera–a classic love story and a post-modern love story–if you can even call the Unbearable Lightness of Being this.
Anyhow, this is just to say there’s something odd about teaching these two books at the same time no matter what but then I tried to think about how I could link Valentine’s Day into the mix. Needless to say, everything that I came up with was too cliched or maybe too kitsch for words so I gave up.
Instead I started daydreaming of conversation candy hearts. What I wouldn’t give for some conversation hearts!!
This lead me to thinking about Bulgarian foods that would be even better in the shape of a heart:
- Slices of cucumber. Heart shaped cucumbers in a shopsa salad? Yes, please.
- A large heart shaped banitza. Why aren’t the babas all over this?
- Grilled kyufte in the shape of hearts? If that’s not perfect for meat-lover in your life, I don’t know what is.
- Baklava. Squares are so boring.
- Anything in a heart shaped bowl–yogurt, tiny meatball soup (soupa topcheta), or french fries with sirene cheese are just a few that come to mind that could be made even better in a heart shaped dish.
Just for the record, I think all of these food are wonderful without being heart shaped. I’d just squeal with delight if I could buy banitza in the shape of a heart.