To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- 500 years of Ottoman rule
- 43 years of communism
- 30+ years of transition to democracy
- mountain tops and beaches (for decoration)
- a pinch of salt
Marinate the raw Bulgarian soul with Ottoman serfdom, skimming off all nobility, until self-determination is nearly gone but resourcefulness rises up. Look carefully and you should notice joy running down but not sticking. Bake on a high communist heat so that idealism, trust, and self-initiative evaporate, ensuring that a thick crust of resilience covers the soul. Pour democractic transition on top, soaking it well in materialism (our youth will run down to the West).
As you slice in, the inner parts should still be tender, melting for their friends, giving themselves generously. The Bulgarian is best served in the company of good friends, over shopska salad, with Horo dances and music ringing out though the mountain ranges. see video below.
Spice up with the joy of the gospel and then you will find – as Master Chef Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 8:1-2 regarding the Macedonians (now modern Bulgaria) that ”in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty has overflowed in a wealth of generosity…”