I can’t. I can’t deprive LAAF’s reader from the knowledge and the awareness of Ivo Dimchev’s Christmas Carol called Баница [banitsa]. It has been issued this morning and it’s about food! More precisely about a delicious dish, very popular in the Balkans and around the world.
Баница is Bulgarian for what the Turks call Börek and the Greek call τυρóπιτα*. The French call their version Fromage en croûte. While in English it’s a Cheese pie. The Western and the Eastern Roman Empires - Rome and Constantinople - though have altogether different approaches to the cheesy dish in question. While the former fill in, the later line up. Line up layer after layer of pergament thin, sometimes thick, pastry sheets like bricklayers.
As every dish popular through vast territories the savory version of baklava is prepared in millions of different ways. To each person that makes it - their own take on it. Banitsa in Bulgaria is eaten throughout the year, but most intensively - just like it’s sugary sister, the baklava - around Christmas; with a collumination on New Year’s Eve, when a баница с късмети [banitsa s kusmeti] - a cheese pie with fortune tickets stuffed inside it - is made to fortunetell the lucks during the new year of those gathered together to eat it on the New Year’s Eve.
Ivo Dimchev, as we know him, is hyper talented and diverse. His abandoned genius takes various shapes and forms. With time though his forms of expression become more and more simple altogether increasingly meaningful. The more minimalistic the lyrics the more charged with semantics his tunes are. Banitsa, in collaboration with rapper 100 kila (Hundred Kilos) - I mean really, if you're gonna sing about cheese pie you better do it with somebody gross et en gros - is no exception.
Ivo and 100's tune is mixed of the following ingredients: gourmet description of the banitsa
- solty, greesy, crispy etc.
- a la soufi sexual hints. Wait a minute, are you talking about a cheese pie or about the intimate parts of a lover and what you would do to those?
- Lockdown worries: “While I am riding my bicycle - obviously no public transport - I wonder if the bakery will open”.
Now it’s official people - With a hundred kilograms cheese pie Christmas Carol on the horizon, Christmas will certainly be coming.
*The wikipedia entry for τυρóπιτα is surreal. I recommend it.