Last night, a few of us girls congregated.
We didn’t go out because we were all in the same boat. Two had to work today and two were just tired. And now, partially due to my dentist appointment and partially due to the fact that I’m just another struggling 20-something, I’m on a super budget (like I wasn’t already on one?).
But it had still been so long since all of us had been in the same room together, so I proposed a movie night.
Sure, I have a lot of Friday nights in with a movie, but when you’ve got 3 or more people, it’s like a party. Sort of. Right? I’m calling it socializing- just to save some face. :p
Because I technically called it a “party”, I needed something to bring to the table (literally). Time to break out the povitica!Povi-huh?
Povitica. Does anyone have a clue what I’m talking about? No? Let me give you some background.
Povitica is a type of Croatian dessert bread. Often seen around the holidays and special occasions. When made, they roll out the dough super super super thin, top it with all things evil (in this case, English walnuts and lots of butter), and then roll and bake it.
No, I am not Croatian. But my uncle is. And he is the one to blame for my rabid obsession with it. Yes, rabid. It’s that good.When I was young and before my aunt died, she and my uncle used to bring this bread out every Christmas. I have no idea how my uncle found this lady in Kansas City, but every year, this old Croatian lady would make a certain number of loaves of povitica for people who wanted to buy it. Which is quite a task because I heard it’s a very long and intensive project. Anyways, it started with him bringing one out every year, but then I’d get a hold of it and it became quite clear he should start bringing two.
The Croatian woman died, and now her daughter carries out the tradition, but makes much less. And my uncle doesn’t come out for the holidays anymore, but he always makes sure that a loaf of this povitica makes it’s way into my hands for Christmas.You can buy it in the stores, but I’ve had it and um… that is not the real deal.
I’ve also considered putting a Saturday aside to make it myself, but when I started looking up recipes and the calorie count (holy geez), I decided that maybe there’s a reason people only eat it on special occasions.
Because us girls rarely are able to get together, I considered this special.And of course there were wheat thins. Because what else would you serve with homemade wonderfulness? Sun-dried tomato- in case people wanted more salty instead of sweet.
We broke out the Trader Joe wine and watched our “feature” of the night – The Social Network.
And by the way, I loved that movie. Not only for the overall quality, but because I was getting serious deja vu from early in my college years. I remembered so much of what they were talking about and it’s so crazy it’s been that long ago already!
After the movie and a little more socializing, I was spent.
Still woke up at about 5:30- but smashed that idea and went back to bed for a couple more hours until I decided it was an acceptable time to get up.
Because of my pancake fail last weekend, I was determined to do better and made another batch of Jaime’s German pancakes!A little more “done” than usual. My bad. But put a little powdered sugar and syrup on it and no one will notice…Alright kiddos, that’s enough talk for today. I’ve let the breakfast digest a little and am off!