Slatko od šljiva

Moje detinjstvo obeležilo je odrastanje u predelima gde nepredvidiva Drina vekovima useca najveću krivinu, okružena nepreglednim brdima koja su obrasla gustom listopadnom šumom. Gde čovek živi u skladu sa prirodom, srdačno i otvorenog srca, dočekujući putnika namernika kao najdražeg gosta, kao svog najrođenijeg.

U moju porodicu dolazili su gosti iz raznih krajeva bivše nam zemlje, od Triglava do Đevđelije. Ljude sa drugih prostora, iz drugih kultura, drugih vera, nismo samo primali u goste, nego i u porodicu.

Negde krajem šezdesetih godina prošlog veka, u moju porodicu stigla je nova snajka sa plavog Jadrana. U to doba imadosmo prvi televizor u selu, pa se znalo za Katrin Denev, tako da su prelepu Splićanku mogli da uporede sa ovom lepoticom, i to ne bez razloga.

Slatko posluženje kao običaj

Moja baka je kasnije smeškajući se pričala:

„Na starinski poslužavnik, koji dever beše kupio na Ilindanskom vašaru u Valjevu, metnusmo heklano milje, do vrha navršenu činijicu sa slatkim od šljiva, uglancanu mesinganu kašičicu i veliku staklenu čašu prave izvorske vode. Iznesmo pred snajku da se posluži i okrepi.

Snajka jede slatko kašičicu po kašičicu, sve dok ne isprazni činiju. Moja jetrva, videvši da se snaji dopalo slatko, iznese još jednu činiju, a ova da se pokaže u najboljem svetlu i sa željom da ispoštuje porodicu svog muža, nastavi da jede slatko sve dok ne isprazni i drugu činiju.“

Sećam se dobro i bakinog nauka: „Običaj je u nas da gosta, u ime dobrodošlice, poslužimo slatkim od šljiva, dunja, šumskih jagoda ili nekim drugim, u zavisnosti od sezone. Da se zasladi dok se ne skuva kafa. Gost uzme kašičicu-dve slatka i zahvali se. Lepi maniri nalažu i da se obavezno pohvali umešnost domaćice i zatraži recept.“

Slatko od šljiva – recept moje bake

Delim sa vama recept za slatko od šljiva moje bake.

Sastojci:

  • 4 kg oljuštenih šljiva
  • 4 kg šećera
  • 1 veći limun
  • malo kreča
  • 2 kesice vanilinog šećera

 

Priprema:

Malo kreča (jedna šoljica)razmutiti u malo vode.Kada se kreč dovoljno rastopi procedite, pa dodajte još vode, toliko da prekrije šljive kada ih spustiteu činiju. Šljive oljuštite iizvadite im koštice. Savetujem vam da očišćene šljive stavljate u najlon kesu, kako ne bi pocrnele dok sve ne očistite. Potom ih stavite u pripremljenu krečnuvodu da odstoje par sati.

Na ovaj način će očvrsnuti, pa će kada se ukuvaju imati bolju strukturu, a i lepše će izgledati i opasnije mamiti iz teglice. Kada dobiju određenu čvrstinu, izvadite šljive iz krečne vode, dobro ih isperite pod mlazom čiste vode, ocedite i stavite da se kuvaju. Tokom kuvanja zaboravite na mešanje, već samo protresite šerpu s vremena na vreme. Pred kraj dodajte vanilu i limun isečen na kolutove. Skuvano slatko prekrijte vlažnom krpom i sipajte u tegle kada se dobro ohladi.

 

Serbian Plum Slatko

Growing up in the region where the unpredictable Drina has for centuries made the biggest bend, surrounded with vast hills overgrown with dense deciduous forest marked my childhood. Here a man lives in balance with nature, with an open heart, welcoming a chance traveler as his dearest guest, his closest cousin.

Guests from various parts of our former country, from Triglav to Đevđelija, visited my family. People coming from different places and other cultures and belonging to different religions were not just our guests, but they were greeted as our family members.

Towards the end of the 1960’s, a new daughter-in-law came to my family from the blue Adriatic. At the time we had the first TV set in the village, which is why people knew about Catherine Deneuve, so they compared our beautiful girl from Split with this belle, and for a good reason.

My grandma later used to say, smiling:

“We put a crocheted doily, a bowl full of plum slatko, a polished brass teaspoon and a large glass of spring water on an antique tray my brother-in-law had bought in Valjevo. We put this in from of our daughter-in-law to help herself and restore her strength.

The daughter-in-law ate plum slatko with a teaspoon until there was nothing left. My sister-in-law, having realised that the daughter-in-law liked it, brought another bowl, and the young woman, in order to show herself in the best possible light and to show respect to her husband’s family, kept eating until she emptied the other bowl.”

I remember grandma’s moral very well: “It is our custom to serve plum, quince, wild strawberry or some other sort of slatko, depending on the season, to our guest, so that he can have something sweet until the coffee is ready. The guest takes a spoonful or two of slatko and says ‘thank you’. Good manners require that you praise the hostess’s skills and ask for a recipe.”

My grandma’s plum slatko recipe

I have decided to share with you my grandma’s plum slatko recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 kg of peeled plums
  • 4 kg of sugar
  • 1 big lemon
  • a little bit of lime
  • 2 bags of vanilla sugar

 

Instructions:

Dissolve a little bit of lime (one cup) in some water. When the lime has sufficiently dissolved, drain it and pour more water so that plums are steeped in the solution. Peel plums and take out stones. I suggest you put peeled plums into a plastic bag so as to avoid them turning black until you peel them all. Then put them in prepared lime water and leave them there for a couple of hours.

This way they will harden and have a better structure after the whole preparation process is over, and they will also look better and more appealing in the jar. When they have hardened enough, take them out of lime water, rinse them thoroughly in clean water, drain them and begin cooking them.  While you cook them forget about stirring, only shake the pot from time to time. Add vanilla and lemon slices when your slatko is almost cooked. Cover the cooked slatko with a wet cloth and pour it in jars when it has completely cooled down.

Priredila: Rada Sević

Prevod: Marija Đurđević

 

 

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