The Bosnian Home (Clip 2)

[Senida Husić & Amer Salihović]

Amer Salihović: “I mean, We do it here..”

Senida Husić: “And speaking of doing for heck of it, you mentioned gardening. My mom doesn’t, you can buy at Kroger everything she has in her garden and you can go to the Amish and get everything you know, that’s organic. But she does it because she enjoys it. Like, she- she gardens because it’s not like she is going to make any money and it’s not like we’re really going to save any money but it’s just like think of it as being able to do something that she’s done for such a long time and kind of just takes her to a happy place in her mind but also there’s something about seeing something from nothing become something that you know, you see that progress and you see that plant growing and bearing fruit and you’re enjoying it and so on that it just you know, brings you happiness and satisfaction so.”

AS: “Just to add on top of that, so we have a lot that’s about half an acre right now where our house sits on. A quarter of that is a vegetable garden, right, so just imagine how that looks. It looks huge.”

NM: “So just following up on gardening, were there any specific, um, things that your parents want to plant like right away, like vegetables, flowers, or herbs or something

SH: “Peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes are like the top, and it’s not just any peppers its usually yellow banana peppers or bell peppers. Um, one or the other but most people really like the bell peppers because they can stuff them, and they’re easy to stuff. And um, after that we have our type, and I say our type of zucchini but it’s like not so much zucchini where its long, its more round and larger and we use squash essentially. Would squash come out to be larger and more round, cause we never in Bosnia, we don’t have zucchini in a sense where its long. We have squash, so that’s one big thing and-”

AS: “Green beans”

SH: “The people do like potatoes and green beans-”

AS: “Onions”

SH: “Onions, yeah, onions are another big thing because they’re super easy and like low maintenance so you don’t have to do too much. Peppers, and tomatoes, and cucumbers they’re not as low maintenance cause sometimes it’s a hit or miss depending on the weather and the types of seeds you have and the soil and everything but those are the most, you know, sought after things to plant. But when it comes to onions and garlic, those are really easy and low maintenance and they’ll do anywhere. And then squash as well is something that is very maintenance so you don’t have to mess with it too much but I mean people plant all types of things. Carrots, parsley-”

AS: “Trees, fruit trees now-”

SH: “Fruit trees are pretty big too, apples, pears-”

AS: “That was a great-”

SH: “Plums, plums are big.”

AS: “Great thing to point out because so like fruit trees and stuff like that was a huge thing in Bosnia and I remember even as a kid I would climb up cherry trees, apple trees and you know, have my meals. So that’s one thing, that’s one of the things that we bring – even that whole concept of planting fruit trees. That’s not a common thing that’s usually if you go to a Bosnian’s house you’ll probably find an apple tree in the backyard or something because that’s something we carried from Bosnia. (3:37) Another thing, our gardens, 90% of the things we have in the garden uh are an ingredient to one of our you know, favorite foods. The one I dislike the most is like, I don’t like squash. But we use that to make a very uh very, very popular pita. So, that’s that. Um, then you have your peppers or um, paprika or whatever you wanna call it. Sarma? (4:14) Is it ‘sarma’?”

SH: “Sarma.”

AS: “it’s lettuce, right?”

SH: “Cabbage,”

AS: “Cabbage. But peppers are things like, like, you just put in a bowl, you put it in the oven, you bake it for like 30 minutes-”

SH: “In a pan, not a bowl”

AS: “Pan, and you just put some cream over it”

SH: “He doesn’t cook-”

AS: “Put, put some cream over it and there you go. You got food and like green beans like buranija is a huge thing. I am surprised we don’t do beans cause like that’s like

SH: “Yeah, beans you have to get, like, the correct beans. It’s not the beans you get at the store like green beans from the store, cause there is like different species and there’s the beans that most Bosnians really like we call them ‘buranija’ And it’s something like on a vine and it grows much taller where the green beans that we get they come like on a, like a little shrubby thingy so it’s probably two or three feet tall at max and then you have your, you know your little beans, but the ones my mom has like constantly, and looking for and asking people to send it to her from Bosnia is actual things that have like have a vine and you have to put like a little stake in the ground or a big stake because sometimes they can get like six feet and they can grow around the stake and you have beans and they’re like colorful, and you know, different variations but-”

VS: “What is ‘grah”, because that was in the article-”

SH: “See grah.. So, there’s grah and there’s buranija (5:53) Grah usually and is from just what my parents and my family use back home. You have so it’s, in in America, in English, in America, it’s all bean. So, for us, grah is white beans, so like pinto beans, in a sense. And you have the beans that are kind of um, like pinkish and almost a maroon-ish color and it’s like the pattern. Those are the two colors so those two things we call grah, so grah is anything that, like a bean, that doesn’t grow on a huge vine. But like buranija (6:33) is anything that grows on a huge vine and you can eat it while it’s like green but you can also let it ripen, open up the, is it called like a bean stalk, I guess?”

AS: “Pod”

SH: “Pod, yes. You open it up so once it’s all like fully ripe you can take the actual beans out and it’s still buranija but you take the beans out and you cook that. And that can just be your buranija so. That’s that’s from where I am from, my family how they differentiate but if you go somewhere else some people call buranija, ‘màhuna‘ and it’s like diff, you know, different I guess dialects and areas have different, different words for things.”