Cevaps and pancakes.

The Cevaps and grandsons with Milo

The Cevaps and grandsons with Milo

This last week has been spent nursing a well earned cold. My dad used to shout, “close the door”, over and over again, often to no avail. As kids we never did, as cold wasn’t something we felt. In fact we were always warm and running. Dad was the keeper of our warmth in winter and felt it his duty to keep living areas warm. He was the stoker of fires. It is strange how men are drawn to fire much more than women. In the period between post WW2 and pre our migration period, heating by dad was done with the help of coal in ornately decorated cast iron combustion heaters. The coal was taken up two flights of stairs in jute bags carried on the back of strong Dutch coal carriers. Mum used to put drop- sheets down from the bottom of the stairs all the way to the top and leading through a corridor to the back balcony were the coal was dumped in a small coal shed. The jute bags would be  taken back empty. It was one of those yearly events in early autumn for the coming winter. My mother’s job would be to make the amount of coal last as heating was expensive. A severe winter was never welcome.

These were some of my limpid flu inspired  thoughts trying to make the best of the situation as well as having two of our grandchildren for a couple of days giving their mum a break. She had to work and school holidays are not easy on working mums. Both grandsons have a father born in Australia but from Croatian background. No need to dwell on its history but most will agree that the eating of chevatis always played a big role not just with Croatia but also Serbia and surrounding States, that vacillated between bloody endless wars with each other, yet never forgetting that sharing the cevaps also held promise of peace between neighbours. With that in mind and a promised barbeque made inescapable by gloriously warm weather I made my way to Woollies with grandsons hopping behind and around me,  busy on IPhonic mania of which I have long given into and surrendered.

I love the Super market’s somewhat hidden  counter proudly displaying the items ‘close to out of date’ and spotted a packet of twelve cevaps for just $ 5.75 reduced from $7.85 and still two days left till being be a bit off or rotten. I bought them quickly and after buying a loaf of white sandwich bread rushed home. The kids were ravenous and probably ready to eat anything irrespective of any dates. The rugged Croatian blood line and the frugal Dutch a perfect combination. I pointed out to grandsons that we should be so happy to have rescued those almost out of date cevaps from getting thrown out. Many in this world go hungry, why waste food at all?


Thomas looked a bit serious after that little sermon. He could well end up telling his mum to go and loiter around the ‘out of date’ food items, which might be a good thing apart from saving money. I lit the barbeque and all twelve but one of the cevaps were packet between the white bread and eaten quickly. My flu symptoms were pushed  in the background by the show of grandsons concentrated enthusiasm for their, no doubt inherited love, for the Croatian  cevaps. It was a joy to watch. Next morning it was always going to be pancakes. I mentioned many posts ago about having an inscription;  ‘Here rests a good Opa, he made very fine pan-cakes and loved bargains.’ For those that wondered about the twelfth cevaps, that was given to Milo.

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32 Responses to “Cevaps and pancakes.”

  1. roughseasinthemed Says:

    So I looked up chevati and couldn’t find it. What is it? Lovely sunny garden pic btw.


  2. Dorothy brett Says:

    I too buy chevapis when I feel like sausages, didn’t know they were from Croatia.
    I also love your pancakes.
    Love Dorothy


  3. nonsmokingladybug Says:

    We called them Cevapcici (skinless sausages) and ate them with Djuvec rice and Ajvar. Oh my Gosh, great Gerhard…no I have to make them for the weekend. Thanks a lot lol


  4. Carrie Rubin Says:

    I admit I had to look up what cevaps were. Though I don’t really eat sausage, it does look tasty. But I’m always happy for a pancake or two…


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, cevaps are gaining market share over the ‘normal’ sausage. Some claim that there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ sausage. I looked at the sausage division at a super market and there is a bewildering choice in sausages.
      Pancakes are still simple and honest. I wish I could give readers a sample of my pancakes with golden syrup. No doubt that will be made possible in the future.

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  5. Jackie Says:

    This post has made me hungry! I hope you are feeling better. 🙂


  6. Yvonne Says:

    I think that would be a mighty fine inscription on your grave stone! Does Milo have some Croatian blood, do you think?


  7. bkpyett Says:

    So good to hear you have been enjoying the grand children.


  8. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, they are very enjoyable to be with and good company. They went back to their mum yesterday and school begins Monday or Tuesday. They both had a hair cut while here and an IPone fitted with a new screen.


  9. berlioz1935 Says:

    You can turn anything into an occasion to make a good yarn out of it.


  10. petspeopleandlife Says:

    There is nothing better than to enjoy the “spring” of your off spring. I’m thinking that you regale them with lots of humorous stories. And it is nice that each boy got a new iPhone screen.

    Poor Milo, you gave your trusty little dog only one sausage? 🙂 Well at least you did not forget him.


  11. gerard oosterman Says:

    Thank you Yivonne. You are spot on with the grandsons giving us a ‘spring’ in more ways than one.Only the grandson who dropped his IPhone got a new screen. The other one got a magazine and we promised a couple of books if he can find some that he likes.


  12. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Next time I am in the grocery store, I have to check to see if there are any sausages labeled Cevaps or Cevapcici. New to me as well. If there are I will buy some and probably eat Milo’s share. 🙂 –Curt


  13. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Something new in my vocabulary. I will no doubt see them when I next go to the supermarket!


  14. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Charlie is jealous; he would like a pancake too. Get well quick Gerard.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you Kayti. We had booked our yearly flu shot when both of us got a cold on that very day.
      We are both on the mend and get our shot this week. Charlie will get a pancake provided he has been a good boy. Has he?


  15. Patti Kuche Says:

    Looks like happy times with you all Gerard, whatever the sausage, and what lovely memories your grandsons are banking!


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