Relationship: Child of im/migrant

This specific thing I choose isn’t an object, as you can tell by the title. It’s a bread from my country, Samarkand. I interviewed my Mum to help me with this story because she knows a lot about Non. My Mum told me that everytime she went to Samarkand, she would bring back bread for luck. Here are the ingredients to make Non:                                          

  • 2 teaspoons Active yeast.
  • 2 cups Lukewarm water.
  • 1.5 teaspoons Salt, more to taste.
  • 1 cup Whole wheat flour.
  • 3.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour.
  • 1 splash milk or oil or rendered lard (not more than a couple tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon Nigella (kalonji) seeds (optional)

You can’t leave Samarkand without taking the traditional bread with you. It’s tasty and delicious, some say it is tastier than other breads. It’s baked in a clay oven used for bread, and you can also make some designs on the bread. I make Non at home with my Mum sometimes, and whenever my Grandma comes from Samarkand, we always prepare the bread for her because it’s traditional and it’s like a “Welcome” gift for coming to be with us. Non doesn’t take that long to make. Once it’s done the bread is nice and crispy, warm and soft on the inside filling. Usually everybody would prefer their Non hot because when it gets cold it’s kind of hard to bite into. There are so many different ways to make Non. Every religion has a traditional bread recipe, and I think it’s cool and special.

Place(s): Samarkand
Year: 2004

– Sabina

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