Sunday night is perhaps our least popular evening for cooking. Until then, we’re dealing with the Monday horror and not in the mood to take on a potentially stressful task like burning dinner. Seattleites are lucky, however, because pick-up day is over on Sunday Baked in Bosnia.
Owned by Selma and Eric Mansell, Baked in Bosnia is a pre-order restaurant serving phenomenal starters, main courses, desserts and drinks, all of Selma’s roots growing in Bosnia and later Germany.
“Selma has always been very passionate about food,” said Eric. “I think a lot of this comes from their Bosnian roots. Something like that happens when you grow up in a poor country and everyone cooks from what is grown on their own small farm. “
Selma and Eric create a new menu for Baked in Bosnia every week. The changing menu always includes a starter, a Bosnian pita, a side salad, a soup or stew, a main course, a dessert and a drink. Everything is a la carte, so choose what sounds best or take our recommendation and order everything.
Here’s what we are talking about when we say order everything. First, dive into the Suho Meso & Cheese Platter, which is one of Baked’s best-kept secrets in Bosnia. The Suho Meso Cured and Smoked Beef is served with feta cheese and bread. Next up is the Bosnian pita, which is made from layers of newspaper-thin phyllo batter that is filled with cheese, meat, and vegetables, and then rolled up into a delicious spiral.
As a main course, choose between Bosnian goulash or chicken and spaetzle, a recipe that Selma’s mother perfected while working in a restaurant in Germany. The choice of desserts ranges from Bosnian baklava to Bavarian plum cake.
Every dish at Baked in Bosnia is something Selma ate with her family in Bosnia and then in Germany when they fled the Bosnian War, and then in Wisconsin when they emigrated to America. Selma and her right hand in the communal kitchen, Jerri Andreasen, do everything from scratch every week.
Cooking has always been a part of Selma’s life.
“I’ve always been very passionate about eating and cooking for my family and friends,” said Selma. “The Bosnian culture is really welcoming and we want to be the best possible host. We want to welcome people into our family by literally offering them the best food they have ever had. That’s us, and we’ve always been. “
On a trip to Paris, Selma came up with the idea of starting her own restaurant, inspired by the little vendors who perfected a handful of menus. When the Mansell moved to Seattle four years ago it was Selma’s dream to share Bosnian food with the fantastic culinary scene here. But the Mansells changed their plans when they learned that their eldest daughter is autistic.
Selma and Eric put family emphasis and worked out a schedule to be home with their daughter to facilitate home therapy. The Sunday pickups schedule for Baked in Bosnia became the best plan to achieve this. On Friday afternoon, Selma devotes all her attention to baking and cooking the menu for that week, while Eric takes care of the childcare.
Building everything from scratch is time consuming and working on a tight schedule is often stressful, but Selma and Eric find this work rewarding.
“We have amazing food here in Seattle so it’s really intimidating to start something that isn’t well represented here,” said Selma. “But I want to teach people about Bosnian culture, and I really want to do that because I feel like it’s phenomenal food. We all have our regional favorites – why can’t Bosnian be one of them? “
After the orders are packed every Sunday, Selma focuses on her family again, planning future menus, catering and special events such as her upcoming cake event, “Slices of my life”. Contains 13 cakes, each representing specific parts of their lives, from war and asylum to love and laughter.
Going forward, Mansells families with special needs children are keen to run a Baked in Bosnia Sweepstakes, knowing firsthand how difficult it can be to find time for a quality family meal.
While we love to sip on a rose lemonade and prepare to indulge in both a Bosnian cucumber salad and a tomato salad and steak burek, it is thanks to Baked in Bosnia that we look forward to Sunday evening dinner every week.
Baked in Bosnia offers a varied weekly menu for pick-up on Sundays at 501 2nd Ave W # 100. Pre-orders are required and can be made on their website. Sign up for the newsletter to receive menu previews and notifications of special events.