RS_2 | Belmuž – freshly made cheese and flour
Shepherds keeping sheeps in and around villages on the Old Mountain and Svrljig mountains in the Eastern Serbia for centuries traditionally prepare Belmuž. It is a meal made of dairy products and flour, ingredients that are most common.
The name Belmuž derives from the words for white cheese and man. In Serbian white cheese is called beli sir, hence BEL, whereas the word for man in Serbian dialect spoken in Eastern Serbia is MUŽ. Belmuž is very nutritious, and it was prepared for the whole family. It is said that it tastes the best when it is prepared in larger quantity in larger pots. Constant stirring of the mixture demands the strength, which is why men were preparing the meal. Some say that mainly young males were preparing and consuming the meal, so they prove that they are fit to get married, to become honest husbands, as the word MUŽ means husband in Serbian, and white is the color of honesty. Also, meal was very often prepared by shepherds taking flocks of sheeps on pastures higher in the mountain.
Most often, Belmuž is prepared of fresh, so-called young, cheese that was prepared two days before preparation of Belmuž. It is said that every man (MUŽ) develops his own secret recipe for most delicious Belmuž.
(Image: © Darko Savić, Center for Study in Cultural Development)