After dark

After dark

By
Sevtap Yuce
Contains
13 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742708768
Photographer
Alicia Taylor

Cakes & desserts

You’d think that with all this eating, Turkish people should be as round as soccer balls — but traditionally all the meals are prepared at home, from a great variety of healthy and natural foods, with minimal preservatives and processing. There is no such thing as ‘junk food’ in Turkey, and in any case many people spend so much time and energy preparing their food, there is no time to get fat!

At our home, after the evening meal, once the dinner plates were cleared away, we’d chat, play games, watch TV … and enjoy more food.

Out would come the sweets and little savoury treats: bowls of fresh fruits such as peaches, nectarines and grapes in summer, roasted sunflower seeds and chickpeas, cake or pastries, and more tea — lots of tea!

It wasn’t only after dinner that we’d get to enjoy some sweet treats, like some biscuits or a nice bit of cake. It was quite usual for visitors to drop in unannounced, and Turkish people are so hospitable that they will never let you leave their house without feeding you. They will also blackmail you into eating more food — they will say, "If you don’t eat I will never speak to you again …" How can you possibly not eat more food? They will bring out some sweet and savoury treats and serve you lots of fresh hot tea, until you cannot eat any more.

On a hot summer’s night, we might decide to go for a walk. We’d take the nuts and the seeds and the teapot and sit in a park, to enjoy the little nibbles in the fresh air, and meet with many people we love from our neighbourhood.

In Turkey, there is always food to share.

And at the very end of the night, before we’d go to bed, the fire would continue to burn …

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