Turkish food: A few of my favourite (edible) things

Must try succulent lamb buryan in Fatih, Istanbul.

Me about to eat Bunyan kebab and perde pilav

Looking back over my posts I’ve noticed that apart from one or two specific pieces, I have written very little about Turkish food. This certainly isn’t because I don’t like it! On the contrary I love it, and am known to trek far and wide in search of the best lamb buryan kebab, the finest slices of iskender, or the most tantalising chicken breast pudding. Most likely I haven’t written anything because I am too busy eating, as anyone who’s tasted good Turkish food would understand. To makes amends for this oversight, I offer this tribute to Turkish food (with apologies in advance to composer Richard Rogers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II).

Small kofte parcels, made from raw mince meat,
Pide with thick cheese and juicy fat sausage,
Packets of borek brought fresh to my door
I have my favourites, but there are more

Sahlep with cinnamon, boza with chickpeas
Ferry horns, trambells and meatballs with pickles
Bright copper glasses with frothy fresh ayran
I have my favourites, come on and try one

Boys in bright satin, with caps sporting nazar
Coffee that stays on my mind and my taste buds
Turkish delight of assorted sweet flavour
I have my favourites, you’ll find one to savour

When the dog barks, when the caravan leaves
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

For more of my favourite things about living in Turkey, check out the new edition of my book Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City.

And if the above verses aren’t enough, here’s one more.

Cream coloured sutlaç pudding of white rice
Raindrops on cypresses, turbans on tombstones
Owls on the Bosphorus that hoot at the moon
Taste all my favourites, I promise you’ll swoon

Next time you’re tucking in to your favourite Turkish food, why not see if you can come up with a verse of your own?

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About Goreme1990

I’m Lisa Morrow, the person behind www.insideoutinistanbul.com. I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up a leafy middle class North Shore suburb. After finishing high school I went to Sydney University but failed to find my niche. After working as a public servant, cleaner, sales assistant, waitress, bar maid and car counter, I went overseas. Once there I hitchhiked through the UK, travelled in Europe and arrived in Turkey just as the Gulf War was starting. My three months stay in the small central Anatolian village of Göreme changed my life. On my return to Australia I earned a BA Honours Degree in Sociology from Macquarie University. An academic career beckoned but the call to travel was louder. After several false starts I moved to Turkey and lived there for ten years. In 2017 I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, but continue to travel regularly to Istanbul.

In addition to my blog I’ve written a travel narrative memoir called “Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul” and two collections of essays, “Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City” and “Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries”. I have a regular segment on San Francisco Turkish radio and in early 2017 I released an audio walking tour called “Stepping back through Chalcedon: Kadikoy Walk”, through VoiceMap. In addition I write for various international and Australian magazines and websites, as well as for this blog. A full list of my published articles, with links, can be found on the Writing on Turkey and Writing Beyond Turkey pages.

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  1. Thanks for finally talking about >A few of my favourite (edible) things:
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