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?

About Goreme1990

I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in a leafy middle class North Shore suburb. After school I worked in various jobs, including as a public servant, sales assistant, bar maid and car counter, before going 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. I spent the following years moving between Australia and Turkey and eventually relocated to Göztepe on the Asian side of the city in 2010 with my husband. Since then I have spent my time writing short stories, blogging and doing radio programs. Check out the interview section of my blog for more information and to hear me talk about my life in Turkey. I have released a collection of essays called "Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries" and a travel novel titled "Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul". Both are available in paperback and ebook forms through Amazon and other book retailers. In addition to this regular blog I write articles for various international and local media and present a monthly radio segment on Istanbul.
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