One of the highlights for me today was lunch in the home of a local Turkish family. We were graciously received in their courtyard where they had a long low table set with stools for us to sit. We greeted them with an effort of Turkish and sat down. They didn’t interact with us much which was a bit disappointing – our guide enjoyed their company and we felt it a bit rude to continue having a second conversation while they talked so we just listened.
The menu was
- Pastry sticks filled with a cheese, dolmolades, and a thick tomato dip
- Tomato soup with grated cheese
- Pasta in a yoghurt sauce with a thin mince/tomato sauce on the top
- Stuffed Eggplant and rice
- Poppy cake with 2 icecreams – lemon and sour cherry
I am sorry I can’t remember the Turkish names for these dishes. They were all very delicious. My favourites were the pasta and the dessert.
The girls and I were sent in to help with the tea. But it was all a ruse to get me dressed up in traditional gear. I then helped serve the tea – everyone had moved down to a ‘lounge room’ which was set up on the other end of the courtyard – small mattress type mats on the ground around a carpet with thick cushions leaning on the walls for back support . Everyone took off shoes to either go in the house or on the carpet. Once everyone had their tea I sat down and enjoyed my tea dressed as the other ladies.
We had a little conversation and 2-3 rounds of tea before it was time to go. When I went back into to take my traditional gear off one of the ladies followed me in and gave me a gift of a head scarf.
It was a very special part of our day.
(and as far as photos go of the food – they are coming!)