Thursday, January 10, 2008

Noah's Pudding

Noah's Pudding...Aşure

Middle Eastern tradition holds that when Noah berthed his boat on Mount Ararat (Ağri Dağ) he instructed his wife to gather up whatever food and grains were left over from their cruise to salvation and make a pudding to mark their amazing passage into a new life.
Today across the Middle East, Central Eurasia, and wherever Muslims are found...that celebration of deliverance is still remembered by Aşure Day. Tradition dictates that children and wives make this pudding and deliver it in small bowls to their neighbors, originally meaning the 40 households immediately north, south, east and west of your home.
Yesterday our kitchen was turned into "Aşure Central" and Büyük Anne came to oversee and season the pudding. An all day takes 4-5 hours to cook and bring the ingredients together.
Gulten Finessing the Pudding

Sesame seeds, rice, white beans, raisins, figs, pomegranate seeds, dried fruits, garbanzo beans, wheat, apricots, currants, hazel nuts, walnuts, pine nuts, sugar and water are combined to make an amazingly delicious pudding.
Our morning began early with the first of the dishes from our neighbors arriving and we in turn spent the afternoon delivering Ann's dishes to them. Its kinda like a dessert co-op with purpose and long as its food coming thru my door its all good.
Waiting for Me

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Living, Traveling, and Wandering on the Far Side of the World

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