Noon

Noon

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

Lunch & snacks

When I was a little girl, about eight or nine years old, I used to love making little biscuits when my mum was out of the house. I would get a bowl, put in some flour, the zest of a few oranges, a few tablespoons of yoghurt, some eggs, sugar and butter, then knead it all together and roll it into little balls. Worried that my cookies would get too big, I’d spread them out over eight or nine trays and bake them all up.

I’d be so proud and excited when my mum came home and I could tell her I’d made these beautiful biscuits — they were so amazing! It wasn’t until many years later that I found out my dear brother Murat had confessed to the rest of the family that my biscuits were inedible, but he’d asked them not to tell me this, otherwise I’d stop making them. Maybe some of those days I was so excited I forgot to put the sugar or the love into the biscuits.

You could say that for Turkish people, life revolves around their stomachs. All day is spent thinking about food! In our home, once breakfast was finished, the dishes would be cleared away and the ladies of the household would start thinking about what to make for lunch. Some Turkish dishes take a while to put together, so as soon as breakfast was over, it was time to go shopping at the pazar.

Every neighbourhood has its own markets, where you can buy the most amazing tomatoes, eggplants, beans and different chillies. The lady of the house would be the hunter and gatherer, while the man would work hard to earn a few dollars to pay the bills.

Around 1 pm, our table would be set with all the lunch dishes — a bowl of yoghurt, a large bowl of salad, pickles, all the hot and cold dishes. The whole family would eat together, and all the dishes would be shared. Everyone would help themselves, although Mum would often ask us kids what we’d like to eat and serve up the dishes to us first. And then we’d all eat, and chat, and laugh, and enjoy our food together, and this would go on for hours.

Then, after lunch, it was time to clean up the dishes again — and start thinking about and preparing dinner!

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