Mom and dad went a few days ago. We went to the bus depot to send them off. We remembered an old tradition while waiting for their bus and I decided to share it with you. We were chatting and watching people who were leaving and who were saying goodbye to each other. I had a bottle of water in my hand and dad suggested that I could pour that water behind their bus. Do you have any idea what this means? It is an old tradition to pour some water (generally with a jug or a small bucket) behind someone who is going to somewhere far. When that person goes out of his home, the relatives or parents go out, too and one of them pours some water behind him while he is leaving. If that person is leaving with his car, water is poured towards the car from behind. If he is walking, it is poured behind him just after he walks about 2 meters or so. And the person who pours water doesn’t go to bus station or airport to say him goodbye. But what is the meaning behind this? You know if you pour water, it meets the floor very fast. So pouring water behind someone leaving means wishing that person go and turn back as fast as that water. It is also applied our guests coming from far cities as in our case. Dad’s suggestion was funny as we all knew this should have been done just when they were leaving our home. As it is an old tradition, many people are forgetting it today and we haven’t been doing it for years. But it was nice to remember it, at least I have something to share with you. Guess what? Of course I poured a little water behind their bus when it was leaving and waved goodbye.
And this great summer dish was our last dinner together. Green beans are the most popular vegetbale when it’s summer here. It is used for some various dishes, but commonly cooked as in typical Turkish Green Beans with Tomatoes. However, I wanted to make something different this time. I sauteed it in a wok, stirring occasionaly and never letting it wait long over fire. Some other changes in this dish are corn, garlic, red bell pepper, a few mint leaves and everyone loved this beans dish different from the regular one.
Mısırlı Taze Fasulye
- 500g green beans, cleaned and cut crosswise
- 1 onion, chopped in sticks
- 2 tomatoes, chopped in sticks
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped in sticks
- 3 tbsp canned corn
- A few fresh mint leaves, minced
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Black pepper and red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup water
- Heat oil in a wok. Saute the onion first.
- Add the beans and cook it over medium heat for a few minutes.
- Add red pepper sticks and cook for some more minutes.
- Add tomatoes and garlic. Mix them and cook until the beans get tender.
- Add water when there is no water left in the wok.
- Toss in corns and mint and season your dish with salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes.
- Cook for 2 more minutes. It’s ready to serve.
- A cup of yogurt is a great refreshing companion for these beans.