My friend, my neighbor at the same time, called this afternoon and invited me to have Turkish coffee together. She’s very good at making Turkish coffee with a lot of foams on top and she knows I love it. As I mentioned in my “Turkish Coffee” post, it’s a tradition to drink this coffee with one or more friends, never alone. So if you crave for Turkish coffee, you should invite a friend.
You know Turkish coffee requires something sweet near it (a piece of chocolate, Turkish delight, chocolate cake, cookies, etc.), so I took some cacao cake that I made yesterday. Of course she greeted me with a big smilewhen she saw this cake. While we were having our well made coffee, we decided to make some savory pastries together. We love working together in the kitchen, so we enjoyed a lot playing with the dough and preparing these pastries.
Tuzlu Kuru Pasta
-4 cups flour
-2tsp baking powder
-100g cheese, crumbled
Note: All of these should be in room temperature. We made about 40 pieces of pastries from these ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F)
Pour the flour in a large bowl and break two eggs in the middle of it. Add butter and salt, then mix them with your hands. Put the crumbled cheese and knead the dough well. You’ll see how cheese adds its taste. Make two big balls from this dough. Sprinkle some flour on the counter and roll them out one by one as big as a small plate.
Beat the yolk in a small bowl and spread it with the help of a brush on the dough you roll out. Then sprinkle nigella sativa on them. We used three kinds of nigella sativa here; white, brown and black.
Grab a cookie cutter with the shape you like and cut them carefully. We used a star shape cutter here.
Lay an oven proof paper on a tray and arrange the stars on it. As we love playing with the dough, we also gave some spiral shapes with our hands.
Place the tray in oven and cook them for 25 minutes. Do not wait them in the oven, take out immediately. When they get cold enough, you can serve it with a cup of tea at breakfast or at afternoon tea times.
And my friend was so kind to put some of these pastries in the cup with which I brought my cake.
Guest in Turkish Culture
There is a very nice tradition in Turkey. If you take something you make to your neighbor, she absolutely puts some food from her kitchen in the same bowl in return. It is a sign of generosity of both sides. Here you see a Turkish villager waiting for her guests (mom and I). It is also a part of our tradition to welcome our guests at or outside the door, which shows our respect to our guests. And we do the same while they are leaving our homes.