Thursday, June 07, 2007

Laffy taffy

I read about maras dondurmasi in Saveur mag today. It's a Turkish taffy-like ice cream made with goat's milk and flavored with salep, a powder made from the tubers of wild orchids that grow locally. It's beaten with a paddle and hand-pulled. It doesn't melt as easily as ice cream because the salep retains water, which slows the melting process. Because of this, they are able to hang it in the shop on meat hooks. It's eaten on a cone or on a plate dusted with pistachios, then eaten with a fork and knife.

I'm pretty sure it's only available in Turkey. I wouldn't want to eat it here anyway - it probably wouldn't taste the same.

Had some really good margaritas and pretty decent Mexican food last night. I'll bug Alex to post about it.

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