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On the Fly: Turkish Delight 

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  • Jessica Lara Ticktin
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Turkish delight: This was the extent of the girls’ knowledge of Turkey before we arrived in Istanbul. They knew it was a dessert and that Edmund from C.S Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe wanted to eat copious amounts of it.

Our first day in Istanbul, we were lured into a shop with mounds of freshly made Turkish delight in all kinds of flavors and colors. The girls were hopping with excitement as the young man behind the counter offered them tastes of piece after piece, each coated with powdered sugar: pistachio, coconut, mint, hazelnut and assorted fruit varieties.

It was delicious, yet the girls were slightly disappointed. They had imagined Turkish delight to be a white and creamy, pudding-like dessert that Edmund heaped into his mouth, spoonful after spoonful. Although it was tasty, Dahlia and Lola couldn’t understand Edmund’s obsession with these small, gelatinous squares.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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