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St. Nicholas et la Turquie

December 9, 2007

Nikolas_myraChers Amis,

When you think of St. Nicholas do you think of a jolly red cheeked saint in a mitered hat all dressed in scarlet  and surrounded by sTurkeynow? That is the St. Nicholas most of us imagine, but in reality St. Nicholas was born in the Roman province of Lycia in Asia Minor along the southern coast of modern day Turkey. Think rather of aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean, green river valleys, mountains reaching down to the sea and craggy cliffs
cut deep with ancient tombs.  This was the place St. Nicholas called home and where St. Paul spread the gospel.

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If you are interested in learning more about St. Nicholas in Turkey or in seeing more pictures of this region, here are a few sites:

St. Nicholas Turkey

Church of St. Nicholas 

Lycian Turkey.com

Photos of St. Nicholas Church (and beaches)

Since we are still wandering through Asia, we left Tibet for a quick trip to the far western corner of the continent to learn more about this fascinating crossroads of ideas. Of course, we decided to plan a Turkish feast too!  Unfortunately the girls had to sing at our town’s Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, so we delayed our feast in honor of St. Nicholas until tonight.  I think he will be understanding. Half the fun of cooking is reading all the wonderful recipes.  I found a nice Turkish menu at Epicurious.com and a delectable food blog called Almost Turkish Recipes.  Here is our menu:

Flaky Cheese Rolls –  feta and parsley wrapped in phyllo dough

Fresh Spinach with Garlic-yogurt sauce

Spicy Lamb with Charred Eggplant Puree and Pita bread

tabbouleh

grapes and pomegranate

Turkish Coffee

and Mushroom Cookies

It is after 1 pm, so I had better bring the kids in and start the cookies.

–Marjorie

PS – a fun book for a Turkish feast is The Hungry Coat: a tale from Turkey by Demi

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 11, 2007 8:12 pm

    Great post! I’m saving it for another year…

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