The Best Turkish Delight
Picture this: You are in Melbourne. You are driving the 1.5hr trip back to the airport after a long day of work and realise that you will be two hours early for your flight back home. Do you:
(a) Proceed calmly to the airport and try and get on an earlier flight (and if that fails, proceed to option b)?
(b) Proceed calmly to the airport and sit in the Qantas Club lounge to drink wine and read a novel while waiting for your flight?
(c) Decide to drive another 30 minutes past the airport to go to a lovely little shop you discovered on your last trip to Melbourne?You know which one I did, right? The last time I went to that shop I bought lots of yummy things that I then had to stuff into my laptop bag. This time was no different…except I didn’t even have a laptop bag! I had just slipped my laptop into my handbag so I had one less thing to carry. Yeah I know, the extent of my laziness knows no bounds.
The good thing was that I could not figure out a way to bring home a gorgeous tagine that I spotted in the shop – way too bulky. I did buy a huge bag of the turkish delight that I have been craving ever since my first visit to this shop a few months ago. It is made locally and I have not managed to find anything similar in Sydney. The outer layer is like a chewier version of a marshmallow. The inside is your more standard type of turkish delight with a pistachio nut in the middle. And it is all rolled in coconut. Divine. I nearly choked when I saw that they had only 6 pieces left in the box when I arrived at the shop. Luckily the guy assured me that he had another box of them. I said I wanted about half a box. He said “there are 4 kilos in this box”. So I said “hmm…you are right, better make it a bit more than half the box”. It is about now that I should mention that at this morning’s weigh in at the gym I had put on two kilos!! I professed total ignorance when my trainer asked if I had any idea of the cause of this weight gain….
I also bought a big bag of these spicy rice cracker things that Tara loves. We used to buy them in tiny packets at the Japanese shop for exorbitant sums until I discovered that middle eastern shops sell them by the bucket load. I bought two packets of pashmak – the turkish (?) fairy floss. They were $5/packet compared to the $18/packet at the deli up the road from me. I have no idea what I am going to do with them…but ofcourse I could not resist buying them!