I grated some apples and mixed them with chopped walnuts, honey, sesame seeds, lemon, cinnamon, and melted butter. I put the mixture on eggroll wrappers, folded each wrapper, brushed them with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. I baked the rolls, and when they were done, I passed off the dessert to my family as something Turkish.
"I don't think they use eggroll wrappers in Turkish cooking, Mom," said one kid.
"The desserts at the Turkish restaurant were flakier and stickier, and...well, not like this," said another.
We recently ate at a Turkish restaurant in celebration of our studies about Turkey. We ordered desserts at the restaurant and my kids knew my concoction wasn't exactly authentic.
I did notice they ate the treats, however, despite the lack of authenticity.
We started something different for our Geography studies in the past month or so by using the book Explore the Holy Land by Ann Voskamp. In the past, I did a DIY approach to Geography, but decided to use Voskamp's book as we study the Middle East. We started with chapter 1: Turkey.
We do Geography during lunchtime. I guess food and Geography go together for us. It's easy to look at the map posted on the bulletin board next to our kitchen table as we read and talk about the places we study. The usual routine is that I read to the kids at the table while they finish lunch, and then they do a drawing and written narration in their Geography notebooks.
Something the same
Since I like reading folk tales from the places we study, I asked the librarian at our local branch to help me find folk tales from Turkey. She found this delightful book about Goha for me. Goha is a folk hero not only from Turkey but from other countries in the region as well, and he goes by different names.
When the librarian handed me the book, I paged through it and immediately knew we would love it. The images in the book are hand-stitched illustrations. I love hand-stitched anything.
My kids were as smitten as I was with the illustrations, and the stories were a big hit in our family. In fact, in a rare move, I read some stories at dinner so my husband could hear them as well. We all like Goha and it's hard for each of us to decide which of the funny stories about him we like the best.
Something againI found a book about Turkey on the community bookshelf in our building's basement. The funny thing is, it's a book I put there about a year ago when decluttering our apartment. I wasn't interested in Turkey at the time, but after studying the place with my kids, I now want to read a book for adults about it. I'd better hurry, though, because we started the next country in Voskamp's book: Isreal.
Images. Top: A drawing of apples I made. Bottom: Goha the Wise Fool by Denys Johnson-Davies.