Well, it is that time of year again. Time for "ashure." This time of year, every year, the Turks begin making a special homemade dessert called ashure. The other name for it is "Noah's pudding," as legend has it that when Noah landed (which is suspected to be here on Mt. Ararat), the supplies were exhausted, so they used what they little they had left to create this dessert. Here is a link to explain more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashure
Neighbors make the dessert, then distribute it to everyone else in the building. We like this dessert, though it is very different from desserts in America. Isn't is interesting, though, that whatever you grow up on, you love. My Turkish friend Hicran can not talk about ashure without closing her eyes and smacking her lips and saying, "Oh, is it that time of year again?!" It's like me with mom's peach cobbler. Ashure contains beans and grains, but also has a sweet taste from some sugar and toppings like cinnamon. This bowl was made for me by my neighbor on the first floor. One way I really like ashure is with pomegranate seeds on top, as seen in the wikipedia link. They make a ready-made packet of this in the grocery stores here, but is not as good as homemade. I sent one to my sister in law Cassie last year to try. She said they liked it! If anyone who reads my blog would like to try it with your family, leave me a comment and I'll send some back with Ross in February and he can pop it in the mail to you. It is very light and not a problem to mail! I loved all the comments you all left me yesterday!