Though I’m not as gaga for Turkish food and I am for Greek, there are a couple of dishes that I find myself hankering for now that I’m on to the next destination. My favorite was definitely gozleme, which is like a Turkish quesadilla, using pastry instead of tortilla and filled with cheese and other goodies. I’ve also become a big fan of meze, a combination of salads and dips served before the main meal. And no meal in Turkey would be complete without some hot apple tea to finish it off. I long for apple tea!
The most interesting food I ate in Goreme had to be the pottery kebab though, not because it was particularly delicious, but because the dark, mysterious man who served it to me was wielding a sharp machete. Naturally, for a split second I thought he was going to cut my head off.
I like a little lunchtime drama now and then, don’t you?
Obviously unless I’m writing from beyond the grave (and seriously don’t get your hopes up. I’m a workaholic, but once I’m dead, that nonsense is over), you know that I didn’t get whacked by the Turkish waiter. (Incidentally, he was a pretty handsome fellow, but full of himself. If I’ve learned anything this year on the road it’s that there are some real cads out there! Beware.)
The machete wasn’t a tool of death; it was necessary to crack into my lunch. Pottery kebab is tomato-based meat stew, with lamb, chicken or beef, and veggies, baked inside a clay pot and cracked open at your table. I didn’t really know that when I ordered it, as evidenced by my confused reaction below.
While the stew itself was pretty good, it’s really the experience of cracking into your own scalding hot pottery kebab that makes this a must-do activity in Cappadocia. Bon appetit!
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