[yiddish] To eat like an animal, i.e., quickly, noisily, and in great quantity.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chicken Pudding

Of all the odd things I have eaten, chicken pudding may be the most odd. I can't recall a moment where I have been more hesitant to lick my spoon. A Turkish friend had been telling me about this typical dish of his homeland for a year now, and when he brought a vat home that was cooked by his mother I invited myself over to have some. I think the basic idea is that chicken is boiled down beyond comprehension and mixed with things like sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, almonds, and milk. Yes, this is a dessert, and an apparently ancient one at that. I am not trying to explain the recipe here (there are plenty online) just trying to give you the general picture of what I was dealing with. Anyway, I couldn't exactly get into this; I couldn't get past my views of chicken not being dessert. It really was puddingy, with a texture like a watered down jello vanilla pudding, but with chunks of chicken in it... I let the Turk finish my bowl.

He meant well...
Thanks for sharing Emre!