Coming from an incredibly hospitable country, I love having people around for dinner. I usually spend hours in the kitchen preparing many different dishes and every time my husband looks at the food and says “This is a lot of food, Darling.” Well, this is also part of my culture. Let me explain; let’s say you have people around and you have only a few dishes. What if they do not like some of the ingredients? What if your main course is not so “main” for them? They need variety so that they won’t go hungry.
I remember having a couple from Istanbul over for an alfresco dinner on a summer night, back in Turkey. You know what they asked for at the end the dinner? They wanted me print out every single recipe of the night, including the salad dressing! I started making copies of my recipes back then.
Over here, in Sydney, we don’t have many people who are willing to share this food culture with us. Meeting new people is kind of difficult, especially if you are “fringe dwellers” like us –a Kiwi and a blood thirsty Turk who now live in Australia and don’t eat meat. Still, sometimes, someone from the past decides to drop by and it turns out to be a delightful experience.
Last year, we hosted Tony Cowell for lunch at our place who is my husband’s musician friend from New Zealand. They used to play in the same band. He is now the guitarist for Kenny Wiz as part of Michael Jackson Tribute Concerts all around the world. Tony is a world-class guitarist with a big, warm heart.
For lunch, we had Turkish Gözleme with spicy potato, paprika and onion filling, vegan coleslaw and a bowl of fresh salad. I didn’t make the Gözleme. It came from Gima Supermarket in Auburn. This is the only vegan Gözleme you can buy in Australia. Every other variety can be bought from Woolworths but for this one, we have to go to Auburn.
After lunch, the boys went down to our local music shop to get some strings for John’s guitar so that Tony can replace the ancient ones. Then Tony had to go to prepare for the concert. At the same time, we had to prepare for the concert too because we had complimentary tickets to go and see Tony play.
Next time we hope to spend more time with Tony or perhaps have a jam session together too!