P.S. Salep…

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…a sip of heaven.

Not sure how I missed adding this to my previous post, but this little cup delivered the sustenance we needed after our wonderful – but chilling – tour of the han last week (see previous post).

Warm, rich and thick, it reminded me of the custard my grandmother used to make.

Except this version I could drink out of a styrofoam cup.

Ambrosia!

Salep has been enjoyed since the days of the Ottoman Empire. Made with the starchy, dried powdered roots of a mountain orchid, milk and sprinkled with cinnamon, its consistency is not unlike that of the homemade glue we used to make to paper mache a balloon for a homemade pinata.

Luckily, it tastes much better.

(Not that I tried the glue.)

(I did not, I swear. I did try dog food once, but that was when I was young, ignorant and obviously hungry.)

(Just kidding, mom.)

(About the hungry part. I did try the dog food on some wager.)

(One of many wagers, if I recall correctly. Ahh, the craziness of youth when there were no computers to occupy us!)

We purchased our Salep from a street vendor who prided himself on having some of the best Salep in Istanbul…and if our groans and moans were any indication, his wasn’t empty boasting.

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So, folks, make sure to track down some yummy Salep if you are in Turkey on a cold, winter day.

Or any day.

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