Turkish Delight and Other Enchanted Foods

Turkish Delight

I was delighted that Sam brought home from Turkey some Turkish Delight.  Ever since reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I have wanted to taste the food that Edmund was willing to betray his siblings for.  Granted, what he ate was enchanted, but still, it must have been something awesome for him to have requested it when asked what he wanted most to eat.

Having now eaten Turkish Delight, I can say without hesitation I would not choose Turkish Delight.  It wouldn’t even make it to a top ten list.  Quite frankly, it wouldn’t even make top one hundred.

If I were a stranger in a strange land, cold, sitting at the feet of an impressive queen/witch, and she asked me what I would like most to eat, what would I say?

I know what my mother would say.  Marmalade.  I often wonder if she gets marmalade at The Manor.  Surprisingly, my sister reported that my father asked on several occasions for marmalade sandwiches while she was visiting.  What is it with marmalade?  I really wonder if there are some anti-Alzheimer’s qualities to it that scientists need to study.

But what would I want to eat?  Okay, so we’ve ruled out Turkish Delight.

I know what Helen would say.  Anything from Red Lobster.  Bud took her there for her birthday, and then last night she went again with her brother, Karl, and his friend, Michael.  Before leaving, she told me several times how Red Lobster is the best place ever and how much she loves Red Lobster.  Maybe they enchanted her food the first time she ate there.

What would I want?  Hmmm…. that’s such a hard question.  I’ll just go with some possibilities.

  1. Orange Ice Dessert — although I would not ask for this in an eternal winter situation, if it were an incredibly hot day and I was asked the question, there is nothing more refreshing than my mother’s Orange Ice Dessert.
  2. Cinnamon Roll from Schneider’s Bakery in Cooperstown  — pretty much the best cinnamon rolls ever.  When you eat it, you have to slowly uncoil the sticky bread and savor it. I can safely say that while I’ve already eaten too many of these, I could still go on eating them.
  3. Brooks Chicken — I really do think I could eat this once a week for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.  If you’re ever visiting upstate New York, it’s one of those fantastic inexpensive places to eat.
  4. Whipped Cream — yes, whipped cream — either heavy cream whipped at home and sweetened, or the pressurized can.  It just has to be real.  Can you imagine the arterial clogs, though, if I just ate whipped cream?
  5. Anything served by Evie Coates in the basement of the Church of the Redeemer in Nashville.  Those of you who attended Hutchmoot know what I’m talking about.  The food was definitely enchanted.  But Evie is definitely not the White Witch.

Now I’ll throw the question back to you.  What would you want to eat?

Please don’t say Turkish Delight.

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15 thoughts on “Turkish Delight and Other Enchanted Foods

  1. Tacos! My favorite meal since my mom started making our request for our birthdays! (Now…unfortunately….I live in a place where it is impossible to get a good taco in a restaurant! Guess I’ll make some for dinner tonight!)

    • Oooh. That sounds good. When we lived in Cheyenne, there were some authentic Mexican restaurants, but in upstate New York, we’re limited to Taco Bell and Moe’s. Maybe I’ll have to make some too.

  2. Hmmm… Maybe my grandmother’s All Bran rolls, fresh out of the oven and buttery. Definitely something chocolatey. Definitely NOT eggplant, cantaloupe, or olives. (shudder)

    • You remind me that I should have included my grandmother’s apple pie — best ever — along with the way her home smelled when she was baking it.

      All-bran rolls sound delicious, too. I could go for one right now.

  3. A chocolate cream-filled donut from the Dunkin’ Donuts in Chicopee, Mass. Sinfully delicious. And I definitely agree with you on the Turkish Delight … gross!

    • Did Philip and Amanda bring you Turkish delight?

      Now what makes the chocolate cream-filled donut from the Dunkin’ Donuts in Chicopee, Mass any different from the chocolate cream-filled donut from the Dunkin’ Donuts in Bainbridge?

      • I think I had Turkish Delight once in Scotland, the land of haggis. However they might not have been enchanted. I have no idea what made the donuts from Chicopee so exceptional, but in those days when I traveled back and forth from Boston, they were definitely worth a quick exit from the Mass Pike… plus I saved 10 cents by getting off and back on there (minus, of course, the price of the donuts…).

  4. holy smokes, thanks for the trip down memory lane!! i had a cartoon movie of TLTWATW when i was a kid and i watched it every day. i would slice up soft bread, remove the crust, and pretend i was eating turkish delight. :)

  5. Maple sugar pie. It’s a Canadian pie, with the primary ingredients being maple syrup, sugar, and brown sugar. It comes out of the oven not looking all that appetizing, but it’s so sweet it’s to die for.

    • It’s funny you should say that. Just the other day I stopped at a Tim Horton’s here in the US with my son who went to college in Canada, and he said, “They don’t have my favorite kind of doughnut!” I asked him what it was and he explained that it had a filling like a Boston Creme, but a maple frosting on it. I forget what it was called.

      Anyway, my point is that you Canadians don’t just like the Maple leaf on your flag — it’s maple all the way!

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