Dr. Oetker Bicarbonate of Soda is a gentle raising agent for use in gingerbread, parkin, cookies, soda bread and a wide range of other recipes. It can be used to make a simple baking powder by using one part Bicarbonate of Soda to 2 parts Cream of Tartar.
'Bicarb' is a store cupboard essential which has also traditionally been popular for its usefulness around the house as well as for baking. It is a great 'natural' cleaner, deodouriser and mild abrasive. Use in solution to clean fridges, microwaves, teapots, cafetieres, glassware and kitchen utensils.
Ashure (in Turkish: Asure) or Noah's Pudding is a Turkish dessert that is made of a mixture consisting of grains, fruits and nuts. Ashure is a part of the culinary tradition of Turkey as well as many of the surrounding countries. Its anecdotal history it is claimed that when Noah's Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat in northeastern Turkey, Noah's family celebrated with a special dish. Since their supplies were nearly exhausted, what was left (primarily grains, dried fruits and the like) was cooked together to form a pudding, what is now call Ashure. However, traditionally, this mixture is prepared on the Day of Ashura, which marks the end of the Battle of Karbala. Hence, Noah's involvement in this mixture can be disputed. Traditionally, Ashure is made in large quantities to commemorate the ark's landing and is distributed to friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, classmates, etc. without regard to the recipient's religion or belief system as an offering of peace and love. Ashure was traditionally made and eaten during the colder months of the year as it is calorie rich fare, but now it is enjoyed year-round.
Milk Pudding with Mastic Gum; Damla sakizli muhallebi. ... Originally liquid, mastic gum is sold as hard small translucent lumps and melted in hot milk while making dessert. It can also be grounded with mortar and pestle. As it has a strong flavor, only one or two small lumps will be enough for your cooking.
Lokma is a Turkish fried sweet dough that is covered in a simple syrup. Served as a dessert, lokma is a popular coffee accompaniment. You can add chocolate sauce, honey, cinnamon, sesame or grated walnuts to these bite-size pastries. Lokma is often baked in batches and served to attendees of special occasions, such as weddings, business events, house parties, and even funerals. The tasty treat is especially popular in Western Turkey. Many native Turks take large pots of Lokma to special occasions; some bring the ingredients with them and bake a batch on the premises. The package makes 80 pieces.