1980: "Turkish Delight"

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby Feylias » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:43 pm UTC

You were born in the wrong era and the wrong place.

See, even discarding the fact that magic was involved, it's not so much a matter of taste (though of course it is) as a matter of time and science.

Turkish Delight keeps well at room temperature, travels well, and is more-densely-than-most-things caloric.

Scarcity of sweets that keep:
You can't just go buy a bag of M&Ms or Skittles because they don't farking exist. You can't get a cinnamon bun or some ice cream unless someone made some today or yesterday because the science of preservation isn't as advanced. This is an era where treacle pudding was considered a treat. Turkish Delight compares well to many options of the time.

Hunger is the best spice:
Even though these smarmy brats were from a richer-than-usual family, they got hungry before nearly every meal, to a degree that most of us don't get more than once or twice a month. Any food that tastes pleasant will have a bonus just because the kid is more accustomed to being hungry.

http://www.cooksinfo.com/british-wartime-food

I think of this as the "Why fruitcake used to be cool but now gets constantly dissed" solution.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby rmsgrey » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:57 pm UTC

Feylias wrote:I think of this as the "Why fruitcake used to be cool but now gets constantly dissed" solution.


a) Fruit cake is highly variable. Good fruit cake is still great, but my tolerance for bad fruit cake has dwindled over the years.

b) Kendal Mint Cake has existed since the mid 1800s, and is superior to Turkish Delight in pretty much every way (unless you don't like peppermint or sugar...)

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby Soupspoon » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:20 pm UTC

Kendal Mint Cake is the worst survival food, for me. Emergency rations should be something you wouldn't eat until actually necessary, and I can't keep a bar of the stuff unnibbled for any decent length of time, or unconsumed between expeditions. My emergency ration bars tend to be something with peanuts. I'm not allergic to them, obviously but I really don't like the taste.

If the White Witch conjured me up a Marathon Snickers bar, it'd have to be magically addictive to ensnare me. Not sure why she would, but when you have magic fizzing around I'm betting that even if the magic food-from-a-bottle stuff was inexplicably stuck on peanut brittle or the like that Jadis at the apogee ('aponarn'? Apoapsis, regardless…) of her powers could probably still ensnare me as easily. At leatht until Athlan thaw her off.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby da Doctah » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:42 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:Fruit cake is highly variable. Good fruit cake is still great, but my tolerance for bad fruit cake has dwindled over the years.


And mediocre fruit cake is a contradiction in terms. It's either really good or really bad; there is no middle ground.

I have a theory that most of the "all fruit cake is nasty stuff ack ptui" legend comes from people whose first taste of fruit cake was the really bad variety, and having tried that they assume it's all the same.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby fibonacci » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:22 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:I have a theory that most of the "all fruit cake is nasty stuff ack ptui" legend comes from people whose first taste of fruit cake was the really bad variety, and having tried that they assume it's all the same.

I've given fruit cake the benefit of the doubt twice now. I've regretted it all three times. I now fervently believe fruit cake is what "designed by a committee" tastes like.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby Jorpho » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:37 am UTC

It occurs to me that in referring to "stale bread thingies", Jeff Smith ensured that readers will never be disappointed by the treats often referenced in "Bone". Then again, he does make quite a big deal about quiche, but quiche rarely disappoints.

I never did get to the bottom of those Uzbekistan "bread cakes" that Lukyanenko mentioned in "Night Watch" (or was it one of the sequels?).

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby Rabid Rabbit » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:17 am UTC

Turkish Delight is delicious, and I've always been amazed at Americans' inability to understand this. (David Willis is a case in point.) Though I can understand people disliking the texture.

The bit I don't get is that no one ever remembers that it wasn't the only thing the White Witch used to tempt Edmund. There was also what sounds like the most amazing cup of hot chocolate ever.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby commodorejohn » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:33 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:Then again, he does make quite a big deal about quiche, but quiche rarely disappoints.

This is the opinion of someone who's never had industrial-grade Soggy Flavorless Egg-Bake Quiche-Type Food Product at an Easter breakfast.

Quiche has since redeemed itself in my assessment, but it had a steep uphill climb from that initial experience.
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby amorya » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:26 am UTC

In the books, the queen asked Edmund what he would most like to eat. He chose Turkish Delight. So he's either a masochist or he happens to have the taste for it :)

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:18 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:quiche rarely disappoints.


Slightly undercooked supermarket quiche served cold. The only reason it doesn't disappoint is if experience has already lowered your expectations far enough...

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:04 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:
Jorpho wrote:quiche rarely disappoints.


Slightly undercooked supermarket quiche served cold. The only reason it doesn't disappoint is if experience has already lowered your expectations far enough...


I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness.

Quiche is pie.

Pie with bacon!

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby orthogon » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:26 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness.

Quiche is pie.


No lid, though. That puts it halfway to shepherd's pie in terms of platonic pie-ishness.

OTOH, it's more platonically pie-ish than the so-called "pies" that have a lid but no sides, and, owing to the resulting lack of structural integrity, rely for support on one of those (invariably brown) oval bowls. Plus, they typically have puff pastry, which, for my money, isn't even worthy of the name.

(Let's not mention pizza).
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:19 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:I like lemony things. (I even like to ask for "something lemony, please" after a blood donation, that I know will get me a lemon cordial, over and above tea, coffee, orange (cordial) or plain water.)


Does that include Snickets?
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:22 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness.

Quiche is pie.

Pie with bacon!


I suspect that, at the time, manly men ate exclusively large bloody steaks with mashed potatoes to the exclusion of all else.
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby CelticNot » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:23 pm UTC

I concede I'm not a fan of rosewater as a flavouring, but Turkish Delight doesn't seem that horrid to me. Then again, I'm one of the rare adults who still enjoys gummy candy of all shapes, sizes, and flavours.
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:11 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
Quiche is pie.


No lid, though.

So it's as much a pie as pumpkin pie, lemon pie, or pecan pie.
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:02 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:I like lemony things. (I even like to ask for "something lemony, please" after a blood donation, that I know will get me a lemon cordial, over and above tea, coffee, orange (cordial) or plain water.)


Does that include Snickets?


You only get offered that if you suffer a series of unfortunate incidents.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby SuicideJunkie » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:20 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Does that include Snickets?

You only get offered that if you suffer a series of unfortunate incidents.

I am under the impression that they require a series of unfortunate incidents as part of the recipe to make them. Either as the process or the ingredients, I'm not quite sure.

Either way it explains why they are never available to buy at confectioneries; they've already gone rotten and been thrown out by the time the foreclosure auctions finish.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby bantler » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:37 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness.


The satirical 80's book: Real Men Don't Eat Quiche

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby water_moon » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:00 pm UTC

Until I had Turkish delight (and to answer the one about American's not having it frequently, the first time I SAW it for purchase I was 34. I'd be willing to bet that my 65+ y.o. parents have never had it in their lives -- though my 6-10 y.o. children could NOT get enough of the pack of rose flavored TD I did find) I assumed it was like jelly beans (which my brother would sell 90% of his family for) or like http://wmsbakery.proboards.com/thread/11/ooey-gooey-butter-cake.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby Vroomfundel » Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:12 am UTC

This reminded me about the flame war on a Quora comment thread about whether changing "Philosopher's Stone" to "Sorcerer's Stone" represents dumbing down of American culture.

Apparently fewer among the American readers are acquainted with Turkish delight than with alchemy, perhaps the publishers should have changed the tempting treat instead.
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:27 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:
Jorpho wrote:quiche rarely disappoints.


Slightly undercooked supermarket quiche served cold. The only reason it doesn't disappoint is if experience has already lowered your expectations far enough...


I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness.

Quiche is pie.

Pie with bacon!


It's a fry-up in a pie case. What's not to love.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby sonar1313 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:01 pm UTC

Vroomfundel wrote:This reminded me about the flame war on a Quora comment thread about whether changing "Philosopher's Stone" to "Sorcerer's Stone" represents dumbing down of American culture.

Apparently fewer among the American readers are acquainted with Turkish delight than with alchemy, perhaps the publishers should have changed the tempting treat instead.


I like Turkish Delight right where it is in the story, as a small reminder that we're talking about a kid from 1940 England and not 2018 USA. If he likes things I've never heard of, it makes more sense, not less.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby orthogon » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:19 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
orthogon wrote:
Quiche is pie.


No lid, though.

So it's as much a pie as pumpkin pie, lemon pie, or pecan pie.

Quite so. What those things are, is tarts. Are tarts. It's tempting to let the ontology slide in the case of pumpkin and pecan, for the sake of the alliteration. But such temptation, like the tasty confections themselves, ought to be resisted.
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby HES » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:24 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:Quite so. What those things are, is tarts.

What about a treacle tart with a lattice lid?
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby orthogon » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:17 pm UTC

HES wrote:
orthogon wrote:Quite so. What those things are, is tarts.

What about a treacle tart with a lattice lid?

Tart. A pie requires totality in the liddage department. Plus there's the alliteration.
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby jello34543 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:28 pm UTC

HES wrote:
orthogon wrote:Quite so. What those things are, is tarts.

What about a treacle tart with a lattice lid?


You have very strange pies and/or tarts where you live. I would be very disappointed if my pie was filled with mining products and lidded with lettuce. If the filling was precious metals or jewellery grade gems I would be perfectly willing to take them, but I'd still be disappointed in it by the standards of a pie.

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby freezeblade » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:33 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
HES wrote:
orthogon wrote:Quite so. What those things are, is tarts.

What about a treacle tart with a lattice lid?

Tart. A pie requires totality in the liddage department. Plus there's the alliteration.


So wait, lattice doesn't count? What about cherry/apple/berry pies with a lattice lid instead of a fully enclosed lid?
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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby jewish_scientist » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:10 pm UTC

When I first read The Chronicles of Narnia, I had no idea what Turkish Delight was. My best guess that I used to picture the scene in my mind was slices of turkey covered in honey/ syrup. I have never actually had Turkish Delight. How does my version compare to realities?

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:21 pm UTC

jewish_scientist wrote:When I first read The Chronicles of Narnia, I had no idea what Turkish Delight was. My best guess that I used to picture the scene in my mind was slices of turkey covered in honey/ syrup. I have never actually had Turkish Delight. How does my version compare to realities?

Depending on food combination preferences, I think most people who have already expressed opinions would say either much better or much worse…

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Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:45 pm UTC

Honey-glazed turkey does sound more appealing than actual Turkish delight to me, but only in the way that, say, a spicy italian sausage sounds better than german chocolate cake (with coconut flakes, ew): it's a different category of food altogether.
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