(Turkish) Delight Rocky Road
I am an expatriate. I have been for many years. So many years that I am no longer sure of where I am an expatriate from.
If your upbringing is food then mine is the Caribbean fare my mother served day after day (I was a picky eater, it was the same 5 dishes every day). Or it was the fresh, tinned, or flash frozen seafood that had to have its origins at least off the shore of Northern Portugal (no southern was permitted-too Mediterranean) but preferably Galicia. I was about 16 years old when I realized that there were multiple (well-rated) brands of canned seafood and that no one else scrutinized the labels to check where it had been canned.
Supposedly these are supposed to be the groundings of my comfort foods-I've been explained to many a time that you cannot escape the food of your childhood. As an archaeologist, I agree. The strontium levels of your childhood diet are present in your teeth when you die but my lived experience is very different. I've lived immersed in different cultures and that includes its food which in turn embed themselves into my psyche.
Which is all a very roundabout, somewhat intellectualized way to say that I get very inexplicable cravings for foods I never had a child.
So I live in Greece where marshmallows are not really a thing that is common in supermarkets and a serious craving for Rocky Road left over from my years in the UK.
I spent 2 weeks thinking about rocky road. I tried making marshmallows but my stove is unconscionably high for safe food monitoring and I own no thermometer and they failed. Three times.
So here it is, an expatriate version of Rocky Road for the Eastern stretches of the Mediterranean.
- loukomi (plain rose flavored Greek/Turkish delight),
- dark chocolate,
- golden syrup (that you've carried from the UK in your suitcase) or honey,
optional: I've put in sprinkles and pistachios in other iterations.
-Take out your aggression on the biscuits and smash them to pieces.
-Chop the loukomi to smaller pieces than the cubes they usually come in.
-Melt the butter in a saucepan on low heat.
-Put in the chocolate to melt.
-Add in the syrup.
-Take off the heat and stir in your loukomi and biscuit pieces.
-Pour into some sort of container.
-Set in your fridge.