An Afternoon on the Tiles

These succulent dates taste as good as they look, and the good news is they're available in a store near you (if you live in SE18 that is)

These succulent dates taste as good as they look, and the good news is they’re available in a store near you (if you live in SE18 that is)

As if a Watercolour Workshop and Community Market weren’t enough excitement for one weekend, the day after our appearance at St Mark’s Hall, Erik hosted a Turkish Coffee Afternoon. He decided to eschew the ‘Carry On’ theme and went instead for a more cultured and informative but nonetheless relaxed programme, accompanied throughout by suitable music and slideshow set up on the TV. The décor helped set the mood.

Turkish Delight is traditionally served with Turkish Coffee, but it would have been churlish to refuse all these as well

Turkish Delight is traditionally served with Turkish Coffee, but it would have been churlish to refuse all these as well

After demonstrating the correct way to brew up Turkish Coffee (it describes how fine the beans are ground rather than a particular bean) in the correct way ie twice in a particular shaped pot or ibrik, and describing how the Turks were encouraged to drink tea rather than coffee after the First World War by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, first president of Turkey, the guests were able to sample the authentic sweetmeats on offer, all sourced locally, and traditionally served with Turkish Coffee. One of the advantages of living where we do is the easy access to a wide variety of food, and there was a full array to enjoy.

Erik shows how to brew a proper cup of coffee - just mind you don't swallow the sludge!

Erik shows how to brew a proper cup of coffee – just mind you don’t swallow the sludge!

To complete the amusement there was an activity set up outside in the garden for the creation of  a tile based on pictures of original Turkish tiles, either by collage or direct colouring. This allowed for easy conversation while engaging in a shared creative activity. All light-hearted fun, as these pictures show.

A crafty moment in the garden

A crafty moment in the garden, with the lingering sun making a welcome guest appearance in the background

Same colours, different designs and a memento of an enjoyable afternoon

Same colours, different designs and a memento of an enjoyable afternoon

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