It’s was autumn equinox on Wednesday; the unavoidable change from warm summer evenings to more cosy times indoors is upon us. But just because it’s now a bit colder in the evenings, it doesn’t mean that we still can’t enjoy life.
We have written in the past about our local market. It doesn’t have the exotic allure of a Middle Eastern souk, or the long history of Venice’s Pescheria, but it still has the buzz between shouting traders and sceptical shoppers that’s found in markets around the world. A market is a great place for inspiration. It doesn’t have the efficiency of a supermarket, but the lack of plastic packaging (a pet bugbear of mine) not only ticks the ecological boxes, but also lets you properly see everything that you’re buying, or thinking about buying, and the riot of colour uplifts any soul.
And once we’ve bought our ingredients, how are we going to enjoy them? The best way, undoubtedly, is in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere, sharing stories, tall tales and jokes, food and drink with friends and family. The Turkish manifestation of this desire is a raki table, where meze and raki – the aniseed spirit – are enjoyed in relaxed environment.
Yeni Raki, the Turkish aniseed spirit brand are again showing us how to un-rush our world by hosting a series of slow dining evenings at restaurants around the country, with the restaurants themselves creating dishes to pair with the spirit. And if you want some ideas for your own raki table, they have published a cook book to give proper, Mediterranean inspiration: “Raki and Fish: A Mediterranean Seafood Odyssey”. Why not try the spirit of Eastern Med this weekend?
Post sponsored by Yeni Raki. All opinions our own.