What a lovely day I had thanks to my friends Asli and Gonul. We had a 'Typical' Turkish gathering called a Gun. Usually a group of ladies will get together once a week or month or on any agreed upon day and time, usually at someones house. Everyone gets a turn to Host the Gun. The Host usually prepares way too much food and the ladies drink copious amounts of tea. These meetings can also be like small 'informal investment groups'. At each meeting, every participant contributes an agreed upon amount of money or even gold coins. Yes GOLD.
Each participant then gets a lump sum of money every month. Lets say 10 ladies meet every month for 10 months and each time gives 100 TL. Each participant eventually 1000 TL or (10 Gold coins) on hosting the 'Gun'. In South Africa we have something similar. Its called a Stokvel.
Now, when I was living in Istanbul, I was part of this gathering with all my Turkish Family. Cousins, Aunts, Sisters in Law Mothers in Laws, yani, all the Ladies. They all met up once a month, handed over their money or Gold and enjoyed the delicious salads and baked goods, because we were such a large group everyone bought a dish, so the poor host didnt have to spend a week preparing!
The main reason and perhaps the BEST reason was to catch up this loved ones. An informal family gathering. The gold or money was just an added bonus:) In today's world where life is so rush, rush we often push family to the side. It was refreshing (and quite educational , from a foreigners standpoint ) to be part of this tradition.
I've been in Fethiye for almost a year now, and I had started missing my monthly family get-togethers and mentioned it Asli who immediately put his little Gun together. Not forgetting the essentials Kisir, Borek ad Kek!
Borek (baked, layered finely rolled our yufka with a cheesy filling) Again every woman has a secret to making the best tastiest borek. I must be honest, making Borek is NOT one of my strong suits:)
and Kek (cake!) Every ones favorite!
Another essential part is the drinking of Turkish Tea and Coffee! And if you are lucky one of your friends read your coffee cup:)
Thank you Gonul for the wonderful day. Your house is beautiful and I felt really at home with you. The Kids had an awesome time. And of Thank you Asli for making it happen, I'm blessed to have a friend like you X