Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Other lives

Photo: Bevan Christie

A while ago I received an email from my friend Bevan, in Istanbul. It made me very hungry. He gave me his permission to post it. So that others could be made hungry, too.

The pictures are of his "hokkie" (Afrikaans for cage - the kind of thing we kept our rabbits in when we were little), actually a shepherd's cottage in the south of Turkey, near Fethiye, that he restored for himself - since he usually restores for others - and to which he retreats when retreat is necessary. I saw it one year when it was all falling down and quite uninhabitable. It is different now. It is still in the middle of an olive grove.

"Lovely time in London with R and H who love eating even more than you and I.

"Notable foods: fried sweetbreads mixed with baby green beans and mint; mallard with red cabbage and lentils (it is winter); Spanish broken eggs which contained potatoes, chorizo and prawns; rhubarb trifle; eel with beetroot; quince sorbet with rhubarb; and a beautiful dish of risotto with squid ink and bits of sea animals embedded.

"...Here at a newly found kebabci had a salad of stoned little green olives, walnuts, shredded red peppers and heaps of parsley with pomegranate syrup, and one of just parsley, very little blanched onion, slivered red peppers and loads of sumac accompanying a mince kebab, the mince containing finely chopped garlic, red peppers (hot) onion and parsley.

"Last night made a dish of red baked quinces to be eaten with buffalo cream. Tomorrow going to my hokkie in the country for a week, to eat other things."


Photo: Bevan Christie

And of the rose with archaeological finds: "The rose is one of those impossibly heavily scented ones that the locals make jam of."

And this just a couple of weeks ago. Impossibly heavily scented Turkish roses.


  1. Istanbul? Hmm, no thanks, not my small cup of strong, perfumed and very sweet coffee.

  2. Not everyone drinks their coffee sweet.

    It is one of the most beautiful places I have seen. A city whose hills and sea sing in the light. The food is perhaps the best and freshest I have ever eaten.

    And the south, with its jasmine and oranges, smells like fairy tales.

  3. How can I contact Bevan:
    from: drjaycarson@gmail.com.

  4. Please tell Bevan that Marilyn Lykiardopulos and Jay Carson (old Anatoli customers)would like his email address, and would also like to say Hi and meet for coffee(Turkish that is, if possible, as we hope visit Turkey next year. We currently live in Portugal.
    Many thanks

  5. Hi Jay - I already forwarded your address to him, and I'm sure he'll be in touch, soon.

  6. Hello Marie, first of all please forgive me using you as a White Pages directory but I see you have contact with Bevan. I worked as a pretty useless waiter in his Cape Town restaurant for two years in the '90's. I live in Paris now and would much like to communicate with Bevan once again. My email is Vivian vanblerk@gmail.com. Thank-you if you have the time and disposition to pass this on to him.
    Best, Vivian

  7. I would love to contact Bevan. I thought about him so often when I was in Turkey this October. My email address is christopher dot boulle at gmail dot com. Christopher Boulle in Oxford.


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