Summit Up 6-22-11: Now dipped in soapwort and cream o’ tartar |

Summit Up 6-22-11: Now dipped in soapwort and cream o’ tartar

Summit Up
Special to the Daily

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s enjoying a big plate of Turkish Delight after we received this very cool photo from Scott Nixon of Frisco. Scott, thinking ahead, brought a copy of the Daily along with him on a trip to Turkey recently and had this photo snapped.

Very cool! We love this kind of thing, because it goes to show you yet another bonus of a printed newspaper: You just wouldn’t bring along some online newspaper or some bozo’s blog on a trip like this and hold it up for the camera on your iPhone or whatever. And just try lining a bird cage or wrapping a fish with an online news site.

BTW: As we were writing that photo kicker “Turkish Delight,” we wondered why we know that phrase and what it means. Are you ready?

(sound of Googling)

“Turkish delight is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Premium varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel; the cheapest are mostly gel, generally flavored with rosewater, mastic, or lemon. The confection is often packaged and eaten in small cubes dusted with icing sugar, copra, or powdered cream of Tartar, to prevent clinging. Other common types include such flavors as cinnamon and mint. In the production process, soapwort may be used as an emulsifying additive.”

Wow, who knew? We don’t think we’ve ever had this stuff before, but we’re always up for anything that contains that most unique and universally ignored kitchen cabinet ingredient: cream of Tartar. But feel free to hold the soapwort if you plan on making a big batch of Turkish Delight and bringing it into the newsroom.

Anyway, keep those exotic photos coming at

We out.

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