This year, our celebration of Noah’s Pudding was held at our Manchester office on Thursday, October 27. The program started with new NH resident Rustem’s welcome speech, where he stressed the significance of dialogue and stated why we need to engage in intercultural dialogue more than ever in today’s world. After the attendees viewed Turkish Cultural Center’s introduction video, Rustem made a presentation about “Noah’s Pudding,” including its history and recipe while guests were served Noah’s Pudding along with Turkish coffee.
The event gathered together more than 60 people, including guests from Bedford School District and universities such as SNHU and UNH. During the event, all guests were presented gifts from Turkey.
At the end of the program, guests were invited to express their thoughts for the night. One of our distinguished guests, Rep. Susan Emerson, stated that they were very delighted to be part of this lovely environment and thanked Turkish Cultural Center for serving the community and for being thoughtful about gathering people together to get to know each other. In addition, she also mentioned how she had wonderful time during her trip to Turkey and Azerbaijan last year.
Noah’s Pudding (or Ashure) is a Turkish dessert dish that is made of grains, fruits and nuts. In Turkey it is served during the first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram, especially on the 10th day. (“Ashura” means “tenth” in Arabic). Ashure is part of the culinary tradition of Turkey as well as many of the surrounding countries. Christian and Jewish cultures, as well as Muslims share similar versions under a variety of names.