Menu for Hope 6

December 14th, 2009  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.

Turkish Delight

Every year food bloggers from all around the world join forces to raise money for the U.N. World Food Program by offering a delectable collection of food-related bid items for the Menu for Hope raffle. In its 6th year now, this annual fundraising campaign was created by Pim and hosted by many food floggers in the past. This year’s host for Europe is David Lebovitz.

I am very proud and happy to be a part of the event this year. The bid item I am offering is a box of Turkish Delights!

But not just any Turkish Delight. The lokums you see above are from one of the oldest confectionery shops in Istanbul. Established 126 years ago, Cemilzade family (currently the fourth generation) makes its famous Turkish delights by incorporating the methods of their forefathers. Cemilzade lokum isn’t mass produced. The boiler in which the mixture cooks, the temperament of the sugar used, strength of the fire underneath and even the weather condition all have significant effects on how the mixture “behaves”. So, even though they have been using a 126-year old secret recipe, each tray of lokum is prepared by hand. You might have eaten Turkish Delights before, but wait until you taste these. They are the real deal.

Encased in a pretty wooden box is a pound of their three extraordinary flavors: Mastic, hazelnuts and my favorite, double-roasted pistachios. The bid item code for these Turkish Delights is EU11 and I’ll ship worldwide.

Turkish Delight Wooden Box

Menu for Hope 6 This year, Menu for Hope is once again joining in support of the UN World Food Programme, especially highlighting the new initiative Purchase for Progress (P4P). P4P enables smallholder and low-income farmers to supply food to WFP’s global operation, helping farmers improves their practices and putting more cash directly into their pockets in return for their crops. This will also help buoy local economy by creating jobs and income locally.

We food bloggers understand the importance of buying locally and supporting our local farms. P4P helps do the same for farmers in low income countries around the world.

You can learn more about it here.

To Donate and Enter the Menu for Hope Raffle

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Choose a bid item or bid items of your choice from our Menu for Hope main bid item list. You can also check out Pim’s site for the master list of bid items.

2. Go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.

3. Please specify which bid item you’d like (EU11 for the box of Turkish Delights) in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per bid item, and please use the bid item code.

Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a bid item of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02. This would be entered as “2xEU01, 3xEU02”.

4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

The Menu for Hope raffle runs from today to December 25, 2009 and the results will be announced on January 28, 2010 at Chez Pim.

Please spread the word to your friends and family to help in the fight against hunger!

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks in advance for your generosity.

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  1. 1 - David on December 14th, 2009

    I can personally attest to how good these are! : )

    Great offering~ dl

  2. 2 - Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy on December 14th, 2009

    Um, yes please!!!! I love lokum but especially with nuts…drool….

  3. 3 - turuncu on December 14th, 2009

    My number one is double roasted pistachio lokum of Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir in Istanbul. The lokums of Ali Uzun have same quality and taste in Ankara. Unfortunately I am living in Reading now and I can find just lemon and rose lokums at Marks&Spencer. When I went to London, I found more variety at Fortnum & Mason which is a gorgeous candy shop at Picadilly. But it is worth a treasure. I love chocolate, macaron, lokum and all lovely candies :o) And you should go to Fortnum & Mason in Picadilly , you are worth it ;o)

  4. 4 - valentina on December 15th, 2009

    I ate such beautiful delights when i was in istanbul. nothing like some of the things that we find in the UK. unfortunatelly I did not try these ones. sound divine. will take note for a future trip.

  5. 5 - zeynep on December 18th, 2009

    Thank you for highlighting Cemilzade, a wonderful confectioner’s..It is an Istanbul tradition. I love buying their lokum to give as gifts. Beautiful packaging. Perhaps at another time, you can also mention Haci Bekir and the women in Bebek who make the marzipan by hand?

  6. 6 - emelll on January 16th, 2010

    I wish the best of best (a bed and bread) for the victims of eartquake in Haiti..

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