On Monday night, February 4th, about six LCM students gathered in the downstairs kitchen along with a few of Clemson's Turkish graduate students. After a bit of a rough start finding and acquiring all of the necessary kitchen appliances to make the pudding, we began the night chopping apricots and other fruit. The Turkish students ground the nuts and mixed the rest of the ingredients, like a variety of beans, to make Noah's Pudding.
Noah's Pudding is not a typical pudding. It is a Turkish recipe which includes beans, nuts, sugar, and fruit. It is a Turkish tradition to hand it out to your neighbors on the Day of Ashure. Everyone worked together to successfully put together hundreds of cups on the pudding. Then Tuesday, after Harcombe lunch, we met up with the Turkish students again to distribute the pudding to our fellow Clemson Tigers on Library Bridge and in the Hendrix Student Center. After a few hours, all the cups were gone along with our brochures that described both the pudding and the Turkish tradition.
The best part of Noah's Pudding, aside from getting to try the dessert itself, was talking with the Turkish students. They told us about their customs and we got to tell them about where we come from and how we do things. We got to compare our backgrounds and listen to their stories about how they adjusted to life in America. It was really interesting talking to them. At the end of the event, they invited us to see The Whirling Dervishes, traditional Turkish dancers, at Furman University so that we can learn even more about their culture.