Sunday, 20 October 2013

What's in a name?

Why do people feel the need to change the names of things - just for the sake of it?

Since when has Turkish Coffee been called Greek Coffee?

Since when has Turkish Delight (Lokum) been called Cyprus or Greek Delight?

I did a little investigating on the internet and discovered that in 2007 the Greek Cypriots applied for and received PGI status for Cyprus Delight (loukoumia or lokum).  The town of Yeroskipou (Eriskopu in Turkish) in Cyprus is known especially for the production of Cyprus Delight.  The town is now the only place in the world which has Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for the dessert.  To receive this status the entire product must be traditionally and at least partially manufactured (prepared, processed or produced) within the specific region and thus acquire unique properties.

Well .................... you could have knocked me down with a feather.  For me Lokum is, was and always will be Turkish Delight.

Sharing a turkish coffee with my daughter

So this afternoon we had a little dessert - Affogato - Chocolate flavoured turkish coffee poured over chocolate ice cream and sprinkled with pistachio flavoured turkish delight. Yummmmmmmmmm.


  1. Nice cups and saucers. Not a big fan of Turkish Coffee..... but turkish delight it as I do Affogato.....Italian?

    1. Thank you - we've had them for years! For me turkish coffee must be sweet, which is how Selchouk always drank it, this particular brand of coffee is quite strong but you can just about taste the chocolate and of course it had two sugars so it was quite delicious!

  2. And the answer to your question is yes - Affogato is Italian.

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