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Filipino-Turkish Tolerance Int’l School shares Noah’s Pudding

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The Filipino-Turkish Tolerance International School on Wednesday visited Zamboanga Today Office to share Prophet Noah’s Pudding following the ancient tradition of sharing of food, love and peace to neighbors regardless of religion or spiritual beliefs.

It is a noted fact that you cannot visit Turkey without coming across a very special dessert called Noah's ark pudding, better known as  ‘Ashure’ (aah-shoor-EY').

Noah's ark pudding is a cornucopia of healthy ingredients like dried fruits, legumes and whole grain wheat that are sweetened with sugar and fruit juices and cooked all together in one pot. This pudding traditionally contains apricots, raisins, currants, figs, pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, chickpeas and navy beans to name just a few ingredients.

Osman Sevilay, teacher for values education at the Filipino Turkish Tolerance School, said that aside from visiting ZT they also visited Zamboanga Press Club Office and also City Hall where they shared Noah puddings.

Sevilay said that Noah's ark pudding, like many Turkish dishes, has its own story behind it. Turkish legend has it that the first version of ‘Ashure’ was made by Noah himself.

In modern Turkish culture, Noah's ark pudding is a symbol of diversity, friendship, and unity. When a cook prepares ‘Ashure’ they make a lot, as it's customary to distribute bowls of pudding to as many friends and neighbors as possible.

The Noah’s pudding was prepared by Filipino-Turkish Tolerance Int’l School Senior High 11-12 STEM Teacher Kiza Tan and students Kandhalvi Maidinshifwell Asaali, Jewel Ceasar and Abdul Nasser Alimoda.

Staff of ZT and Astoria Printing and Publishing expressed gratitude to the school for coming and sharing Noah’s pudding and also sharing the ancient story behind it.—Jemuel E. Mojica




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