Meat Pie And Cricket

Last night I walked to Peter’s place to watch Australia play Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup final live from Bridgetown, Barbados. Also watching, and learning the sport’s rules at the same time, was Darryl from Canada, another expat resident of Mersin.

Despite a delayed start due to rain, the game made good watching, with Adam Gilchrist smashing the cricket ball all around the place and the Sri Lankans giving the run chase their best shot. I left once the Aussies were close to victory. This meant I missed the farcical finish.

Peter loves his meat pies so last night wife Cansin made the closest Turkish equivalent, a delicious “kiymali borek” (mince meat pastry).

The traditional accompaniment to an Australian meat pie is tomato sauce/ketchup. Peter didn’t just squirt the ketchup on top but carefully crafted a work of art:

Note for Turkish readers: the “OZ” on the artwork above is short for Australia and not the Turkish word of similar spelling.


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