Art with Rolling Pins

Shortly after I started living in sin with my future husband back in Philadelphia, his mother came to visit.  That was an “adventure” in and of itself and of course, a whole nuther story.  But I do want to tell you about my lesson in rolling pins.

Yes, that’s right. 

I said “rolling pins.”  In the U.S., you typically find the same rolling pin in all houses, either made of the old-fashioned wood or of marble – which became fashionable in the late 80’s.  I find the wood easier to handle since it’s not so heavy.  This is the type of rolling pin we generally used for pie crusts.

My Good Old-Fashioned Rolling Pin

When the future M-I-L came to visit, she was not happy with my rolling pin.  And I was becoming a bit jealous of the amount of time she was spending with our Turkish neighbor.  It was understandable, since the hubby and I were away at work every day.  But I wanted her to be happy in my kitchen.  So I immediately went out one day at lunch and bought a new rolling pin at one of the fancy kitchen stores, Kitchen KapersI was told she needed a longer and thinner rolling pin, and I thought I knew just what she needed!

Tapered Rolling Pin

Not bad for only $7.  But much to my dismay, this new, long, and thin “tapered” rolling pin was not the right thing!  I now call it my “French” rolling pin and have yet to find a good use for it.  (Insert joke here.)  Although I am sure there are plenty of yummy recipes online.

Not to be defeated, I did some research and found the right pin at Tulumba, an online store based in New York which sells Turkish groceries, crafts, and household items.  I ordered the rolling pin.

Turkish Rolling Pins for Sale

In Turkey, these long thin pins cost only a few lira, or  “a dime a dozen” as we would say back home.  I paid about $14 for mine.  M-I-L was happy, although she found it unnecessary.  (Hopefully not because she could just hop over to the neighbor’s house and use hers!)

I was told this style rolling pin was used to make borek dough ( a paper thin pastry dough), but I didn’t understand the need for it until I saw it done.  This past weekend, I caught my M-I-L in action.

In the video, she’s using a much shorter rolling pin than I purchased.  I find the fluency of the motion just amazing.  It’s almost like an art form, no?

The final product?  She rolled the dough into circles, stuffed some with a spinach and onion mix and others with cheese and sucuk ( a spicy sausage).  She folded them in half and fried them in a pan.  After frying, the pastries were smothered in butter and served for breakfast.  Delicious! 

Sauteed spinach, onion and cheese on borek dough
Chopped Sucuk and Cheese
The Final Borek, smothered in butter

 Elinize sağlık Anne!!!

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  1. Great video. Do you cook a lot of Turkish food yourself Terry? I have had the cooking lessons from the M.I.L however can not get enthusiastic about it.Yet, I love the food when she cooks it.

    1. Hi Natalie, I cooked more Turkish food before I moved here than I do now. I am getting into a bit of a slump -not finding it as exciting as I used to. I wish there was a bit more variation to it. I agree that it’s always great to have a home cooked meal by someone else!

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