On lazy weekend mornings where we, the kids, wanted to watch Disney movies without taking our eyes off the TV even for a second, summoning us for breakfast around the table was a difficult task for my mom or my grandma. Either, the table had to be set at the formal dining table instead of the kitchen table so that we can grab the seats with the TV view, or we were given something easy, less than usual messy and preferably in one piece to eat on the couch.And for us, breakfast on the couch was much better option because it was something different than the usual.
Toast, which is known as panini on this side of the ocean, is something we saved for those stay-in-your-pjs-till-11 am type of weekend mornings. A toast, at home in Turkey, means two slices of several day-old bread stuffed with a layer of hard, well aged Turkish cheddar cheese and sometimes four-five slices of Turkish sausage called sucuk (soujuk). Then put several small dabs of butter on the outside of the bread, and place the toast in our vintage toast machine.Then put it on the stove at medium heat and constantly flip every one to two minutes until both sides are golden brown and you get the “toast” marks on both sides.
Now, this is where my husband laughed several minutes non stop when he first saw the “toast machine” that was brought from Turkey. I mean, laughed, laughed and laughed!
For a complete nerd and tech guy like he is, a machine had a loaded meaning. First of all, for it to be a machine, it had to be turned on and off.
Well, there is no “ON” button on our little toast machine. It relies on heat source to work. If you ask me, I think it is pretty clever and eliminates the need for those bulky panini makers. And somehow in my family, we kept calling this “the toast machine” and I don’t know what else we could call it… It made the toast. So … Why not?
For my husband, it is another humor source that he would like to tease me about and tell our friends:
“Canim, I want to make a toast but I can not find the user manual of this machine, do you know where it is by any chance?” followed by a long laugh!
To me though, this is another little vintage item that is loaded with memories with my family… breakfasts for dinner nights, lazy weekends, quick lunches, packable beach food. Who needs a user manual for that?