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Two Times Tart

March 19, 2008

One of the coolest things that I have seen lately, which has slightly restored my faith in the world again is the Love Difference Confectionary Project. Chefs, confectioners, and artists were invited to develop sweet recipes with the aim of promoting shared experiences and understanding throughout the Mediterranean region. Michelangelo Pistoletto of Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, the man who germinated the project, contributed his recipe for Halvah Ice Cream. The sweets were presented at the “Love Difference Ice Cream and Sweets as Cultural Passports” in La Spezia, Italy in late Feburary.
I found out about the Project through Julie Upmeyer of Caravansarai, a project space and meeting point in Istanbul. She created the “Two Times Tart” for Love Difference. “Two Times Tart” consists of half tart shells that were commissioned to a local baker. Each half circle is then filled with one of 9 recipes from Turkey and its 8 neighbors. The two halves form a whole, and bring together the tastes and textures of neighboring countries. The tart halves are to be eaten simultaneously, thus crossing cultures, geographical boundaries, or as Julie says “transgressing political tensions in the simple action of eating”. Unfortunately, you have to be in Istanbul to try the tarts, but we can always hope. My picks for the tart fillings would have to be Turkey and Syria.

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