Carrot Slices

I had so many good friends. I loved all of them as one loves a sibling, I think because I was an only child.

Until I realized they did not see me the same way.

All I ever expected from a friend was loyalty. I kept witnessing all these people who could not stop being together even though they kept talking behind each other’s backs.

I could not do that.

Even a slightest talk behind my back, a hint of mean sarcasm, even an insincere look or word… Those were enough for me to cross out a friend.
Its hard to cross out people, but sometimes necessary for your peace of mind. It requires you to be an introvert, someone who doesn’t mind being alone.

But then, after when you lose faith in friendships someone comes along. He/she understands you so well, you know in your bones that your friendship will last a lifetime.

A conversation of five hours will seem like five minutes.

My grandmother calls such friendships “ahretlik”(lifetime buddies).
My dear ahretlik, this post and recipe is for you,  even though I cannot be with you today, have a very Happy Birthday! I might not be able to bake your delicious carrot cake today for my daughter, but you are the inspiration behind this recipe.
50 gr (1/2 cup + 2 tblspns) unsweetened shredded coconut
6 (48 gr) dates
A handful of walnut kernels
1 tspn cinnamon
1 tblspn melted butter/olive/coconut oil
1 pinch of orange zest
2 medium carrots – grated
Milk Cream/Whipped Coconut Cream for topping
Blens the first six ingredients in a food processor and make sure they blend into a sticky mixture. Add carrots, stir well. Press firmly in a square mold, keep in the fridge overnight. Slice, serve with the topping of your choice.

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