Nasreddin Hodja
La Shay by Ferda Ozcan, For "Once Upon . . . Today" Turkish Artists Collaboration

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“Nasreddin Hodja cookie” is my contribution to the “Once Upon... Today” Collaboration by Turkish Sugar Artists. 

The cookie is decorated with 100% coloured royal icing, using a 3D piping technique.

Nasreddin Hodja

Not well-known by the Western world, Nasreddin Hodja is a famous folk character in the Middle East, Central Asia, and parts of Europe. Nasreddin Hodja is characterised by being a wise man with great wit and his stories are told as jokes or humorous anecdotes.

He is mostly portrayed riding a donkey backwards... The story goes that one day Nasreddin Hodja got on his donkey facing towards the back. When people asked him why, he replied, “It’s not me facing the wrong way, it’s the donkey!”

If he had lived in 2000s, I think Nasreddin Hodja would ride a bike not a donkey but this witty character wouldn’t leave his habit of facing backward. Instead of his old fellow donkey, Nasreddin Hodja would be accompanied by a lovely dog.

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