Summary of “‘My whole life has been a lie’: Sweden admits meatballs are Turkish”

Turks have reacted with undisguised glee to what many have described as an official – and certainly long overdue – confession from Stockholm that Sweden’s signature national dish is Turkish.
“Those famous Swedish meatballs you get in Ikea are actually Turkish, admits Swedish government,” tweeted TRT World, Turkey’s publicly funded international television news channel.
“Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century,” the Swedish account revealed abruptly and for no immediately apparent reason.
Dubbed “The Lion of the North” in a book by the French writer Voltaire and also known as the “Swedish Meteor” for his early military prowess, Charles, who acceded to the throne in 1697 at the age of 15, had bitten off rather more than he could chew by taking on Russia, and spent the following six years in exile in and around present-day Turkey.
Having acquired a taste for the local cuisine, he returned to Sweden in 1714 with the recipe not just for köfte, the spiced lamb and beef meatballs that in time became the Swedish staple köttbullar, but also for the popular stuffed cabbage dish now known in Sweden as kåldolmar.
Charles, who died in 1718 when he was shot in the head while attacking Danish-occupied Norway, is also considered responsible for importing and popularising the Turkish habit of drinking coffee, which became so widespread in Sweden in the later 18th century that King Gustav III briefly banned it.
In Turkey’s meatball capital, Inegöl, this week, a local chef, İbrahim Veysel, told the Doğan news agency it was an honour that the Turkish dish should have become “An example to different cuisines all over the world”.
Serdar Çam, president of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, complained that Ikea, which sells 2m meatballs a day in its in-store restaurants, should not be selling the dish as though it were Swedish.

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Summary of “The Famous Soccer Player Hiding in Plain Sight in a California Bakery”

“Like LeBron James – he speaks about the president, the government,” Sukur said.
Sukur said recently he had a conversation with a friend, a Turkish television personality, and they agreed on how bad things were in Turkey.
“There are thousands and thousands of people living in this situation,” Sukur said.
“Last Friday my father says to my son, ‘I miss you,'” Sukur said in English, before turning to Turkish to finish the story.
Sukur sees himself as an immigrant, trying to build his own American dream for his family.
“At the moment there are a couple of investors,” Sukur said.
Like most of Sukur’s customers, not all the neighbors know who he is – or was.
“One of my neighbors came here to my bakery, and people were taking pictures with me,” Sukur said.

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Summary of “Swedish Meatballs Are Turkish? ‘My Whole Life Has Been a Lie'”

Some Turks urged Sweden to change the name of its meatballs to the Turkish name, “Kofte.”
Turkish media called the Swedish tweet a “Confession” and suggested that Charles, who reigned from 1697 to 1718 and spent some years in exile in the Ottoman Empire early in the 18th century, took other Turkish products back to Sweden, including coffee beans and stuffed cabbage.
The private Turkish news agency Dogan went to the northwestern city of Inegol, which is famous for its meatballs, to get reaction to the Swedish announcement.
The Swedish statement raised many burning questions, among them: What does it mean for Ikea? The Swedish furniture giant has long made Swedish meatballs a staple of its cafeterias in stores worldwide.
Two million meatballs are consumed there around the globe each day.
Even in Turkey, where meatballs are readily available at food stalls, cafes and restaurants, many families flock to Ikea on the weekends to eat Swedish meatballs on the cheap: A portion of eight meatballs with sides of fries and vegetables costs about $1.60.
Turkish meatballs are distinct from Swedish meatballs in some ways.
The current version of Swedish meatballs can sometimes contain pork and is usually served with gravy.

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