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    Welcome to Turkey! November AND December 2013!

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    K9 Owned
    Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:51 pm
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    That is a beautiful picture!
    I've been swamped and haven't had a chance to go through more than a few pages of the cook books icon_sad.gif I definitely want to make some but I think I will have to keep it pretty basic. Now that I live in a village of 556 people the exotic ingredients are much more difficult to get than when I was near Toronto. Still... a small price to pay for not dealing with the traffic. I will get on it and tag some.
    K9 Owned
    Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:58 pm
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    Story... A Turkish Bath
    The lady who took me under her wing was named Bulbun. Sorry, I don't know how to get the dots over the 'u'. One day she told me she would take me to a Turkish Bath - not the large tourist hotel kind, the real deal.

    I woke up, showered and dressed and had the sense to lay off the make-up. She drove us to a residential area and explained that the baths were used by many people who did not have hot running water at home so I was expecting a rustic sort of place. I was so very wrong. It was huge and looked very much like this

    Just beautiful.

    The woman went at different time from the men for obvious reasons. I sometimes see pictures of a couple of men bathing a woman but that sure wasn't how it was there! There are basins and spigots around the outer edges and then this immense marble slab in the middle. It was built over a hot spring.

    We arrived and Bulbun explained to the woman in charge what it was that we wanted. I had no clue what it was about and followed along doing as I was told when I was told. I was led to a small room with a cot and hooks for clothing and told to undress and then go out in to the main room. I was pretty shy back in the day and not entirely comfortable waltzing around naked with other people but I'm a good tourist, so when in Rome.. .. or this case, Istanbul. icon_wink.gif

    I wrapped myself up in a towel and went out to the main room where I understood through gestures that I was supposed to lie down on this huge slab. It was so hot I couldn't lie down in one go - I had to let my bum acclimate to the heat first and then slowly lower myself down. The point as I came to understand it was to heat your body through and through. I lay there for at least 15 minutes before rolling over to sear the other side of me. After 30 or 40 minutes the lady came over and with more gestures indicated that I was to sit up. I scooched over to the edge to do so and then she started to bathe me. icon_eek.gif I was stunned and felt about 4 years old. She scrubbed and rubbed with soap all over, even between my fingers and toes. I was asked to lie down again and she went back and forth to the spigots on the outer edges filling pitchers of scalding water that she then sluiced me down with. She (they are called 'rubbers') then put on this black fibrous mitt and told me to lie down again. With the coarse mitt she rubbed me down as though she were sanding a piece of furniture. I was appalled and really embarrassed at the junk rolling off my skin. I had showered and thought I was clean but with this forehead to toenail body rub discoloured skin skin rolled off in a way I have never experienced since. Not even peeling after a sunburn. Once I was covered with my own dead skin (parboiled off I'm sure) I was sluiced down again. I thought I was already limp then but then there was the massage. I swear that never, ever have I had a massage like that. It was amazing, relaxing, almost rough and lasted a good 45 minutes. I was then asked to stand and was dried off, wrapped in towels and led to a smaller room to cool down with a glass of tea. After just a few minutes there I was shepherded back to the cell with my cot where I was told to relax for a bit. I felt completely disconnected to my body and promptly fell in to a deep sleep.

    The whole process took about 2 1/2 hours and the cost was... are you ready? US$2. Yep, two buck for what was perhaps the best physical experience I have ever had. Ok, and my husband was less than thrilled to hear that. icon_smile.gif
    This was 20 years ago mind you but a much less authentic Turkish Bath at the Hilton at that time would have cost me a minimum of $40.00. Today I would save my pennies and pay hundreds to be able to do that again. icon_cool.gif

    If you ever get to Turkey do not miss out on one of these Turkish baths! They relax, detoxify, increase circulation and positively impact on your immune system. Man, I want to go back.


    Last edited by K9 Owned on Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:39 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Cookgirl
    Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:15 pm
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    rotfl.gif Your story reminds me of a very memorable No Reservations' episode in Uzbekistan with Anthony Bourdain!


    I didn't watch the entire clip so I apologize in advance for any colorful language (it's Anthony Bourdain after all.)


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aV2xLUhCJQ
    K9 Owned
    Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:37 pm
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    LMBO!
    It wasn't anywhere near that rough thanks heaven!
    More of a Swedish massage on steroids.

    He would be an awesome travel companion - oh, and his language was fine. icon_smile.gif
    Elmotoo
    Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:57 pm
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    OHHHHH WOOOWWWWWW....that sounds heavenly. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Beth
    Cookgirl
    Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:24 pm
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    Reviewed:

    Turkish Red Lentil Soup by justcallmetoni
    Annacia
    Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:29 pm
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    K9, how fabulous. I can picture it all in my mind, what a treatment. You must have felt wonderful. icon_biggrin.gif

    I loved reading it. !
    Cookgirl
    Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:38 am
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    I will tag:


    Turkish Poached Eggs With Yogurt and Spicy Sage Butter by mercy


    Uh oh. I thought that sounded familiar. I reviewed this recipe before. ^^ Will choose another...hold please...
    Elmotoo
    Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:48 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    I will tag:


    Turkish Poached Eggs With Yogurt and Spicy Sage Butter by mercy


    Uh oh. I thought that sounded familiar. I reviewed this recipe before. ^^ Will choose another...hold please...

    But *I* haven't & it looks awesome! I'm tagging this! Thanks for finding it for me, lol.

    p.1 is updated to here.
    Annacia
    Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:57 pm
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    Hi Guys wave.gif

    I've made:

    Turkish Hazelnuts #232883 by Chef Kate
    Constantine Coffee #422638 by Napoleon Dynamite

    Yum for both. icon_biggrin.gif
    Elmotoo
    Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:10 pm
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    Elmotoo wrote:
    Cookgirl wrote:
    I will tag:


    Turkish Poached Eggs With Yogurt and Spicy Sage Butter by mercy


    Uh oh. I thought that sounded familiar. I reviewed this recipe before. ^^ Will choose another...hold please...

    But *I* haven't & it looks awesome! I'm tagging this! Thanks for finding it for me, lol.

    p.1 is updated to here.
    I loved this! I d recommend FINELY MINCING the garlic. I was a bit lazy therefore chomped down on some biggish bits-o-garlic. icon_eek.gif
    awalde
    Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:58 am
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    Hi friends!

    I will prepare Borekitas De Berengena #255300 Susiecat too.
    This sounds interesting and new!

    I found out that the mentioned cheese kashkaval is a cousin of the italian caciocavallo!


    In addition, as today is very cold (for my taste) here I will prepare:
    Turkish Coffee Mocha #508830 By Sharon123

    Hugs
    awalde
    Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:03 am
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    In one of the ZWT games Annacia inspired me to try different kind of coffees!
    I love espresso and usually we prepare a strong "ristretto" it with our "la Pavoni" machine.

    We bought the machine in 1995 directly in Italy (conveniant exchange) and it still working very well thanks my husband who makes the services himself. The copper/golden color looks quite different today and now it looks like an "old timer"!

    Travelling we came to the taste to local coffes. We love Greek / Turkish coffe as well. My brother broght me once a delicious coffe with cardamom from Giordania. Travelling in Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia,...) as moro or less back packers (with children as well) we discovered the street-coffees! Mmhh, this is much better than the coffee served in restaurants in the capitals!

    Only with ZWT I learnt that special mixes are a great option as well and that coffee can be mixed with many different ingredients and you can make many different coffee-improvisations!

    I just had sharons delicious coffee:
    Turkish Coffee Mocha #508830 By Sharon123

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    Annacia
    Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:06 am
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    Hi awalde

    Good morning (afternoon) my dear friend. It's wonderful to see you again. icon_biggrin.gif

    Do you have everything all buttoned up for the winter. Are you and your family well?

    I had surgery a couple of weeks ago and it went perfectly. Not even any pain afterwards. It's gotten down to -17(c) here so far but it will get worse, it always does. I'm enjoying a cup of hot spice tea this morning.
    Annacia
    Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:06 am
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    PG 1 is current to HERE
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