Kars, city of honey and cheese – Turkey
Aug02

Kars, city of honey and cheese – Turkey

Version française Kars, the city of cheese and honey   I didn’t expect so many cheese and honey shops in Turkey before arriving in Kars… And then I was eager to buy myself a few things and have a proper picnic. This is when I meet Sarah and Joachim, 2 very nice and smart Belgian who were sharing my cheese and honey passion for the day. We therefore bought some Kasar peynir, tel peynir, bal (honey), melon, bread,...

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Turkish tea – What why how – Rize
Jul30

Turkish tea – What why how – Rize

Version française The turkish tea, A national speciality Yesterday I met Arzu, Fatma, Güner, Gönul and Hava (The owner of the fields), 5 women working in the tea fields in Rize. As soon as my camera was out, they offered me to try their pruner and I therefore enrolled myself in 3 hours of picking  in exchange of a lunch with them and the hope of learning more about turkish tea. 12.45 pm in the tea fields – Picnic time, a well...

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Saçtava – Turkey
Jul27

Saçtava – Turkey

Version française Saçtava, classical family dish from Turkey Ingredients for4 persons: 5 Green and red peppers 1 onion 2 garlic cloves 2 fresh tomatoes Chili flakes Dryed and minced Laurel 800g minced beef   Preparation :  In a wok, Put together onion, garlic, peppers cut into small cubes and olive oil. Make it fry Add tomato purée (which is supposed to softened the meat. The other way to do so in the turkish tradition is by...

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Top things to do in Turkey
Jul27

Top things to do in Turkey

The beautiful sceneries of Turkey The regions of Turkey are so different from each other that it sometimes feels as if you moved to another country when you enter a new city. And this is why, when I’m traveling with a bus or minibus, I usually try to keep my eyes wide open (when I’m not dead tired from a very early wake-up or a long day of hiking) to be sure that I don’t miss any piece of the turkish landscapes. Les...

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Portrait: Fidan, 64 years old, Adana, Turkey
Jul22

Portrait: Fidan, 64 years old, Adana, Turkey

Version française Fidan, nature and traditions ! Fidan and Ali, her husband, both originaly come from Tunceli (Old name : Dersim), a city in the kurdish part of the country. Coming from a family of farmers, Ali was supposed to receive the lands of his parents when he would be ready. But due to a sad family story, he has lost his lands when he was only 9 years old. This is why, together with Fidan, as soon as they were married, decided...

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The real turkish coffee
Jul22

The real turkish coffee

Version française How to make a real turkish coffee? First, you need the proper tool : Cezve ! (to be pronounced “Jezvé”)   Second, you need the proper ingredients (for 2 small cups): 1 piece of sugar for each cup of coffee 1 teaspoon of freshly milled coffee for each cup of coffee One cup of water for each cup of coffee Third, you need the proper instructions: Make it boil for the first time and fill half of the...

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Turkish breakfast
Jul19

Turkish breakfast

Version française The turkish breakfast, the healthiest way to start the day The more I travel, the more I discover that breakfast, on top of being the most important meal of the day – say the specialists – is really something cultural. Sometimes sweet, sometimes savoury, sometimes elaborated or most of the time simply the leftovers or a few biscuits and other things bought at the supermarket… Each country its own...

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yogurt soup – Turkey
Jul19

yogurt soup – Turkey

Version française Yogurt soup, pur turkish product Ingredients for4 persons: 1 egg (mixed) 250 g greek yogurt 6 garlic cloves Water (1,5 litre) with a poultry cube or directly 1.5 litter of poultry broth Rice from yesterday (alredy cooked – around 70 g) 1 tablespoon of tomato purée mixed with a bit of boiling water Paprika Chili flakes Black pepper Dryed mint Note : The idea of mixing eggs and yogurt is to avoid the yogurt to...

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The culinary specialities of Turkey
Jul15

The culinary specialities of Turkey

Version française Street food or classical food, Turkey has a lot of specialities I don’t know if I’ll be able to gather all the turkish specialities here (especially the pictures) but this list is going to evolve while I keep traveling est. Here is a first draft. Classical street food The Dürüm – Turkish bread, Beef or chicken and pickles. (Compared to what we have in Europe, the turkish version of the dürüm is a...

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Lentil soup – Turkey
Jul12

Lentil soup – Turkey

Version française Lentil soup, turkish way Ingredients for 4 persons: 250g of red lentils 1 onion 1 carrot 1/2 lemon ( cut into 2 pieces and keep the skin) 1/2 potato 1/2 tomato 1 spoon of tomato purée dried mint (1 tablespoon) Chili flakes (1 tablespoon) Black pepper (1 teaspoon) Olive oil Wash the lentils with a lot of fresh water. Cut all the vegetables into big pieces and put them all together with the lentils in a big pan. Add...

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