Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fun Cooking in Turkey!

Yes, I just wrote that! Shocking isn't it?

Me and several of my friend went to a fabulous place called "Cooking Alaturka".  We prepared a authentic Turkish meal, 5 courses in all.  It was amazing!  I can't believe how simple some of the dishes were to prepare.  We actually did everything completely from scratch . . . Here are some photos of the day . . .

The is the owner and most excellent hostess -- Eveline is a gracious teacher and wonderfully personable.  She is showing us how to prepare the beans for our dish -- 

This is my friend Cheryl -- she is pregnant with her first child -- he will be here the end of July!

Charlotte and Joan doing the onions and garlics -- New really great tips and wonderful knives!  

Yes, this is evidence that I was actually there!  Charlotte stirring, Eveline is speaking and Joy is watching the chief put together the syrup for the fig desert.  (Which was my favorite thing!)

Joan is just taking in all the culture she came for -- She is still jet-lagging -- it is a lot to take in!

Eveline plating  the figs -- we used a sharp knife and hollowed out the center and put walnuts inside.    This is actually the best way I have ever had figs!

The final plate -- figs stuffed with walnuts in syrup!  Yum!

I am very excited to get to go back for this wonderful experience -- again!  I recommend this as a "Must Do" if you come to Istanbul,  this is a fantastic opportunity for ". . . Ottoman classics, regional specialities and home-cooking favorites . . . " You will not be disappointed!  

Thanks my friends for coming by . . . hope to hear fro you.  Love, Love!

1 comment:

  1. Had a great time! Glad I was able to be part of it too! xo