Friday, May 20, 2016

Turkish Taste

Okay, I'm kind of bored and has nothing to do during reklam (commercial break) while watching my favorite Turkish reality TV show Survivor, so I am here to share a few things about Turkish food, one of the most interesting things to explore while in Turkey. Since we arrived here the last week of March, our weekend adventure always evolved around food whether it's a trip to a restaurant located at the mountain top, picnic and barbecue to a riverside or a cooking session with my mother-in-law at home. This my 4th time to visit Turkey yet there is always a new thing to try or discover everytime.

First off, let me introduce lahmacun otherwise known as the Turkish pizza. It is a baked thin dough topped with minced meat mixed with some spices and herbs. Lahmacun is typically served with salad on the side and is eaten by putting a portion of the salad in the middle, squeezing some lemon and rolling it.

Fried breaded hamsi. I had this at a lokantası (local resto) somewhere in Edremit. Nothing special. This one is similar to what Pinoys call as tamban.

Lamb stew. I forgot how the locals call this tho. The lamb meat is very soft. The broth is a little spicy. This is comparable to the Filipino sinigang, only less in vegeteble.

This dish is called Adana kebab, my all-time favorite next to Kofteci Yusuf's meatballs. It is often served with bulgur pilav, bread, grilled tomato and green pepper and salad. This is made from ground meat mixed with some spices, pressed into a metal skewer and grilled to its perfect goodness.

Almost 12 midnight now so I'll leave you drooling. Till next time. Lol.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Funny Conversations With My Toddler

My firstborn used to throw funny lines when she was still a little girl and I remember documenting some of it here. This time I have a talkative toddler so I'm sharing some of her funny stints as to mark this milestone of hers.

Note: My baby daughter is 2 years and 9 months old.


Pronunciation 101
Me: Say spaghetti.
Suna: Spayhti.
Me: No. It's spaghetti.
Suna: Spayhti!
Me: Spa-ghett-i.
Suna: Yes, very good, Mama!!
Me: 😂

Good Morning
Askim: Good morning, Suna! Are you happy?
Suna: I'm not happy. Big girl ako!
Askim: 😐

Taking Vitamins
Me: Suna, here's your vitamins. Open your mouth.
Suna: No.
Me: Okay, so which one do you like, taking a shower or vitamins?
Suna: Ahh.. (opens her mouth).
Me: 😁

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Diet Notes When in Turkey

With a number of times visiting and staying for a few months here in Turkey, I learned that I have to stick to my personal diet regimen no matter how tempting the food is and despite their eating lylifestyle. I will still follow breakfast-lunch-dinner with snacks in between and no skipping of meals. Plus, less carbo, sugar and fat. I know that this is very important or else I will surely grow bigger and bigger-- something that I really fear.

It's okay to sometimes give in to their offer of tasty köfte (meatballs) and kebabs matched with either a loaf of bread or pilav (rice) or both and salad on the side for as long as you eat in acceptable portions. Mind you, those grilled meaty goodness are really delicious and pretty much define Turkish cuisine for me.

However, be careful during kahvahlti (breakfast). A typical Turkish breakfast is consisting of tea, at least 4 kinds of cheese, 2 kinds of olives, salami and or soçuk (sausage), boiled egg or omelette, slices of tomatoes and cucumber, different kinds of jam, and finally bread and pastries. Just eat up to 3 slices of bread with the right amount of filling or topping. Focus on the veggies instead of the meat and dairy, as well as fresh fruits instead of jams.

I am not sure if this is traditional all over Turkey but at least in my in-laws' household, lunch is not a common thing but kahvahlti anytime of the day is. I supposed this why they tend to overeat during their last meal for the day.

Be mindful with supper or dinner time. This is when a heavy meal is prepared which normally starts with çorba (soup), followed by a kind of salad, oily rice (pilav) or macarna (pasta), a meat or vegetable dish, and finally a dessert if there's any.

Right after dinner is tea time. Thanks goodness I not a tea nor a coffee person so I just avoid this as much as I can. All those sweets, imagine baklava and Turkish delight, kurabiye (cookies) and pastries before bedtime. Too much calorie loading at night when you are about to rest and when the body has no activity is definitely a no-no. Doing it habitually will make my jeans tight and add more number to my weight.

So, what to do when staying in Turkey for the spring? Yavaş yavaş. Take it slowly. You can still eat anything, but please, put it into moderation.

This entry is not published to mock or shame anyone. This is merely based on my personal observation and experience and is written to remind myself as I am being careful with my health having a history of diabetes in both sides of my family.