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Wintry days feel brighter accompanied by a large glass or mug of mulled wine/sıcak şarap.
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1 bottle red wine
- a cup (or less) of sugar
- apple peel
- oranges or satsumas
This dairy free Indian Chai recipe is adapted from Nature works (www.natureworks.net)
It is ayurvedic, using Cardamom/Kakule, Ginger/zencefil, Cinnamon/Tarçin, Turmeric/Zerdeçal, Cloves/karanfil and black tea with almond/badem milk (made by soaking 1 cup of unsalted raw almonds overnight in the fridge in a mug of water, then blending the result next morning; purists will discard soaked water and use fresh to blend the softened nuts in; ultra-purists would also remove the skins after soaking and strain the blended mix too.)
Q231: Can anyone advise the best place to buy all Christmas type food stuffs i.e. Turkey, Christmas pudding, parsnips, cranberry sauce, mince pies etc...?
A231: For a Turkey try a local butchers, but you may have problem finding a small one! For other items you can try MacroCenter or Metro. There is a also a shop in Turgutreis which caters for a lot of ex-pat food items - perhaps they can help.
For those of us who really yearn for a traditional mince pie during this festive season, here is Tina Caba's recipe for homemade mincemeat. She also makes the pastry fr the pies out of a modified bread dough recipe, and the results are delicious.
This recipe is simple, and uses healthy, local Turkish ingredients.
(It is adapted from the one in Popular Cookery, a book compiled by the Good Housekeeping Institute in the UK and reprinted ten times between 1949 and 1963. My copy dates from 1963, and was the first cooking book I ever owned. I was nineteen then, and I am still using it today.)
I am sure most of you have visited Cappadoccia, like myself, but this time we went to see our friend who teaches English to would-be English teachers at the university there. She also happens to be a registered tour guide.
Despite having toured the area frequently in the 1990s, I still learned a couple of new things and saw places I had never made time for before.