Visiting a Turkish home

Visiting a Turkish home

Turkish people love inviting guests to their homes for dinner. As a foreign guest you will be treated especially well. Take your shoes off on the mat as you enter the house: in most households shoes are not allowed inside, and a pair of comfortable house slippers will...
Sunrise in Istanbul

Sunrise in Istanbul

Early morning: the tides flushing through the Bosphorus; Miles of water gushing under the bridge. Fish swept one way and another. Fishermen Lined up, casting their lines and luck into the depths. Sardines and sprats wiggling on the sloppy sidewalk floor, Young city...
Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul

Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul

Mısır Çarşısı – Egyptian Bazaar An absolute must for any visitor to Istanbul is the Egyptian Bazaar. Here you can find every type of spice you can imagine. The market received this name as Egypt was once part of the Ottoman Empire and all spices as well as coffee were...
Any time is tea time in Turkey

Any time is tea time in Turkey

Drinking tea has long been a part of Turkish culture. It is said that tea arrived from China in what is now present day Turkey via the Silk Road. The Turkish word for tea is çay, which is very similar to the Chinese word. During the Ottoman Empire attempts were made...
Turkish Lamb Shank Recipe – Kuzu İncik

Turkish Lamb Shank Recipe – Kuzu İncik

Incik is a popular Turkish dish found on many menus. Lamb shanks provide a hearty and delicious meal but they do require long cooking times to tenderise the tough meat. Lamb: Kuzu Shank: İncik In this recipe we used a “Dutch Oven” – a cast iron pot...
Bursa in Turkey

Bursa in Turkey

Bursa was founded in the second century BC by the Bythinian king Prusius. The king followed the advice of the Carthaginian general Hannibal, who had taken refuge with Prusius after fleeing from the Roman army, to build the city on a hill where it could be protected...