Turkish and Aegean Cookery Course 19 March 2016, Mellor, Stockport Cheshire

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Turkish Kitchen Secrets

We had another succesfull private Turkish Vegetarian Cookery Course on 19th of March 2016 with Mary and Vivienne. This two very enthusiactic vegetarian ladies from Manchester joined our Turkish and Aegean cokery course and learned how to cook,

  • Cannellini beans cooked with carrot and peppers in rich tomato and pepper paste.
  • Turkish rice cooked with vermicelli,
  • Spinach Tarrator,
  • Almond and rice pudding with rassberries and pistachios.

If you want to join our cookery classes please text us 07544251443 or send an e-mail to buzzhols@gmail.com

Here are couple of pictures from our cookery course last week. Thank you Mary and Vivienne participating our cookery class, hope you find very usefull.

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visit to idyllic Sidyma with the ex pat Knitting/stitching group

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visit to idyllic Sidyma with the ex pat Knitting/stitching group
Sandy being watched knitting

Sandy being watched knitting

My friend Sandy set up a group in Fethiye for those that like  to stitch…its called stitch and bitch, but they all seem to get on pretty well to me! I found out, not being a member,(though I have been known to knit) that they were planning a trip to my friend Brea’s home stay/Pension, ‘ Sidyma Homes’ ,which is in the historic hamlet of Sidyma (see ref below).

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brea in one of her home stay rooms

brea in one of her home stay rooms

Brea, who is a Canadian born , now a Turkish citizen, lives in this remote location and is  making a living with her friend and neighbor, Fatma, running this home stay and also co operating with others in the village who have vacant rooms.She also used to have 87 dairy goats, and made basic soft cheese (chevre). Not the most easy life this intrepid Montreal woman has chosen, however she has created eautiful home stay in this tiny poor community and  is full of new ideas too. I hope one day to be able to do a joint holiday there, but it is remote and is frequented mainly  by trekkers , who are discovering  The Lycian way .

Fatima making friends

Fatima making friends

I managed to get a place on one of the two mini buses and we set out to this obscure village in the mountains. The plan was to exchange skills with the local women who were going to show us their dyeing ,weaving and embroidery techniques. Most of the women brought their knitting with them also.

The Home stay from Heaven!

The Home stay from Heaven!

Finding the place was not too easy, as the phone signal kept cutting out, but we arrived in good time, for a walk before lunch. Some chose to go and see the workshops instead, but I chose to go and see the historic Hellenistic and Roman ruins with some others.Our guide was an 8 year old who spoke no English, but knew where to take us, although we did have to tell him to slow down as most of us were middle aged and upwards,and we must have seemed truly ancient to him! He also wanted us to climb over things to avoid a tied up village dog, which he was obviously scared of, but we preferred that option to a likely accident! So he knocked on the owners door and they came out and held it ,whilst we all trooped past.sidyma the walksidyma tomby

our patronSuddenly as we reached the site ,his older friends arrived and he went into abit of a sulk,as he feared they would take the lead and he would loose his tip. We stuck with him though, reassuring him he was our ‘patron’, they tagged along too, but he remained in  charge.

ruinsWe arrived back in time for a splendid home cooked 3 course lunch, consisting of a delicious Tarhana soup, followed by chicken and mushroom stew , aubergine side dishes, grated carrots with yogurt and garlic and a chocolate pudding and Turkish coffee to finish.

enjoying lunch

enjoying lunch

knitting group

knitting group

After lunch we lazily sat soaking up the wonderful surroundings. Along with the others who had been on the walk I went to look at the Turkish villagers work and saw the detailed embroidered scarves and them dyeing and spinning the sheep’s wool to make rugs and bags I brought a lovely shoulder hand woven bag for a few TL.

me having a go at weaving

me having a go at weaving

Others chose to sit drinking cay and knit and chat, the Turkish women were as interested in their designs,as we were theirs. A couple of our party spoke good Turkish, but those that didn’t still managed to communicate their enthusiasm .

chatting with new friends

chatting with new friends

lady embroidering a scarf

lady embroidering a scarf

dying wool

dyeing wool

professional weaver!

professional weaver!

sidyma knitting

embroidary

Finally it was time to depart and good byes were exchanged. I ,as usual managed to leave a cardigan I had shed earlier  and only realized when I was boarding the bus. The little boys were already on their way with my discarded garment and yet more goodbyes were said!

We left the villagers to reclaim the peace of their village. We  hope that more excursions of this nature can happen again with other groups,as its a very different experience for most who are visitors to Turkey, or even live in the resorts around.

Do contact me or Brea direct if you would like a visit organized. facebook/sidyma.homes (Brea also speaks fluent French, spanish and Turkish)

View from the terrace

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycian_Way

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidyma

Back in Turkey! Book a place on our September Yoga week 21-28th

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can't wait to be back!

can’t wait to be back!

I am back in Turkey and realize it is certainly my spiritual home. Tomorrow I will visit The Olive Garden once again  and see old friends there. The sun is out in Fethiye and I am deciding where to spend the next few months…Turkey or UK. This decision largely depends on job opportunities…what ashame most of us have to work!

This Autumn Jill Hurley will be running another yoga week and we have several returners,so only a few places still left.

For a shared cabin ,half board it is just £460 and for a double cabin to yourself , £580. Please request a booking form from nomadicturkishkitchen@hotmail.com and secure Jill Hurley on yoga platformyour place  in  the sun for a deposit of just£200 .

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You  can be a  beginner,or do yoga on a regular basis. Jill is an experienced teacher and can adjust to the needs of the  group.

http://www.exeteryoga.org

 

 


What better way to relax with just 2 yoga sessions a      day,morning and evening, leaving  plenty of opportunity to explore the Lycian way , go on a boat trip or just chill with a  book. If you have a friend or partner who does not want to do the yoga, but would like to come, then this is possible too.Last years boat trip, a wonderful way to relax and see the Turquoise coast.

Last years boat trip, a wonderful way to relax and see the Turquoise coast.

Two new yoga holidays for 2015 18th-25th May and 21st -28th September

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Please note revised website address. Early bird discount extended until 14th feb 2015.

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Booking form 2015 final (1)yoga 2014 147  once again we will be based at The idyllic Olive Garden in Kabak village.
The Spring yoga week will be with Saghar Amozgar, who is based in Devon.

Her website is http://www.ayurvedicyogamassage.org.uk

The Olive Garden Pool. The Olive Garden Pool.

Jill Hurley joins us once again this autumn for another week and many will return I am sure.

Jill Hurley on yoga platform Jill Hurley on yoga platform

Her new website is http://www.exeteryoga.org
if you would like to book a place on either holiday before Feb 15 for a deposit of £ 200 you can secure your place and get a discount of £25 per person. Please email nomadicturkishkitchen@hotmail.com for a booking form now, or for further information.

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Two new yoga holidays for 2015 18th-25th May and 21st -28th September

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Booking form 2015 final (1)yoga 2014 147  once again we will be based at The idyllic Olive Garden in Kabak village.
The Spring yoga week will be with Saghar Amozgar, who is based in Devon.

Her website is http://www.ayurvedicyogamassage.org.uk

The Olive Garden Pool.

The Olive Garden Pool.

 

 

Jill Hurley joins us once again this autumn for another week and many will return I am sure.

Jill Hurley on yoga platform

Jill Hurley on yoga platform

Her new website is http://www.exeteryoga.org
if you would like to book a place on either holiday before Feb 15 for a deposit of £ 200 you can secure your place and get a discount of £25 per person. Please email nomadicturkishkitchen@hotmail.com for a booking form now, or for further information.

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Cooking Turkish Mezes at The Art camp.

Cooking Turkish Mezes at The Art camp.

St Nicholas Island

St Nicholas Island

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Come and join us for our first combined cooking  and craft mixed activity holiday. Spend a week  in the sun learning new skills and trying out  traditional  crafts  over 5 morning workshops.   Explore the region, its fascinating markets and    discover the historic greek village of Kayakoy. Taste the organic local produce and learn local recipes. Make friends and join in optional guided walks or a boat trip,or you may prefer to have a lazy afternoons by the pool or beach.

All this is possible on our small group week away for up to 12 people, we hope you will join us and either  bring a friend or come alone and meet new like minded people, who share the same craft interests.

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Gourd lanterns with Mustafa  Join us for a  mixed cooking and craft activity holiday next October  2015 . (12th-19th ) Do you   fancy trying your hand at cooking traditional Turkish cusine, or learning some local crafts, including goard painting and lantern making, silk painting or wood carving? We will be running workshops with local crafters over 5 days, mainly mornings, this will give you the afternoons and evenings to relax or join in optional extra activities , such as a guided walk, boat trip,

Cooking Turkish Mezes at The Art camp. Cooking Turkish Mezes at The Art camp.

St Nicholas Island St Nicholas Island

Explore the wonderful walks on the Lycian way or the nearby beaches and ancient sites. We will stay at The Han apartments in Kayakoy on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Contact us to  express your interest as places will be limited to  a small group to offer the  best personal instruction and  attention. walk to Kaya with sally 015

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