Çay lav yuu because…

dscn0460I’m an ardent story reader, and sometimes, on this blog, I pretend to be a storyteller. A story reader or teller who works better with çay (tea) especially with Turkish. I love to tell stories… although I usually tell them in Romanian, which by the way is not even my mother tongue, and still, is my native language. Now, probably you think that I drunk too much çay prepared with something stronger than water and ask yourself quite disappointed:

  • Why am I reading this nonsense post?”

Why? There’s always a “why”. And before your “why” arrived I had launched my own set of “Nedenler” (Whys). Don’t be afraid to get yourself lost in translation, soon it will be all clear whether we talk about the questions or the answers (just scroll down). Here’s the list:

  1. Neden yazarım?
  2. Neden bazı insanlar bunu okur?
  3. Neden kendime “neden” diye sorarım?
  4. Neden tüm “nedenlerin” cevabı bilmek isterim?
  5. Neden Türkiye?
  6. Neden Türkiye yerine İtalyadır?

Well, because every question is a boş çay baradağı (empty glass of tea)… excepting one. One single question, question no. 5 is a çay dolu bardak (full glass of tea): Why Tukey? which you can enjoy by clicking here. Şerefe! (Cheers!)

And to eliminate the initial confusion, my mother is Hungarian and my father is Romanian, so I do use to speak “fele apă fele viz” (apă=water in Romanian, viz= water in Hungarian, fele=half in Hugarian, it’s a way of saying “I speak half Hungarian half Romanian”), while on this blog I speak “half su half water”(su=water in Turkish). It seems that I’ve created even more confusion… I guess I’m pretty good at confusing people.

“Calm down baby and drink a çay!”- (never) said my inner Turk-“Then start with the beginning”

Hah! He can be really hilarious! I’ll continue with the beginning… as question no. 5 already had a head start. So…

  1. Why do I write?-Because my words flow like çay in the empty glasses… and there are still too many glasses to fill! Writing is a way to “exorcise” all my uncertainties and fears (together with jogging). Is a way to discover myself and the world surrounding me. It’s a way to (re)create my inner word and peace. Shortly, I write to understand myself. Who knows, one day I’ll figure out who I am! 😉
  2. Why do some people read this?– This glass cannot be filled by me. So, there is a boş çay baradağı and I cannot do anything about. Only you, my dear reader, can…
  3. Why do I ask myself “Why?”– 2 “whys” in the same question? Are you nut? I’m definitely not a nut (dried fruit)! Just in case… 😛 So why why? Because I am the girl with the “whys”! I’m hopefully in love with “why”! Obsessed! I need to know all the reasons and if I don’t, my mind will enter its storyteller mode and bomb me with unlimited possibilities of answer to “Why”. Sometimes I wonder how efficient and inefficient would I be without my dear “Why”?… (note: “Why” is quite important in social sciences)
  4. Why do I want to know the answer to all these whys?-Am I afraid to die stupid? Just a little bit…but please, don’t tell anybody else. Still a glass of çay can temporary work instead of the answer. Or another challenging “why”.
  5. ———————————————-> (scroll up if you missed it)
  6. Why Italy instead of Turkey?– now that’s a really really tough one. A short clarification to understand where does this question come from: those who have visited my blog at least once must have realized that I’m in love with Turkey or at least that this blog has many thing to do with Turkey. If you did not realize that,  but you did read my blog, it means that I’m doing a really awful job and I should stop writing right now. A consolation: I might be the worst writer ever, but at least you can find from time to time some great pictures here… and the name of my blog Turkish Delight Bazaar, should work as a hint. Now let’s get back to business. What all this has to do with Italy? I’m not an Italian, although I do spend some time in Italy, given that I’m studying there. As I told you before I’m some kind of “mixture” (just like Turkey), lost between my Hungarian and Romanian selves: People, especially foreigners tell me that I look like a Hungarian because of my light complexion and blonde hair, but everybody back home believes that I physically resemble more my father’s family, which is Romanian… Moreover, my way of being is considered more Hungarian than Romanian (?!), well, sometimes… Are you still there? Ya sabır ya Allah! (God give us patience!) We still haven’t reach our destination. A glass of çay would be welcomed now, you know what I mean. So here’s a Romanian-Hungarian girl, crazy about Turkey but studying in Italy… Guess what she’s studying? About TURKEY! Now can you understand this dilemma/trilemma…? I’ll give you a short solution: Kader (destiny). There’s an assumption that if you can explain something shortly you truly understand it. Well, not all the time… But I have plenty of time to understand. As for  Kader let’s say that he came before Turkey… And I love Kader almost as much as I love Turkey. So much that I’m considering to open an Italian boutique in my bazaar. Italy doesn’t have çay but it has the best latte macchiato and cappuccino to fill the empty glasses, amazing gelato (ice-cream) and pizzzzaaaa! Mamma mia! It’s impossible to resist! So enough with the “whys” for today!

Moral of the story: I need more çay (or cappuccino?) in my life, more dolu bardaklar!

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Türk mutfağı: Love at first taste

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There is nothing more delicious in this world than Türk mutfağı (Turkish cuisine)! It was love at first taste for me!  Heritage of a multi-cultural empire, Turkish cuisine tastes like Anatolia peppered with Middle-Eastern and Central Asian spices, sprinkled with Mediterranean olive oil and flavoured with Balcan herbs. A mouth-watering experience! An explosion of flavours and colours!

Some lezzetli (delicious) proofs from my Turkish adventures:

Turkish kahvaltı (breakfast):

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Ekmek (bread), salata (salad), ayran, peynir (cheese), zeytin (olive), ızgara et (grilled meat)

A quick solution for breakfast, with love from the Aegean coast (Izmir):

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İzmirli Kumru (sandwich made of green pepper, tomatoes and cheese)

I don’t remember the name of the following dish, it resembles tavuk şiş (grilled chicken) with sebzeler (vegetables):

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it was delicious!

A very popular food in Eastern Turkey, in Elazığ they had a whole street of köfte restaurants:

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çiğ köfte (Turkish steak tartare)

Favorilerimden bir tanesi (one of my favourite):

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lahmacun (Turkish pizza with spicy meat and vegetables)

And after a square meal the best Turkish way to quench our thirst is

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Taze ayran (fresh ayran) ve sıcak çay (and hot tea)

AFİYET OLSUN!

Relevant vocabulary:

  • Türk mutfağı=Turkish cuisine
  • Afiyet olsun!=Enjoy your meal!
  • kahvaltı=breakfast
  • öğle yemeği=lunch
  • akşam yemeği=dinner
  • yemek=food
  • su=water
  • içecek=beverage
  • çay=tea
  • süt=milk
  • peynir=cheese
  • baharat=spice
  • tuz=salt
  • biber=pepper (karabiber=black pepper; kırmızıbiber=red/chilli pepper)
  • şeker=sugar
  • çorba=soup
  • ayran=diluted salted yoghurt drink
  • lahmacun=Turkish pizza with spicy meat filling
  • kebap=kebab
  • çiğ köfte=Turkish steak tartare
  • et=meat
  • tavuk=chicken
  • kuzu=lamb
  • sığır eti=beef
  • balık=fish
  • sebze=vegetable
  • meyve=fruit
  • ekmek=bread
  • pirinç=rice
  • patates=potato

DEVAM EDECEK- TO BE CONTINUED