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  1. Hi guys it’s been ages since my log in. I have been swamped with work and don’t have much me time at the moment for R and R or TC. We had a fantastic holiday and have booked to go back in October. We spent time at sea relaxing – my daughter is almost swimming now without any aid – she was a complete water baby on holiday . I was grateful to a Turkish stranger who noticed my husband carrying my daughter to the hospital during our stay. My wee angel had a high temperature and was vomiting during the first few days of our holiday. My husband forgot to take our insurance papers to the hospital - despite this the DR provided full investigation, and treatment, at NO cost! We are going to invest in swimmers ear plugs if we go to a water park again – I suspect she picked something up from the pool. It is quite common for children to pick up bugs in pools, especially on holiday. Once my daughter’s health improved we avoided pools and spent more time at sea which was very relaxing. I learned to fish and caught four during my first ‘serious’ attempt – my father in law was at hand, sharing his expertise, every step of the way! I was not brave enough to touch the fish so I am not sure if I fully qualify as a fisherwoman. I did, however, manage to hide my fear from my daughter who took great delight in throwing the little ones back in to the water! My hubby and I ventured out on the bike and visited some fantastic places. Again, we met some interesting people and experienced even more Turkish hospitality. We stopped along the road on the way to ‘club amazone’ http://www.klupamazon.com/eng/main.asp where we have stayed in the past in the quaint limestone huts. We picked up some fresh honey on the way, opting for the Pine and Oregano - we paid around 25 lira for two large jars. You might have gathered that I enjoy food, and again, the Turks failed to disappoint. We found some amazing little restaurants including the place recommended by ATransfer (see above) on our way to cleopatra island. I will download some photos tomorrow so I can share some of our experiences with you all. It might take me a while to figure out the whole process so be patient!Kindest regards
  2. Only two more sleeps to go!! I need to finish packing...thanks goodness I started this last weekend. I have looked out a couple of books for the trip this evening, they have been sitting in my book case for months. I am going for a Turkish theme this year and reading.... Twice a Stranger by Bruce Clark...http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertai...ark-472892.htmlhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/jun/1...ybooks.featuresIstanbul Memories of a City by Orhan Pamuk....http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/apr/1...aphy.orhanpamuk
  3. We purchased the Garmin model in the UK so that we could use it in turkey. I
  4. Marmaris here we come!!!Hi guys we have finally booked our trip to Turkey. My daughter is getting excited about swimming in the sea with all the fish...she wants to be a dolphin! We will be leaving the UK in two weeks....I can
  5. I have my chicken ready and waiting to be cooked - I'll let you know how i get on. How did you cook your potatoes? Are they boiled in any special way?
  6. An alternative stuffing for dolma taken from my time living in Turkey:4-5 garlic cloves chopped and finely diced 1 teaspoon black pepper1 tablespoon of Turkish red pepper1 tablespoon or a handful of fresh parsley finely chopped1 tablespoon or a handful of fresh mint finely chopped3 tomatoes chopped and diced 1 teaspoon of salt (or a good pinch)1 cup of riceStuffing:Heat your olive oil in a large pan. Cook your garlic for a about a minute, add your tomato, onion, rice and 1
  7. I’ve been trying to make a special effort in the kitchen at the weekends. My husband came home with dolma leaves a few weeks ago and as it was raining yesterday here in Scotland I thought what the hell I’ll give it a bash. I’ve only ever made this with my MIL so I was a bit nervous about making it on my own; I mean I didn’t want to spend hours on something for it to turn out a complete disaster. In all it took about three hours to prepare and cook – I’m sure I’ll be quicker next time. Please note I have a young child who is rather distracting when she’s trying to pour her milk in to my rice or spilling it over the kitchen floor..... . What’s that saying...you have to have eyes at the back of your head and the patience of a saint. I taken inspiration for this dish from The Sultan’s Kitchen A Turkish cook book by Ozcan Ozan - I've also consulted my MIL. I am not advertising merely letting you know that I have taken inspiration this from his book. I’ve made some alterations which I think may add to the recipe. The rice mix can also be used for stuffing peppers or tomatoes. Summer Dolma with pinenuts and currents / sultanas Approx 55 dolma leaves
  8. WOW looks good. I will try this one too.
  9. I use teach yourself Turkish and a Turkish conversation CD. I like listening to Turkish music
  10. I'm 100% with you on this one. I've sent items by post and they have never been received. If I have a used a courier I
  11. I was ripped off by an expat when I lived in Turkey. I would say my experiences have made me more cautious....you live and learn!
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