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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Few more kitchen witches on: January 14, 2012 12:07:53 AM



2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Kitchen Witches and Matryoshka Dolls (lil pic chunky) on: January 14, 2012 12:02:16 AM
I've been obsessed with making Russian nesting dolls and little kitchen witches as of late.  My bookshelf is incredibly full and I've been giving them to people left and right.   This post involves several pics.  







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3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Are you ready for some coleslaw? on: March 01, 2009 08:37:23 AM
Well, I am, so I made some today.   The recipe was just an experiment so I don't have exact measurements yet, but it sure is tasty.   I shredded some purple cabbage and added grated carrot, a chopped green onion, thinly sliced apple (cut slightly thicker than matchstick size), and some golden raisins.  The dressing is plain yogurt, the zest and juice of a small orange, a dash of salt and pepper and a couple dashes of powdered ginger.   Toss in some toasted walnuts before serving.  Yummmmm!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / In search of hot buttered rum on: December 16, 2008 04:41:48 AM
Greetings, all.  As you know, Christmas is almost upon us, and I am co-hosting a Christmas dinner for the other teachers in my department.   It's going to mostly be BYOB, but I wanted to provide one drink, preferably somethin ghot.  I was thinking of serving hot buttered rum.  Does anyone here have a tasty, tried and true recipe for it?    I've been doing some internet searches, and most of them look easy enough, but they call for brown sugar.  I haven't seen it here yet.  I'm sure it's around here somewhere, but in Istanbul, "somewhere" could be 2 hours away Wink    Anyway,  if you could toss a recipe my way, that would be wonderful.  OR, if you have any other hot drink recipes that you like, such as a good formula for mulled wine.   I just want it to be warm and contain alcohol Smiley 

Thanks so much!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / A cup of hot Mexican sin on: November 30, 2008 10:53:47 AM
I made something just now and since it's so tasty, I thought I would share.  My measurements are not precise, but they can be figured out easily enough. This might make a nice gift mix too. 

It's cold. I decided to make hot chocolate.  I put about 2 1/2 cups of milk (make once, drink thrice) into a pan with some sugar. I have cube sugar and I think I put in a terrifying 8 cubes.  I also put in (hold onto your socks because this is the sinful part), about 1/2 cup of cream.  I had it in the fridge and didn't want it to go to waste. 

While that was heating I added one tablespoon of instant coffee and about 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus about a small capful of vanilla.  Then I added a good tablespoon of dark cocoa power and whisked everything to combine and finish warming. 

Mmmmmm.   I'm sure many of you have tried this, and now I see why.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Siyah Zeytinli Kek (Black Olive Cake) on: November 28, 2008 08:59:10 AM
Soooo...yesterday was the ELC-hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my university.  I got some great potluck ideas from other members, but unfortunately, things like pumpkin and sweet potatoes are a) hard to find and b) really expensive.  So I decided to make a Turkish-style recipe, which, being in Turkey, made sense.  The recipe is from almostturkish.blogs pot.com.  I will post the link below.  It was so, so yummy.  It's a quick bread, with chunks of black olives, green onions, and mint.  I added some chopped parsley too.  The recipe calls for "black seeds" which are called nigella seeds.  I left them out. They're easy enough to find here, but I couldn't justify buying an entire container for just a couple of spoonfuls.  It didn't affect the flavor at all.  It was still a big hit.

It's also very pretty, as you will see.

http://almostturkish.blogspot.com/2007/02/olive-cake-zeytinli-kek.html
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Thanksgiving potluck - ideas? on: November 14, 2008 12:17:19 AM
Our department is having a Thanksgiving dinner for the teachers in the ELC (English Language Center), exchange students, and pretty much anyone who wants to come.  The turkeys are being provided and we've been asked to bring another dish to share.  I don't know exactly how many people are going to be there, but I don't think I need to make a huge quantity of anything.  However, I'm having some trouble thinking of ideas.  There are some things that I just can't find in Istanbul.  I've seen no cranberries, I've seen no canned pumpkin, there might be cornmeal around here somewhere but I don't know.  Help!  I might be able to get my mom's chestnut stuffing recipe, and chestnuts are plentiful, but I don't know what else to take. Suggestions are greatly appreciated.  Oh, and I should stay away from things that call for pork.   
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Costume - another Day of the Dead skull on: November 01, 2008 11:57:24 AM
Yet another Craftster member who loves El Dia de los Muertos.  Amazingly, there was a small Halloween shop in Istanbul, so I was able to get some makeup and the black veil/mantilla I wore.  The skirt and blouse are part of my regular wardrobe.



Here is the makeup. 



The almost-finished look, with the mantilla.



And the finished look.  I don't think my glasses spoiled the effect very much.  Maybe I should invest in contacts for next year.
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Party and decoration ideas, please! on: October 06, 2008 09:21:12 AM
Greetings, all.  I am planning to have a Halloween party, since it's my favorite holiday.  The only problem is I don't have access to your normal Halloween decorations because I am in Turkey right now.  I could order some things from amazon.com perhaps, but that would be terribly expensive.  Do you have any ideas for things I could make?   Patterns for cutouts?   Anything!  Thank you Smiley
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Delicious dolma - Turkish stuffed vegetables on: October 02, 2008 04:52:59 AM
I am currently living in Istanbul and really enjoying myself. The food is amazing!  A favorite of mine is dolma, which is the word for any stuffed vegetables.  They are usually served cold with olive oil, as an appetizer (mezzeler, I believe is the word).  I made dolma today with green peppers and they are so tasty.

For four peppers I used:

about 2 1/2 cups cooked rice
1/2 small onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon

The recipe uses currants as well, a couple of tablespoons, but I didn't have any.  I don't know the word for currants, so I couldn't ask for them in the store!

Cut the tops off the peppers and scoop out the seeds and remove the ribs.   Saute the garlic and onion until soft.  Add everything to the rice and season with salt and pepper to taste.  I also used a couple dashes of cayenne.   Stuff the peppers as full as you can and place in a baking dish.  Add a bit of water so the peppers don't scorch or stick.  I baked mine for about half an hour at 150 C (I would convert that to Fahrenheit if I could remember the formula!) and drizzled them with olive oil.  They are cooling in the fridge now, but I had to taste the smallest one.  You know, for quality control...

Yogurt sauce:
I mixed a couple of pinches of dried mint, some salt, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice into some yogurt to go with the peppers.  Delicious!








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