Adding to the kofte and dolma i will also attempt hünkar beğendi and Sarimsakli Patates Puresi (Garlic Mashed Potatoes )- both look delicious.
I have also decided to branch out and attempt to make Hoşaf or Komposto. It is a drink usually made of dried or fresh fruit boiled in water with sugar and left to cool and infuse. I found a simple recipe using apples and cranberries should be a nice addition to the meal.
And what are you doing for dessert? i hear you ask... well i am keeping it simple this time round :-) i will be making Acıbadem kurabiyesi (a bitter almond biscuit) - is a traditional Turkish biscuit made of almonds, sugar and egg whites.
So with the feast planned and the guests sorted Turkey here i come :-)
Until then take some time to brush up on a few Turkish Proverbs and Folk Sayings/Türk Atasözleri :-)
|Aðaç yas iken eðilir. |
The green twig is easily bent.
|Ateþ düþtüðü yeri yakar. |
An ember burns where it falls.
|Bekarlýk sultanlýktýr. |
There is no soverinity like bachelorhood.
|Bilmemek ayýp deðil, sormamak ayýp.|
Not knowing is not shameful, not asking is (shameful)
It is not a shame not to know, it is a shame not to ask.
|Bir elin nesi var, iki elin sesi var. |
Two heads are better than one.
|Bir tasla iki kus vurmak...|
Killing two birds with one stone.
|Çabuk parlayan çabuk söner. |
What flares up fast, extinguishes soon.
|Eþek hoþaftan ne anlar (anlamaz). |
An ass does not appreciate fruit compote.
|Havlayan köpek ýsýrmaz. |
The dog that barks much does not bite.
|Ýnsan yedisinde ne ise yetmiþinde de odur. |
What a man is at seven is also what he is at seventy.
|Ýðneyi kendine batýr çuvaldýzý baþkasýna. |
Stick the needle into yourself (to see how it hurts) before you thrust the packing-needle into others.
|Kurtlu baklanýn kör alýcýsý olur. |
The buyer of the rotten beans is the blind man.
|Kuzguna yavrusu þahin görünür. |
The raven sees its chickens as falcons.
|Ne ekersen, o'nu biçersin. |
You harvest what you sow.
|Öfke ile kalkan zararla oturur. |
He who gets up (starts up) in anger, sits down with a loss.
|Öküz altýnda buzaðý aranmaz. |
Do not search for a calf under an ox.
|Sakýnýlan goze cop batar. |
An over-protected eye gets the speck (Being overly careful invites misfortunes).
|Sinek küçüktür, ama mide bulandýrýr. |
The fly is small, but it is big enough to make one sick.
|Sürüden ayrýlan koyunu kurt kapar. |
The sheep separated from the flock is eaten by the wolf.
|Terzi kendi söküðünü dikemezmiþ. |
Fýrýncýnýn çocuðu aç dolaþýrmýþ.
The shoemaker's child goes barefoot.
The baker's child goes hungry.
The plumber's house (roof) always leaks.
|Yenilen pehlivan güreþe doymaz. |
A defeated wrestler is not tired of wrestling.
|Vakitsiz öten horozun baþýný keserler. |
They will cut off the head of a cock that crows before it is time.