Archive | October, 2012

Ten Minute Salsa

3 Oct

Oh how I’ve missed delicious salsa.  In America I can always count on my local Hy-Vee to have a large selection varying from hot to chunky to peach.  In Turkey I’m lucky to find one jar of “salsa” at my local market and the taste isn’t worth the price.  So the other day when I found jalapenos at Kipa I snagged the large prepacked bundle and froze them.  I had to go our more gourmet market Macro Center to purchase cilantro.  It isn’t easy to find jalapenos, limes, and cilantro all the same market; in fact it’s never happened which is why I put of making salsa until today.  Willy Wonka was napping so I needed to move quickly.

Make sure to wear rubber gloves when working with the jalapenos.  I had a horrifying experience where I thought my face was going to melt off.  Gloves are also a must if you’ve got an infant at home.  I don’t need Turkish CPS called on me 🙂

Here’s what you need:

  • one large clove of garlic
  • cilantro – to your taste
  • half a red onion
  • juice of one lime
  • at least a tsp of salt
  • 1 jalapeno (I leave some seeds because I like spicy)
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes drained

Ten Minute Salsa

Roughly cut the garlic, onion, and peppers into chunks.  Add all the ingredients except canned and fresh tomatoes to the food processor.  After those ingredients are mixed well add the drained tomato and a chopped fresh tomato into the mix.  Blend again.  Taste. BAM Ten Minute Salsa 🙂

So fresh and yummy!


Wonks and Halloween

3 Oct

What’s Willy Wonka going to be for Halloween?  Nothing.  It’s sad, but the holiday just doesn’t exist here.  Grandma made sure he has a few halloween things.  When he gets a bit bigger he’ll be wearing his skeleton or pumpkin sleeper.   I am planning to take  him out of the house as a skeleton.  I already get stared at for speaking english or just looking super foreign;  why not dress my chunkers as a skeleton and scare people?  Isn’t that what Halloween is all about?  Here are a few photos we took yesterday:

Golden Boy

2 Oct

When Willy Wonka was born we received a few typical baby gifts from the Turks; Nike running shoes, clothes, more shoes, and blankets.  We also received gold coins. Something I won’t be letting Willy Wonka put in his mouth.  I would have been surprised had I not been married in Turkey, an event where you also receive gold.  There is a long tradition of giving gold.  When a couple gets engaged the family gives the future bride jewelry.  At weddings, the bride carries a small pouch to collect jewelry, money, and gold from the guests.   The guests can also pin the gold coins and money onto the newlyweds.  Forget registering at Crate and Barrel, because you’re getting gold!

Cute baby boy themed pouch for the gold.

Recently gold prices have skyrocketed and people are having difficulty affording gold. Prices have tripled since 2008.  Instead of just giving couples a fancy serving tray or a blender, people have resorted to buying fake gold bracelets.  This new trend sadly led to a groom beating his bride before the wedding ceremony.  The bride informed the groom that his aunt had given her a fake gold bracelet; that’s when the shit hit the fan.  Read more here.

A gold coin 🙂 with Ataturk’s head

We are appreciative of all the wonderful, fun gifts for Willy Wonka.  There’s just something about the tradition of giving gold that still intrigues me.  Of course I won’t turn down a gold coin. It’s an extremely generous gift.  But is it too impersonal? Or practical because the receiver can use it as they wish? Or does it put too much pressure on the gifter to spend outside his or her budget?  What do you think about giving gold?

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