Silence is the language of God. All else is poor translation. -Rumi
I was kind of tickled that Rumi as so many of the Desert Fathers seem to agree with my blogging style. Best not to clog the internet pipes with my chatter unless there is something to share, no? 😉
So, where have I been?? Well, I recently had the blessing of spending two weeks traveling across Turkey with the Turkish Cultural Foundation who funded a trip for a group of teachers to learn and come back and share all of the beauty of the country not only to our students but whomever we can. Since I am so lucky to be reaching all of you, I am so glad you can travel virtually with me.
Let me tell you, Turkey blew me away! It was nothing I expected but everything I hoped it would be. Stunning topography met generous people all in a place that is a walking Unesco World Heritage Site. Crazy! The amount of ancient civilizations, Greek, Roman, Byzantine ruins and Ottoman architecture in this one country was insane.
The food? Just wait. I have a more than a few recipes to share with you that are healthy, delicious and simple to make. They will transport you there in just a few minutes in some cases! But, heck, if Turkey remains a stable country, there is no doubt that their already large tourism industry will grow steadily (And the good and bad that go along with that.) and you will want to be a part of that. Maybe you can share with me!
What is to come? In the spirit of Turkish food, I will keep the first few simple, Shepard’s Salad, some discussion on yogurt, a few syrup soaked desserts and a recipe for green beans that will transform how you think of this simple legume.
I imagine in the future there will be more as Turkish spices are slowly becoming part of my culinary repertoire but since it is summer we are keeping it simple and fresh.
Today I will leave you with a visual and informative trip to a few of the most beautiful sites in this stunning country. Welcome to Turkey, a travel blog for the next few weeks. This week we will revisit Turkey through their food and learn to make the ubiquitous and delicious Shepard’s Salad.