One woman's insight into her daily life and some 'adventures'.............cooking, collecting, travels etc. With a lil' bit of this and that...........

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Izmir Turkey

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I'm showing Izmir Turkey and some of the "outdoor' workers that are there everyday of the week.......trying to make a living. I posted some of the various jobs. Trust me it gets extremely hot there in the summer and some of those jobs I would rather stay in.

This lil' old lady with her husband has this make-shift tent and whips up these goodies all day and sometimes around noon there is a line/up. it's like a very thin pita bread with a cheese filling and some herbs......and then they roll it up for you.

These ladies are making a dough called 'yufka', they then fill it and bake it. This is done in a park, with seating outdoors all around and beautiful flowers. It's quite nice and so peaceful to be sitting in this park with the noisy city behind you.

This guy is selling his purses, a lot of them are knock-offs and you sure can spot it. Believe or not but they sell for about 2 dollars. Thats what I call a bargain.

This woman sets her lil' business up everyday with her teenage son in the outdoor market and whips these things up non/stop. It is filled with cheese and some greens and herbs. Very delish........yummmm brings back memories. Her son bakes them for her in some make-shift contraption of a small barbecue. If you look on the bottom left you will see the finished product.

Some village ladies come into town and sell these flowers and some herbs and unbelievable prices that we in North America would never dream off. I got a huge bunch of Fresia for 2 bucks, probably 5o dollars worth here. At the end of the day they are all sold out. People love flowers there and aleays buy some on their way home.

These 2 Rabbits also have a daily job.........you pay the vendor a dollar and he lets the rabbit pick out a piece of paper for you and on it it has your fortune. I know it sounds fishy......but hey the poor guy makes al iving with his rabbit buddies. The rabbits are so well trained and all the kids come up to pet them....so cute.

For 5 dollars this driver and his horseys go around the city.........you can hear them clopping on the old brick roads form the 17 th centuery. This is my fave when I visit my Sisiter-in-Law.

These lil' shoe shine men are on every corner of the city almost and I must admit are quite busy.

Yummmmmmmmm.......the Turkish Doner, so good. But with that weapon that he's holding it's quite scary to ask him for a sandwich. They put it on a fresh pita with tomatoes [that are like real tomatoes], Turksih green peppers [like a Cubanelle], onions and some white cheese and parsley. So delish.

Poor lil' man he fell asleep in the sun trying to sell his dried herbs........I use to see him there everyday of the week. Can't remember which herb it is but he usually would sell them off.

A student trying to make a buck playing his guitar.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my 'outdoor' tour of Izmir, Turkey!!!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010


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This Halloween my nieces and nephews of all ages came over for Halloween to Trick or Treat in my neighbourhood and Halloween dinner. My husband Don and our neighbour Nick go all out and decorate for the occassion on both houses. Ours is more kid friendly and the neighbour's home is more eerie and scary, to the point where some kids just pass by and don't stop to get their treats. For some reason we have a few hundred kids coming around........but we are always prepared with the candy and treats. But all in all it has become a tradition and all the neighbourhood kids know to come for the fun.

Every year I make my 'famous' chili, to which I triple the recipe.........and my fave 'cornbread'.
I have several recipes but this has turned out to be my most flavourful and moist.


source; allrecipes

1 cup butter, melted

1 cup white sugar

4 eggs

1 (15 ounce) can cream/style corn

4 ounce can green chile peppers, drained

1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup flour (all purpose)

1 cup Yellow Cornmeal

4 tsp. Baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. (150 deg. C). Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Blend in cream corn, chilies, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to corn mixture: stir till smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.

4.Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into center of the pan comes out clean.

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