Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Around the world in 80 Plates: Turkey

Our family has been inspired by the girls' interstate Godparents. They've been doing "Worldly Wednesday", each week they pick a different country to learn about and use a recipe from that country to make the family meal. Such a fun idea! It gives us something else to look forward to each week, inspires us to share cooking and shopping for that meal together, and adds to our menu.

We took a look at Harriet's world globe and had a chat about where we live and what "countries" are. She had a close look at one particular region and then pointed her finger to Turkey. I would love to be able to get into her brain and find out why it was Turkey that captured her imagination. Whatever the reason, we had our place to research.

She and Daddy surfed the net for info about Turkey, including a bigger image of the map. Harri was fascinated by the map and felt inspired to draw her own.

We found many Turkish recipes online and settled on Ali Nazik and a tahini spinach salad. We also toasted some Turkish pide. We prepared the meal together, to the sound of Turkish music found through youtube. Our cat sniffed the computer as if to ask "what is making those strange sounds?", Harri appreciated it though. She broke out into some funky (yoga inspired) break-dance moves.

Harri tried a handful of new skills. She grated lemon zest, cut avocados, crushed garlic and juiced a lemon. Using the electric juicer for the first time was definitely the highlight of her night. Once she started using that she stayed there until it was time to eat. She had a ball grabbing anything she could find on the bench and trying to juice it: "Juicing is fun!" she squealed at one point.

With all hands on deck it didn't take long to make dinner. We sat down together and began filling our plates. We had a salad of: spinach, red onion, avocado and sliced almonds, with an option dressing of: tahini, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic. Our main dish was a mince beef tray with roasted eggplant and green capsicum, yoghurt, paprika and butter, with a side of toasted Turkish pide. Our kitchen smelt fantastic!

Big thanks to The Owlets for great inspiration.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

Yay! Looks like so much fun! What I love is that it encourages us all trying new foods and opening our minds a smidge. Look forward to seeing more of your travels!