THE DEBATE OVER CAPITAL CITIES, COMPARING TWO CITIES, ANKARA-LONDON.

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HOMEMADE TAHINI BREAD

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Bake time= 8-10 minutes

Level= Easy

Serve=12

Tahini is usually  used to make humus or make dressing for salads or garnish over some vegetable. Using it for bread is uncommon in the world but it is used in Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisines and  Turkish cuisine know what they are doing and they make perfect delicious bread or sell rolls with it. Tahini bread is also traditional in Turkey.Tahini bread usually sold in the bakeries in the feast time and fast month. Also Tahini’s versatility has made it very popular all throughout Turkey and they mix tahini with Pekmez.(Pekmez=a jam like substance made from grapes, figs or mulberries.) They usually prepare this mixture for breakfast and it is especially popular during the winter time.

Tahini bread rolls, this delicious soft rolls have a wonderful sesame butter texture, it is also a wonderful alternative for those with nut allergies.Homemade Tahini bread can easily be  made for a family in your kitchen, however this is much easier to make by just following the simple technique I used. It is  very rich and addictive and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!

TAHINI HEALTH BENEFITS: Tahini is a seed butter made from sesame seeds that are toasted and ground.Tahini contains more protein than nuts. It’s a rich source of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3,B5 and B15 )that boost energy and brain function. They promote healthy cell growth and including that of red blood cells, which will help prevent Anemia. They support and increase the rate of metabolism, enhance immunity and nervous system function as well as helping to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.Vitamin E , which is protective against heart stroke and heart disease. Also tahini has  important minerals, such magnesium, iron, and calcium. Tahini is very easy to digest and many of its nutrients find their way in to the blood stream within about an hour of  consumption.

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FRESH TOMATO SALSA

 

 

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This salsa recipe is really tasty, fresh, healthy, and made one step. There is no fat or sugar in it and the salsa has the advantage of being a tomato salad.You just need chopped up tomatoes, chiles, fresh green pepper,onions, some lemon juice,parsley and some seasoning. It is very easy to make. Enjoy it!

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RESTAURANT REVIEW/ DEVELI RESTAURANT-ANKARA

 

Inside Develi Restaurant-Ankara/ Turkey.

Inside Develi Restaurant-Ankara/ Turkey.

Hi everyone!

I went there with a few of my friends and we were delighted to sit down for lunch at Develi Kebab Restaurant. We had a nice table by the window. The restaurant located in famous Palestine Street (Filistin Caddesi) in Ankara –Turkey. This restaurant opend at 2016 and the restaurant has some branches in Istanbul and the restaurant is one of the popular restaurant in Turkey. The restaurant’s decoration is very nice, clean, elegant. Inside, the space is extremely welcoming and the guest can see right into the bar. Develi restaurant serving up generous portions of kofte and lahmacun (Turkish pizza) cooked in their restaurant oven and the restaurant takes inspiration from Gaziantep(Antep) traditional rich, flavours, cuisine. They belive fresh is the only way to enjoy food and every meal prepared at the restaurant kitchen is fresh.

When we arrived they brought us some pickled vegetables, warm bread. Then we were handed menus. We ordered some cold starters , one of them was cigkofte (typical Turkish raw meat, and you had to take a small bit of the raw meat, add some fresh lemon juice to it and wrap it into a lettuce leaf, not my favorite bit of the meal but I did enjoy it. Then we ordered Gavurdagi Salad( consist of tomatoes and red onions, green fresh pepper, walnuts and other ingredients) , hummus. I loved the salad and hummus, they were very tasty. We did not order a spate main course each and asked the waiter to bring us a big round lahmacun, ( the round shape Turkish pizza,) and we shared them. The lahmacun was thin and crispy , tasty. We ordered Pistashio Kofte ( which really did taste like pistachio, and Develi restaurant is the creator of Pistashio Kofte.) . And then we ordered Katmer dessert which was rolled baklava pastry with pistachio and natural cream. The portions were generous and came with the ice-cream. The Katmer was also very delicious and they served traditional Turkish tea-free of charge.

I had an excellent meal at Develi Kebab Restaurant and the servis was very nice and we never waited more than 5 minutes for an appetizer, or 15 minutes for our main dish. If you want to order wine, they had adequate of wine and you can try to taste Local Wine. Also they had Turkish Raki. The service was very friendly and attentive with great stuff , a caring restaurant manager.

Finally,The service was very friendly and attentive. Prices are ok, too, considering the quality of the food. We would recommend this restaurant if you want to try the Lokal restaurant and new places for delicious food and a lovely atmosphere.

 

 

Develi Restaurant in Ankara-Turkey.

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Pistachio Lahmacun(Turkish Pizza)

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Katmer(Rolled pastry with pistachio, organic cream).

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Katmer and ice-cream.

 

-Additional information-

Ambience= ****

Food=****

 

ADDRESS= Develi Kebab Restaurant. Filistin Caddesi(Palestine street). No=73 –Cankaya / Ankara- Turkey

 

COLOURFUL AND THRILLING BUTTERFLIES-

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In August I came to London for a visit and since I have spent some quality time, the base of my exploration was of course a Cooking class in London but I went to a Butterfly exhibition too, that took me back my childhood. Also I have learned more about the butterfly’s life and as you walk through the butterfly house, you can witness the life cycle of the butterfly from egg to crawling Caterpillar and then into the amazing butterfly.

You can sea there that Butterflies have a very characteristic flying style and Butterflies go through a complete metamorphosis. This means that there are four parts in a Butterfly’s life.

The first part is the egg; a Butterfly starts its life as an egg.

The second part is the Caterpillar, It looks like bird droppings on a leaf but it is a Caterpillar in disguise.

The third part is the chrysalis ( sometimes called pupa)

The fourth is the adult; this adult will continue the Cycle and Butterflies are able to change from one stage to another rapidly.

Butterfly wings are  covered with thousands of tiny, overlapping Scales, which are tiny sensory hairs and they are pigmented with a melanins which give them yellows, browns, but many of the blues, reds,blacks, greens, and iridescent colours are created by the micro-structures of the hairs not only but also The butterfly’s body is covered by tiny sensory hairs.

In addition, butterflies can fly when their body temperature is above 27C.degrees-(81°F) and adult butterflies feed only a liquids nectar from flowers , they obtain sugar for energy and the other minerals for reproduction.

 

I took some photos for you and I hope, you enjoy as well as I enjoyed!

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Butterfly exhibitions place: Natural History Museum, Cromwell road, SW75BD. LONDON/ UK.

 

 

 

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM/ LONDON

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Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great week. I am currently in London visiting my children and wanted to share a few pictures I took. If anyone’s ever been to the Victoria and Albert museum they will know how nice it is and if you haven’t been I definitely recommend going! The Victoria and Albert Museum is design and art museum and it really is lovely. One of my favorite things was the beautiful glass chandelier which I took a picture of for all of you to see. I hope you guys enjoy this post!
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