Father-in-law was expected here on Thursday...today's Saturday and there is no sign of him. Maybe he got lost on the way from Ankara? Who knows? I suspect it's all about control, and that he will in fact turn up quite unexpectedly at some point. No matter....I am ready!
I haven't seen very much of Mr Ayak this week. He has been busy going here and there, sorting out work for the future...hopefully to start in April. In the meantime, there is absolutely no work to be found locally, so we will muddle through as best we can.
The past couple of days has found me sitting outside in a t-shirt in the sunshine. The weather has been glorious, with temperatures around 70 degrees F. The sun cheers me up no end, and I suddenly get that "summer" feeling of anticipation. I know that summer isn't really here, so I don't start packing away my winter clothes just yet. I'm reminded of this fact when I woke up this morning to gale force winds again, and a grey sky.
I'm enjoying British TV at the moment on the website I downloaded on my laptop. The "free" viewing time is almost up, so I will have to start paying a monthly subscription. I have decided to justify this by cancelling my Digiturk contract. It costs more per month than the TV site subscription, so as I don't watch Digiturk anymore, it seems to be the obvious decision.
In any case I'm now hooked! I would have hated to have missed Eastenders live episode last night which revealed the killer of Archie Mitchell. It was brilliant...proving that these characters can really act. Eastenders at it's very best. If I'd watched it on Digiturk, I would have had to wait another two weeks for this episode, by which time I would have read about it, and it wouldn't have been so enjoyable.
I'm also well into the other soaps...Emmerdale and Coronation Street. We don't get them here and up until a couple of months ago, I hadn't seen them for years. I've now more or less caught up with the characters and there are very good storylines in both at the moment.
I'm sure some of you will think I'm a sad individual...sitting here in front of my laptop...glued to the soaps, Jeremy Kyle and This Morning. But winter here is just so boring. I love being outside, but the weather in winter generally prevents this. The tourist areas are like ghost towns at this time of year, and the villages where people are out in the fields and their gardens during the good weather, seem almost deserted as the inhabitants stay inside huddled around their wood-burning stoves. Even the animals are quieter...almost as if they are a bit fed up with the gales blowing outside.
We are having to be very economic as far as food is concerned at the moment. I actually quite enjoy this because I have to use my imagination when it comes to producing a meal. You would be amazed at how many meals I can produce from one chicken!
I picked up an enormous cabbage for half a lira at the market this week. Yesterday I used the larger outer leaves for stuffing. I remove the stalks and bring the leaves to the boil and simmer until slightly limp. I buy chicken livers for the dogs which are cooked and mixed with pasta or rice. I saved some of the chicken livers to make a stuffing for the cabbage leaves. I chop them and fry in olive oil with chopped onions and garlic, seasoning and some chilli flakes. This is then mixed with bulgur which has been soaked in hot water with half a stock cube. Having stuffed the leaves with the mixture, I place them close together in a large pan, with a little water, and steam with the lid on until they are tender. As I had some of the chicken liver mixture left over, I also stuffed some large tomatoes which were going a bit soft, and baked them in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil. Delicious!
I often make bread pudding, using leftover bread, soaked in milk. To this I add sultanas, sugar, marmalade or jam (whichever I happen to have), an egg and some margarine cut into small pieces. This is baked in a greased pan in the oven. It's really tasty, and keeps for a few days...that is if you can stop yourself scoffing the lot as soon as it comes out of the oven! It's also delicious served with custard.
I'm interested to know if any of you have tried and tested recipes for very economic meals...please let me know.
Have a good weekend.