Thursday, 20 January 2011

Translating Recipes

I recently started following a blog by Phil at Blogitandscarper.  It's a great blog and I love this man's sense of humour...pop over and take a look.   

One of his posts contained a recipe for Turkish Lamb and Lemon soup.  It sounds delicious.  I was sure it must have a Turkish name but I couldn't recall it.  Phil has been googling it without success, so I asked Mr Ayak if he knew what the name is. 

It's apparently called Paça.   I decided to google the recipe but could only find it in Turkish, so to save myself some time I google-translated it.   I thought you might like to see the result:  The ingredients are straightforward but please read the instructions.  This has given me the best laugh of the day!

Trotter soup seasoned (4 persons)


 8 goat or sheep Paçası (cleaned)

 6 Water Glasses Water

1 medium size onion (peeled bark, all the left)

2 cloves garlic

1 tea spoon of salt

2 soup spoon Refined oil

1 tea spoon Red Pepper

1 / 6 Lemon Juice Water Glasses

2 Egg Yolk

1 soup spoon of water

The familiar bell-bottomed soup with egg, seasoned trotters soup prepared by the addition of lemon and seasoning, as the winter season, starting dinner or drinks can be served at the end of the table

First, pants on fire Iron bristles slightly.  Wash your legs pressed in plenty of water.

 Large-sized legs in a pot, water, onion, garlic and salt put, a transport boil over medium heat.  (Please take a perforated foam accumulated in the bucket above.) Lid off the pot, the soup cook for 4 hours.

Discipline to prepare a wide boiling pot of water to fill.  Sit on top of a small bowl, into the egg yolks, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon water Place.  Beat eggs for 2 minutes with wire.  Take two cups of boiling soup of trotters, decency and stir well.  To take the pot from the fire, removing the bowl from within, in the simmering soup pot dosing with good manners. . Once mixed, take soup pot from the fire. Pour the soup in a heated bowl.  Serve service.

............I would however recommend you have a look at  Phil's recipe here.  It's a lot easier to follow!


  1. This is hysterical!!! My husband is Turkish too but we live in Istanbul. I have just seen the baby widget - gosh that's amazing! Maybe I shld get that as my daughter is also expecting!!!


  2. Hi Claudia and a warm welcome to my blog. This recipe is really funny isn't it?
    Oh the baby widget is really nice. When is your daughter due? Is it her first?

  3. Oh, Ayak, thank you! This left me howling with laughter!
    Phil's blog is good, isn't it?

  4. Haha..I'm still laughing Fly!
    Yes Phil's blog is very good. I'm glad I found it.

  5. Whatever you did, it worked!

  6. Loving this. Especially the 'pants on fire' bit.

  7. Heiko: Well there you's all to do with widgets then!

    I've left you a private message on FB by the way xx

    Rosie: Yes I love that bit too! :-))

  8. ...pants on fire... lol!
    What happens if you put it back into Turkish through Google Translate?

  9. well it does take discipline to sit on top of a small pot with your pants on fire. You can see where they are coming from. BTW how are your pressed legs? clean and wet?

  10. Kelloggsville: It most certainly does and its pretty difficult beating the eggs with wire whilst sitting on a small bowl I can tell you. And my pressed legs are very clean.

  11. I see that you are interested in Great Britain! Have you checked out my blog yet?

    Every day I post photographs of glorious vistas, charming close-ups, videos, recipes, and interesting tidbits of life in Great Britain for the pleasure of Britophiles everywhere!

  12. Welcome to my blog Abby. To be honest I'm not so interested in Great Britain these days, which is why I came to live in Turkey. But I'll certainly have a look at your blog.

  13. Yes, it's her first so great excitement! I am going to become a follower of yr blog too ...I think it's great that you live in Milas and I look forward to hearing more about how it actually is down there.


  14. Oh the first is so exciting Claudia. You can of course see pics of my first grandson Billy all over my blog! His baby brother is due around his 2nd Birthday.

    Thanks for joining my band of followers. If you have time to wander around the blog you will see some pics of our village. My header is a view from just behind my house.

  15. To hell with goats trotter soup and ‘pants on fire’ - my ‘Irons’ bristling more than just slightly!! And as for ‘Pants’….

    “You owe me a new loin cloth!!”

    After I spent an hour rummaging around in that dark old basement of yours last night, looking at a bunch of your oldest dustiest posts, my torch finally packed up, which was my cue to leave.

    Stubbed my toe on that anvil you dumped down there, walked into a wall that wasn’t there earlier, then tripped bum over tip into that stack of old pots and pans you keep at the bottom of the stairs. What a din that made! Nearly gave me a heart attack.

    Eventually groped my way to your coal chute, ascended through the hatch into your back yard once more, and came face to face with - your dogs. Not good. Badly in need of an escape plan, I lobbed the torch over their heads, and as they bolted off after it in one direction, I belted off in the other.

    They’re pretty quick though aren’t they! By the time I got to your boundary, they were nearly at my heels again. As I vaulted over your garden wall I distinctly remember feeling at least one wet nose and a pair of paws on my right buttock. By the time I’d landed in your neighbours compost bin on the other side, I was stark naked!

    When I peered back over the wall to see what all the growling and commotion was all about, there were your two dogs engaged in a manic tug of war with what was left of my loin cloth! It was about then that your neighbours light came on and I decided to make another hasty exit into the dark.

    What a night. Didn’t get back home until just before dawn this morning, wearing nothing more than a dustbin liner I nicked off a blog in Albania on the way back.

    Next time I’ll bring more throwing sticks…and a fast scooter. You still owe me a new loin cloth though Ayak!!

    You can keep the torch though. As It’s broke now. Hmmph.

    Say ‘woof’ to Beki & Poppy for me. The buggas.

    P.s: What a very funny and totally original post Ayak. We’ve all just been falling about here. Brilliant idea to ‘Googleate’ it. Thank you so much for your great big ‘plug’ here, and your very kind comments to mine too. What a lovely thing to do.

    I'll be extending my original Turkish soup recipe post to link back to you too. Which is the least I can do for now!

    I’m just chuffed I tripped over your great big blog in the first place, we clearly don’t take ourselves too seriously and we all share the same sense of humour.

    I find that humour – apart from being very subjective – is such a great filter for determining future social chemistry. Thanks for sharing yours with me. Your’e a star.

    I’ve gotta go cook something for my tribe right now. They’re starting to wail. Please thank Mr Ayak again for me. I’ll be back later for another rummage around downstairs. But only if I can see the dogs are tied up from behind the wall.

    Bon Chance for now.


  16. Phil: You are an absolute delight. Your humour makes my day. You should really write a have such a vivid imagination. I'm very glad to have made your acquaintance.

    The new loin cloth's in the post

  17. Hi Ayak...Ssshhh!...Smee again (This is me writing in a whisper)You havn't seen my car keys have you? Can't find them anywhere an I'm in so much trouble over here.
    I think they might have fallen in your neighbours compost bin last night? Couldn't have a quick rummage for me could you? Ta. P.

  18. Sorry Phil. Much as I'm happy to help on most occasions, I draw the line at rummaging through compost.


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