I am quite adaptable when it comes to food and drink. There are lots of things I miss from the UK, which I can't get here, but I will just search until I find a substitute.
One thing I cannot find though is decent coffee. The packs of filter coffee here are bitter. I do drink a fair amount of instant coffee. I used to buy Nescafe Gold Blend here. It's a well known brand of course and more expensive than the rest. However, it tastes nothing like Nescafe Gold Blend in the UK. I've tried all the other "gold blend" instants here, and strangely the one I've settled for is the Migros (supermarket) own brand of "gold" which is actually about a third of the price of Nescafe.
But when I say I've settled for it...that's exactly it...I honestly can't say I enjoy it.
On my trips to the UK I usually bring back a supply of filter coffee and had been using my electric filter coffee machine daily until it packed up about a month ago. I used to have a small cafetiere which I hadn't used in a while, but couldn't find it so I've been getting by with Migros instant.
Yesterday we went into Milas to buy a new microwave oven. We found one for 99 lira (about 34 pounds)in Migros, having compared prices eveywhere, and this was the cheapest. (I have decided only to buy cheap electric appliances from now on, because expensive doesn't last any longer).
It makes one large mug (or two regular coffee cups) of filter coffee in less time than it takes to boil a kettle.
I'm actually very surprised to have found such an appliance in Milas, a traditional Turkish town of tea drinkers. I've never seen a normal sized filter coffee machine here...although there are hundreds of different types of electric tea makers.
The shop assistant looked quite surprised when I picked it up. I think I may well be the first customer to buy one. She took it out of the box to check it and hadn't a clue how it worked. I have a feeling the rest of their stock will stay on the shelves gathering dust for years.
How wonderful it was to get up this morning and drink good coffee. It's the little things in life that make us happy isn't it?
What little things make you happy?