It seems that when I was younger and did not have a job I had money for traveling. Now I work, pay rent, all my expensive, food, etc.No more money or time for big trips, just short ones. Where do I want to go? Well everywhere kinda but on top of my list Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, New Zealand, Japan, India, Turkey…the list goes on.
I have learned that the best way to make such trips affordable is cheap accommodation and 2 cheap meals a day. Many of my trips from your were spent in Youth Hostels. I do feel I have grown out of that but if I were to spend a lot of time in one place I would consider a small rental. A the luxury of having a car and then settling in a beautiful location with lots of water and beaches. How about apartments for sale In Turkey along the Black Sea, Aegean Sea or Mediterranean Sea? I would spend one lazy day by the beach for every one day of travel and one day of shopping. Turkey is rich with history: explore the Ottoman monuments, Greek Temples, Lycian Tombs, Armenian Churches, and modern Istanbul. And the bazaars! I would come home with arms full of Turkish Delights, carpets, spices galore and silk. I can dream!
Cheap meals are best fro breakfast and lunch were you can grab something more on the go like a sandwich, cheese, fruit. Its a great place to explore the local grocery store. What is a great breakfast food in Turkey? Well a Simit ring of course, served with Turkish Tea and perhaps some jelly and cheese. Or you can buy some as a snack during the day from street vendors. In North America, Simits are known as the Turkish Bagel. Simit in Turkish means ‘crisp’.
A traditional Simit seller in Turkey. credit wikipedia
Most recipes use yeast but not this one so it takes less time to prepare. I am sure my recipe did not turn out like it was suppose to but they are amazing and so buttery. The dough is unusual and malleable but breaks easily. Be gentle while making your rings. Also, out of the oven they are brittle so let them cool down before you transfer them to a plate.
Ξ Turkish Simit Rings Ξ
adapted from turkishdesserts.net
3 cups flour
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup yoghurt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tablespoon molasses
1 cup water
sesame and/or poppy seeds
Put the flour in a large bowl and make a hole in the middle. Into this hole pour all the dough ingredients. Stirring from the outside into the middle gradually mix all the liquids into the flour until it forms into a dough.
Divide into 24 equal pieces. Dissolve the molasses in 1 cup water in a bowl. Put the sesame and poppy seeds in other bowls and set it next to the molasses water. Working with 2 balls at a time make your 12 rings:
- Roll each ball into a 12 inch long rope. Take two ropes, hold down one end of the ropes and twist them together like a spiral. Then form this twisted rope into ring, pressing and rolling the overlapping ends together on the work surface to seal.
- Dip each ring in molasses water first, place on a baking sheet and sprinkle heavily with sesame or poppy seeds.
After arranging them on a baking sheet, bake them in a 350 degree oven for approx. 30-40 minutes.