Eating Around the World – Turkey

lamb and apricot meatballs
This week Turkey. I’m convinced The Fireman chose this because he thought he’d get to eat turkey, he loves the smoked roasted turkey from Sainsbury’s deli. Sorry to disappoint but we’ll not be eating turkey, instead we had Lamb and apricot meatballs, recipe from BBCGoodfood. We served them in pitta bread with some cous cous. They were delicious, but probably didn’t need the pitta bread.
For dessert we had Turkish baklava. This is the recipe I used, I know it’s supposed to be sweet, but this was way too sweet.

Turkish Baklava

  • 16 small sheets filo pastry (doesn’t really need to be exact, no less than 12 though)
  • 150g butter, melted (this is a generous amount)
  • 220g nuts, chopped (I used pecan and walnuts as that’s all we had)
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 250g sugar
  • 250g water
  • 1tbsp orange blossom water
  • 1tbsp lemon juice

Brush with butter and layer 10 sheets of filo. Mix the nuts, 2tbsp sugar and cinnamon and spread over the buttered filo. Brush with butter and layer the remaining layers of filo on top of the filling. Bake for 18-20mins at 180c, then turn the oven down to 150c and cook for a further 30-35mins until golden brown. To make the syrup combine the 250g sugar with the water, orange blossom water and lemon juice. Slowly heat the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Once the baklava has cooked, leave it to cool for about 5mins, then pour over the syrup and leave to cool, a few hours would be best for the syrup to be absorbed.

This recipe was extremely sweet, even for me it was too sweet, I’d start by not adding the 2tbsp of sugar with the nuts, this also gave quite a gritty texture which I didn’t like.  You could probably reduced the sugar and water for the syrup to 200g/200g too.
Turkish Delight
As a little extra we made some cheat’s Turkish Delight, using gelatine.  The boys liked it, but to be honest it was rubbish as you couldn’t taste the rosewater in it, which the part I like best, nevermind The Farmer enjoyed making it.
Turkish craft
Our craft this week was Turkish slippers.  These were so cute when made, the boys chose glitter to decorate them.  We then each chose a teddy to wear our slippers.  The teddies then stomped their way off around their house spreading a happy trail of glitter…

Next week…Papua New Guinea, or Papua New Guinea Pigs as The Farmer thinks, hmm it ain’t Bolivia boy, we’re not eating guinea pigs.