Hi! I moved to Avanos, Nevsehir, Turkey January 2008 after meeting a special person on the internet 4 or 5 years ago. I came to visit the year before I moved and descided to make a change.
I am the only person that speaks English with my immediate group. Books and Turing help alot. After a year though I am pretty good with my Turkish.
The cooking is a challenge though, they do not use the same ingredients we do. They use alot of mixes, like soup and vanilla and baking powder. They cook the same vegetables, but differently. I have had to get use to the ingredients and also how to serve the Turkish meals. The people are wonderful here. They have taught me alot about how they cook.
My Grandmother and Mother and her sisters were excellent cooks. We had a cook
Eva that helped us learn how to cook the Southern way. I have had alot of Italian and Mexican friends and they have taught me their ways. I hate to follow a recepie so I usually do not follow one to a tee.