August 2014 archive

Huge leg of lamb!

I rubbed marjoram, cinnamon, rosemary, salt, garlic  and golden raisins all over the leg and let it marinate for almost 2 days.  The smell in my fridge was heavenly! I roasted the leg for 10 minutes on each side at a really high temperature then removed from heat and added a cup of wine and a little chicken stock before covering the pan with foil and putting it back in the oven to continue to cook at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Half way through the cooking process I added onions, peppers and garlic. Remember to let the meat rest for about 20 minutes after cooking. Enjoy! 

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Enough meat to feed 6 people. I froze most of it for some nice winter dishes.

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We walked an average of 8 kilometers a day!

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Our street had a  Burger King. We certainly never ate there!

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Turkish bread is to die for. The French and the Turks are the best bread makers in the world.

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Biggest Doner in town.

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3 days, 2 nights, jammed packed with fun, Istanbul style.

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It gets very hot during the day, the streets fill up with people as soon as the sun sets.

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Love the snowflakes.

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Young people sit on the steps under the Galata Tower at night to drink beers and socialize. 

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Real Çiğ Köfte.

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These street-side mussels with rice dealers are very popular yet not exactly legal. They pack up their stands and hide when the cops walk or drive by.

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The Galata bridge at night.

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We had so much fun in Istanbul, non-stop exploring, eating and laughing. We were lucky enough to catch a bus direct home and I mean direct, the bus pulled over on the side of the highway 100 meters from our house!

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