23rd August 2017 by - No comments

During the summer I become a semi vegetarian. Of course I still eat a little meat every now and again, and fish is a must, but the majority of meals eaten are made up of fresh vegetables.

Antalya is filled with the freshest of vegetables. The main reason being this is where most fruits and vegetables are grown and the dustributed to all parts of Turkey and abroad. The humid climate and strong sunshine, with the very fertile ground make it perfect for growing.

In our local market right near my paremts home here there is everything you could imagine, but always things in season. Right now its the sweetest juicy peaches, honey filled figs and the biggest array of green vegetables.

This dish is amazing & perfect for summer! Eaten cold it is refreshing, super tasty and so easy to make.

Ingredients – (enough for 4)

– 4-5 medium sized courgettes

– 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

– bunch of fresh parsley (finely chopped)

– bunch of fresh dill (finely chopped)

– 2 tables spoons Extra Virgin Olive oil

– Sea salt & black pepper

– 2 cups warm water

– 1 large onion (finely diced)

Method –

Prepare all the ingredients and set to one side.

Mix together in a large bowl the parsley, dill & garlic.

Peel and slice the courgettes in long thin strips.

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the chopped onions and cook over a low heat until cooked and caramelized.

Lower the heat. Line the pan with a layer of the sliced courgettes. Like you are lining a lasagne dish with pasta.

Like making lasagne add a layer of the parsley dill mixture over the courgettes.

Next another layer of courgette strips.

Then another layer of the parsley dill mixture.

Continue until all the ingredients are used up. Add the water. Sprinkle on salt & pepper. Now leave to cook over a medium heat until the courgettes are soft to taste.

Enjoy cold with a dollop of yogurt! πŸ˜‹

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21st August 2017 by - No comments

When I go to Antalya for the summer I always take along a stack of my favourite dvds. I actually normally download my favourite movies onto my laptop, but with the recent laptop & ipad ban on flights from Turkey, I just take along my dvds.

Today I want to tell you about my go to movie when I want to feel warm and cosy. This movie just makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Its not a classical love story, its quirky, fun and romantic at times. But it is so wonderfully real, and shot so beautifully in Paris.

The Movie –

In this modern-day comedy of manners, American sisters Isabel and Roxy come face to face with the complicated social mores of French society.

Pregnant and jilted by her scoundrel husband, Roxy is headed for divorce, while Isabel leaps into l’amour with a married French diplomat who happens to be the uncle of Roxy’s soon-to-be-ex.

Culture clash and scandal ensue as the sisters learn what it really takes to be an American in Paris.

Verdict –

It is just sooooo good! The apartment Roxy lives in is my dream Parisian flat.

Directed by James Ivory, it has a dreamy feel which keeps you entertained all the way through. The cast is just perfect.

Based on a book by the same name, this is a rare movie where I found the movie more interesting than the book!

Please look it up and watch it, I bet you love it too xxx

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9th August 2017 by - No comments

I read an article the other day in Travel & Leisure about travelling with kids. It was an article about why children under a certain age shouldn’t be taken to different and new places on their holidays because they don’t really appreciate it.

According to the psychiatrist in the article, “Extensive travel is wasted on kids.” And I tend to agree.

To be totally honest I think kids want the same things when they travel away from home – a pool, a park, a playground & toys.

We took boys to Copenhagen for the weekend recently, the highlight of the trip for them was the Lego shop & the playground.

Of course this changes as they grow up. My elder son who will be 10 this year now reads up about the country we are due to visit before we leave, he wants to know about it’s history, it’s population and so on. But my younger 6 year old just wants to jump on the bed in the hotel room and get in the nearest pool.

I don’t blame them one bit. Just because I love museums it doesnt mean that they sre going to.

The article continues to say that Dr. Oliver James told The Telegraph that β€œhome-based holidays are what most children really want.” That children prefer to have stability and visit the same place each year rather than a new place each time.

I agree yet again. Rather than spend thousands on exotic holidays to far away destinations that we as adults want to see, why not invest in a holiday home that can be revisited each year to build and make memories. Or even visit the same loved location each year.

I am now at an age where the kids are much easier to travel with. So we are now slowly visiting a different European city each year as a family treat. Its more for my older son than my younger, as he is more eager to visit new cities.

Its fun, not easy, but a two night trip is manageable.

The kids love coming to Antalya each year, same home, same pool, same friends. But as they grow our trips will get more adventurous and hopefully they will gain more from them.

As the article says, “…all kids want is to go back to the same place year after year β€” although how children process place and adventure changes as they age….”

We have so much to look forward to travelling with kids, there’s no need at all to rush. We have all the time in the world.

Read the full article below –

http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/family-vacations/kids-dont-like-traveling-to-new-places?xid=soc_socialflow_facebook_tl&utm_campaign=travelandleisure&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

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