The Turk arrived home on Sunday to much fanfare and joy (well not by me but by his family). The women folk were up at the crack of dawn to prepare for the celebration by making all of The Turk’s favourite foods including Icel Kofte, Lamachun (Turkish pizza) and lots of salads. I kept out of it for two reasons – one, I am a terrible chef and two, I had 8 weeks’ worth of cleaning to get done in a day! Anyone who knows me knows that I do not clean. I watch, I hire or I think about it but the act of cleaning never actually eventuates and in the end someone else does it for me however here I have put in a pretty good effort. I would not eat off the floor but you would not get a foot fungus in my shower that’s for sure. Unfortunately The Turk likes his home clean so I had the day to knuckle down and get our house ship shape and ready for his arrival.
An hour into the clean The Turk telephoned from Istanbul, “Good news, I’m hopping on a flight now. Pick me up in an hour”. WTF???? It was supposed to be 7.00 tonight!! I gave up vacuuming as I would never get it finished in time and ran downstairs to let the rest of the family know. I had to laugh when I told The Turk’s mother as the frenzied rushing became a little crazed to finish the preparations for his arrival. I left with Hurley in tow to drive to Adana (about an hour from home) to collect The Turk stopping enroute at Metro (Costco equivalent) to buy some alcohol for the celebration.
Changing the subject for a moment the wine in Turkey is certainly not to an Aussie standard which is a shame but there are a few nice drops (although they are quite expensive due to taxes put on them by the Government). I am yet to find an equivalent to a nice Cabernet Sauvignon but The Turk is relatively happy with the 14TL (AU$7.00) red (which is even cheaper if brought in bulk at Metro). If any readers can give me the name of a nice Cab Sav I would forever be in your debt!
After our alcohol run we did not even have to park at the airport as waiting at the arrivals door was The Turk – definitely early and he is usually never early for anything! He looked tired, haggard in fact! His flight was Sydney – Singapore – London – Istanbul – Adana. 35 hours in total! Yes there was a more direct route but he wanted the cheapest possible flight and, well, you get what you pay for after all.
So after 36 hours The Turk finally arrived home to a night of celebration. The food here may not be presented beautifully, in fact it is on an old table with mismatched chairs and newspaper for a table cloth, but I swear I have never tasted a better kofte anywhere nor has anyone been able to beat The Turk’s mother’s lamachun. Of course the salads are great as they are made with ingredients grown right here (and without all the chemicals). So much work goes into making this meal but it is done with laughter and and love. I truly believe that you can taste it in the food.
Incidentally The Turk did question whether I knew how to use the vacuum cleaner. I told him to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. He just laughed.