We recently got Digiturk and I have been watching the Home and Entertainment channel, sometimes in Turkish and sometimes in English. It was a rare occurence to watch any of these shows back in Australia and now I find myself with an addiction that cannot be quenched and sadly that addiction is – cooking shows. I know. I need to find a support group. Like most addictions I cannot get enough of it and worse still it has resulted in me attempting to replicate whatever I have seen on the screen. Desperate attempts at ridiculously difficult cakes, fancy pasta dishes and over the top dinners generally results in a messy kitchen, inedible food and a very grumpy Turk.
Yep all I have really achieved by subjecting myself to this new addiction is the realisation that I really am a crap cook and really, really miss good western cooking. Here in Mersin it is hard to have this desire for western fare fulfilled. Don’t get me wrong there are a few good western style restaurants in the city but their dishes are not quite to the standard that you would get in your home town. For me it is a roast dinner.
Side note – Aussie readers. Who remembers this commercial of Naomi Watts (before she was famous) “Mum’s doing a Lamb Roast”.
To follow in Naomi’s footsteps and in light of my drooling desire for a good roast last night we feasted on a leg of lamb with all the trimmings. We had potatoes and oodles of roasted garlic. I made a mint sauce (which kind of sucked) and finished it off with peas and carrots. Finally gravy. Yes I had some gravy sauce squirrelled away for such an occasion. I heard the moans in the audience – no I cannot make my own gravy although I have tried on many, many occasions (my mother would be so disappointed in me). Yes I used the juices, I added the flour and the Vegemite (probably an Australian thing) but my gravy always tastes horrible and lumpy and doesn’t thicken so gravy mix I will continue to use until I become Nigella Lawson.
Speaking of Nigella and again as a cooking show virgin I don’t really know how these things go but honestly this chick is sexing up everything that crosses her plate. The episode I watched yesterday had her sprouting these beauties “This meat is so soft in my mouth”. The Turk turned to me in surprise and said, “I bet her husband prefers when the meat is hard”. Not sure who is more inappropriate Nigella or The Turk!
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