Saturday, June 6, 2015

Turkish Coffee in Turkey

Sorry I have been inactive for quite a long time. I am currently volunteering (it has been almost several days actually) at a small farm in Turkey, and the Internet has not been available. The farm is located on the top of a picturesque mountain, near a city called kocek. What do I know about farming? Well, as much as I know about tribes in Africa or carpentry, aka. next to nothing. But, I still feel that the experience, especially random awkward yet somehow thought-provoking conversations with my hosts, new recipes, and pictures, are worth sharing.


Conversation #1

The weather was drizzly. The chickens, turkeys and dogs were all running around trying to find the shelter. It is amazing that animals, including us humans, are wired to be resistant towards change. Well, why venture out to an unknown territory when you know for sure that your current place is safe, and comfortable? Tayip and I were sitting on the porch, sipping Turkish coffee. Constellations of foamy, grainy, bitter, and sweet flavors danced around my tongue, giving a much-needed caffeine-boost to my jetlag brain. When I get coffee-high, I become annoyingly inquisitive, and Tayip was the unfortunate victim this time.




Me : Why are your plants and trees all over the place? Isn’t it easier to pick the fruits if the same trees are in the same place, especially when your farm kinda loops around the mountain?

Tayip: Yes, but I want my farm to be like a forest. When I walk around, instead of being in a farm, I want to feel the wildlife, randomness and diversity.

Me: So, how do you decide where to plant your trees then?

Tayip: From where you are sitting, look to your left. Do you see some pointy trees?

Me: Yea, they are pointing out among olive, almond and fig trees along the mountain’s side.

Tayip: You are right. These pointy trees are pine trees. When I look at the mountain’s side, I think of it like a canvas. I plant it according to my imagination. I recently have a thought that putting pine trees at these locations might add some character to my farm.

I did not know what to respond, so I just silently sipped my coffee and munched on the dessert. 




Turkish Coffee
Serving size – three

Ingredients

-       Turkish coffee
-       Sugar
-       Water

Directions

-       Put three teaspoons of finely ground Turkish coffee and three teaspoons of sugar in a copper Turkish coffee pot.
-       Put two cups of water, measured in an espresso cup.
-       Boil until the liquid starts to foam.
-       Using a teaspoon, take the foam and place gently in each espresso cup.
-       Do it again for two more times.
-       Pour down the coffee to fill the cups.

-       Serve with Turkish delight.


The “farm” that is slowly morphing into a jungle under Tayip’s watch

Front porch where I chill during the break

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