Fethiye – New Beginnings

Despite the fact that most of Turkey is engulfed in a temporary cold front at the moment, Spring is definitely in evidence in Fethiye. Recently planted daffodils and crocuses are now giving the walkway along Fethiye harbour a welcome splash of colour, new growth and blossom has suddenly appeared on the once bare branches of trees and the abundance of winter citrus fruits on the market is much reduced and giving way to all that is new. Fethiye village eggs, a scarcity over winter, were dotted about many of the stalls on Fethiye market on Tuesday and it won’t be long before we see the holy grail that is the morel mushroom.

Fethiye Fish Sandwich

Balık ekmeği (fish sandwich) Fethiye-style

Everyone loves Spring. It symbolises new beginnings and a time to start afresh – we dig the garden, plant pretty flowers, cut old growth back, carry out the traditional spring cleaning – and many of us start to think about warmer weather which in turn flashes up the realisation that we will no longer be able to hide under our big woolly jumpers.

Yes! After taking part in Runtalya 2011, our Springtime healthy living has been kicked into action. Sales of Efes Pilsen are going to take a hit as I refrain from drinking it for a few weeks. (Note the I not we). Next week, we will start new running programmes and yesterday, the healthy eating regime started. There are loads of healthy Turkish recipes that we can work our way through…

…and loads of food that we ought to cut back on. Yes, we do love our balık ekmeği (fish in bread) from Popeye’s boat on Fethiye harbour. Crispy, battered fish, fresh rocket leaves, thinly sliced onion, tomato and lemon juice, all served between fresh, crusty Turkish bread. We’ll continue to indulge in and enjoy this loveliness…just not quite as often as we have been doing over winter.

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  1. The healthy lifestyle looks absolutely delicious – maybe we should all celebrate spring that way.

  2. @ Italian Notes: Ha ha. Would be nice if we could all lose weight, eating that sort of food all the time. The fish sandwich is going to become a rare treat! 🙂

  3. That looks delicious. NO. Words can’t describe!!! Thanks for the best picture I will see all day!
    Ps. I need to come to Turkey to eat that.
    Ps again: I might be going in August, if all goes well!!!!

  4. @ thebockster: It does look delicious doesn’t it?! They are delicious…I’m craving one, but only because I’ve put myself on a healthy eating campaign. 🙂

  5. I can’t stop staring at that sandwich.

  6. That fish sandwich looks unbelievable and I got excited reading about the morel mushrooms! They sound amazing!

  7. That sandwich looks delicious. We do not have anything like that around here.

  8. @ Belinda: And I can’t stop craving one when I’m on a diet! 🙂

    @ Migrationology: Morel mushrooms grow here and are expensive but really cheap compared to prices in other countries.

    @ Natalie: You’ve got to get yourself down here and try one then. They taste as good as they look. 🙂

  9. Yum! I would love a fish sandwich right now!!

  10. @ Jade: Me too, but we’re just about to eat something equally good as we’re off to the market for gozleme.

  11. It looks really yummy!
    I always feel hungry when I come to visit you.

  12. Yummy healthy Turkish food doesn’t sound like TOO much of a deprivation 🙂 Enjoy and looking forward to seeing more food photos.

  13. @ London Caller: We make ourselves hungry! 🙂

    @ Laurel: Don’t worry. There won’t be too much deprivation going on here. 🙂

  14. That looks by far like the freshest battered fish I have seen in a long time. I’m also a fan of mushrooms and local farm/village eggs they just taste different!

  15. @ Grace: Oh, they are so lovely. Such a shame I have to cut back on eating so many of them! 🙂

  16. Pixie's Mum says

    hello so lovely to have found your blog. i lived in Fethiye for 10 years but now back in the UK. Popeye’s fishing sandwich!!!! It is one if the things I miss the most. Doesn’t it have the most peppery rocket? Glad to meeting you

  17. @ Pixie’s Mum: Glad you found us and great to ‘meet’ someone who also loves the fish sandwich at Popeye’s boat! 🙂

  18. Pixie's Mum says

    I must apologise for my spelling/grammar on previous comment – I was on the ipad and it seems to predict random words!

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