St. Nicholas, Santa Claus & Mediterranean Turkey – What’s The Link?

Father Christmas, Santa Claus, St. Nicholas - whatever name we assign to him (and in the UK, we do fluctuate), we all know who he is, don't we? He's that big jolly man in the bright red suit, big black boots and a fluffy white beard. He's busy in Lapland for most of the year, getting the toys … [Read more...]

Christmas Gift Ideas With A Flavour Of Turkey – It’s That Time Of Year

Turkish Christmas gifts make wonderful presents which show you've put a bit of thought into it this year. So, are we all feeling festive yet? We're going to be putting our Christmas tree up over the next couple of days to get ourselves really into the spirit - but we've already made the mince for … [Read more...]

A Little Christmas 2014 Message From Fethiye

A very happy Christmas Eve to all of you who are celebrating Christmas. We'll keep this short and sweet because, if you're anything like us, you've got a lot to do today and are wondering quite how you're going to fit it all in - I've just this second finished making pastry for the mince pies that … [Read more...]

Oh Christmas Tree… December Photo Of The Day

Don't you just love technology when nothing goes according to plan... We do love our social media. And I do marvel at how you can connect everything together. Of course, in our house, I have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any of this connecting together. That's Barry's department - and … [Read more...]

(Fethiye) Mulled Wine Recipe – Christmas In A Cup

Freezing cold December nights in Manchester city centre - and all of them made toasty, comforting and festive by the sight of a series of wooden huts in the square, softly lit and packed with handmade goodies, European foods...and stalls with huge simmering cauldrons of spiced, hot, red wine. A … [Read more...]

Çalış Christmas Fayre – Colours Of The Day

Last December, the 2010 Çalış Christmas Fayre was drenched with torrential rain and it was only a few brave soles that attempted to set up stall and a few brave soles that attempted to take part and join in the fun. Today, it was completely different story for the 2011 Çalış Christmas Fayre. … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – A Recipe For Winter Chutney

Wednesday's post was a cheerful display of the contrasting autumn / winter colours of the seasonal food that currently tempts the food shopper on Fethiye market - velvety plums, blushing apples, the vibrant orange of mandalinas and the rich, brown chestnuts that sit comfortably alongside the vibrant … [Read more...]

Christmas Day In Fethiye – A Tale of Two Cultures

Our Christmas Day in Fethiye usually involves us inviting Turkish friends to our house for the day and force feeding mince pies and other Christmas 'delights' upon them. This year, we decided to keep it quiet and just do the rounds, bearing gifts. We were to go to our friend's house and give them … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Bergamot(?) & Christmas Greetings

Anyone seen these before? We went to Cafe Pazar yesterday to arrange a hire car for Monday and to wish our friends a Merry Christmas. As we were sitting and chatting, one of our friends walked in with another man and they were carrying these. Apparently, they are called bergamot. I've done a … [Read more...]

Christmas in Fethiye – Why We Choose To Be Here

Although we've had our home in Fethiye for seven years now, this will be only our fourth Christmas in Turkey. The Christmas period is not officially celebrated in Turkey but, particularly along the coastal areas, more and more Turkish people are embracing the festivities and buying Christmas trees … [Read more...]