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The Melkevi Dervish Lodge is tucked away just off the Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul on the north side of the Golden Horn. The whole feel of the place and its graveyard is serene and dignified not least after the noise … Continue reading

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Cooking Güveç

Inspired by the pots and using one of Burku’s Almost Turkish Recipes I have cooked my first Güveç. I used a French tin-glazed baking dish which is a cheat. I’ll have to do it properly next time. It tasted good – lots … Continue reading

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Just back from taking our students to Istanbul for a week. I’ll post some photos later but first pots and cooking. In the Spice Market amongst the kitchenwares are stalls selling a range of what appear to be bonfire-fired pots … Continue reading

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Battleship Teapots – ‘HMS Kent’

This is one of the latest series of ship teapots – after a long run of trawlers. These began with a WWI cruiser called HMS Kent ( A friend had begun a model of one years ago and it sits abandoned … Continue reading

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First Post – Istanbul – The New Mosque in the snow

February in Istanbul. This is the New Mosque in Eminonou in the snow from the ferry across the Bosphorus. The yellow cabs are the only colour. Just beautiful. My plan is to use this blog as a kind of sketchbook. … Continue reading

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