Cooking Class at the Raindrop Foundation is Back!!

Cooking Class at the Raindrop Foundation is Back!!

You may remember my mourning the lack of cooking classes at the Turkish House during the worst of COVID-19 and prior to the days of vaccinations. I was thrilled to be able to sign up for class this past Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. To my pleasant surprise, the room was filled with a variety of masked and vaccinated women, all eager to experience the art of Turkish cuisine. Rabia Sahin Orhan led the foursome of Turkish experts in creating an unforgettable meal. Eggplant is the only vegetable my husband is not particularly fond of, but I took him a carry-home box, and he loved it. The eggplant is sliced and fried before it is placed in the bottom of the bundt cake pan, and the meat and vegetables are added in layers. This dish can also be vegetarian by simply...

I Miss Cooking Classes at the Raindrop Turkish House

I Miss Cooking Classes at the Raindrop Turkish House

EDITOR’S NOTE: Phyllis M Skoy’s newest novel, As They Are, takes place in Turkey and is a prequel to her award-winning novel, What Survives. In April 2022, What Survives will be re-released from Black Rose Writing, and As They Are will publish June 16, 2022. Sign up here to be the first to know when they are available for pre-order. Although I love making Turkish dishes at home, and I have the cookbooks and ingredients all here, I do miss the camaraderie of cooking together at the Turkish House in Albuquerque since the pandemic. Women are amazingly able to cook together, when they aren’t too possessive of the kitchen or they aren’t obsessed with making sure things are done exactly as they would do them. Chopping the tomatoes while someone else is chopping the...

The Joy of Reading My Work Aloud

The Joy of Reading My Work Aloud

Why You’ll Be Hearing More from Me The first time I read for an audience, I was shaking like a palm tree in hurricane winds. Writers are by nature more introverted folk. We tend to enjoy being with ourselves and our characters, and only with much hesitation and the painful necessity of book sales, do we step up to the podium to speak. These days, after several years of appearances here and there, I have learned to enjoy reading my work to enthusiastic audiences. And it is true that most audiences at readings are enthusiastic, or they would not attend in the first place. After all, it is not Cirque du Soleil or Hamilton. However, it does take much practice and preparation to do a good reading. The Fabulous World of Audio As I was chatting with a dear friend one...

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