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...

Never Can Say Goodbye…

Never Can Say Goodbye…

Just like the song, I struggle with goodbyes. Many of us do. But if we don’t say goodbye and instead say “see you soon,” we can end up having friends all over the country, as well as friends all over the world. This is how I have chosen to view my dear friend and sister and Turkish teacher Muhsine’s move to Dallas. Where will I go for iftar next year? Perhaps I will go just a bit further south of Placitas. That this would happen so soon after my right arm and publicity person, Carolyn Flynn, announced that she was moving to New York, may give me false hope. Carolyn (thank you, thank you, thank you) is moving back! Might this also happen with Muhsine? I would not wish such disaster on anyone, and I am happy for Muhsine and her family, as I was happy for Carolyn,...

What Does Survive? The Roar of the Lion

What Does Survive? The Roar of the Lion

An evening with a journalist-in-exile at the Raindrop Turkish House   On March 4, 2016, Abdülhamit Bilici lost his position of 25 years as Editor in Chief of Zaman, the largest newspaper in Turkey. Ten days later, with an overnight bag in hand and a passport that might just as easily have been already revoked, he boarded a plane out of Istanbul, knowing full well he might not ever be able to return. On March 3, 2017, I had the flu and a fever of 101. I also had tickets to a lecture at the Raindrop Turkish House in Albuquerque. The presenter I wanted to hear was a journalist in exile from Turkey. His name was Abdülhamit Bilici. And so at 4 p.m., against all odds and with complete disregard for the health and safety of others, I hoisted myself out of bed and...

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