About(hakkımda)

Born in fairly large town at South Turkey (cost of Mediterranen Sea). Got a teacher degree of English as a Second Language. Got married to dark skin eastern boy.  Flew to Iowa U.S. first, and then to Georgia, U.S. for a couple of years then moved to Turkey and Started teaching at a college. next lived in Davis, California for a year. Now, back to Turkey. Have 3 extremely active sons. Hobbies are cooking, reading, exploring new destinations/sightseeing and taking pictures.

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  1. LAMA says:

    Hulya;cim, mail adresine ulasamadim, bana mail atabilri misin ? lamamutfakta_gmail_com

  2. Salaam:
    Congrats for your site. I signed in for weekly updates.
    I just viewed a video on TRT Arabic Live TV about a traditional drink prepared in Turkey to celebrate the birth of a child. If includes a syrop made from a special mix of spices obtained at the attar and garnished with a variety nuts. Would you direct me to a reference where I can find a recipe for this drink? I know of a similar custom in Lebanon, where a mughlie is served to guests to celebrate the brith of a child.
    Mohamed Mekkawi
    Arlington, Virginia

  3. Hulya Unsal says:

    Salaam Mohamed,

    The drink you described is traditional beverage offered and drunk to celebrate birth of child in my hometown (Adana, a province at Southern part of Turkey) It is called KAYNAR which means boiling.

    I couldn’t reach a direct English source so I translated Turkish recipe into English. I hope it works for you!

    Recipe of Kaynar:

    It is usually prepared from water, and lots of sugar, heated and spiced with galingale, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves, allspice and nuts. Spices shouldn’t be ground , you need to buy those as roots such as ginger root , galingale roots, and cinnamon sticks. In some areas nutmeg is used as well. It is optional.

    ingredients

    4-5 cinammon sticks
    1/3 cup allspice
    2-3 ginger roots
    1/3 cup cloves
    2-3 galingale roots
    nutmeg
    4 liters water
    2 kg sugar (4 lbs)
    coarsely chopped walnuts

    Directions

    Make a pod with spices and tie it with a string. In a large pot, pour 4 liters water and 2 kg (4 lbs) sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Place the pod in water and sugar mixture. Let that boil on medium high heat. Once it comes to boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 2 hours or water is completely darken and get consistency like syrup by stirring once in a while. Serve hot in coffee cups with 3-4 tsp chopped walnuts on top.

    Note: you could keep the leftover beverage in jars in the fridge for a while. When you need it, heat it up and serve again.

  4. Roving Jay says:

    Just discovered your site — Congrats for keeping the momentum going for so many years. I’m a big fan of Meze, so will be touring around your site for some new ideas.

    1. Hulya Unsal Sakiroglu says:

      ITS MY PLEASURE

  5. Hulya says:

    Slm Hulya Unsal ben Hulya Sonmez.Oncelikle gecmis olsun.Bizde Arnavutluktan takipteyiz Turkiyede olanlari.Allah cumlemizin yardimcisi olsun.Senin evini tam anlasilmasa da fotograf karelerinden gormek te varmis.Calismaya basladigini soylemissin sevindim.Universitedesin heralde.Ailene selamlar hurmetler.Bu arada universitedeyken mutfakla aranin bu kadar iyi oldugunu bilmiyordum.Ellerine saglik,her sey nefis gorunuyor.En kisa zamanda gorusmek dilegiyle,sevgilerle… Kavaje~ ALBANIA

    1. Hulya Unsal says:

      Hulyacim yorumunu gorunce inan cook sevindim.

      Milletce deprem, teror gibi bazi sert sinavlardan geciyoruz dogru…kimisi imtihanla dogrudan burun buruna geldi, kimisi ise yardim edip etmemekle imtihan oluyor. Ama hemen herkesin uzerine duseni yapmaya calistigini goruyoruz bu da bir nebze olsun acilarimizi hafifletiyor.

      Evet canim universitedeyim. Arnavutluktan okunulmak da ayri bir gurur benim icin… ailene selamlar…Allaha emanet olun!

  6. Maria says:

    Hi there,

    Great blog, everything looks so yummy! Do you have a email I can contact you on?

    Thanks,

    Maria

    1. Hulya Unsal Sakiroglu says:

      Hi Maria,

      Thank you for the neat comment. My e-mail address is…

      unsalhulya@gmail.com

  7. Hulya says:

    Slm Unsalim Ben Sonmez Suan LasVegasdayim.Seni buradan da takip ediyorum.Delikanlilar ve minik misafir nasil?Bizler iyiyiz.Amerikalilarin bize alismasini bekliyoruz.Vatan hasreti burda Arnavutluktan daha agir basti tabi,bir de sen o guzelim Kars eserlerini gosterince…neyse senin adresi arkadaslarin cooking cluplarina katilan velilere vermeyi dusunuyorum umarim bir sakincasi yoktur.Seni ve aileni buralara bekliyorum.Kendine iyi bak.

    1. Hulya Unsal Sakiroglu says:

      Sagolasin hulyacim, tabiki verebilirsin adresi bilakis cok memnun olurum. Yeni yeriniz hayirli ugurlu olsun, ins en kisa zamanda gorusmek uzere…

  8. Merabalar;
    böyle bir site yapmak için uğraşıyordum ki literatürü tarıyayım dedim iyi ki de taramışım, bundan güzel yapamazdım.. Reklam almayı denese, google adsense ten..

  9. farah says:

    Merhaba hulya
    Its Farah from Pakistan!I just loved ur blog.Turkish cuisine is awesome like Turkish ppl!mashaAllah!u really done a superb job!I started taking interest in Turkish food when I saw a Turkish drama name!so I started my search to get recipes like borek,kofte,tulumba etc.thanks to you that now I can any good Turkish recipe with the help of ur blog!
    Love,farah

    1. Hulya Unsal Sakiroglu says:

      Hello Farah it has been a long time I could’dent be active on the site lately I am sorry I didn’t see your comment and I am happy you benefited from my blog

    2. Hulya Unsal Sakiroglu says:

      yorumunuz için Teşekkür ederim ama şimdilik reklam almayı düşünmüyorum belki ilerde olabilir

  10. Hulya says:

    Slm Ünsalım; nasıl gidiyo hayat? Hiç sesin çıkmıyo? Bu taraflara okyanus ötesine gelmiyo musunuz? Allah razı olsun sitenden cooking clupta çok faydalanıyoruz 🙂 özellikle tariflerin ingilizcesi çok makbule geçiyo… Emeğine sağlık gülüm,bu yaz Tr’ye gelcez inşallah bayrama yakın Adanada olursan muhakkak görüşelim 😘

    1. Hulya Unsal Sakiroglu says:

      merhaba Hülya, tariflerin işe yaramasına sevindim. Görüşme konusuna gelince kimbilir belki de USA da görüşürüz!

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