So the other day our doorbell rings at 7 a.m. We were already up since we both get up around 6.30-6.45 (I know! And we go to bed around 10 p.m.!). When I opened the door, it was our kapıcı (building super or doorman) with a basket of fresh bread at only 50 kurush (25 cents) per loaf!
In other food-related news, I was able to find soy sauce. The reason why this trivial detail is newsworthy is that the only cuisine in Kayseri is Turkish cuisine so it’s hard to come buy such exotic ingredients as soy sauce. So I was very excited to see soy sauce and immediately grabbed a bottle and then the cashier was looking at me curiously and finally asked: Why are you buying this? What are you going to do with it? I was actually going to add it to my chicken Cesar dressing and said as much which earned me a blank look. Whatever, because I also found romaine lettuce and made my own dressing with garlic yoghurt and soy sauce which is much healthier than a real dressing and we ate the said chicken Cesar for 3 days in a row. I could have happily carried on but I`m afraid I might face mutiny from Mike. I`m also looking forward to going to Metro supermarket and getting some Asian food ingredients.
Not that Turkish food is not delicious! Last Saturday I went to a breakfast buffet with Leyla, Aslan and their adorable son. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I love breakfast buffets so I was excited as I got on a bus at 8.20 on Saturday morning. Incidentally, the bus was packed, and the city center was bustling with activity as people were hurrying somewhere or just sitting on benches looking at passers-by.
The breakfast buffet did not disappoint. I couldn`t stop eating grilled aubergine (eggplant) with fresh white cheese and simit (bagel-like pastry covered with toasted sesame seeds, a favorite breakfast food here)
The market wasn`t very big, but I liked the relaxed atmosphere and the company in the person of Leyla and Aslan. The latter helped me bargain for the trolley which cost me 20 lira instead of 25! I was impressed! Leyla knew the best stall for getting tomatoes, which turned out to be sweet and juicy.