My friend and I just finished an adventure packed vacation in Istanbul and were lucky enough to have a wonderful day of authentic Turkish cooking with the lovely Selin! Her beautiful apartment with a professional instructional kitchen was an easy walk from Taksim Square (about 15 - 20 minutes). We completed a full 7 dishes that covered a variety of traditional Turkish flavours and ingredients. Selin was very accommodating..my friend is obsessed with egg plant and how to prepare it, and Selin went out of her way to include a smoked eggplant dish in the menu which was delicious! Not only did we learn how to cook a Turkish feast, but also learned valuable preparation techniques and tricks for everyday Western style cooking. We received a wonderful cookbook and an apron as a souvenir from our class. Following the preparation, we sat down to a FEAST and stuffed our faces with Selin and our fellow students. As my friend says…when you visit a country you can buy souvenir that lasts a few years, or learn new skills that last a lifetime. If you enjoy cooking and enjoy learning about different cuisines, then this experience is for you! Ignore the negative feedback about Selin being strict about how the dishes are made….you are paying good money to LEARN, so I would hope you would want to learn the PROPER WAY! Yes, I too had to unwrap over stuffed dolmas and start again…but I came away knowing how to make them perfect and I can't wait to make them from my family and friends! Selin, thank you! You have inspired me to cook, create and celebrate…and…buy more kitchen gadgets ;)
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