I’m not a big fan of cooking or baking recipes but I really have to share this one with you! This sweet is mainly made of sugar and locals in Kurdistan use it instead of sugar in their tea.
First you need to melt 3 tablespoons of sugar on the pan (no added oil or anything else!). Then you need to add half a glass of water and one glass of sugar. Melt it and boil for about 15 minutes stirring all the time to avoid burning.
Then you can add crushed walnuts, sesame seeds, coconut shreds or any other favourite condiment, maybe some spices would work too.
Boil it all for another 3 minutes and then pour it on the flat dish and leave it to cool down. Then you can try to cut it in desired shapes or simply break it down.
Please look at this amazing nature of Kurdistan. This year spring was quite long and landscapes remained green until end of May. We had a chance to see beautiful open spaces with rich green grass and lots of poppy flowers.
First place which I want to show you is located near by Suleymaniah and it is called Mergapan. Please look at those amazing views! We could walk and walk for hours enjoying fresh air and warm sun, picking flowers and talking about unfortunate history of this country.
When you are far away from home kitchen or restaurant you need to be very creative with cooking. Everything is very simple but how tasty?! I wish you could smell this fried chicken with tomatoes, lemon and peppers….
Trifa forests and farming lands near by Halabja are as beautiful as mountains. My family has chickpeas plantation there and we could go almost every evening and snack fresh chickpeas and look at the sunset.
Nature is changing now. All the green turns in to the light brown and yellow colour of burned grass. It is getting hotter and hotter so we need to hide in the shade of mountains and trees. Between the hills and mountains covered with dry grass clean and cold springs of sweet water is splashing out. The most famous place for this kind of spring water, which actually comes out from the cave in the middle of the mountain, is Ahmed Awa. Tourists from whole of the Iraq, Iran and Turkey travels here to see it and have fantastic picnic in the shade of the pomegranate and wall nut trees. Little stores here and there selling folklore gifts and local restaurant provides freshly cooked food and kebab baked on the charcoal grill. You can smell it from the far distance and there is no way like stopping by for a bite.
Kurdistan which I saw and tasted so far is fresh, crisp and surprising, so much different than places which I have seen before. I’m enjoying every minute and every day and I’m sure I will come back here again. It is hard not to get in love in this place.
I’m quite sure that most of you don’t know yet that I have started my long holidays in Kurdistan. It will not be easy to find this location on the map. Kurdistan is located on the Northern part of Iraq and it has vanished from the world map in 1916 based on Franco – British agreement in Sykes-Picot. Kurdish are biggest nation without country in the modern world and counts almost 40 mln people.
Original Kurdistan got split between Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
We are visiting Iraqi part which has the most of freedom and autonomy. Beautiful flag demonstrate in red colour blood of Peshmarga who fought for freedom, white is a piece which was achieved and green with sun in the middle represents celebration of Nawroz on the first day of spring in Kurdistan.
Enough of history. My Kurdish family is fantastic, very open, warm and welcoming. They all want to learn English and helping me to learn Kurdish (Sorani dialect). We have lots of laughter during those “lessons”.
My favourite tradition is tea time right after each meal. Tea is always strong, hot and very sweet. At the same time everybody snack sunflower seeds fried with salt. When we go back to Canada I’m going to start new Saturday tradition for our afternoon tea time.
Now I’m going to take you from sweet tea time to the fabric store. Fabrics are so much different here than in Canada. You can find so many amazing patterns, colours and designs. I would love to buy almost everything! It obviously brings lots of ideas on how to connect modern fashion of Western World with sparkly and colourful fabrics of Middle East. Fusion which comes out of it maybe very surprising.Kurdish clothes as they are in the shape and design looks beautiful but I think can be recognized as folklore clothing only. Women and girls wear it only for special occasions however I could see mean wearing traditional pants on daily basis. Imagine how could we change and transform this style and type of fabric to create new trend in fashion or new line of clothing.
OK lets go back to my favourite section which is clothes for kids. Looking at Disney style and all those sparkly princess dresses I’m quite sure we can easily incorporate parts of shiny fabrics in to daily clothes. I’m planing to show you some simple designs very soon.