Turkish Food delights

 
So we meet again.
Welcome to dinner at our house.
Last nights dishes were delicious.
Everyone is really stepping up their game. All the recipe links have been included in the recipe names.

Mr T&T joined in the challenge with gusto and I really thought I would have to put myself out of the voting since the dessert was Turkish delight inspired ( my favourite).

Beef kofta with saffron yoghurt

The gorgeous B1 , our eldest made these. The accompanying saffron yoghurt went well with these .

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Turkish Potatoes & Chickpeas

Mr T & T enjoys getting in the kitchen when he is home and what better than to cook together.
The spices in a separate portion of this dish were omitted for Miss Moo (2). This dish is fairly easy to prepare with the main difficulty being locating Baharat (Middle Eastern spice mix)

We struggled to find Baharat in any shops for this recipe where we live so decided to make our own using a recipe from Taste.com  (link in the title text)

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Lamb shank testi kebab
Lamb shanks are always a favourite dish and there were none of these left over.

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Turkish bread

There are some fantastic recipes out there for Turkish bread but for this weeks bring and share we decided to buy ours.

One of our favourite breads is Turkish bread and we have fond memories of eating this with Dukkah purchased from the historical town of  New Norcia . So although Dukkah originates from Egypt we decided that it would almost be a crime not to eat Mr T & Ts Turkish Pide (bread ) without Dukkah and olive oil.

 

Rose cream & raspberry jellies

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Made by Miss Teen . The changes made to this desert were added crushed Rasberrries throughout the cream on the top layer.

Overall dish ratings

We decided to tally our ratings this week to decide on an overall winner.
The three chefs hats went to Miss Teen who made the delicious desert, she will get to choose which country our food theme should be based on for next week and she has chosen one of our family favourites ; Chinese food.
Her dad and I threw in a free movie pass for winning.

Anyone who read last weeks bring and share will know that I mentioned our son Mr Wings (20) liking watching the Iron Chef  on TV when younger . Iron Chef Australian defender maybe ??

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Don’t forget to enjoy a meal with your loved ones this week.

Enjoy the moments

Jules 💜

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Mummy Martyrs

Thank goodness it is Friday!
Believe me when I say I love what I do and I made the choice to balance working,  being a mummy ( very thankful for our gifts) and a wife of a fifo husband.
But I’m really feeling it at the moment.  I’m tired and my whole body hurts.

I have been a mummy for 23 years in May which is nearly half my life. I thank God for the gift of our 5 kids every day.
It has taken me years to realise that I can’t be a good Mum and wife if I don’t look after myself. For a long time I was the mummy martyr soldier.  Doing everything then whinging to Mr T & T about my exhaustion.  The whinging wife (do you know her?) because shameful to admit it was me.  For years I was told to take some timeout for me by Mr T & T and friends.

Unfortunately mummy martyrs get sick as well and when your balancing work,  parenting and being a fifo wife the walls can come crashing down with a bang.
This Mummy Martyrs found out the hard way last year when our Miss Moo had a long run of illnesses that always seemed to happen when Mr T & T was away. I soldiered on until I became very ill at the same time as Miss Moo was recovering from the flu.  I didn’t ask for Mr T & T to come home I soldiered on until he came home and I crashed.
Medical advice finally conquered all and my pride was crushed as I was told that I had to slow down and make changes if I wanted to be here to see my beautiful kids grow up.

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What a slap in the face that was.  How the hell was I going to make changes.  Who would do all the jobs I did, as Henny Penny said ‘The sky is falling ‘,  or in my case it was going to fall.

Long story cut short as it was a journey that saw Mr T & T and my older kids disarm me and force me to stand down from my post and fast forward to this week and changes that have been made.
Yesterday I snuck off after work before anyone could catch me and before picking Miss Moo up to get a neck,  shoulder and feet massage.  Being the cheapskate I am I went to the local Chinese massage place and it was great.  I came out minus the headache I had carried for the last week and not clenching my teeth.
Today B1 is coming over to play with Miss Moo while I get a much needed haircut ( time to control the fluffy fro) and on Sunday I am going to the movies with a friend.

Yes I have a long list of jobs to get done but I’m taking some time to unravel and step back from my post so that I can be a better Mummy.

Nagging self doubts,  you can take a hike.  My Mummy comrades I hope you get to take a breather no matter how small.  Most of all if you need help ask for it ( it’s ok to)  and if you don’t get it shout.  Over and out.

Enjoy the moments

Jules 💜

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