A Taste of Kah’wah (Turkish Coffee)

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Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee (or Kah’wah) is thick, intense and all about the foamy layer that sits atop its rich, chocolate coloured depths. Made in long-handled pots originally designed to brew coffee over the hot desert sand, the hint of cardamom brings a suggestion of the Middle East to this bold brew. Since Turkish coffee is not filtered, be careful not to drink the grounds in the bottom of your cup, which are traditionally turned out into a saucer and used to tell fortunes.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup water

1 tbsp medium roast coffee, extra fine grind

1/8 tsp ground cardamom or 1 cardamom pod

1-2 tbsp sugar to taste

Special Equipment

Turkish coffee pot (a cezve or ibrik)

Demitasse cups to serve

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in Turkish coffee pot or a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.

Watching carefully to avoid boiling over, bring coffee to a simmer over medium heat. Remove pan from heat when surface is covered with foam.

Using a large spoon, scoop up foam and divide between serving cups. Place coffee back on heat and reheat until surface is covered with foam again. Repeat this process for a third time to create more foam.

Pour remaining coffee slowly into cups to avoid breaking foam, and leave grounds in pan. Let coffee sit for one minute until grounds settle. Discard cardamom pod if using. Serve at once.

Serve with: A little pillow of Turkish delight and a tall glass of water.

Ask your barista to grind beans for Turkish coffee.

Operation: Deep Fried Turkey

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This holiday season get out of the kitchen and fire up tradition with a modern take on a traditional feast.

Deep frying a turkey is not for the faint hearted, so be safe. Here are a few tips to stand by:

  • Place the fryer in an open, outside area, preferably on a cement or brick surface.
  • Make sure the chef is up to the challenge and never leaves the fryer unattended.
  • Oven mitts are required at all times to protect hands and arms.

A deep fried turkey is crispy on the outside, moist and delicious on the inside and, surprisingly, not greasy at all.

Enjoy!

Learn how to deep fry a turkey.

Read the entire article ‘Entertain Me – Operation: Deep Fried Turkey’ in Issue 10 of Dabble

 

The Best Beaches in Europe

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Travel journalist and adventure junkie, Nellie Huang of WildJunket.com, slows down to enjoy a more relaxing travel experience that the beaches of Europe have to offer.

Whether it’s a secluded bay with emerald surfs slamming on sandstone cliffs, or wide stretches of golden sand glimmering with turquoise waters, Europe has a constellation of beaches that makes summer alone worth living.

Here are 3 of the 8 beaches Nellie believes are the best in Europe.

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Also known as Shipwreck bay, this cove is the trademark of the island and one of the most famous in Greece. Huge vertical cliffs surrounding the white sand creates a paradisical stretch of islet. It can only be reached by boat (leaving hourly), from Porto Vromi. Greece is one of Europe’s most popular summer playground, so avoid the crowd by hitting the beach in April or end of September.

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Las Islas Cies, Galicia, Spain

Voted by the Guardian as one of the best beaches in the world, the island 92 s main stretch of powdery white sand is as calm as a lake. The wild and stunning island of Islas Cies is protected by the goverment as a national park, restricting the number of visiting tourists. There is only camping available on the island, so this keeps any form of intervention minimal. This is one of my personal favourites.

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Patara, Turquoise Coast, Turkey

Dunes, dunes and more dunes. This rare stretch of beach is backed by the golden dunes and the Taurus mountains. Due to the strict conservation efforts, there are no buildings around, keeping the beach in unspoiled conditions. The beach is one of the few remaining beaches in the world, where the Loggerhead turtles still come to lay their eggs between May and October.

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Discover the other 5 of Nellie’s 8 of the Best Beaches in Europe.