It's been challenging finding a good rhythm for cooking every night here in Turkey. Both our apartments so far have just had electric hot plates for stoves and two small pans. And the grocery stores seem so specific. Imagine if an American market only sold everything you needed for a 4th of July BBQ: hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, potatoes, mayonnaise, marshmallows, graham crackers. I feel like the stores in Turkey are like that, but I don't know the recipes that fit everything together. Do the graham crackers go with the hot dogs?
I had a bit of a breakthrough today when I stopped a beautiful old store on the walk home selling local, gourmet food.
Anyway, back to the grocery stores here. The first thing you notice is SO much plain yogurt. I have no clue what differentiates about 20 different kinds every small store carries. The brand on the top was super thick, almost like cream cheese. The brand on the bottom is a bit thinner. We have yogurt for breakfast in the morning, topped with muesli. They also sell a variety of herbed yogurts with dill and mint that are very good. A wide variety of cheese brands are sold right next to this - they all seem to be a kind of soft and salty feta.
Acuka is a pepper, tomato and walnut sauce served as part of a traditional turkish breakfast along with cheese, eggs, sausage, bread, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes and honey. It's really salty and almost Marmite-like.
For an average day's groceries, I spend about $7 at the market on supplies. It will be interesting to see how things change when we cross over to Greece next week!