carrot pickle

Lunch today 🤤
Chicken, green apples, scallions, rice, beans, carrots, and pickled onions on a bed of spinach & kale.
My smoothie consisted of yogurt, peanut butter, chia seeds, oats, almonds, roasted bananas, and whey.

(sorry for not posting this weekend, it’s been busy and I take pictures to post, but always seem to forget!)

Worth Everything

Pairing: Bucky X Reader

Words: 1097

Warnings: Fluff and pregnancy!

Anon asked “hi, I know you’re working on a lot of stories right now so you don’t have to answer this, but could you do one where the reader finds out she’s pregnant and then it just goes throughout her pregnancy until during her 2nd or 3rd trimester something happens so everyone starts freaking out cause her and Bucky aren’t at the tower and they haven’t heard from them then steve gets a call and it says, ‘she’s fine, the babies are fine, just a scare thing’ and then she gives birth to twins and stuff”

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Let’s Conspire To Ignite

Originally posted by lovershub

Michael Gray x Reader

I had a few of the same prompts for a Michael fic, so I combined that with a few others. Kill 3 birds with 1 stone, if you will. 

“I haven’t slept in ages.”
“If you can’t sleep…we could have sex?”
“You can’t banish me! This is my bed too!”

Warning: Sappy, domestic Michael up ahead.

*Peaky Blinders Requests Are Open*

Michael,” Y/N groaned, her hair sticking to the nape of her neck and forehead. Her skin felt clammy, sweaty, and it just made her all the more agitated. Michael continued to sleep peacefully, without a care in the world. Y/N could practically feel Michael’s body heat radiating off of him like a furnace, which usually was nice, but not tonight. Y/N wiggled herself to the left. No. To the right. Nope. “Michael, get up!” Michael shot up in alarm, almost throwing himself off the bed.

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S. Coups As A Father

Originally posted by junhosh

Title: S. Coups As A Father

Requested: can you do a mini series maybe with seventeen as fathers? I love your work, keep it up!!

A/N: Okay, this is my first time doing something like this so stick with me and let me know if this sucks. (I even think I got a little carried away at some point)

  • Alrighty, let’s get started here
  • Everyone basically already knows that this boy is daddy asf
  • And no, not like that you sickos
  • Seungcheol is like a natural born father
  • Father like instincts just come pretty natural to him
  • I mean, it’s not like he’s raised 12 kids on his own already with occasional help from his wife Jeonghan but let’s not get into that
  • Basically this boy was an excited puppy when you finally told him that you were pregnant with his first child
  • At first you were nervous about telling him because he would come home from practices and would start to complain to you with how much of a pain in the ass his children were being that day and that he never signed up to be a father in the first place to these children
  • So you decided to tell him subtly by leaving little hints about it
  • You would coo at every baby the two of you passed and stated about how you guys would have cute babies like that someday
  • Occasionally you would ask if you could stop in the baby section of the store because you loved to look at cute baby stuff
  • Coups never questioned because he thought that it was you just being you and weird and stuff like that
  • His suspicions eventually came up when you began to serve him baby carrots every night for dinner
  • Like sure he told you he loved carrots but he wasn’t in love with them
  • Plus he’s sure he’s eaten so many of them by now that he was turning orange
  • Not to mention that you legit tried serving him baby food one time
  • So one night he decided to confront you about it
  • During that night’s daily cuddle session between the two of you he randomly popped up the question
  • “What’s with all of this baby stuff all of a sudden, you’re acting like you actually want a child.”
  • He didn’t really mean for it to sound the way that it did because he was secretly wanting one ever since the two of you got married but he was too afraid to ask
  • You were kind of shocked at his statement and you swore your heart kind of broke in the heat of his question because you were afraid that he actually didn’t want a baby so being pregnant and emotional you began to cry
  • Seungcheol’s instincts kicked in and he tried his best to comfort you, kind of curious about what he said that actually made his special lady cry
  • He would try everything he could to make what he said sound good but only failing miserably at that
  • “I’m actually pregnant you ass”
  • That would shut him up immediately and he would be complete silent for like 5 minutes before breaking out into a huge smile and nearly squeezing you to death with squealing
  • He would apologize to you and explain that he actually wanted a child like his entire life and that he was just way too nervous to ask you or talk to you about it
  • You would except his apology and tell him to just stop rambling and finish cuddling you before you left to go do your own thing
  • Seungcheol would be that really protective husband over everything that you do
  • He would always be cautious and ask you questions on whether it was really safe for you to be doing what you were doing
  • Things like that would include reaching for things on high shelves
  • He would gently push you aside and scold you saying that you should just ask him to get it next time so that way you don’t have to overwork your body just to get a box of cereal
  • But you weren’t even like showing yet so you were kind of confused about why he was acting all daddy mode before you were even a month in your pregnancy
  • You didn’t question it though because you enjoyed being pampered from head to toe by your husband
  • His new favorite activity was coming home from work and running a bubble bath for you and him while rubbing your tummy as the two of you relaxed
  • He would be an emotional wreck at your first ultrasound and ask the doctor if he could have like 30 copies to give to everyone he works with
  • Literally each member of seventeen would have wallet sized pictures of his future baby
  • You guys would have constant debates over the gender of your child
  • You would be set on having a little girl seeing that it was literally your dream to have one of your own
  • Seungcheol would be set on having a boy
  • He would insist you that he was 100% sure that you were having a boy
  • It was his father senses
  • Of course you would smack him every time he used that excuse and told him that you didn’t need any more boys to take care of because 13 was already enough
  • For this reason you two decided to wait until the actual childbirth to find out the gender
  • “oh my gosh seungcheol tell me you did not get your members to bet money on the gender of this child”
  • “okay, i didn’t get the members to bet money on our child, they did that themselves”
  • The past couple of months seemed pretty smooth and eventually you finally started getting symptoms of being pregnant
  • All throughout the morning sicknesses and mood swings Seungcheol was always by your side and oh so sweet to you
  • Like you just wanted to cry and thank Jesus that you had such a loving and caring husband who was willing to put up with your pregnancy
  • His favorite part was when you would tell him your food cravings and he would actually get that exact creation for you and you denying eating any of that the day after
  • Like he would make you an ice cream sundae complete with pickles, carrots, ketchup, ramen, strawberries, and a hint of lemon juice and avocados
  • “no seungcheol that sounds completely gross I would never eat something like that without getting sick”
  • “mhm whatever you say babe”
  • “don’t make me thunk your head again”
  • This man would get so emotional throughout this pregnancy
  • Like when you first felt the baby kick you let out an ear piercing scream in the middle of the night out of excitement
  • Seungcheol would jolt up from bed and grab the nearest shoe, turning to you immediately asking what happened and who killed you
  • You would tell him to shut up and take his hand to place it on your stomach
  • Seuncheol would stop breathing the second he felt your baby kick
  • After that he would burst into tears of joy and begin to rub your swollen belly and talking cutely to the baby like every other fanfiction daddy does
  • Honestly you were like the cutest pregnant couple ever
  • Finally after months of being pampered from both the boys and Seungcheol it was finally time for the baby to arrive
  • Seungcheol was hesitant to leave you at home alone seeing that it was nearing the final days until the expected date
  • You assured him that you would be fine and would manage on your own as you literally had to push him out of the door
  • But Seungcheol’s suspensions were right seeing that later that day you actually did end up going into labor
  • You were casually watering your cute lil plants in your apartment when you felt something drip down your leg
  • You thought you spilled water from your pail, but the outside was dry
  • Then you thought you peed up there was no water on the floor
  • Then the pain struck you and you were like oKAY THis iS HAppENING
  • You would casually slip on a pair of shoes and waddle your way to the door all while suffering through extreme contractions
  • You would finally make it to your car and drive straight to Pledis where you knew your husband would be at practice
  • Once you got there you were greeted by Minghao who was practicing some of his b-boying in the lobby
  • You told him about your struggle and you were pretty sure he turn white
  • He quickly helped you up to their practice room and burst into the room, gaining attention from all the members
  • Seungcheol looked at you confused as to why you were there and you were just kind of like, “yeah my water broke and i’m gonna have a baby like now”
  • Seungcheol would spring into action and take you straight to the hospital and ignoring all the calls he got from his managers
  • Once you got to the hospital he practically screamed at the receptionist that his wife was going to have a baby and she was like
  • “bro you need to chill”
  • So they finally took you back to one of those labor rooms and got you situated for the birth
  • Seungcheol didn’t remember most of the process because he almost passed out the second he saw a baby’s head poking out of your lady bits
  • But soon enough it was over and you sat back breathless on the bed
  • The nurse took the baby away to get clean and that’s when you and Seungcheol began to argue once more on what gender the baby was going to be
  • Once the nurse arrived back with your baby she announced that the two of you had a healthy baby boy
  • Seungcheol jumped up from his seat and did a little in your face dance
  • You rolled your eyes at his antics and tried to act like you weren’t actually married to this loser
  • Seungcheol literally cherished his son so much
  • He was the most important thing in his life besides his beautiful wife of course
  • He would be sure to video every second of this baby’s life
  • His first steps
  • His first words
  • “glooblah isn’t a real word seuncheol”
  • “it is in baby”
  • “ffs why did i marry you”
  • He’d be that really embarrassing dad that every kid thought was cool but secretly his own son even tried to pretend that he didn’t know him
  • When his son asked to sign up to play soccer Seungcheol would go all smiley and be so proud that his son wanted to be social with people and his son just wanted his dad to chill because he just really liked soccer and his friends promised him that they got free pizza after every game
  • Turns out that your son actually ended up liking the sport more than he thought and continued to play it all throughout middle school and high school
  • He ended up being the captain of the soccer team in high school and Seuncheol was like :’)
  • Your son went to his father on advice to ask out a girl that he really liked in school and he was pretty sure that he saw a giant smiley face firework shoot off in his father’s head
  • “you see son i was actually a ladies man in high school”
  • “that’s bs because literally no one liked you”
  • “shut up y/n”
  • He actually ended up giving his son some pretty good advice because the girl his son liked ended up accepting his confession and agreed to go out with him
  • The two of them were literally linked together
  • Seungcheol found himself growing a little jealous at all the attention his son was giving his new girlfriend because he missed all the good daddy and son times they used to have playing soccer and stuff like that
  • Soon enough your son ended up graduating high school and Seuncheol denied crying the whole time while tears poured down his face as he said so
  • Your son was very nervous about choosing a college because he got so many scholarship offers for soccer
  • Seungcheol tried his best and gave him a inspirational talk about how no matter what he chooses that he will be doing what he loves and thats all that matters
  • It was literally so beautiful that even you began to have second thoughts about calling your husband a loser
  • Your son ended up going to this giant university in Seoul and entered into a physical education major in college so he could be a sports instructor someday
  • Seungcheol cried for days after your son left and begged you to make more babies for him and you were like
  • “ew gross grandpa”
  • It made you so happy with how much Seungcheol loved your son
  • You never expected him to be as good as a father as he was
  • You kind of wished that you didn’t spend so much time insulting him and spent more time cherishing the moments because time does fly by fast when your a parent
  • You don’t even blame Seungcheol for crying when your son left because you missed spending time with them and watching the bond with each other
  • But you could be prouder at the family you helped raised and of the kind of father Seuncheol actually turned out to be

Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze

As I stood in the shower this morning contemplating what to write about these tender, tasty meatballs, I decided to focus on this recipe’s versatility. The recipe comes from The New York Times, and as I read through all of the rave reviews, it seems that there are all sorts of creative ways to serve them. Here are a few possibilities. Consider serving these meatballs…

  • As an appetizer, which is what is suggested in the original recipe. Drizzle them with the amazing Asian glaze, and then serve on a platter with a toothpick stuck in each.
  • As a main dish, with some rice and a crisp green salad. That’s how we enjoyed ours last night.
  • Turn the mixture into a meatloaf! Yep, I read that one person tried that and it became a family favorite!
  • As a sandwich filling. With some pickled carrots, cilantro, paper thin slices of jalapeno wrapped up in a soft baguette, this could be epic. (Think, bánh mì.)
  • Cold, straight from the frig. Confirmed to be delicious. I wolfed one down this morning just as a test, and I could barely keep from eating the entire container.

One of the things that I like so much about this recipe is that it uses ground turkey rather than beef or pork. With so many people I know staying away from red meat, this is a welcome alternative. 

I tweaked the recipe somewhat, based on some of the reviews. Many thought the mixture was a little too soft, which made it hard to roll into balls. I added panko bread crumbs to the recipe and chilled the mixture for thirty minutes, and I had no problems whatsoever. Also, the glaze never really thickens, despite the time spent cooking it down. I made a slurry of water and cornstarch, and whisked that in at the end.

Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze, makes about 24 meatballs.


For the sauce

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup soy sauce, preferably Japanese or reduced sodium
  • ½ cup mirin sweet rice wine, or ½ cup sake with ¼ cup sugar (I used the sake, and skipped adding the ¼ cup sugar. The finished sauce was pleasantly sweet without it.)
  • ¼ cup chopped peeled ginger (yep, that’s not a typo!)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 whole black peppercorns

For the meatballs

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 4 large or 6 small scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs (my addition - the original recipe doesn’t call for it)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil


Make sauce: Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar melts completely. Reduce heat to medium-low and add soy sauce, mirin or sake, ginger, coriander and peppercorns. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve. I then thickened mine with a slurry of water and cornstarch. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated.)

Make meatballs: mix turkey, scallions, cilantro, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, optional panko breadcrumbs, and several grindings of pepper in a bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, and then roll tablespoons of mixture into balls.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, generously cover bottom of pan with vegetable oil. Working in batches to avoid crowding, place meatballs in pan and cook, turning, until browned all over and cooked inside, about 8 minutes per batch. Arrange on a heated platter, spoon a little sauce over each meatball, and serve with toothpicks. If desired, keep warm in a 200-degree oven until ready to serve. Garnish with sliced scallions, if desired.

Here are a couple of pictures of the meatballs before they were cooked.

monaramis  asked:

Have the twins Taralindalen ever had involvement with the inquisition? I recall Spiridon shared letters with them, still there was any opinion over their nephew (imposed) organization and leadership coming from them?

We sent him some clothes. We’ve heard that he looks more like us than his father… whoever that was. Which means that the boy must roast if he as much as looks at a candle flame.

The Inquisition does not concern us, the Southern affairs are not our problem. We do not know him, and we didn’t think we’d ever hear from him ever since Lavellan killed sister Aule. Truth told we thought him dead until he reached out.

It is… good to hear from the sons and daughters of the first wave of those who left Taevas and Taralind. 

Maroun died shortly after Spiridon’s first raven. I wish I could meet him, but I am fifty seven years old and my heart hurts from my loss. I will follow my brother very soon and leave this old body behind. Future is in the hands of my sister’s son and others like him. The Inquisition is not unlike us the Taralind, a shield against magic and the darkspawn and any one person fancying themselves a god. I am very proud.

Sidor Aphelior Taralinda’len, the surviving twin

anonymous asked:


Food + How To Order - Part 1

Hey guys, recently I’ve been craving Japanese food which led me to come up with the idea of doing a little mini-series on my blog about food in Japan, and how to order at restaurants! There will be three posts in this series;

1 – common Japanese and Western food vocabulary
2 – common drinks, sweets and desserts vocabulary
3 – how to order at Japanese restaurants

So please keep an eye out for all the posts in this little mini-series. Once all the posts are online, I’ll be posting a link to all of them here for easier access. Make sure to reblog this post so that you can access it easily when studying! I hope you enjoy this series and find it useful!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Japanese Food ・和食・わしょく :
Curry and rice・カレーライス
Fried rice・ 炒飯 ・チャーハン
Grilled chicken・焼き鳥・やきとり
Grilled meat・焼肉・やきにく
Hamburger steak・ハンバーグ
Japanese pickles・漬物・つけもの

  • Assortment of pickles (cucumber, carrots, eggplant, daikon)・ぬか漬け・ぬかずけ
  • Dried and pickled radishes(大根・だいこん)・沢庵・たくあん
  • Marinated and pickled cucumber・きゅうりの浅漬け・きゅうりのあさずけ
  • Salted and dried Japanese plums・梅干し・うめぼし
  • Thin slices of pickled ginger・ガリ

Octopus dumplings・たこ焼き・たこやき
Omelette rice・オムライス
Pan fried noodles・焼きそば・やきそば
Pork cutlet・豚カツ・とんかつ
Rice / Meal・御飯・ごはん
Rice balls・おにぎり
Rice bowl・丼・どんぶり

  • Rice with beef and vegetables・牛丼・ぎゅうどん
  • Rice with chicken and eggs・親子丼・おやこどん
  • Rice with deep fried seafood・天丼・てんどん
  • Rice with eel・うな丼・うなどん

Savoury pancake・お好み焼き・おこのみやき
Sticky rice cakes・餅・もち

Western Food・洋食・ようしょく:
Brown rice・玄米・げんまい
Fried chicken・フライドチキン
Fried potatoes・フライドポテト

Box lunch・(お)弁当・(お)べんとう
Japanese cooking・料理・りょうり
Meal / Cooked rice・御飯・ごはん
Side dish・おかず


A peek into my keto eats from the past week!

From L to R:

  • Pork chops and turnip noodles in a lemon thyme sauce
  • Ginger lime chicken with mixed greens, pickled carrots and daikon, crispy shallots, cucumber and fish sauce
  • Bunless burgers with Farmhouse Culture sauerkraut and mashed cauliflower with kerrygold grass-fed butter
  • Emergency on-the-road snack of beef jerky and a diet dr.pepper 😂
  • Classic chicken wings
  • Keto-friendly breakfast from my favorite cafe in Boston - 2 eggs, 2 sausage patties, avocado and provolone, with a giant iced coffee. Bring your own Nutpods!

Whether you need some liquid courage for the night, something refreshing to quench your palate, or something comforting to warm your heat, Turkey has got you covered on drinks. Here’s a list of beverages you can find in Turkey. 

Yeni rakı is the top rakı brand in Turkey. Turks consume an average of 1.5 litres of rakı per capita per year. 

  • Rakı: As one of the top choice alcohols in Turkey rakı can be seen everywhere. This aniseed based drink generally has a 40-45% alcohol level. Similar drinks are popular in the Balkans, and to a lesser extent Iran and other Turkic countries. Rakı is so popular in fact, it is considered the national drink in Turkey.  Rakı turns white when water is added. Due to this it has gained the colloquial title of “aslan sütü” or “lion’s milk”. In Turkish culture lions are seen as symbols of bravery and courage, hence implying it is a drink for strong men - it is popular among all types of people however. It is a popular pairing with fish and red meat dishes.  

Ayran is best served frothy. 

  • Ayran: Ayran is yogurt drink mixed with salt and cold water. It is usually paired with grilled meat dishes. Nomadic Turks have consumed ayran since before 1000 A.D. and some theorize that Göktürks had invented it when trying to improve the taste of bitter yogurt. Similar drinks are popular in Western, Central, and South Asia. 

Turkish coffee in a typical coffee cup with a side of lokum (Turkish delights). 

  • Türk Kahvesi: Sometimes confused as being a type of coffee bean, Turkish coffee is actually a method of preparing coffee. Roasted coffee is ground into a fine powder then simmered with water in a pot (cezve). The grounds are left in the coffee. A good cup of coffee should have a thick layer of foam on top. The coffee is typically served with biscuits or sweets and a glass of water. Turkish coffee is popular across the Middle East, the Balkans, and other parts of Europe. Turkish coffee has an interesting role in Turkish culture. At one point it was so popular in the Ottoman Empire that it left a mark on Turkish vocabulary. Breakfast is referred to as kahvaltı meaning under or before coffee. The colour brown is kahverengi meaning coffee colour. When a suitor visits a girl’s home with his family, the girl serves everyone Turkish coffee but puts salt in the potential groom’s drink. If he drinks it easily it is suppose to be a sign of his good temper. Kahve falı (tasseography) is also popular in Turkey. People read your fortune by interpreting the coffee grounds left at the bottom of your cup after you turn your cup upside down on a saucer. Most people do not take the fortune seriously but treat it as a fun tradition. 

A tray of black tea served in typical tulip shaped glasses on the shores of Üsküdar with Kız Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) atop the Bosphorus in the background. 

  • Çay: Çay is by far the most popular drink in Turkey. Turks drinks tea so much and so often that they actually boast the highest average consumption of tea per capital in the world. I’ve made a previous post about tea in Turkey that goes more in-depth, you can read it by clicking here. Below are some of the more common types of tea found in Turkey.
    • Black Tea: At every corner you’ll hear people clinking their spoons against the rim of tulip shaped glasses as they mix some sugar into their black tea. Black tea is the most common type of tea in Turkey. Much of the tea is sourced from Rize, a lush green province on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. 
    • Nane Limon: A common herbal remedy, mint lemon tea is usually drunk to relieve stomach ailments, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and to lower stress. 
    • Ada Çayı: Another popular herbal tea, sage tea is drunk to relieve upset stomachs, relax muscles, relieve sore throats and other cold/flu symptoms, and even reduce menopausal symptoms. 
    • Elma Çayı: Sometimes apple tea is thought to be the most popular Turkish tea by foreigners. This misconception stems from the fact that apple tea is typically served to guests and foreigners in tourist areas because of its sweet taste. It is not an everyday beverage for most Turks. 

A warm cup of salep garnished with cinnamon and coco. 

  • Salep: Salep is a thick warm beverage made from orchid root flour, sugar, milk, and cinnamon. It is commonly consumed in fall and winter. Salep and similar drinks can be found in many former Ottoman territories. 

Glasses of boza waiting to be served. 

  • Boza: Boza is a thick drink made from fermented wheat topped with cinnamon and roasted chickpeas. Boza was traditionally a fall/winter drink because it had to be kept cool in order to prevent spoling; however, with the invention of refrigeration it is now available year-round. The drink is believed to have originated from nomadic Turkic peoples in Central Asia as early as the 6th century B.C. 

A glass of  şalgam among a table of food at a restaurant in Istanbul.

  • Şalgam: This sour drink is made from turnips (şalgam), pickled red carrots, salt, spices, and fermented wheat. It is commonly served along side rakı. Şalgam is sometimes used as a hangover cure. Adana touts itself as the home of şalgam. 

A chef pours gravy on top of a plate of iskender kebap served with a bottle of Şıra (top left corner) at a restaurant in Kadıköy.

  • Şıra: Şıra is a highly sweet non-alchoholic fermented grape drink. It is usually served with iskender kebap, a specialty of Bursa.  

After an advertising ban on alcohol in 2013, Efes put out these ads as a way around the law.  The picture on the left reads “Görmesek de biliriz.” meaning “Even if we don’t see, we know.” The one of the right reads “Ne bu şişe?” meaning “What is this bottle?”. The company wanted to show that they could still generate sales because of how iconic the Efes beer brand and its bottle shape is in Turkey. 

  • Bira: You can’t talk about drinks in Turkey without talking about beer. Beer is the most consumed alcohol in Turkey, accounting for 63% of all alcohol consumption. The largest beer company in Turkey is Efes Pilsen, dominating over 80% of the market. Since the AKP took to office, the government has attempted to lower alcohol consumption by levying heavier taxes, restricting sales, censoring advertisement, and imposing partial drinking bans (by area). However, consumption hasn’t been affected much by the policies and is generally on a slow trend upward. 

Red wine is poured into a glass looking out at the hot air balloons and beautiful rock formation in Cappedocia. The area is one of the largest wine producing regions in the country and historically had some wine production when Christians used to live in Central Anatolia.

  • Şarap: Anatolia has a long history of wine production and is thought to be one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world dating back 7000 years. Even when Islam was introduced into Anatolia, the tradition continued not just among the Christian communities (for whom it was permitted) but among Muslims despite attempted bans. At one point even the Hanafi school of thought, the leading basis for Islamic law in the Ottoman Empire, allowed for the consumption of alcohol. Hanafis later changed their position on this subject disapproving it. Red wine is the most common wine in Turkey. Alcohol consumption varies in Turkey. The Marmara and Aegean region boast the highest percentage with 20% and 18.8% of people consuming it respectively, with South Eastern Anatolia having the lowest at 4.7%. Overall consumption across the country stand at about 17%. 

Some of the most popular brands of sparkling mineral water in Turkey. 

  • Soda: The word soda in Turkish is often used to describe sparkling water. This might seem like a mundane beverage to put on this list, but it is commonly ordered off of menus at restaurants and bought from grocery stores as it is thought to help digestion. Though we have Perrier and San Pellegrino in North America, these are marketed as luxury sparkling waters and are not as widely consumed compared to Turkey’s demand for sparkling water.  

A man gets ready to eat balık ekmek (fish sandwich) with a side of turşu suyu.

  • Turşu suyu: Similar to şalgam, turşu suyu (pickled vegetable juice) is a sour beverage made from pickled vegetables ranging from beets, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, onion, peppers, garlic, etc. all placed in chunks in a glass of pickle brine. Also like şalgam, it is sometimes considered a hangover cure. Turşu suyu is typically drunk with fish. 

A cold glass of cherry juice ready to drink on a hot summer day. 

  • Vişne Nektarı: It may seem odd to feature a fruit juice but I wanted to put this one of the list because it’s rarely found in North America, cherry juice. Vişne is sour cherry, and this juice is particularly popular in the west coast of Turkey and in Afyon which is known in the country for its cherry production. 

Glasses of lohusa Şerbeti being prepared to serve up at a baby shower welcoming a new born a few weeks after birth. 

  • Lohusa Şerbeti: Lohusa Şerbeti is as sweet spiced drink. Traditionally it is drunk by new mothers before birth in order to increase milk production. It is also served to guests at baby showers which, in Turkey, take place after the baby is born. 

From grilled-pork banh mi to chicken meatballs in lettuce wraps, here are some delicious Vietnamese recipes.

Spiced Beef Pho with Sesame-Chile Oil

Ingredients: 26

The rice vermicelli soup pho is a staple all over Vietnam and this spicy beef version is the specialty of Hanoi. At home in Connecticut, Marcia Kiesel often eats it for breakfast, as the Vietnamese do. “It’s a perfect meal and an invigorating way to start the day,” she says. She’s tried innumerable phos but considers the recipe from Binh Duong, her co-author on Simple Art of Vietnamese Cooking, to be the best.

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Vermicelli with Chicken Skewers and Nuoc Cham

In this version of a Vietnamese dish, individual piles of cucumber, fresh herbs, and grilled chicken are arranged on a platter of vermicelli and bean sprouts. Tangy nuoc cham sauce is poured over all. As each diner takes a portion, the components intermingle.

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Grilled-Pork Banh Mi

Luke Nguyen grew up in Australia and learned to cook at his Vietnamese parents’ restaurant. He later opened his own restaurant, The Red Lantern, in Sydney. On his first visit to Saigon 11 years ago, he had this simple sandwich filled with peppery pork and hoisin sauce.

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Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee

Cold-brewing involves steeping ground coffee in cold water. RBC NYC coffee bar uses the method here.

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Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches

The Vietnamese accents here come from Sriracha (Southeast Asian chile sauce) and sweet-salty pickled onions.

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Vietnamese-Style Jumbo Shrimp on Sugarcane

Exotic as it is delicious, this jumbo shrimp dish is the perfect dinner party appetizer.

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Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Bold flavors star in this Vietnamese salad—acidic lime juice, hot pepper, salty soy sauce, and cooling herbs. The combination of mint and cilantro is typical and refreshing, but you can use only one herb, or leave them both out completely if you prefer.

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Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

Chef-owner Andy Ricker, who takes annual trips to Southeast Asia, first tried fish sauce wings at a roadside stand in Saigon seven years ago. He scribbled down his guess at the ingredients on a paper napkin, which he carried with him until Pok Pok opened.

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Lemongrass-Barbecued Pork with Rice-Vermicelli Salad

Mai My Lin, one of the chefs Marcia Kiesel met at the Nha Trang night market, prepares an aromatic and pungent marinade for grilled pork with two quintessential Vietnamese ingredients—lemongrass and fish sauce. The real surprise here is Mai’s zesty Carrot and Daikon Pickles, which are amazing with the smoky grilled meat.

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Country Pâté Banh Mi

Silken tofu blended with lemongrass and lime juice is a terrific dairy-free stand-in for mayonnaise in this riff on the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. Adam Erace sometimes makes the sandwich with local scrapple (a hash of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and shaped into a log or loaf).

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Crunchy Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Chef Way Eric and Sophie Banh like to poach the chicken for this vibrant dish, then toss the salad with a homemade scallion oil.

Easy Way To save time, use store-bought rotisserie chicken and skip the scallion oil; the salad already gets plenty of flavor from the spicy, vinegary dressing and abundance of fresh herbs.

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Shrimp and Jicama Rolls with Chili-Peanut Sauce

At school in Vietnam, Charles Phan and his classmates would buy these chewy rice-paper rolls, filled with crunchy jicama and sweet shrimp, from enterprising street vendors who set up their stalls in the playground at dismissal time. Phan loves the neatness of including the sauce in the roll rather than serving it alongside, but he often makes extra for those who insist on dipping.

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Joyce’s Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps

Small Bites by Jennifer Joyce takes the popular restaurant trend of small plates and turns it into a fresh style of entertaining. Joyce’s party recipes are clever but extremely doable: She gives chicken meatballs a heavenly sticky glaze, for instance, by rolling them in sugar before baking.

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Piquillo-Pepper Num Pangs

To save time, Ratha Chau suggests spiking store-bought pesto with chiles, lime and fish sauce instead of making the pesto here.

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Banh Cuon

Banh cuon (“rolling cake”) are tender rice-flour crêpes filled with a luscious mix of pork and mushrooms and topped with fried shallots. Marcia Kiesel steams the stuffed crêpes in big batches on a baking sheet in the oven to get them on the table more quickly.

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Crispy Vietnamese Crêpes with Shrimp, Pork and Bean Sprouts

When Charles Phan samples banh xeo (a.k.a. “happy pancakes”) at Vietnamese restaurants, he often finds that they aren’t crisp enough. Phan thinks the perfect crêpe should be lacy thin and crackly crisp. After years of obsessive experimentation, he recommends refrigerating the batter overnight, so the starches have time to relax, then cooking the crêpes in a nonstick pan.

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Bananas in Coffee Bean Syrup

Every morning in Nha Trang, Marcia Kiesel topped yogurt with these bananas steeped in warm, bittersweet coffee syrup; they’re also delicious over vanilla ice cream for dessert. Make sure the bananas you choose for this recipe are ripe but still firm, so they don’t get mushy.

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With Time, It's a Miracle

Read it on Archives:

Prompt: Could you do a super angsty iwaoi mpreg fic where oikawa is pregnant and Iwaizumi doesn’t want the baby but they stay together anyway and its really hard on them and the stress causes oikawa to get really sick and there’s a risk of miscarriage and iwa realises that maybe he does want it after all.

(We’re going on a bumpy ride here with this one…)

Chapter One:

Happiness is such a frivolous thing.

Is the first thought Hajime has after his husband announces his ‘super exciting, extra special life changing’ news to him—it’s the third time this week he’s given him news likes this, so he doesn’t exactly have any high hopes in it being anything not completely ridiculous because it is so like his husband to get excited over the smallest things.

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